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  • Spring City Resort | Serenity In The Hot Springs Of Taipei

    Spring City Resort is a 5-Star family friendly hotel with an awe inspiring mountain view. Within the resort resides impressive 9 multifunctional pools as well as four types of private spa rooms. Amazing isn't it?  via GIPHYAlso Read: PoshPacker Hotel | Living in Elegance and Style Location Credit Image: Spring City Resort From the outside, Spring City Resort might seem like your average city hotel, but the name of the Resort is a clever combination. The hotel is situated in an accessible spot within the City but still allows you to be transported to the healing, relaxing nature of Springs and to experience the benefits water has on your body.  When people think of Taiwan and Taipei City, it may not seem obvious enough to them to consider these places as a Halal destination. However, Islam is slowly growing in Taiwan and it is estimated that about 0.3% of the population are Muslims. This explains the growing market of Halal options out there.  Halal-Friendly Aspects around the Location  Spring City Resort has a great many things around for guests and tourists to explore. From the Beitou Hot Springs and public baths, to the museums and the Ketagalan culture centre with an art gallery and exhibit hall. There are also a great number of beautiful Taiwanese temples to visit and since Spring City Resort is known for its Mountain view, a huge array of ecological parks, beautiful gardens and architecture are built around the natural landscapes. With so many activities in store for visitors, Muslim travellers need not worry about the lack of entertainment here. Mosques and Prayers As the Spring City Resort is located on the outskirts of Taipei city, the closest mosque or prayer room may be slightly further than what a Muslim traveller may be used to. The Taipei Grand Mosque is a little over an hour away by public transport and 30 minutes away by car. This is still a reasonable journey for Taraweeh or Eid prayers which can be arranged, but may be quite a distant for everyday prayers.  Taipei Grand Mosque Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: https://www.taipeimosque.org.tw/ Nevertheless, worry not for Spring City Resort has assured Crescent-ratings that male and female prayer rooms can be made available upon request, during your stay. Prayer mats and directions, as well as a prayer time-table are all readily available upon request. The nearest mosque is the Taipei Grand Mosque.Also Read: 8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Taiwan Resort Facilities Credit Image: Spring City Resort Whether you are an esteemed guest at Spring City or you just want to experience the wide array of beautiful pools, Spring City Resort caters for both. The pools include a family pool, waterfall pool, octagonal calm pool, and floating pool, to name a few.  Health-Benefits of the Spring Credit Image: Spring City Resort Each pool has its own benefit, whether from the pressure or temperature of the water. An aspect unique to Spring City Resort is that it is located near Liuhanggu (Sulfur Valley), offering pure and milky coloured springs for guests. The benefits of the springs here has a long history; it is said to boost the immune system and even improve joints and arthritis pain.  Privacy Credit Image: Spring City Resort Although, swimming in the outdoor pools in a burkini or covered water-appropriate clothes is no problem, if you require further privacy, Spring City Resort offers a more intimate private Spring experience. The same care and spring water is available in a beautiful marbled spa for an affordable price (under $20). This means that Muslim travellers no longer have to be concerned with privacy.  Furthermore, if you are a couple or family that would like to experience the spa everyday of your stay here, there is the option to stay in the Royal private spa. This is a room with an attached spa, which is cleverly designed to incorporate all the pools, in what would be a bathroom. Last but not least, the hotel understands the need for a female-only spa, and thus, offers this option to female guests and visitors. The staff are trained to respect guests' personal choices and are happy to answer any questions regarding this female-only spa experience. Rooms Credit Image: Spring City Resort As a 5-star Hotel, Spring City Resort does not skimp on choice and variety. There are up to 10 room options, including 3 Villa options. There are various options for families, couples, group travel, and romantic trips. Each room focuses on allowing the light to flood the open space with feature windows that have nature and mountain views. If you’re looking for a specific experience, the Japanese room is styled with floor chairs and sleek sliding interior design, whilst the spring suite focuses its elements on a  garden style and light floral ambiance.  