The name Bahrain means ‘two seas’ and in ancient times was once whispered to be an island paradise for the wise and brave – now it’s fast becoming a desirable beauty destination for the health conscious. Awash with organic eateries, natural beauty products and breathtaking architecture it’s the ideal destination for a body and soul getaway.
By Jemma Walker
Found nestling off the shores of the Persian Gulf, Asia’s wellness capital is emerging faster than ever. The Green Bar creates luxurious products using only natural, nourishing ingredients to rejuvenate your skin harmlessly. A sweet combination of botanical cold-pressed oils and fruit-found fragrances are core to the brand’s ethos – they’re not only aware of your skin’s sensitivity but care for the environment with simple packaging. The brand is refreshingly unique and even offers a children’s collection – a holistic way of life for the family.
Bahrain truly is the island of the unexpected, with the mysterious Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) overflowing with green leaves in the middle of the sandy desert, the only living plant for miles stands tall bursting with life for over 400 years – you can see why the love of nature is nurtured and embraced. Tourists flock to the sight all year round and find inspiration in the hidden gem, defiantly blossoming season after season.
Beauty isn’t only about the exterior appearance, cleansing the body starts from within and organic food is a nutritional haven for those wanting to escape from the dull, unknown ingredients in processed food. Surprisingly, although the climate in Bahrain isn’t farm-friendly, family-owned eateries are going the extra mile to seek organic produce in the spirit of nutrition. Organic Foods and Café was founded by Nils El Accad only nine years ago, the family-run business began nurturing a holistic approach to eating and now carrying 4,000 products. The varied menu is sourced from the UAE, India, Africa, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – offering the advice, ‘make what you eat tasty, healthy and most importantly natural’. With cafés in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, try a little of Bahrain’s organic goodness before you arrive.