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  • Have A Memorable Stay At These 12 Cool and Trendy Places In Singapore!

    There are plenty of cool, trendy and fresh places for a staycation in Singapore. Below are recommendations that fit the theme, some being more Muslim-friendly than others - so do weigh your options carefully such as factoring proximity to the mosque and Halal eateries in the area. We arranged these unique accommodations (hotels, hostels and glamping option) by location for your ease of planning. Here's Why The Great Madras Should Be Your Next Staycation Spot The City 1) Lloyd's Inn Picture: LloydsInn Lloyd’s Inn used to be a popular budget hotel more than twenty decades ago, but since the makeover and rebranding a few years back, it’s now a sought-after trendy and chic choice of staycation. With minimalist and clean look, this boutique hotel immediately charms you. If you want an escape yet still feel connected to the city, it is the perfect option thanks to its location - in one of the inner-city residential area. The main minus point is perhaps there’s no in-house F&B but certainly not the biggest drawbacks since there are plenty of eateries nearby such as the Halal nasi padang, Warung M.Nasir as well as supermarket. For breakfast (which is included in the room rate), you can redeem the vouchers provided at the nearby cafes - Freshly Baked and Killiney Kopitiam. You can also utilise its common outdoor pantry where microwaves, vending machines along with tea and coffee making facilities are provided. Choose one of the sleek, white-themed rooms and create your own spa experience in the semi-open toilet and shower space. There is a roof terrace, wading pool (not for swimming though) and a garden to savour outdoor moments in this oasis. Address: 2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091Price Range: SGD150 – SGD300Contact: +65 6737 7309Email: mail@lloydsinn.comWebsite: LloydsInn Little India 2) The Great Madras Picture: TheGreatMadras Easily accessed by MRT, The Great Madras has recently undergone a complete makeover and is now managed by a new owner. The art deco hotel is a blend in of vintage furniture and fitting, freshly painted wall in pastels, beautiful designed wallpaper and bright neon lights signage. The open-air lobby captivates you to linger just a bit longer - here you will find a little barber tucked by the lift and laundromats parked against the wall alongside the old cinema chairs. Picture: TheGreatMadras At the front corner, sits a Spanish bistro called The Great Mischief. It invites you to sample its dishes made from Halal sourced ingredients. Their 35 rooms come in varying sizes to suit any type of travellers and budgets. The hostel options are all available with shared bathrooms (shower and toilet in one room) and there’s also a women-only hostel. Not only will you be glad that all rooms are complete with modern comfort facilities, there is also a prayer room available on the premise and a small outdoor pool waiting for a dip. The Great Madras is one of Singapore's hipster hangout places that is Muslim-friendly. Address: 28 Madras Street, 208422 SingaporePrice Range: SGD80 - SGD350Contact: + 65 - 6914 1515Email: guestservice@thegreatmadras.comWebsite: TheGreatMadras 3) The Daulat Picture: TheDaulat Once an old British shophouse in Little India, 16 rooms at The Daulat have been installed to meet contemporary and luxurious needs of its modern customers. The interior is Middle Eastern inspired and rooms are freshly painted in white. As you land on the handpicked 300-thread count linen, you will surely fall asleep instantly on its comfortable Sealy “Posturepedic Mattress” bed. Wake up to a cup of coffee in the morning from the provided Nespresso machine. The bathroom amenities from London’s Penhaligon brand awaits you for a luxurious rain shower accompanied by music from its Geneva audio system. Check out the loft style room where sleeping area occupies the mezzanine which separates the living area. A complimentary Halal Western breakfast can be enjoyed at Santap Café in the lobby. If you're tired from binging the free DVDs, pop by upstairs to have a dip in its rooftop pool. Address: 16 Madras Street, Singapore 208413Price Range: SGD130 - SGD280Contact: +65 6408 5555Email: guestservice@thedaulat.comWebsite: TheDaulat Singapore Riverside To get to the following 3 hotels, you can access the closest MRT at Clarke Quay. You can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus provided at the Millennium and Copthorne riverside hotels. 4) Studio M Picture: MilleniumHotels Studio M has a small lobby decorated with white fitting and long chandeliers dazzling from the high ceiling to welcome you into this fully loft-inspired designer hotel. All their rooms are able to accommodate 2 adults and 1 child (below 12 years old). They also offer elevated ceilings with an exclusive view of the city. Designed by an Italian architect, you can ride their see-thru lifts while glancing at the contemporary outdoor living which features a 25m lap pool, outdoor gym and jet pool. Enjoy breakfast with style at a dedicated area on Level 2, an intimate oasis of tranquility before taking a nice stroll along the river. Address: No. 3 Nanson Road Singapore 238910Price Range: SGD150 – SGD400Contact: +65 6808 8888Email: SMH@millenniumhotels.comWebsite: MilleniumHotels 5) M Social Singapore Picture: MillenniumHotels A modern and contemporary Italian designed hotel, M Social will not only provide a chic staycation, but it will also give you a new experience. The outside lobby features a funky mural which welcomes you as you enter, and beautiful tiles decorated the floor. Be fascinated by its automated room service robot and during breakfast, there’ll be a robot cooking eggs for you as well. Choose any of its 293 chic rooms – from the small yet cozy Alcove Room to spacious loft style rooms. There’s an infinity pool available for a good swim. Try the modern Asian cuisine at their Beast And Butterfly Restaurant - though not Halal certified, it serves plenty of seafood and vegetarian dishes. Their Dessert selection will impress you – try the chef recommended dessert such as yam brûlée or rojak ice cream toast. There’s Freshbox Locker at the lobby, should you want some healthy meal from Saladstop to be delivered to the chilled locker – their poultry is Halal sourced and some salad dressing contains no alcohol. Address: 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259Price Range: SG$130 – SG$300Contact: +65 6206 1888Email: reservations.mss@millenniumhotels.comWebsite: MillenniumHotels 6) The Warehouse Hotel Singapore Website: TheWareHouseHotel Part of the prestigious Design Hotel portfolio, The Warehouse Hotel is notably a 37-room reborn and restored heritage building in a spot of what used to be the hotbed of trade and shipping activities. A particularly beautiful hotel that has received numerous accolades, with peaked roofs and shuttered windows. You will be impressed by the edgy industrial open plan lobby decorated with a set of designer furniture. You can admire the historic conservation details including original beams and a soaring peaked ceiling. The rooms offer a perfect balance of light and darkness. You will experience a unique boutique stay from its best feature such as Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, custom mattresses, 100% eco-certified Ashley & Co bath amenities, eco-friendly Nordaq water bottles and an infinity pool. Pop by Po is the hotel's flagship restaurant. Although not halal certified, they have an alcohol-free signature dessert, the Ice Cream Popiah. Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628Price Range: SGD240- SGD650Contact: +65 6828 0000Email: reservations@thewarehousehotel.comWebsite: TheWareHouseHotel Central - South 7) Villa Samadhi Singapore by Samadhi Picture: VillaSamadhi Villa Samadhi is a 20-room boutique hotel charmingly decorated with teak furnishings that exude old colonial charm in a renovated black and white house, tucked away from the hustle and bustle city life surrounded by the lush natural greenery. Complimentary welcoming high tea, shuttle to Vivocity, king size bed in each room, and a common area library with an extensive collection of books are some of the unique features to look for when you stay in this spacious villa. If you are after the Crib room with a wooden bath, do indicate your interest. For an added touch of privacy, the Luxe Sarang room will serve as your own sanctuary equip with private garden and pool. If the short walk through the rainforest from your room to the breakfast place is not enough, you may want to explore the nearby coastal Labrador Park, Mount Faber, and Southern Ridges. The must-visit during your stay is the stand-alone Tamarind Hill Restaurant for its stunning venue. It is only a few minutes stroll via a jungle boardwalk and it offers exquisite Thai and Shan cuisine.  