Halal-Friendly Room Facilities Credit Image: Spring City Resort All rooms are fitted with a hand shower and Japanese washlets - perfect for wudhu. As the staff are trained on Muslim guest requirements, Muslim guests can request for portraits to be taken down, or specific items to be brought to their rooms, such as prayer mats and timetables. This should comfort Halal travellers by making them feel more at home. In addition, female guest attendants can be requested. During Ramadan and on Fridays, assistance and transport can be arranged to take guests to the mosque for Jumuaah or Taraweeh. Food and Dining This hotel prides itself in the Chinese, Japanese and Western variety it offers to its esteemed guests. As Taiwan’s main religion is Buddhism and most Buddhists are vegetarian as part of their beliefs, it is not hard to find varied veggie and vegan options. In a unique spin, Spring City not only has two wide-ranged themed restaurants, it also houses a bakery. Handmade breads, cakes and pastries can be picked up straight from the oven, and enjoyed while still warm. Such is the perks of having a bakery so close to you.  Halal Food and Dining Options The Spring City Resort is given a high crescent-rating for a reason, it does not have a bar or serve alcohol in the minibars. This allows the hotel to tailor to its guests' needs without offending anyone. Upon request or booking you can ask for Halal room service and Halal breakfast to be served, which are prepared in the Halal-certified kitchen. This respectful hospitality is a rare find but shows consideration to the growing amount of Muslim tourists. Muslim guests can also be rest assured as the Hotel does not have a bar or nightclub given that such amenities does not fit into the Spring relaxation theme. Halal Restaurants Nearby When visiting a new place, tourists often desire a myraid of food options outside their accommodation. A trip into the centre of New Taipei City leaves guests with endless Halal options, varying from Indian cuisine to Middle Eastern cuisine.  Masala Art- Indian Address: No. 1, Yumen Street (Taipei Expo Park - Ma Ji Square), Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan Contact: +886-985-147-888 Tajin Moroccan Restaurant- Moroccan Address: No.3, Lane 144, Sec. 2, Keelung Rd., Taipei, Taiwan Contact: +886 2 2732 7296 Toko Sakura- Indonesian Address: No. 27, Section 1, Xinhai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886 2 2364 3765 Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant- Taiwanese Address: No.1 Lane 137, Alley 7 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan Contact: +886 2 2721 4771Also Read: 7 Best Halal Food Restaurants in TaipeiIsn't the Spring City Resort great? So many pools and spas to try, I volunteer as tribute! via GIPHYBook now. Address: No. 18, Youya Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11243 Reservation: 02-2897-2345Website | Facebook ...

  • PoshPacker Hotel | Living in Elegance and Style

    Poshpacker hotel is the hotel of the new generation of travellers. This future-forward hotel incorporates the idea of a comfortable hostel and a luxury hotel, providing single bedrooms with all the privacy and spaces needed for a solo traveller. Just as the name suggests, the services of this hotel are designed for backpackers but with an elevated twist of refinery. Not to mention, it's a crescent rated establishment as well! Are you intrigued yet?  via GIPHY Read on to find out about this new type of accomodation in this ever-changing world of travel.   Hotel Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook The hotel has an elegant, sleek and modern design running through its rooms, bathroom facilities and cafes. All rooms provide a woven basket filled with free essentials required for your stay. PoshPacker has got you all covered. The luxury selling point of this hotel is that it provides a flat-screen TV in each room. The Poshpacker Hotel has a brilliant central location; in most cases, such central location would lead to exorbitant prices and yet, this hotel provides affordable rooms which is just an 8-minute walk away from the Taipei Main Station. Not only is the accessibility great but the Zhongzheng District is bustling with street-food, authentic Taipei experiences and friendly locals.  Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook While the hotel provides shared bathrooms, as in the case for most backpacking hostels, its facilities have been graded an 8.7 for cleanliness so you can be rest assured. If you are travelling as a group, this hotel can still accommodate you by putting you and your group members in rooms side by side, granting you your own private space after a long day of touristing and enjoying Taipei, but also the close proximity you may need for a midnight chat with the rest of your group. Halal Friendly Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook  This hotel is divided into male and female floors, perfect for conscientious Muslim travellers. The shared bathrooms are segregated and equipped with a Japanese washlet. The cleanliness and privacy of the hotel is held in high regard so you have nothing to worry about. The hotel respects and accomodates to the needs of visitors with different beliefs. This is evident with Halal-friendly features each room offers; prayer directions are marked out, with prayer mats and a prayer timetable readily provided upon request. The hotel is also not part of the gambling resort and doesn't sell alcohol or have a bar. This will make you feel safer. Furthermore, the mini-fridges in your room are filled with halal goodies, so no need to check the back of the product for haram ingredients. Time to enjoy the hotel's Halal-friendly facilities and get that blissful night of sleep, amazing!  Halal-Trained Staff You shouldn't feel apprehensive when approaching any of the staff members regarding any halal requirements or arrangements you may need. The staff are well-trained and aware of the Muslim guests requirements. During Ramadan, Halal Iftar can be arranged for guests. Additionally, the hotel can make arrangements for guests to be taken to the nearby mosque for Taraweeh prayers. On a regular day basis, the staff can direct you to Halal restaurants, mosques as well as answer any general queries you may have on Halal services. Furthermore, they have female room attendants specially catered for female guests who are more comfortable with female staff.  Halal Amenities around PoshPacker Hotel You wouldn't want to miss out on the night markets renowned in Taipei, known for its delicious street food, but make sure to inquire about the ingredients in the food you're about to buy first and check for Halal signs. However, do not despair if this isn’t your style as PoshPacker hotel is a bustling district with many halal restaurants located around the area. 1. Halal Beef Noodle House Credit Image: Halal Beef Noodle House on Taiwan Halal This Halal Beef Noodle House is a well-known absolute legend amongst the Beef Noodle Soup eateries; its history goes back to 2007 as one of Taipei's Top 10 Beef Noodle Soup House.  Their speciality is worth a try given its success with locals and tourists.  Address: No.23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan Contact: +886-2-23318203 2. Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant Credit Image: Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant on Facebook A Turkish Restaurant that provides its customers with a traditional Turkish menu. Rich meat, colourful veggies, indulgent desserts and even the traditional tea; this turkish restaurant focuses on bringing Turkish food right to your table in Taipei. Be sure to check them out.  Address: No. 60號, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491 Contact: +886 2 2522 2939 3. Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant Credit Image: Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant on Facebook This halal restaurant brings to you straight from Thailand, the fresh flavours of deep fried chicken, succulent fish in flavoursome soups, delectable rice dishes with crunchy nuts, and mouth-watering pancakes to satisfy your hungry stomach.  A great halal spot you can visit recurringly because of the endless choices of food in the menu.  Address: No. 36, Beining Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 Contact: +886 2 2579 0528 4. Royal Resto/Indonesian Food (Halal) If you are craving for something different like Indonesian food, have no fear, royal Indonesian food is here. The Menu is straightforward; it shows you an illustration of the different kinds of food available, with a wide variety of soup, rice dishes, and deeply aromatically cooked meat that comes with fresh salad and carbs. Address: No. 72, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 Contact: +886 2 2393 5995 Lists of Nearby Mosque Taipei Grand Mosque Living up to its name, the Taipei Grand Mosque is indeed the largest and most famous mosque in Taiwan. The mosque was built to reminisce on the Islamic Middle Eastern-style architecture and it has strong ties with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Jordan. In 1971, it was visited by King Faisal. The mosque provides a place for worshippers to pray 5 times a day, as well as a place to read the Quran comfortably in a safe space. The mosque is also home to Islamic courses held by Taiwanese Muslim members of the community to educate the youth. Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road., Da'an District, Taipei City ,Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: https://www.taipeimosque.org.tw/ Taipei Main Station  In the basement of the Taipei Main Station, you can find a Muslim prayer room. This prayer room is a simple space that is secured with instructions on how to access the room. Definitely perfect and convenient for travellers or residents who needs to carry out their prayers.  Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, 館前路59號 Phone: +886 2 2381 5226Can't wait to travel in elegance and style? Give PoshPacker Hotel a try! Book now.  Address: No. 50, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan Contact: +886 2 2375 5555 ...

  • Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week

    Presenting to you the highly anticipated Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week which will be held on 12-16 March 2020!Uniting top-notch specialists from everywhere throughout the world for seven days of occasions planned for empowering the Halal business in the region, Central Asia presents the Uzbekistan's Ziyarah Tourism Week which is the biggest event of the region. Islamic researchers, scholastics and the Halal industry specialists will talk about and enlighten the audience on subjects of the Islamic legacy, the travel industry, finance, architecture, food, modest-fashion style and associated segments at events and sessions in Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, facilitated by the Government of Uzbekistan.The renowned speakers hosting the different sessions and conferences come from more than 30 different nations. The gathering will include religious scholars and representatives from driving establishments of the Islamic world, higher educational organizations, scholarly circles, and travel organizations. Some of the esteemed participants attending are Aziz Abdukhakimov who is the Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Usmonkhon Alimov who is the Chairman of the Muslim Board, Fazal Bahardeen who holds the CEO post at CrescentRating and Hon. Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin who is the Mufti of Perlis in Malaysia.Photo Credit: Ziyarah Tourism Week Key Aspects of The Week Halal Tourism Experts: Significant universal and local specialists will talk about and dig deeper into the advancement in the Halal travel industry and the Halal business. Blueprint for Destinations: The Uzbekistan's Ziyarah Tourism Week that is panned out for seven days will build up a pathway for destinations and feature their Islamic history which will enhance their culture to the Muslim world. Sector Immersion Training: Travel agent representatives, hotel directors and the travel industry partners will be given an increase significant market mindfulness on the Halal travel segment and learn basic client care prerequisites of the Muslim travelers in the travel industry sector. Halal Chef World: This program is intended to be an ability building and enhancing experience and learning venture that provides organized content throughout the course. Schedule for the Uzbekistan’s Ziyarah Tourism Week  Halal Tourism Immersion Training For all experts hoping to dig deeper, comprehend and focus on the developing Muslim travel industry and be guaranteed by the world's driving expert on Halal Travel, CR Academy is the way to go! This institute gives quality preparing and accreditation programs to experts looking to more readily focus on the developing Muslim Travel Market and obtain certifications from the world's driving expert on Halal Travel.  Travel specialists, hotel supervisors and the travel industry partners and stakeholders will increase significant market awareness of the Halal travel segment, learn fundamental client support necessities for Muslim explorers, and get accreditation. Join worldwide specialists in far reaching programs that will furnish you with driving experiences and get you accreditation on Halal travel.Presenters - Fazal Bahardeen (CEO, CrescentRating) who will touch upon the Overview of Muslim Travel Market and Muslim-Friendly Services. Nisha, (Elevated Consultancy) who will speak about Essentials of Customer Service Requirements of Muslim Travelers. Date: March 12, 2020Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Salat Ul-Jumu'ah in the Grand Mosque of Bukhara Photo Credit: falco on Pixabay  Tune in to the adhan given from Bukhara's notable Kalan minaret. This is trailed by the Salat-ul-Jumu'ah at the remarkable mosque of Bukhara – Masjidi Kalan.Date: March 13, 2020Address: Grand Mosque of Bukhara, Masjidi Kalan International Ziyarah Tourism Forum 2.0 Photo Credit: Ziyarah Tourism Week This is the official opening ceremony of the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week. With attendees from across 30 different nations, the conference will include respected religious scholars and researchers, along with representatives from driving associations of the Islamic world, higher educational establishments, scholarly circles, and travel organizations. These famous worldwide and local specialists will talk about and explore the improvement and advancement in the Halal travel industry and the Halal sector in Uzbekistan. Date: March 13, 2020Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Islamic Heritage Conference Photo Credit: Rachid Oucharia on Unsplash Since of late, there has been a developing enthusiasm among Muslims in rekindling the rich Islamic legacy of nations across the globe. Central Asia, or Mawarannahr, as it was known as in medieval periods, was once home to thriving focuses of information and knowledge for the Islamic world. Muslim researchers contributed in the fields of science, humanities, medicine, space science and astronomy, and that's only the tip of the iceberg! This would extraordinarily add to human advancement. At the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week, respected Islamic researchers from around the globe will lead panel sessions to talk about Uzbekistan's Islamic history and how to properly elevate and promote destinations that are religious sites. Date: March 13, 2020Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel Bukhara Halal in Travel Conference Photo Credit: falco on Pixabay  CrescentRating, post 2016, has composed a few Halal In Travel gatherings around the globe. Industry experts and suited partners have increased and gained priceless bits of knowledge on how they can reinforce their situation and current standpoint in a segment that is at present worth billions of dollars.At the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week, travel specialists and bloggers will share their perspectives on current patterns in the Halal travel industry. Travel influencers will recount and narrate their encounters and understandings that they have gained while travelling in Uzbekistan. The conversations and suggestions will concentrate on making travel around Uzbekistan open, and particularly catered to Muslim explorers. Date: March 14, 2020Address: Sahid-Zarafshon Hotel BukharaIslamic Architecture and Art Conference Photo Credit: Baqbergen Atabayev on Unsplash  The significant aspects of this conference feature the implication of Islamic engineering and craftsmanship to the world and investigate its impact across various districts. Researchers, students, architects and engineers will examine the subject of how present-day society can profit by traditional Islamic urban architecture and design. Date: March 14, 2020 Modest-Fashion Show Photo Credit: Raden Prasetya on Unsplash  The Modest Fashion Show segment is where creators, brands, influencers, and purchasers can see the most recent patterns and trends and offer bits of knowledge related to the industry. Tashkent, the capital city, will play host to an energizing blend of developing and well-known fashion designers, in the company of global media, a platform where their hard work can be showcased. Date: March 15, 2020Address: The Capital City, Tashkent Halal Chef World Photo Credit: Rene Asmussen on Pexels  Halal Chef World is intended to be a capacity strengthening program for the catering industry. Culinary specialists who complete the evaluation will be granted CrescentRating accreditation in Halal Gourmet Dining. There is an immense range of points of interest for culinary specialists as well. They are given the chance to become familiar with the accepted procedures in Halal culinary aptitudes, recognize Halal ingredients and Halal substitutes along with share and combine recipes from prestigious worldwide gourmet experts. Photo Credit: Fabrizio Magoni on Unsplash  Lodgings and Restaurants get to widen their reach to Muslim voyagers comprehensively and be better furnished with the correct information when considering the needs of a Muslim traveler. They also get an opportunity to carry out branding endeavors and increase exposure of their establishments. Date: March 16, 2020Address: Citizen Hotel Tashkent Register for the Uzbekistan Ziyarah Tourism Week today!...

  • Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa | A Halal Sanctuary In The Heart Of Nusa Dua, Bali

    Imagine crystal blue waters, the pristine strip of beach with fine golden sand. A private sanctuary right one of Bali's most relaxing provinces – Nusa Dua. Wake up to the best sites of nature and savor being just five minutes away from the beach. via GIPHY Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of life when you're a Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Meet the locals and experience the amazing Bali hospitality. This 5-star sanctuary was designed with accents of the Indonesian culture in a serene botanical setting. Here, you'll breathe the new ambiance and be surrounded by the beautiful architecture and natural elements that resemble Bali.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Just 15 minutes away from the airport, you don't have to ever worry about having to sit through a long bumpy ride. This also means that you could leave a little later than usual before catching your flight back home. Image Credit: Nate Johnston on Unsplash The best time to visit Nusa Dua is some time between the end of May till the end of October – from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). During this time, Nusa Dua is in the high season of clear blue skies with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 25°C on cooler days and 30°C to 31°C on warmer days.  Also Read: Pop By These Hidden Gems Of Bali The Next Time You're On This Island The Rooms Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Nusa Dua understands that everyone has different preferences and styles, hence whilst you have the choice of bigger deluxe family rooms constructed to satisfy tired parents and excitable children, or deluxe rooms that offer just the right amount of space for solo or couples. There are also opportunities to splurge in a personalized manner and be transported to your dream. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Authentic hardwood floors, spacious balconies with the view of lush tropical gardens and perfectly crisp bedsheets and intricate wood carvings that accentuate the Bali ambiance. The rooms in Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa captures Balinese luxury and identity in even into the littlest details of the room.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Palace Club Lagoon Wake up to their immaculate outdoor lagoon and when the sun starts beaming, lounge at the patio just outside your room or take a quick dip in their outdoor pool. The Palace Club Lagoon Room and suites give you instant access to Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa's various pools or savor the breathtaking view, peering over palm trees at their spacious balconies. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Royal Residence The Royal Residence incorporates vintage drapery, heavy textiles, vintage wood within 2 levels. It ensures to encapsulate what classic Balinese royals once experienced. The Balcony extends out into the pool and garden views and it also has a private plunge pool for the whole family. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Nusa Dua Suite The Nusa Dua Suite gives a homely feel, with different levels, neutral and warm tones. It has an upper level with encompassing views of the palm trees line the beach. The separate living area truly makes you feel you have rented a home in Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Batur Suite The Batur Suite ensures that people who enjoy the outside nature, are gifted with a sleek lagoon swimming pool, decks for sunbathing all in a modern marble feel as well as a lush tropical garden. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Agung Suite The Agung suite with its white and lighter tones has an airy feel, with a spacious living area. The mature designs, making it the perfect place for 4 adults to come to relax their stresses away in a highly deserving manner. Note: Feel free to request for a copy of the local prayer time table to keep track of your prayers.  Also Read: Get Your Dream Floating Breakfast And Feel Like Royalty For A Day At These 5 Resorts in Bali! The Spa Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa A 5-star hotel with a 5-star top-notch spa makes the trip here an unforgettable experience. Nusa Dua Spa makes it their mission to offer traditional Balinese beauty and spa treatment. The product they use has been a national treasure to Balinese women for centuries. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa They encapsulate modern luxuries that do not stray from providing their cherished clients with a genuine Balinese experience they will never forget; with coffee and lime body scrubs, milk baths, body, and skin oils that are carefully pressed, natural essential oils to relieve tensions, mixtures of spices, herbs, and plants native to Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa The Nusa Dua spa ensures to offer a relaxing, restful but also healing wellness experience as well as a traditional experience that could only be experienced in Bali. Dining The dining options are balanced at just enough for your stay of a week, 7 options to experience. Here is a break down of your breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has four Halal-certified restaurants, each set to serve different types of cuisines. The Indonesian council of Majelis Ulama Bali has declared that the food served is Halal and according to the Islamic law. All ingredients and production processes are in accordance with the decree of Fatwa Commission of the Indonesian Council of Majelis Ulama Bali. If you're planning your stay within the Ramadan period, Halal iftar and sahoor will be made available upon request in the 4 restaurants and room services.   Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine For an authentic Balinese experience, this dining experience not only serves award-winning food but it does so in an elegant fine dining ambiance. The architecture is wooden inspired, with engraved wooden planks, high planked ceilings in rich mahogany. This ensures that when your dinner of Kunyit coconut curries, sambal tapas, warm spiced Ayam Betutus arrive all your senses are overfilled with Balinese hospitality. Not forgetting the delectable traditional desserts. Note: The menu has an in-depth description of each meal for newbies. Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie This halal-certified restaurant will call you from afar, with its complete structure in wood. The bamboo thatched roof houses an incredible restaurant. The views of the ocean will accompany the wide range of dishes from the west along with side contemporary Asian dishes. From Pizzas to linguine, aubergine dishes to chicken tikka, you can find the traces of Greece, Italy, India on the menu. The options don’t end there, go for dinner for an entirely different menu Tamarind understands the sweet tooth well, with beautiful exotic flavors such as tamarillo, mango and papaya pulp, and mandarins but it also understands classical flavors with inclusions of Toblerone, chocolate, and vanilla. Maguro Asian Bistro Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Maguro Asian Bistro If you are craving a different type of Asian cuisine, namely Hong Kong styled street foods, Japanese sushi or Korean barbecues, Maguro condenses the variety of Asian foods into a hip cool setting beside the pool. The fresh seafood will explode in flavor, the combinations of fresh local fruit and spices of Bali to add a kick to your dishes do not fail to spice up the holiday you’re experienced. There is also an international dessert list. Wedang Jahe Restaurant Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Wedang Jahe Restaurant Set in an idyllic setting with Balinese women artistically painted on a brick wall. The restaurant doesn’t offer a menu online due to its endless choices that change. Just be prepared for a mixture of local dishes as well as international ones. There you have it, Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa. You have an opportunity to make your dream holiday come true. Free Download: Wonderful Indonesia | Get Your Halal Travel Guide Address: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80361, IndonesiaPrice Range: IDR 1,778,502 onwardsMosques Nearby: Masjid ITDC Nusa Dua                                Masjid Agung Ibnu BatutahHalal Food Nearby: Bebek Tepi Sawah Nusa Dua                                   Queens of India Nusa Dua Website | Facebook | Instagram  ...

  • You Can't Miss Out on These When You're In Cairo

    Egyptian food is completely delicious, mouth-watering and unforgivingly lush, but sadly it is also underrated. It's hard to find Egyptian restaurants abroad when you have other Middle-eastern food competitors like Lebanon, Morocco, and even Syria. However, this gives Egyptian food an advantage, with no expectations, these dishes will blow your mind with the unusual and delicious combinations, fresh flavors and satisfying ingredients. via GIPHY Starters or Fast Food 1. Foul Image Credit: One Arab Vegan; The Foul is a dish made for all, regardless of their social status, thanks to how nutritious it is.  Foul or also known as Fava Beans – The Egyptians are known for their love for Foul in the Middle East. Foul Medames are blended into a paste, with cumin, oil, and salt. You can eat it as a side dish with bread as a starter or you can also find them in sandwiches. You can't get bored with this classic. There are also other variations like the Foul Iskandarani with salad toppings, Foul Medames, Garlic Foul, Chili Foul, and the list goes on. 2. Koshari Image Credit: The Mediterranean Dish; The Koshari may not be the healthiest meal out there, but it really is a meal unique to the Egyptian culture. If you want to eat fast food with no fuss but plenty of flavors, Koshari is the delight of Egypt that can never disappoint. With a base of buttery macaroni (a type of pasta) soft rice, flavored lentils, a tangy salsa sauce, hearty chickpeas and caramelized onions (Now, this is the best bit). You have a hearty dish that will keep you full and satisfied (And did I mention how sleepy you'll get after this heavy meal? You have no idea). 3. Tamia Falafel and Tahini Image Credit: Pille-Riin Priske; The Falafel tastes amazing when it's still warm and crisp. Don't forget to dip it in the Tahini for an extra tangy taste.  