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  • Manners & Dua Series - Part 2 | Prophetic (SAW) Practices, Azkar And Dua On Sleeping And Night Prayers

    We covered the manners and dua of waking up in the morning in part 1 of the series. Here we will cover another important day to day activity of our life; sleeping. We spend around one third of our life sleeping. If we make sure that this routine act is done following the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), we will get great reward even when we are performing this routine act.  Here, we will cover briefly some of the Ahadith pertaining to prayers, manners, recitations, dua and azkar before sleeping and during the night.   Verses from the Qur’an on Night and Sleep  Credit Image: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَتَوَفَّاكُمْ بِاللَّيْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا جَرَحْتُمْ بِالنَّهَارِ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُكُمْ فِيهِ لِيُقْضَىٰ أَجَلٌ مُسَمًّى ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ And it is He who takes your souls by night and knows what you have committed by day. Then He revives you therein that a specified term may be fulfilled. Then to Him will be your return; then He will inform you about what you used to do. (6:60) - Sahih International وَهُوَ الَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الَّيْلَ لِبَاساًوَالنَّوْمَ سُبَاتاًوَجَعَلَ النَّهَارَ نُشُوراً “And it is He who has made the night for you as clothing and sleep [a means for] rest and has made the day a resurrection” (25:47) - Sahih International وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا “And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer]” (25:64) - Sahih International وَمِن رَّحْمَتِهِ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ لِتَسْكُنُواْ فِيهِ وَلِتَبتَغُواْ مِن فَضْلِهِ “And out of His mercy He made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful.” (28:73) - Sahih International وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ مَنَامُكُمْ بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَابْتِغَاؤُكُمْ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَسْمَعُونَ “And of His signs is your sleep by night and day and your seeking of His bounty. Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen.” (30:23) - Sahih International اللَّهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنْفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا وَالَّتِي لَمْ تَمُتْ فِي مَنَامِهَا ۖ فَيُمْسِكُ الَّتِي قَضَىٰ عَلَيْهَا الْمَوْتَ وَيُرْسِلُ الْأُخْرَىٰ إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ “Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. (39:42) - Sahih International وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَاسْجُدْ لَهُ وَسَبِّحْهُ لَيْلًا طَوِيلًا “And during the night prostrate to Him and exalt Him a long [part of the] night.” (75:26) - Sahih International وَجَعَلْنَا نَوْمَكُمْ سُبَاتاً  “And made your sleep [a means for] rest.”  (78:9) - Sahih International   Manners of Sleeping Credit Image: Jp Valery on Unsplash Narrated Abu Barza (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) disliked to sleep before the `Isha' prayer and to talk after it. (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Jabir (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Extinguish the lamps when you go to bed; close your doors; tie the mouths of your water skins, and cover the food and drinks." I think he added, ". . . even with a stick you place across the container." Al-Bara' bin 'Azib (RA): Messenger of Allah (SAW) directed me thus: "Whenever you go to bed, perform Wudu' as you do for Salat ..... (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "When anyone of you go to bed, he should shake out his bed with the inside of his waist sheet, for he does not know what has come on to it after him....." (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Qais bin Tihfah Al-Ghifari that his father (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) found me sleeping in the masjid on my stomach. He nudged me with his foot and said: 'Why are you sleeping like this? This is a kind of sleep that Allah dislikes,' or 'that Allah hates. (Sunan Ibn Majah) Narrated Al-Bara' bin `Azib (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to lay his head upon his right hand when going to sleep.... (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Narrated that Jabir (RA): I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: ‘You should use antimony when you go to sleep, for it improves the eyesight and makes the hair (eyelashes) grow.’ (Sunan Ibn Majah) Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA): Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Whoever sits in a place where he does not remember Allah (SWT), he will suffer loss and incur displeasure of Allah; and whoever lies down (to sleep) in a place where he does not remember Allah, he will suffer sorrow and incur displeasure of Allah." (Sunan Abi Dawud) Recitations from the Qur'an before Sleeping Credit Image: T Foz on Unsplash Narrated `Aisha (RA): Every night when the prophet (SAW) went to his bed, he joined his palms together and blew onto them, and recited over them them: ‏ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَد”say: he is Allah, One” and ‏ قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ ‏; say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn and ‏قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ: say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men. Then he would wipe as much of his body as he could with his hands, beginning with his head, his face and the front of his body, doing that thrice. (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) deputed me to look after the Sadaqat of Ramadan. A person came and started taking handfuls of the foodstuff (stealthily). He narrated the rest of the hadith and at the end he said: "Whenever you go to bed, recite "Ayat-al-Kursi"-- 'Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-l-Haiy-ul Qaiyum' till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no Shaitan will come near you till morning." The Prophet (SAW) said, "He really spoke the truth, although he is an absolute liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Huraira?" Abu Huraira said, "No." He said, "It was Shaitan." (Sahih al-Bukhari) 'Abd al-Rahman b. Yazid reported: I met Abu Mas'ud near the House (Ka'ba) and said to him: A hadith has been conveyed to me on your authority about the two (concluding) verses of Surah al-Baqara. He said: Yes. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Anyone who recites the two verses at the end of Surah al-Baqara at night, they would suffice for him. (Sahih Muslim) Farwah b. Nawfal quoted his father as saying: The Prophet (SAW) said to Nawfal (his father), “Recite (the Surah) 'Say, O you disbelievers!' قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ and then go to sleep at its end, for it is a declaration of freedom from polytheism.” (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated Jabir (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) did not sleep until he had recited: ‏الم تَنْزِيلُ 'Alif-Lam-Mim. The Sending-down' (Surah 32)  ‏تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ and 'Blessed is the One in whose hand the kingdom is' (Surah 67). (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Narrated 'Aisha (RA): The Prophet (SAW) would not sleep until he recited Surat Bani Isra'il and Az-Zumar. (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Dua and Azkar When One Intends to Sleep Credit Image: Jeremy Yap on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "When anyone of you go to bed, he should shake out his bed with the inside of his waist sheet, for he does not know what has come on to it after him, and then he should say:  بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، إِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ  'Bismika Rabbi Wada`tu Janbi wa bika arfa'uhu, In amsakta nafsi farhamha wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ibadakas-salihin." “In Your name, my Lord, I lay down my side and by you I raise it again. If You take my soul, then have mercy on it, and if You release it, protect it by that which You protect righteous sales” (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Hudhaifa ibn al-Yamani (RA): Whenever the Prophet (SAW) intended to go to bed, he would recite:   بِاسْمِكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live)  And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say:  الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا، وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ Al-hamdu lil-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana; wa ilaihi an-nushur (All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection) (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Al-Bara' bin `Azib (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to lay his head upon his right hand when going to sleep, then say:  رَبِّ قِنِي عَذَابَكَ يَوْمَ تَبْعَثُ عِبَادَكَ “My Lord, safeguard me from Your punishment the Day You resurrect Your slaves (Rabbi qinī `adhābaka yawma tab`athu `ibādak).” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Ali bin Abi-Talib (RA) said: Fatimah (RA) complained to me about her hands blistering from grinding flour. So I said: ‘If you were to approach your father and ask him for a servant?’ So he (the Prophet (SAW)) said: ‘Should I not direct the two of you, to that which is better for you than a servant? When the two of you lay down to sleep, say thirty-three, thirty-three, thirty-four, of At-Taḥmīd ( ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ‎), At-Tasbīḥ (سُبْحَانَ ٱللَّٰهِ), and At-Takbīr (الله أكبر).” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Narrated Abu Hurayra (RA): Abu Bakr (RA) said, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), teach me something that I can say morning and evening." The Prophet (SAW) said, اللَّهُمَّ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ، فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي، وَمِنْ شَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ، قُلْهُ إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ، وَإِذَا أَخَذْتَ مَضْجَعَكَ  "O Allah, Knower of the Unseen and the Visible, Creator of the heavens and the earth, everything is in Your hands. I testify that there is no god but You. I seek refuge with You from the evil of myself and the evil of Shaytan and his (encouragement to) associate others (with You)."  Say it in the morning and the evening and when you go to sleep." (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Al-Bara' bin 'Azib (RA): Messenger of Allah (SAW) directed me thus: "Whenever you go to bed, perform Wudu' as you do for Salat then (before sleeping) recite: اللَّهُمَّ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي إِلَيْكَ، وَوَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ، وَفَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي إِلَيْكَ، رَغْبَةً وَرَهْبَةً إِلَيْكَ، لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَلاَ مَنْجَا مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ، آمَنْتُ بِكِتَابِكَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلْتَ، وَنَبِيِّكَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلْتَ "All-ahumma aslamtu nafsi ilaika, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu `Amri ilaika, wa alja'tu zahri ilaika, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja'a wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Amantu bikitabika al-ladhi anzalta wa nabiyyika al-ladhi arsalta” “O Allah! I have submitted myself to You, I have turned myself to You, committed my affairs to You and sought Your refuge for protection out of desire for You and fear of You (expecting Your reward and fearing Your punishment). There is no refuge and no place of safety from You but with You. I believe in the Book You have revealed and in the Prophet (SAW) You have sent."  Messenger of Allah (SAW) added: "If anyone recites these words and dies during the night, he will die on the true Deen, and if he remains alive till the morning, he will obtain good. And make this supplication your last words (before sleeping)." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) Suhail reported that Abu Salih used to command us: When any one of you intends to go to sleep, he should lie on the bed on his right side and then say: اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبَّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ رَبَّنَا وَرَبَّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ فَالِقَ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَى وَمُنْزِلَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَالإِنْجِيلِ وَالْفُرْقَانِ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهِ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الآخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَىْءٌ اقْضِ عَنَّا الدَّيْنَ وَأَغْنِنَا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ " O Allah. the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Earth and Lord of the Magnificent Throne, our Lord, and the Lord of everything, the Splitter of the grain of corn and the datestone (or fruit kernel), the Revealer of Torah and Injil (Bible) and Criterion (the Holy Qur'an), I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of every- thing Thou art to seize by the forelock (Thou hast perfect control over it). O Allah, Thou art the First, there is naught before Thee, and Thou art the Last and there is naught after Thee, and Thou art Evident and there is nothing above Thee, and Thou art Innermost and there is nothing beyond Thee. Remove the burden of debt from us and relieve us from want."  Abu Salih used to narrate it from Abu Huraira (RA) who narrated it from Allah's Apostle (SAW). (Sahih Muslim) Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: Abu Bakr asked, "O Messenger of Allah (SAW)! Teach me some words so that I may recite them in the morning and in the evening." The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Recite these words: اللهم فاطر السماوات والأرض عالم الغيب والشهادة، رب كل شيء ومليكه أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت، أعوذ بك من شر نفسي وشر الشيطان وشركه‏  'Allahumma fatiras-samawati wal-ardi, 'alimal-ghaibi wash-shahadati, Rabba kulli shai'in wa malikahu. Ash- hadu an la ilaha illa Anta, a'udhu bika min sharri nafsi, wa sharrish- Shaitani wa shirkihi “ “O Allah! Creator of the heavens and the earth! Knower of the hidden and the exposed! Rubb of everything and every one. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but You. I seek Your Protection from the evil of my own self from the evil of Satan and from the evil of Shirk to which he calls).” The Messenger of Allah (SAW) added: "Recite these words in the morning and the evening and when you go to bed. اللهم فاطر السماوات والأرض عالم الغيب والشهادة، رب كل شيء ومليكه أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت، أعوذ بك من شر نفسي وشر الشيطان وشركه‏"‏ قال‏:‏ ‏"‏قلها إذا أصبحت، وإذا أمسيت، وإذا أخذت مضجعك (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated Anas (RA): When the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) went to his bed, he would say:  الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَكَفَانَا وَآوَانَا فَكَمْ مِمَّنْ لاَ كَافِيَ لَهُ وَلاَ مُئْوِيَ Praise be to Allah who has fed us, given us drink, satisfied us and given us refuge. Many there are who have no one to provide sufficiency for them, or give them refuge. (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated AbulAzhar al-Anmari (RA): When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed at night, he would say:  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي وَأَخْسِئْ شَيْطَانِي وَفُكَّ رِهَانِي وَاجْعَلْنِي فِي النَّدِيِّ الأَعْلَى in the name of Allah, I have laid down my side for Allah. O Allah! forgive me my sin, drive away my devil, free me from my responsibility, and place me in the highest assembly. Abu Dawud said: Abu Hammam al-Ahwazi transmitted it from Thawr. He mentioned Abu Zuhair al-Anmari (instead of Abu al-Azhar). (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar (RA): When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed, he would say:   الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَفَانِي وَآوَانِي وَأَطْعَمَنِي وَسَقَانِي وَالَّذِي مَنَّ عَلَىَّ فَأَفْضَلَ وَالَّذِي أَعْطَانِي فَأَجْزَلَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ وَإِلَهَ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ Praise be to Allah Who has given me sufficiency, has guarded me, given me food and drink, been most gracious to me, and given to me most lavishly. Praise be to Allah in every circumstance. O Allah! Lord and King of everything, God of everything, I seek refuge in Thee from Hell. (Sunan Abi Dawud) Abdullah b. 