We'd done a Bahrain stopover on the long trip from Athens to Asia, and had spent a very enjoyable 24 hours at the Sofitel Bahrain, living a Travelife.
|Sofitel's Magnifique airport transfer service|
Then, at about 5 PM yesterday, we headed for the airport using Sofitel Magnifique airport transfer service in a luxury car.
It was certainly a nice way to break up a long flight.
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HEALTHY AIRPORT LOUNGE FOOD
AT GULF AIR'S FALCON LOUNGE
At Bahrain airport, Gulf Air's Falcon Lounge had really healthy food on offer.
There was also a respectable variety of curries and stews with rice for those who didn't fancy a detox at the airport.
However I decided to load up on my favourite hummus and tabbouleh, so that I could skip dinner and just go straight to sleep, waking up fresh and relaxed in Asia.
A GREAT FLIGHT TO THE MIDDLE EAST
I've written this before, but Gulf Air is really comfortable to take to Europe from Asia via the Middle East.
Their business class is very spacious.
The Gulf Air planes I've taken out of Asia so far have all only had eight seats spread out over two rows in a pretty large space.
THAT PRIVATE PLANE FEELING
This gives you the feeling of being in a private plane, especially when there are few other passengers.
And even when business class is full, you don't really feel it's so because the seat space per passenger is much bigger than most other airlines.
It's also a flat bed to the Middle East, which makes it very easy to spend the whole flight sleeping -- which is what I usually do.
REALLY NICE INFLIGHT TEAMS
ON GULF AIR
First, the teams on the Asia to Bahrain route are always really professional but very friendly, perhaps because Gulf Air has a very different culture and feel compared to other airlines.
Because there are so few passengers, they take time to talk to you if you want to talk, and they do a nice job of taking care of everyone.
THE FOOD'S GOOD
ON GULF AIR
|The cheese and dessert trolley|
onboard Gulf Air Bahrain to MNL
I haven't had a bad meal yet, especially out of catering from Bahrain.
And I wish I could say that about some other airlines -- that I haven't had a bad meal on their flights yet -- but twice this year, I've been on flights where the food was so bad even in business class that I didn't touch the meal.
THE BEST TAPSILOG IN THE SKY
In fact, one of the dishes that Gulf Air does so well is the tapsilog for breakfast. This has got to be the best tapsilog in the sky, and I've ordered it several times now.
This was exactly what I had for breakfast today, too.
As soon as we took off, I skipped dinner and went to sleep as I was pretty tired from the long day. The next thing I knew, the stewardess was waking me up for breakfast as we were landing in about 45 minutes.
Talk about a painless flight to Asia from the Middle East, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.