HalalBooking guide to halal-friendly holidays in resorts
Resorts are full-service hotels usually located by the sea, offering private beaches, swimming pools, children's playgrounds, entertainment facilities, sports activities, concerts, animation shows, wide food choices, a variety of beverages and high-comfort accommodation. The guests staying at resorts, which are mainly families with children, can enjoy entertainment and relaxation throughout the day.
Halal-friendly resorts offer halal-conscious guests the opportunity to have a peaceful holiday without compromising their religious duties by offering a wide range of facilities in secluded areas. With ladies-only beaches, sunbathing areas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, aqua parks, spa centres and entertainment areas, these resorts offer full privacy for women.
They also offer comprehensive separate facilities for women, men and children so that every member of the family can make the most of their holiday. Halal-friendly resorts serve a wide range of halal food in an alcohol-free environment.
Advantages of halal-friendly resorts
Luxury and Comfort
Located in unique and beautiful locations, halal-friendly resorts are specially designed for their customers to have luxurious and comfortable accommodations. The comfort and privacy of the guests are prioritized with numerous accommodation units ranging from standard double room options to large family suites and villas with private pools. With crystal clear sea views, beautiful and impressive mountain views, or lush forest landscapes, resorts offer all kinds of opportunities to have an unforgettable holiday in a peaceful environment.
One of the most important features halal-conscious travelers prioritize when planning their holidays is the diversity of women-only facilities in resorts, like women-only beaches and sunbathing areas in a secluded environment. Some halal-friendly resorts offer women-only facilities such as a pier, a café, a changing cabin and a cabana in private beach areas.
Also, women can enjoy the water and fun in 100% privacy in the women-only outdoor and indoor pools with water slides and adjacent kids' pools, where children can enjoy the pool safely while still being supervised by their parents. The spa facilities in separate areas for men and women offer an environment to relax, rest and get pampered with a Turkish bath, sauna, salt room, steam bath, hot tub/jacuzzi, gym, massage services and beauty treatments.
Halal-friendly resorts offer options to please all members of the family. In addition to women-only, men-only and family-only facilities, there are likewise many options for children. Children can have fun and learn in children's clubs offering educational activities, desktop games and entertainment as well as daytime sleeping rooms, reading hours and cartoon watching times under the supervision of childcare professionals.
Young members of the family can make new friends or have fun with the family while playing game consoles, billiards, bowling, racing games and various board games in the playrooms. There are also outdoor playgrounds, aqua parks and sports activities. Evening entertainment includes concerts by famous singers, dance shows, animation shows and children’s discos.
Restaurants and cafes
One of the biggest advantages of staying in resorts is the variety of halal food and beverages offered in the restaurants and cafes. When you search for suitable properties on the HalalBooking website, you can use our different halal filters to suit your needs and decide on the degree of halal-friendliness. You can search for hotels where all the food is halal, hotels with halal options on their menu, hotels that serve halal food if requested in advance, or hotels that have halal food in restaurants, cafes or shops within 500 meters of the property. Choose the resort that best suits your needs and enjoy delicious halal food and refreshing drinks and snacks at the beach, poolside or outdoor cafes all day long.
Resorts in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions
The beautiful seaside towns in the Mediterranean and Aegean Regions are known for their world-famous halal-friendly resort hotels. Chosen by halal-conscious travelers from all over the world, these resorts prioritise privacy and Islamic requirements. They offer beaches, pools, spa centres and many more facilities in special areas dedicated to women, and the opportunity to have a holiday in the most exclusive bays and beaches on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts.
There are numerous halal-friendly resort hotels in the most popular summer holiday destinations of the Mediterranean such as Alanya, Kemer and Fethiye. Located between lush forests and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the resort hotels offer an unforgettable holiday experience in natural beauty. You can also embark on a historical journey through archeological sites where you can trace ancient civilizations to historical Seljuk and Ottoman buildings and mosques.
The Aegean Region is home to world-famous towns such as Marmaris, Bodrum and Çeşme which are visited by millions of local and foreign tourists every year. With narrow cobblestone streets, bougainvillea covered walls and authentic atmosphere, the Aegean towns offer much more than an ordinary holiday.
You can choose to spend your dream holiday among white sandy beaches, clear waters and lush trees. There are plenty of resorts in idyllic island locations such as the islands of the Far East, the Maldives or those in Europe.
Thailand has become one of the most popular island holiday destinations in recent years. You can spend a wonderful holiday among the natural beauties on the Thai islands, where comfortable holiday opportunities are offered in secluded environments. There are halal-friendly resorts on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. Enjoy swimming in mixed pools where modest swimwear is allowed with your family without worrying about privacy or by choosing villas with private pools.