'Umar commanded a person that as he went to bed, he should say:  اللَّهُمَّ خَلَقْتَ نَفْسِي وَأَنْتَ تَوَفَّاهَا لَكَ مَمَاتُهَا وَمَحْيَاهَا إِنْ أَحْيَيْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا وَإِنْ أَمَتَّهَا فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ  " O Allah, Thou created my being and it is for Thee to take it to its ultimate goal. And its death and life is due to Thee, and if Thou givest it life, safeguard it; and if Thou bringst death, grant it pardon. O Allah, I beg of Thee safety."  A person said to him: Did you hear it from Umar? Thereupon he said: (I have heard from one) who is better than Umar, viz. from Allah's Messenger (SAW). Ibn Nafi, reported this on the authority of Abdullah b. Harith but he did not make mention of this" that he heard it himself". (Sahih Muslim) Witr and Qiyamul-layl Credit Image: Ümit Karabayır on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him? (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Abu Umamah (RA): `Amr bin `Abasah reported to me that he heard the Prophet (SAW) say: “The closest that the Lord is to a worshipper is during the last part of the night, so if you are able to be of those who remember Allah in that hour, then do so.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Narrated Abu Umamah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was asked: "At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?" He (SAW) replied, "A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi) Narrated Al-Aswad (RA): I asked `Aisha (RA) "How is the night prayer of the Prophet?" She replied, "He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed. When the Mu'adh-dhin pronounced the Adhan, he would get up. If he was in need of a bath he would take it; otherwise he would perform ablution and then go out (for the prayer)." (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Jabir (RA) Messenger of Allah (SAW) said “Whoever among you fears that he will not wake up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the beginning of the night, then go to sleep. Whoever hopes that he will wake up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the end of the night, for recitation (of the Qur’an) at the end of the night is attended (by the angels), and that is better.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Abdin Al-Qari: I heard ‘Umar bin Khattab say: ‘The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘Whoever sleeps and misses his daily portion of Qur’an, or any part of it, let him read it between the Fajr prayer and the Zuhr prayer, and it will be recorded as if he had read it during the night.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) Narrated `A'isha (RA): The Prophet (SAW) used to offer his night prayer while I was sleeping across in his bed. Whenever he intended to offer the witr prayer, he used to wake me up and I would offer the witr prayer too. (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated from Abu Ad-Darda (RA): Who attributed it to the Prophet (SAW): "Whoever goes to his bed intending to get up and pray qiyam at night, then sleep overwhelms him until morning, will have recorded that which he intended and his sleep is a charity given to him by his Lord, the Mighty and Sublime.” (Sunan an-Nasa'i) Narrated that ‘Aishah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW)) used to sleep during the first part of the night and stay awake during the latter part.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)  Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) told me, "The most beloved prayer to Allah is that of David and the most beloved fasts to Allah are those of David. He used to sleep for half of the night and then pray for one third of the night and again sleep for its sixth part and used to fast on alternate days. (Sahih al-Bukhari) Dreams Credit Image: Spencer Arquimedes on Unsplash Narrated Jabir (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) as saying If anyone sees a dream which he does not like, he should spit on his left side three times, and seek refuge with Allah from the Satan three times, and let him turn over from the side on which he was sleeping. (Sahih Muslim) Narrated Ubadah b. al-Samit (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) as saying; If anyone is alarmed while asleep and he says when awakes: اَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ “There is no god but Allah alone Who has no partner, to whom dominion belongs, to whom praise is due, and who has power over everything (omnipotent). Glory be to Allah, and praise be to Allah, and there is no god but Allah, and then he prays: O my Lord, forgive me. “ Abu Dawud said : Al-Walid’s version has; and he prays, his prayer will be answered. If he gets up, performs ablution, and prays, his prayer will be accepted. (Sunan Abi Dawud) Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, "If anyone of you sees a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, and he should thank Allah for it and narrate it to others; but if he sees something else, i.e., a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, and he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, for it will not harm him." (Sahih al-Bukhari) Afternoon Nap - Qailulah Credit Image: Adi Goldstein on Unsplash Khawwat ibn Jubayr (RA) said: Sleeping during the beginning of the day is stupidity. Sleeping during the middle of the day is good, and sleeping at the last part of it is foolish.  (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA): We used to offer the Jumu’ah prayer early and then have an afternoon nap. (Sahih al-Bukhari) As-Sa'ib ibn Yazid said,  Umar (RA) used to pass by us in the middle of the day - or near to it - and say, 'Get up and take a midday nap. Any time spent here after this is for shaytan.  (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) Anas bin Malik (RA) said: They used to gather and then take a midday nap.  (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad) General Tips on Sleeping Better Credit Image: Science in HD on Unsplash Extensive research continues to be done by the science community on sleep and how to sleep better. Here are some of the recommendations from them through those research. How much sleep do you need? According to the National Sleep Foundation the recommended sleep ranges per day are: Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours  Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours  Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours Here are some recommendations to get better sleep: Take a short midday nap. Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon. Stop consuming Caffeine 6–8 hours before sleep. Say no to late-night television. Stop watching TV and turn off any bright lights 2 hours before heading to bed.  Try not to drink any fluids 1–2 hours before going to bed. Exercise daily, but do not perform it too late in the day as this may cause sleep problems. Don't eat late in the evening A relaxing warm bath or shower may help you sleep better. When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Stick to the same sleep schedule throughout the week, including the weekends. You may refer to this infographic: Let us follow the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and incorporate these practices into our daily lives as we carry out our routine act of sleeping. ...

  • 10 Islamic Podcasts You Need To Listen To In 2020

    As we juggle between work and family, at times we forget to allocate some quality `me-time.` We may be so used to diverting our entire energy to cater towards a fast-paced life in this era that we tend to forget the plethora of options available that would enhance ourselves as individuals. Thanks to the evolution of technology and facilities, podcasts are now gaining traction amongst individuals from all sorts of age groups. If you are the type of person who gets engrossed in a book as an important exam is coming up, or you find yourself running from pillar to post to attend meetings and conferences, podcasts are ideal as you can listen to them on-the-go. Podcasts not only have the capacity to reach the hearts and minds of listeners with the range of topics and content they cover, but they also allow us listeners to invest some quality energy into thinking and mulling over today's reality.  via GIPHY  Keen to keep up with podcasts but unsure of which is more suited to the topic you have in mind? Fret not! Making your lives simpler, here we have an article that fills in as a guide for those of you who are keen on extending your insights on Islam and be exposed to different themes viewed through the Islamic lens. This article consists of the most well-known digital recordings and podcasts that are catered to Muslims. We hope to be able to get more individuals connected with the latest and significant topics on Islam.  via GIPHY    1. Hijabi Diaries Credit Image: The Hijabi Diaries on Facebook As a radio podcast, the Hijabi Diaries is a platform that welcomes and encourages Muslim ladies to discuss and share insights about their daily lives and their families, their dreams and their aspirations. They even encourage Muslim ladies to share their reasons as to why they opt to don the hijab, as well as sensitive issues like what they go through when it comes to being a Muslim lady in America in this day and age, due to the rapid ascent of Islamophobia in the USA. They release up to 6 podcasts each year. You can listen to the podcast here.   2. What Muslims Look Like Credit Image: What Muslim Look Like on Listen Notes This podcast was initiated with the intention of portraying the Muslim community’s involvement in society and how they are depicted in the public eye. What Muslims Look Like by Ayyan Zubair and Shefa ahsan covers a range of themes and topics; be it media, medication, society, culture, racism, fashion and many more. An interesting aspect of this podcast is that it features Muslims from all sorts of background and discusses some of their aspirations and identity. You can listen to their podcast here.    3. Ilmfeed Podcast Credit Image: IlmFeed Since their release in March 2014, IlmFeed has immediately risen to become one of the most well-known UK-based Islamic sites in the world, and its fame continues to rise.  