Although they are not Halal certified, there offer plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes from its long menu. Address: 20 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119193Price Range: SGD280 – SGD850Contact: +603 9212 9363Email: VillaSamadhi East - Changi 8) Raintr33 Hotel Singapore Picture: Raintr33hotel Another colonial building stay that we recommend is tucked in the tranquil greenery of Changi Village. Raintr33 Hotel maybe a bit out of the way, but rooms are generally big – for example, Mulberry is the smallest available at 24 m². Maintaining the old style, expect to climb stairs since no lift is available – fret not as it’s only 3 floors high and there are only 2 blocks. Ensure you ask for a room that gives you as much privacy as possible, away from Red Beret bar/restaurant which sometimes can be noisy at night. Their restaurant is not Halal certified so you may want to dine out instead, taking advantage of the numerous delicious eateries or hawker stalls nearby. For a large get-together, you can plan for a barbeque. The facility located at the lower pool deck amidst the lush greenery with a spacious outdoor space. For activities to do, you can walk around the surrounding or ride a bicycle provided by the hotel to explore the Changi Boardwalk and Changi Beach Club situated only minutes away. You can also visit Changi Point, Loyang Park Connector, or go to Pulau Ubin from Changi Ferry Terminal. Address: 33 Hendon Road Singapore 509673Price Range: SGD100 – SGD250Email: reservations@raintr33hotel.comContact: +65 6653 3833Website: Raintr33hotel 9) The Pod Picture: ThePodCapsuleHotel There are plenty of complimentary services available at this new establishment such as buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, toiletries (including toothbrush and toothpaste), local calls, drinking water and a facility for work requiring laptops in the business pods. The capsule room comes with personal lockers. There are 3 types of dormitory though mostly are singles (mixed, female or male only) or bigger queen size suite pod (30 m²). Featuring front or side entry, each capsule comes with a clothes rack with hanger, power socket, a reading light, and fold-down table. A touch of luxury accompanies the capsules with 300 thread count sheets and a fluffy duvet. Address: 289 Beach Road Level 3 Singapore 199552Price Range: SGD40 - SGD100Contact: +65 6298 8505Email: info@thepodcapsulehotel.comWebsite: ThePodCapsuleHotel 10) CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotel – Kampong Glam Picture: CubeHotels This capsule hotel is nestled in a restored shophouse block right in the heart of Kampung Glam (Singapore hipster hangout place) and minutes away from the Sultan Masjid Mosque. Private rooms that can sleep 4, 6 and 8 people as well as female private rooms are available. You will appreciate the fluffy duck-feather duvet, 250 thread-count linens, complimentary buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free washing and dryer (only 1 set provided). The common area includes in-house café, a library, a terrace, and a kitchen, should you want to cook. As for lockers, you will be given 3 – outside for footwear, storage for luggage, and a safe in the cube for personal belongings. Be mindful that there is no lift. For planning activities to do in Singapore, the Singapore Visitor Centre is located on the premise to assist with tour arrangement or ticketing services. Address: 54, 55, 56 Bussorah Street, Bugis, Singapore, 199471 SingaporePrice Range: SGD45 – SGD370Contact: +65 6291 1696Email: reservationskg@cubestay.sWebsite: CubeHotels 11) Glamping City Picture: AsiaStyleAsia Founded in 2017 by Ryan Lam, Glamping City claimed to provide a “luxury unique camping experience”. They are offering 2 locations – for Sentosa location campers can enjoy air-conditioning tent with electrical supply, mini-fridge, and private toilet. Tent available for couples, big groups or families of 6 adults. Don’t forget to ask for complimentary board games. Address: East Coast Park                SentosaOperating Hours: Check-in: 3PM                               Check-out: 10AMPrice Range: SGD170 - SGD240Contact: +65 9651 1114Email:, or business@glampingcity.comWebsite: GlampingCity 12) Glamping Society Picture: GlampingSociety Meet the first glamping provider in Singapore with its vision to serve a “top-notch quality service”. The tent is available in 4 different sizes (sleeps from 2 to 8 people). The tent at Punggol comes with air-conditioning and power outlets – only no showering facilities and no BBQ facilities. Address: Area G East Coast Park (Pit 65 to Pit 76)                Punggol Container Park (50 Punggol East)Operating Hours: Check-in: 3P                              Check-out: 12 pm .                              Punggol: Daily                              East Coast Park: WeekendsPrice Range: SGD120 - SGD300Contact: +65 9384 1244 or +65 8751 5339 on weekdaysEmail: Hello@glampingsociety.comWebsite: GlampingSocietyOperating Hours: Check-in: 3PM                              Check-out: 12 pm .                                Daily (Punggol) and Weekends( East Coast Park)NOTE: Add-on charges apply for special occasions and they take any special request such as for parties, retreat, festivals, or any customized theme. As for food, you can choose one of the packages with meal included, or you can fire up the barbeque – advance booking required. You may also choose whether to dine out or get a takeaway. What are you waiting for? Begin planning a chic and trendy staycation in Singapore now! 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  • 7 Best Beach Destinations to Travel in January 2018

