Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion, with over 1.8 billion Muslims around the world and counting, making them a major consumer market.
Muslim travelers are among the biggest spenders when it comes to international travel, and their market value is expected to to reach US$220 billion in 2020, according to research conducted by MasterCard and CrescentRating, a world authority on halal travel.
This has, of course, led to a boom in halal tourism, catering to the specific needs of Muslim travelers according to requirements set by Shariah (Islamic) law.
Halal-friendly hotels and resorts generally serve halal food, provide prayer rooms, have separate swimming pools, spa facilities, and sometimes even private beaches for women and children.
However, while they provide Muslim facilities, non-Muslim visitors are welcome to stay as well.
Asia, in particular, has become a favorite destination among Muslim travelers, thanks to its rich culture and diversity, as well as the availability of amenities for Muslims.
If you’re looking to stay at a Shariah-compliant hotel for your next trip, check out our top picks for Muslim-friendly hotels located at popular destinations in the region:
Al Meroz Hotel (4*) | Bangkok, Thailand
Located in the Suan Luang district to the east of the city center, the hotel is just a 10-minute walk away from the Ramkhamhaeng Airport Link Station and 25 minutes from the Old City by car.
All food served in the hotel is halal, while no alcohol is served on the hotel’s premises. Rooms come equipped with prayer mat, Qur’an, and Qibla direction.
Fairmont Singapore (5*) | Singapore
Conveniently located in popular tourist hotspot, Marina Bay, Fairmont Singapore is one of the few hotels in Singapore with a halal-certified in-house restaurant (the Asian Market Cafe), which offers a wide variety of local delicacies, buffet-style.
The hotel is set right across from Raffles City Shopping Centre and is a one-minute walk away from City Hall MRT station.
Qibla direction is indicated in the rooms, and prayer timetables and prayer mats are available upon request at the concierge.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong (5*) | Hong Kong
Strategically situated in the Causeway Bay area, you’ll get a lovely view of Victoria Harbor from the comfort of your hotel room.
Fortress Hill MTR station is a 5-minute walk away, while Victoria Park is 9 minutes away on foot.
The hotel is one of the few on the island to offer a special halal menu for restaurant or in-room dining.
Svarga Resort Lombok (4*) | Lombok, Indonesia
This affordable luxury resort, near the island’s busy tourist hub of Senggigi, is great for a beach getaway, while its in-house spa offers complete relaxation.
If you’re in the mood for some island-hopping, the Gili Islands are 30 minutes away by boat.
All food served in the hotel is halal, and no alcohol is served on the premises.
PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites On The Park (4*) | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the hotel is just a short walk away from the Petronas Twin Towers and other tourist destinations in the city.
Ampang Park LRT station is just down the road, while KLCC Park is a 10-minute walk away.
The hotel serves halal food and no alcohol, and the gym even has a dedicated time in the evenings for women only.