Situated in East London and one of the most well-known sites when it comes to showcasing the life of a Muslim, Ilmfeed has begun a podcast segment which is facilitated by Shabbir Hassan. Due to its interesting content, the Ilmfeed podcast is showered with attention, with listeners eagerly awaiting the next episode. The IlmFeed Podcast is an Islamic podcast which highlights motivational conversations with Muslims from around the globe, who share their moving stories and anecdotes openly with their listeners. Tune in to their podcast here.   4. Salam Girl! Podcast Credit Image: Salam Girl! Podcast on Facebook If you're looking for a podcast with high spirited, cheerful and bubbly personalities as your hosts – the Salam Girl! Podcast is the one to opt for! The hosts are two American ladies who have chosen to convert to Islam - Monica Traverzo and Nicole Queen. The Salam Girl! Podcast is certainly both a unique and special stage for Muslim ladies to dive deeper into their faith and beliefs. Talking about themes revolving around their podcasts, for instance, they speak about topics circling around converting to Islam, psychological wellness, the hijab as an attire and its significance and so on. Join them on their excursion of self-revelation as they adapt to the way of life as American Muslim Women while they share guidance, personal encounters and interview uplifting guests to help enable and empower Muslim ladies. Tune in to their podcast here.   5. Syukran Talks Islamic podcast Credit Image: Syukran Talks on Chartable This podcast is facilitated by Ustaz Hidayat Ismail, Shahib Amin, Nona Kirana and Hisham Zain. Their main objective is to discuss issues that are close to the hearts of the modern Muslim in this era in a lighthearted but informative manner. Some of the topics that they have touched on include 'How to Pray on A Plane', 'Sharing Food Photos Is Riak?' and 'Can We Eat No Pork No Lard?'.  You can listen to their podcast here.   6. Living the Quran Podcast Credit Image: Living the Quran on PodBean Originating from the Qaim Institute, the Living the Quran podcast is an ideal method to get in your everyday tafseer teachings without the interruptions, buffering and whatever the derailing that may occur with different other podcasts. Due to the enhanced knowledge received and the committed energy towards really understanding the expression of God, the Living the Quran podcast will assist you with improving your relationship with both your confidence and your dedication to Allah. It provides a better understanding and takes you through the Holy Quran to allow you to comprehend the Word of God. They talk about a scope of themes identified with the Qurans stanzas and they give a comprehensive comprehension and grasp. For example, in one podcast, they talk about the fourteenth section of Surat al-Saff and in another they talk about and go through Surat al-Saff - Extinguishing the Light of Allah and the Preeminence of Islam.   Tune in to their podcast here.   7. The Good Life Podcast by Mizi Wahid and Nur Adam Credit Image: The Good Life on Listen Notes To engage their listeners with mechanisms to drive progressive lives with a purpose, The Good Life Podcast with Mizi Wahid and Nur Adam, was introduced to share moving stories from their own encounters and that of the heroes going the extra mile. They have faith and belief in their listeners, and they believe that their listeners have the power to do anything that they divert their positive energy to. Join them in their excursion of hope, love and faith as they talk about burning issues one would face in this society and how best to conquer them. They also bring to light topics like depression to educate individuals and encourage them not to stay silent when facing these issues.    Check out their podcast channel here. 8. The Islamic History Podcast Credit Image: The Islamic History Podcast on Listen Notes  If you are interested to learn more about the history of Islam and significant events which has shaped Islam today, you will get it here – the Islamic History Podcast. The Islamic History Podcast releases one episode every month since their launch in September 2015 to educate and give bits of knowledge to their listeners of the Islamic life a long time ago. The Islamic History Podcast is a podcast that looks to investigate the numerous accounts that make up the values of present-day Islam. They talk about the Ottoman Empire, the Islamic Caliphate, Prophet Noah and much more. Islamic History Podcast accomplishes more than just reiterating old stories. They delve into history to view how and why that specific event occurred according to recorded data. The Islamic History Podcast started as an audio expansion of a mildly well-known blog under the name of Islamic Learning Materials. Since the release of this platform, they have investigated both captivating and shocking features of Islamic history. They have looked at topics such as The Massacre of Karbala, Sunnis and Shiites, The Yemeni Civil War, The Rohingya Crisis and many more. You can listen to this podcast here.   9. Mufti Menk by Muslim Central Credit Image: Mufti Menk by Muslim Central on New Muslim Tube Brought up in Zimbabwe, Dr Mufti Ismail Menk is one of the most renowned worldwide Islamic researchers. He studied Shariah in Madinah which then resulted in him