    January may not be the best time to go to a beach but if you're beach crazy tourist we'll make an exception. While most of the world will be experiencing cold winters there are certain beaches that you could visit if you're searching for some classic beach fun. Here are some of the best places to travel to in January.   Maldives A small island country in South Asia, Maldives is full of beaches and coasts and is a perfect spot for beach lovers. Maldivian Islands do not get their fair share of winter instead the temperature remains warm throughout the year. Apart from beaches, you can find beautiful mosques built within its capital, Male but nonetheless, its major money making industry is beach tourism. Keep in mind that the Maldives gets a lot of rainfall annually so don't get wet. Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives   Cook Islands Picture Credit - Islands are pretty much isolated from the rest of the world in terms of location, to summarize it, they are literally located in the middle of nowhere. The islands are mostly inhabited by ethnic Maori people. Tourism, particularly, beach tourism is one of the main ways of generating revenue for the local economy. Cook Islands' beaches are a renowned attraction for people coming from Australia and New Zealand and during this time of the year (January) temperatures are warm and there's plenty of sunshine. Since the seasonal pattern is inverted in the southern hemisphere, January is summer time there, so this makes Cook Islands one of the best places to travel in January. However, due to its extreme geographic locations, it is very difficult to reach there. The Rarotonga Airport only handles five airlines namely, Air Tahiti, Virgin Air Australia and Air New Zealand. The good news is that if you're planning to stay less than 31 days you won't be needing a visa. Find nearby Halal food places in Maldives Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Maldives     Langkawi Island, Malaysia Picture Credit - www.intertravel-agency.comA two-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur will take you to the Langkawi Island. The Langkawi airport is not a major international airport so you have to take a domestic flight from one of Malaysia's major cities. When your plane starts it's descent towards Langkawi, you will notice the blue waters below you filled with yachts and speedboats. Langkawi has numerous resorts scattered across the island, some of them may be very far from any settlement but almost all of the resorts built on such locations that provide its guests' gorgeous views of either the sea or the lush green hills of Langkawi. The temperature remains hot and humid at the island, you might see clouds at low altitudes signifying that the temperature is very low but believe me you'll sweat when you get out of your hotel. Beaches of Langkawi might not be the typical white sandy/ crystal clear water beaches but they're still worth exploring. Find nearby Halal food places in Langkawi Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Langkawi   Coral Island Pattaya, Thailand Picture Credit - www.bangkok.comLocated just off the coast of Pattaya, Coral Island is one of the must-go destination for anyone visiting Pattaya. The island is not connected to the mainland by any road or bridge so you have to take a ferry or speedboat. Most likely the boat will drop you off at a wavy ramp which floats above the shallow waters. There are plenty of shops nearby and everything from clothes to beverages is on sale. The only negative thing about the Coral Island is that it is always crowded, you'll find heads of people where ever you look but you won't find any kind of pollution in the water, in fact, the seawater is so crystal clear and you can sometimes see rays and other sea creatures in it as well. The seashore is succeeded by hills covered with greenery which makes the island even more attractive. Find nearby Halal food places in Pattaya Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Pattaya   Zanzibar, Tanzania    A part of