Another popular island holiday destination in the Far East is undoubtedly the iconic islands of Indonesia and amongst those, the islands of Bali and Lombok, which are the favourite destinations for honeymooners and nature-lovers. Since Indonesia has the highest Muslim population, it is home to a great number of halal-friendly resorts that meet the needs of halal-conscious travellers.
The Philippines are the exotic islands with white sands and crystal clear waters in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Why not choose islands like Boracay, Mactan or Panglao Islands with sunny climates, festivals, natural and underwater beauties that offer a magnificent experience for diving enthusiasts or spend a peaceful holiday in resorts on more quiet and isolated islands.
The most iconic island holiday and great holiday destination for halal-conscious travelers is no doubt on the Maldives with its picturesque landscapes, ocean villas, secluded and peaceful atmosphere and halal-friendly resort hotels. Since 97% of the population is Muslim, the resorts provide a high-level of halal-friendly service considering your privacy concerns and religious requirements. You can stay in a private island resort, where you will enjoy swimming in the ocean with peace of mind by staying in secluded bungalows with private swimming and sunbathing areas.
Malaysia is one of the most popular halal tourist destinations among Muslim travelers. Choose amongst islands like Port Dickson, Langkawi or Penang to enjoy rainforests, palm trees, pristine white sands and crystal clear waters. Since the majority of the population in Malaysia is Muslim, it is quite easy to find a halal-friendly beach resort that promises a great holiday experience with alcohol-free restaurants serving only halal food, women-only facilities and a variety of secluded facilities.
Resorts in Europe and North Africa
Besides European history, culture and art, staying in a resort in Europe offers a brand new holiday experience in peaceful locations among magnificent natural beauties.
The iconic buildings, the magnificent architecture and the historical atmosphere make Spain a holiday destination where fun, relaxation and learning never end. Halal-conscious travelers can see examples of Islamic heritage and enjoy halal food in Andalusia, where the majority of the population is Muslim. The Alanda Marbella Hotel and the Costa Del Sol Hotel in Malaga offer women-only facilities, halal food and non-alcoholic environments. Spain is home to not only impressive cities but also beautiful islands such as Mallorca and the Canary Islands, that are just as beautiful as the tropical islands.
The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur, offers its guests a year-round mild climate, beautiful beaches, lush green nature and numerous cultural and art events. Located between the olive trees and lavender gardens of the Mediterranean and the Alps with the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc, the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes offers great resort hotels for nature lovers.
Morocco is one of the must-see places for halal-conscious travelers. With its impressive Arabian architecture, lively souks, amazing food, friendly local people, cultural heritage, colorful streets and halal-friendly accommodations, Morocco mixes traditional and modern together and makes it a great halal holiday destination. The 4-star Atlantica Parc Lodge in Agadir is among the most popular hotels with ladies-only outdoor and indoor pools as well as extensive facilities. In Marrakech, with its most beautiful works of architecture, you can enjoy no-alcohol 4 and 5-star resorts and riads, where only halal food is served.
Resorts on the Arabian Peninsula
Surrounded by the Red Sea in the west, the Levant in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south, the Arabian Peninsula is host to travelers from all over the world with its desert landscapes, authentic souks, modern and traditional culture, and luxurious stylish resorts.
Dubai - Abu Dhabi
Dubai is home to a futuristic city structure, the world's largest shopping mall and amusement park, and is one of the most popular travel destinations not only on the Arabian peninsula but all over the world, attracting more than 15 million tourists every year. The halal-friendly resorts in the city provide halal conscious guests high-quality services including restaurants serving halal food, non-alcoholic rooms and women-only facilities.
The capital and largest emirate of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is a unique destination where the traditional and the modern coexist. Historical mosques and castles meet giant skyscrapers and modern architecture. Its halal-friendly resorts offer a unique and luxurious holiday experience. Take a city tour to discover the many restaurants, cafes and luxury shops, golden sandy beaches, endless activity options and a sunny climate all year round.
Doha, the capital of Qatar, is another famous travel destination of the Arabian peninsula. Enjoy the natural and cultural beauties like traditional souks, artificial islands, natural reserves, the Islamic Art Museum and the Sealine Desert. Halal-friendly resorts in Doha offer a wide range of women-only facilities, family-friendly entertainment, luxurious and comfortable accommodation as well as alcohol-free restaurants serving halal food.
Muscat, the capital of Oman, is a peaceful and relaxing travel destination with historical buildings, whitewashed houses, old harbors, green parks and breathtaking mountain and sea views. Muscat's 5-star luxury resorts offer a wide range of facilities such as women-only beach and sunbathing areas, pool and spa center.
You can also experience the traditional Arab culture in the countries of the Arabian peninsula in halal-friendly resorts surrounded by historical, cultural and natural beauties such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Yas Island, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah.