It was my fourth respite in the blissful islands of Al Dar last week, offshore the Kingdom of Bahrain, and like always, it was divine.
Al Dar, an Island an eight-minute sea-taxi-ride from the fisherman’s port in the Sitra is a cozy, clean and friendly/eco-friendly place. I am not sure whether to call it stunning serene or serene stunner!
Among the many bests about Al Dar tops the tastefully designed chalets; which charmed me each time, every single time. Whether it’s the elegant design, designer lampshades, petal-soft pillows, off-white classy bed linen or the spic and span washrooms, they are just too good, but true.
The first time I set foot on the island, I was in a state of disbelief till the time I had to leave it the next afternoon stowing into the subconscious an exquisite sunrise and spalshy sunset, watching in awe the crystalline waters merge into the darkness through various shades of orange, caressing the feet; the fish that makes the heart skip a beat with their plentifulness, the birds that redefine the idea of abundance manifold.
There is something about Al Dar, that quieten the mind, lifts the spirit. Everybody on the island is super-friendly: staff, visitors, the dogs, Jack and Jog (short for Joginder, as the Punjabi caretaker had once explained), and the ex-inmate Bup, the donkey famous for its laidback demeanor (again, shorname for Bupinder!,) who has since been shifted to the mainland to be in be in the company of another of his kind; with Bahrain’s (stray) animals’ messiah, the Dogfather).
The wonderful beaches, picnic/BBQ double decker huts, play area, boat trips such as dolphin watching, fishing trips, island tours and pearl diving are just some of the attractions.
No wonder it’s booked full most of weekends, whether for parties, birthday celebrations, educational trips and other private functions, not to forget the cluster of beach chalets open to public since 2007.
The chalets’ private beach with a staggering 400m of clean sand and shallow water makes for safe swimming, even for very young children. The free wifi is standard with every chalet and even works on the beach.
If you happen to visit Bahrain, do make a trip to the Al Dar, it’s one of those once in a lifetime experiences.