the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar is located off the coast of mainland Africa. It consists of a bunch of islands and is one of the most popular beach destinations in Africa. There are marine parks which you can get access to, they're perfect for activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. There are also commercial dhow cruises which you can hire to get a good look at the sea. There are direct flights to Zanzibar from different parts of the world, however, a lot of tourists choose to arrive at Dar es Salaam Airport instead (you can get a ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam). Find nearby Halal food places in Zanzibar  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Zanzibar   Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India   These islands are administered by India, so in order to get there, you will have to fulfil India's visa requirements if you're not visa exempt. There are numerous coastal towns, villages and beaches scattered across these islands. Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands and until now it is only accessible from within India, no international flight routes exist. The islands host a tropical monsoon climate so you might get wet if you do not plan your trip at the right timing. Thankfully, you can get the maximum amount of sunshine hours in January. Popular beach destinations include Havelock Island, Neil Island and Wandoor Park. Find nearby Halal food places in Andaman and Nicobar Island Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Andaman and Nicobar Island   Malta   Malta is an island nation in Europe, however, it's relatively warmer than other European countries, therefore, it is one of the best places to visit in Europe. It is filled with beautiful beaches and coasts east to west. The best place to visit in Malta is the famous Blue Lagoon located between Comino and Cominotto. Malta as a whole is visited by thousands of tourists annually it is also one of the most preferred beach destination for people coming from Europe. The Malta International Airport built in Valletta hosts a number of major international airlines. Find nearby Halal food places in Malta Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malta   For more destination ideas, check out the travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App  ...

  • 11 Desserts You Must Try in Singapore

    Singapore has a great food scene going on, but what gets more focus is the different cuisines available and local street food. To have a complete foodie experience, there are local Singaporean desserts you need to try, as the ethnic sweet scene has a vast array of delights to pick from. It is not difficult to find Halal dessert places in Singapore, and we give you a list of the best dessert places.   Here are some of the best Singaporean desserts and where to find them: credit -   1) Pandan Cake   Picture Credit -   This dessert is now so popular that it has travelled throughout South East Asia, to Hong Kong and even Sri Lanka. A light chiffon cake that is flavoured with the juice of pandan leaves gives it its distinct taste, as well as the green colour that it is known by. Best places to find Pandan Cake: Pure Pandan at New Bridge Road in Chinatown Point, and Bengawan Solo    2) Apom Berkuah   Picture Credit -   These picturesque little circles that are the Singaporean version of pancakes and maple syrup are so pretty that you’ll want to snap a picture of it before devouring it. Unlike regular pancakes, Apom Berkuah is made from fermented rice flour and coconut water, and the juice from Bunga Telang flowers make up the pretty blue centre. Small, crisp on the edges and fluffy inside, they are served with warm banana sauce. Best places to find Apom Berkuah: Peramakan at Keppel Club on Bukit Chermin Road     3) Durian Pengat   Picture Credit-   Durian is such a classic flavour in Malaysia and Singapore, so if you don’t mind the smell and are up to try a dessert, go for a Durian Pengat! It is a Durian mousse made from the pulp of the fruit and coconut milk, and its soft smooth goodness is enough to satisfy the cravings of any Durian lover. Best places to find Durian Pengat: Owl Café at Bedok Point in Upper Changi Road, and Sinpopo Brand at Joo Chiat Road     4) Grass Jelly    Picture Credit -   A refreshing dessert, especially if you can’t keep up with the heat, Grass Jelly is made by boiling aged mint stalks with starch until they become jelly. Like most other desserts, the jelly cubes are served over shaved ice or ice cubes. If you want a hit of more freshness, add a squeeze of lime; if you want to add more sweetness to the