Honestly, this is the poor man and a rich man's food. In the West, a sandwich of this type costs up to $10, in Egypt it won't cost you more than 50 cents.This sandwich is best bought in 2,3,4 or more, One is not enough. You get a choice of a mini thin baguette or little pouch of pitta bread, filled with Tahini, mixed salad (fresh tomato, onions, cucumber, salad, and herbs), sometimes Hummus and finally the warm falafels that are squashed to make sure every mouthful explodes with flavor. via GIPHY Note: The Egyptian falafel uses the famous Foul Medames, Fava Beans, Chickpeas, a mixture of spices (varIant to each individual) and with no doubt parsley, coriander, and green herbs to give its signature color. Also Read: A Muslim's Guide to Shopping in Cairo: 10 Must-Visit Places! Main Dishes 1. Mahshi Image Credit: Vedat Zorluer; Though you'll find this dish relatively common in the region, the Mahshi is still a must-try in Cairo where different cities will have different renditions of the Mahshi or the Dolma. This dish has different names as is also known as Dolma in Turkey. Consisting of many variants including Courgette, vine leaves, peppers, cabbage leaves. They are often stuffed with spiced rice but you can also find minced meat ones and even rarely minced chicken. You can never be bored and each home or restaurant adds their twists to the dish, so it's difficult to not like this dish. A classic and it would be a shame to miss out! 2. Pigeon and Molokhia This one is not for the light-hearted. If you are a meat lover and want to try one of Egypt's signature meat dishes, then pigeon is the way to go. Egyptians love this dish paired with a good 3ish (bread also meaning life) and Molokhia stew made with the plant of Corchorus. The texture of this stew is quite slimy but it takes some getting used to. Dating from Ancient Egypt, you can be transported back to Egyptian Pharaohs by eating this dish. 3. Macaroni Bechamel Image Credit: Nawal Escape; This dish can be too dairy-heavy so pair this dish with the Egyptian Chamomile Tea or any type of tea to ease the tummy.  Egyptians claim to be the inventor of this dish, but pasta is Italian and Bechamel is French. However, the compilation of this dish is very Egyptian. Pasta is layered on top of each other into a block and covered with creamy Bechamel, minced meat, a bit of tomato sauce and even more Bechamel. It's comfort food for most and can be found in every restaurant. 4. Sujuk and Kibbeh Image Credit: Renata C. F. Correa RenataCorreaMG; The Kibbeh can be a little daunting, but you know what? Just go for it! A meat feast for meat lovers. Sujuk is the classic spicy sausage which you can find alone, with your classic sides of rice or chips, on pizzas, in sandwiches, on Fateera and the list goes on. As for Kibbeh, a definite either love it or hate it situation, is liver fried with garlic and onions. The flavor isn't overpowering but the texture is not for the light-hearted. 5. Fateera My personal favorite, it's an Egyptian pizza with a buttery fine pastry base. Its endless layers of pastry goodness can be eaten sweet or salty. Either filled with delightful cream (Ashta), nuts or chocolate, drenched in syrup. This tempting pie can hardly be shared. For those who prefer savory or want a meal you can have any of your favorite pizza toppings, meat, chicken, veg and cheeses, instead, they are hidden between the layers. Also Read: 10 Museums Around The World That You Must Visit Dessert 1.Kunefe The joy you feel when you pull the Kunefe away and see the strings of cheese is extra rewarding. Though the syrup may be too sweet, the cream surrounding the dessert creates a good balance. For those with a sweet tooth, Kunefe although Palestinian in origin, can be found all over Egypt. Kunefe is vermicelli drenched in a caramel syrup sauce with a surprise center of stringy cheese that absorbs the outside flavor. The original Kunefe is topped with crushed pistachios and more of the delicious sticky syrup. Modern variants include peach and icecream, Nutella, white chocolate and many more. When you're in the middle east, it's essential to try the original then experiment with the new twists. 2. Umm Ali Image Credit: Dinner With Julie; The Umm Ali is a dessert meant to be shared with a group of friends or families which resonates well with the middle eastern culture.  Umm Ali translates as Ali's mother, but don't worry this is a completely vegetarian dessert. No mothers were harmed in the making of this dessert. The story goes that the Wife of an Ayyubid leader (a royal caliphate from Egypt) would make this dish, especially for her husband. There are many variations of this dessert but it can be difficult to find the right one due to its supreme delicacy. It is a layered pudding dessert with fine pastry layers, a sort of milk pudding, raisins, pistachios, any kind of nuts, cinnamon and finally roasted till a golden. via GIPHY There you have it, 10 Egyptian dishes to try and the variants and other dishes will introduce to a whole new world of food, even Aladdin couldn’t have on his magic carpet ride....