dish, get it with honey or syrup on the side. Best places to find Grass Jelly: Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly at Golden Mile Food Centre on Beach Road, and Wampoa Soya Bean And Grass Jelly at Wampoa Drive Makan Place     5) Ice Kachang   Picture Credit -   Probably the most popular cheap dessert in Singapore, this mound of shaved ice is a colourful bowl of goodness. A cross between a snow cone and a sundae, the Ice Kachang comes with a variety of toppings, as per your liking. Sweet corn, agar-agar (jelly), red beans and mangrove palm seeds are some of the relishes added onto the shaved ice doused in multi-coloured syrup, ready to be shared with friends. Best places to find Ice Kachang: Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert at brickworks Food Centre in Jalan Bukit Merah, and Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang at Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre     6) Orh Nee   Picture Credit -   You don’t have to be a fan of yams to like this dessert. Orh Nee is made from yam paste that is fried and blended until smooth, formed into balls, and generally served with gingko nuts and pumpkin. It is one of the desserts in Singapore that travellers must try. Best places to find Orh Nee: Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee Restaurant on Havelock Road, and Tien Garden on Changi Road in Lor Mazuki     7) Pulut Hitam    Picture Credit -   One of the most classic local desserts in Singapore, Pulut Hitam is a crowd favourite. Black glutinous rice has a very nutty flavour, and is simmered in coconut milk and palm sugar to form a porridge-like consistency and served with a swirl of coconut milk on top. Best places to find Pulut Hitam: Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert at brickworks Food Centre in Jalan Bukit Merah     8) Sago Gula Melaka   Picture Credit -   Gula Melaka is made out of palm sugar and is used in a lot of Singaporean dishes, not to mention desserts. This key ingredient offers its classic flavour to the cuisine as it is popularly used as a natural sweetener in South East Asian cooking. Gula Melaka shines through, however, in this dish where chewy pearl sago – generally tasteless on its own – is cooked in moulds and served with palm sugar and coconut milk. You can really appreciate the caramel flavour as it is poured over the sago. Best places to find Sago Gula Melaka: The Blue Ginger Restaurant on Tanjong Pagar Road, and Chilli Padi at Joo Chiat Place     9) Tang Yuen   Picture Credit -   A sweet treat influenced by the Chinese, Tang Yuen are balls made from glutinous rice flour that is cooked and served in syrup. In Singapore, various pastes like sesame or peanut, or even newer flavours like green tea, are what forms the centre of the rice ball, and it is served in peanut soup instead of the clear soup that the Chinese make. Best places to find Tang Yuen: Ah Balling Peanut Soup at Golden Mile Food Centre on Beach Road, and Dessert Story on Tiong Bahru Road   10) Tau Suan   Picture Credit -   Who would have thought that split mung beans would taste so good? This hot dessert is hard to perfect as the mung beans have to be cooked so that they split, but not overcooked so that they are mushy. They are boiled with pandan and thickened with potato flour. The best places are those that are extra generous with their You Tiao – dough fritters that come dunked in the bowl of Tau Suan and whose starchy goodness pairs perfectly with the soup-like texture. Best places to find Tau Suan: Tiong Bahru Tau Suan at the Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre on Seng Poh Road (they are open from morning until they sell out), and Le Chausseur on Eunos Road     11) Tissue Prata    Picture Credit   One of Singapore’s must-try desserts is inspired by the Indian roti prata. Tissue Prata is named so because it is made super thin and crispy, and requires some skill to get it not too oily or break the bread. It is generally served with sugar or chocolate sauce or a variety of sweet sauces or fruits or ice cream, but for the most local experience, try it with kaya, a coconut jam. Best places to find Tissue Prata: Mr Prata at Evans Lodge on Evans Road, and Spize on Bedok Road in Simpang Bedok   Don't miss out the best desserts in Singapore because you can’t complete your Singaporean foodie experience without them. With plenty of Halal food places in Singapore, sweet treats aren’t hard to find, but if you have trouble in trying to locate Halal food places, be sure to use the Halal Trip App to find out what people have eaten and where. And don’t forget to leave your reviews and suggestions for more to enjoy!...

  • 6 Muslim-Friendly Hotels For A Fun Staycation in Singapore

    Planning to spend a holiday with friends? Well, look for staycation ideas in Singapore! A staycation involves taking a short vacation in your very own country or town, that can include leisure activities too. You can easily have amazing staycations in Singapore. This has become extremely popular among those who don’t have the time or resources to travel abroad – and for people who like to explore their local surroundings. So have a look at some of the best hotels for a staycation in Singapore. Credit -   1. Royal Plaza On Scotts Picture credit - Royal Plaza On Scotts is a 4-star hotel that has become quite popular for its luxurious setting and Muslim-friendly amenities. There is no issue when it comes to Halal food availability, their kitchens are Halal certified – and you can enjoy some amazing cuisines or Singapore Halal hotel buffet at the famous Carousel Restaurant. However, some awesome Halal restaurants can be found nearby quite easily too. Muslim guests can also enjoy Muslim-friendly amenities in the elegant hotel rooms – where the prayer directions are marked and Qurans are provided. The hotel will even provide guests with prayer mats, prayer rooms and even prayer clothing for ladies. There are several mosques in the area too. Royal Plaza On Scotts constantly has some great deals on offer which are ideal for a staycation for couples or family getaway. Address: 25 Scotts Road, Orchard, 228220 Singapore, Singapore   2. Marina Mandarin Picture credit - Marina Mandarin is another fantastic spot for amazing staycations in Singapore – ideal for a special weekend getaway too. This hotel provides Muslim-friendly amenities that includes permanent prayer rooms with ablution areas too. Marina Mandarin hotel is also close to the more exciting areas of Singapore and mosques are easily within reach as well. Halal food availability won’t be an issue either, one of the best seafood restaurant known as Aquamarine is located Marina Mandarin - you can enjoy a good Halal buffet here too. Marina Mandarin also has some great packages for weekend getaways and families which are perfect if you are looking for family staycation deals. Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Marina Bay, 039594 Singapore, Singapore   3. Fairmont Singapore Picture credit - Fairmont Singapore is just fine if you are looking for hotels in Singapore for an unforgettable staycation at a Muslim-friendly hotel. Conveniently located in Singapore, the hotel is also close to mosques and Halal restaurants within the area. Fairmont also provides excellent Muslim-friendly amenities for guests – prayer directions are marked the rooms and prayer mats can be provided as well. With a Halal-certified kitchen, you can enjoy some delicious food at the Asian Market Café. There is no doubt that Fairmont Singapore is one of the ideal staycation spots in Singapore with some amazing facilities and packages too. Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, City Hall, 189560 Singapore, Singapore   4. Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Picture credit - For the coolest staycation ideas in Singapore consider a hotel with a wonderful view of the beach located in some of the top spots. Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy also operates a Halal kitchen on Level 4 within the hotel – when it comes to Halal food availability. Additionally, prayer directions are marked in the rooms and prayer mats can be requested as well. The convenient location of the hotel makes it easier to access mosques in the area and you can easily drive to Halal restaurants nearby too. Address: 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square, Katong, 428769 Singapore, Singapore   5. Furama, City Centre Hotel Picture credit - Furama City Centre Hotel is located in Chinatown and is one of the staycation spots in Singapore that would make a good weekend getaway. Furama City Centre Hotel does provide Muslim-friendly amenities such as prayer rooms complete with prayer mats – and guests can also request for prayer mats too and will find the prayer directions marked in their rooms. There are mosques located close to the hotel and you can easily enjoy a variety of Halal food at the Tiffany Café & Restaurant since it’s Halal-certified as well. Furama City Centre Hotel is great for a short staycation with friends or for couples. Address: 60 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059804, Singapore   6. Furama Riverfront Picture credit - Furama Riverfront will give you a good view of the Singapore River, and you can still visit Clark Quay easily too – ideal for a simple staycation within the city. You can enjoy Indonesian cuisine at the hotel’s Halal certified restaurant, Kintamani as well. Furama Riverfront does provide Muslim-friendly amenities for guests such as prayer mats on request as well as prayer rooms with prayer mats too. This hotel is Muslim-friendly and is a good spot for a family or group vacations. Address: 405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633, Singapore   A staycation can be the best solution to help you relax and unwind. So you need not jet off to an exotic destination when you can simply stay at some amazing Muslim-friendly hotels in Singapore for an unforgettable staycation.  ...

  • 8 Great Halal Bakeries in Sri Lanka

    What are some of the best Halal bakeries in Sri Lanka? The smell of baking bread and the sight of delicious sugary treats is enough to draw anyone to one of the Halal bakeries in Sri Lanka. Due to the growing population of Muslims in Sri Lanka that love to indulge in eating out, the Halal options have grown too. Since there are bakeries that serve pork filled pastries, here is your guide to Halal eating in Sri Lanka:   1) Paan Paan As it is Muslim-owned, there is no doubt about this one! Paan Paan is fairly recent on the scene but has become extremely popular thanks to the quality of its breads. Soft, airy, and with a variety of options – healthy, nutty, and more – this is a place where the slightly higher prices don’t pinch because the food is worth it! They make a great éclair too, which is generally hard to find. Their latest addition is the grill – catering to the dinner crowd – is said to be as good as its regular items, and doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a bakery specialising in Halal short-eats and breads.   2) Royal Bakery Since they have been around for a hundred years, they have a large customer base that they fight to keep. Old school bakeries may sometimes find it hard to compete with the many new places, but Royal Bakery tries to keep up to the mark. They offer good cookies and cupcakes over the counter, as well as lunch for the hungry crowd.   3) Dolce Italia This cute little café on Havelock road – which doubles as a restaurant serving Halal food upstairs – is a surprisingly good find for good food. Little treats and pastries might be a little more than you would normally pay for in another bakery, but at this authentic Italian restaurant, it fits the bill.    4) The English Cake Company The English Cake Company is known and loved for exactly that – its scrumptious cakes and pastries. Its cheesecake is especially favoured, as is its lemon pie. They are one of the Halal restaurants that serve a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner too, but the baked goodies are what customers come back for.   5) Green Cabin Green Cabin is not exactly a bakery – they serve rice and curry for lunch, and hoppers for dinner, and since pork is on that menu, they are not Halal in that respect – but they do have an excellent chocolate cake! This is a cake that has delivered for years – not too moist and not too dry, with a perfect layer of icing around that doesn’t overpower it with sweetness. This was the cake that would be packed and cross the oceans so that as Sri Lankans living abroad, we could still have this part of Sri Lanka with us!   6) Sponge Pastry Shop The cosy bakery in Colpetty serves up delicious fish patties and vegetable pastries, as well as a range of sweets. This Halal pastry shop is a good spot to relax or catch up with friends over small, tasty items of food. In addition to good service, they specialise in wedding cakes, sweets, and catering too.   7) Caravan Fresh From sandwiches to pastries to cakes, the selection at Caravan Fresh would appeal to anyone who wants to grab a quick bite. The multiple outlets situated around Colombo make it an easy task, and the fact that the food is Halal means you don’t have to think twice before ordering. With a fairly average price range, this bakery delivers in terms of quality.   8) Wonder – The Bakery Café The many outlets of this bakery is visible across Colombo. While any particular item does not stand out, the food here is cheap and Halal. Breads, burgers, mini pizzas, buns and short-eats dominate the savoury menu, while eclairs, doughnuts, cream buns and jam buns serve those with a sweet tooth.     As with any delicious food you try, check into the Halal Food Spotter on the HalalTrip App with bakeries around you so that everyone can grab a yummy bite!     ...

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