obtaining a Doctorate in Social Guidance awarded by Aldersgate University. Mufti Menk's preachings and teachings have received an increase in overall acknowledgment and he has been named one of "The Top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World" since 2010. He has a huge following on his social media platforms and his friendly style and practical methodology has made him one of the most leading scholars presently. This has also allowed him to gain more listeners on his podcast channel. He ventures to the far corners of the world spreading a basic but significant message through his podcasts. To top it off, he is also a solid advocate of harmony and equity, opposing all types of terrorism. He releases one episode per week ever since his podcast was launched in July 2006, which covers everything about Islam and its belief system. Check out his podcast channel here.   10. Saad Tasleem by Muslim Central Credit Image: Saad Tasleem by Muslim Central on Apple Podcasts Additionally, Saad Tasleem also releases podcasts via the Muslim Central platform. Saad Tasleem delved into Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Design and Psychology at the University of Maryland. He began his Islamic education at The Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America (IIASA) in Fairfax, Virginia. It was then when he proceeded to study at the Islamic University of Madinah where he devoted himself to the teachings of Islam. Later, he successfully graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Shariah which was awarded by the University of Madinah. He is currently an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, who speaks about topics related to the benefits of a Muslim via his podcasts. A portion of his renowned podcasts are 'Preparing for Ramadan', 'A Message to the Smokers', 'Missing Fajr in Ramadan,' and so on. You may check out his podcast here.  via GIPHY There you have it, 10 Islamic podcasts you can listen to for some me-time! These recommended podcasts are perfect for those of you who are interested to enrich yourselves further into the study of Islam. It is also suitable for those of you who want to stay updated on the latest news and trends in Islam. Podcasts cater to a wide range of audience, and the best part of it is that you can always listen to it on-the-go whenever you find yourself busy and overwhelmed with work. Whether you're busy studying for exams, bored at home or busy doing your daily household chores, you can always listen to these podcasts while doing all of those. So what are you waiting for? Start tuning in to these 10 Islamic podcasts now! With that, we hope that all of you stay healthy and stay home!  via GIPHY...

  • Manners & Dua Series | Prophetic (SAW) Practices, Azkar and Dua For When You Wake Up In The Morning

    بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ As we continue to face challenging times, we need to strengthen our relationship and remembrance of Allah (SWT) in everything we do.  Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has taught us not just Azkar and Dua(s) but also the practices for almost every occasion of our daily life. Being consistent in reciting these Azkar and following his (SAW) sunnah will greatly benefit us in this world and the hereafter.   At HalalTrip, we are starting this new series of posts on the essential Azkar/Dua and manners that all of us should strive to practise, memorize, understand it’s meaning, internalize and be consistent in implementing them in our daily lives. The first post will be on the very first thing we do to start our day, i.e. wake up in the morning. We wake up because Allah (SWT) through his mercy has returned the soul to our body. Should we not be grateful for that? So here are some of the practices of the Prophet (SAW) and the Azkar he recited as he woke up.  The Three Knots Image credit: Manuel Sardo on Unsplash Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of anyone falling asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, 'The night is long, so stay asleep.' When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart." (Sahih al-Bukhari) "If You Are Straight, We Are Straight" Image credit: Masjid Pogung Dalangan on Unsplash Narrated Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudri (RA): That the Prophet (SAW) said, "When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all of his body parts bow to the tongue and say: 'Fear Allah regarding us, we are only part of you. If you are straight we are straight and if you are crooked we are crooked." (Jami`at-Tirmidhi) Wash Your Hands Image Credit: Geetanjal Khanna on Unsplash Narrated from Salim from his father (RA): The Messenger of Allah said: "When anyone of you wakes up from sleep, he should not put his hand into the vessel until he has washed it." (Sunan Ibn Majah) Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): When anyone amongst you wakes up from sleep, he must not put his hand in the utensil till he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was during the night.   (Sahih Muslim) The Morning Routine of the Prophet (SAW) Image credit: Ali Hegazy on Unsplash Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA): I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna (RA). Allah's Messenger (SAW) talked with his wife for a while and then went to bed. When it was the last third of the night, he got up and looked towards the sky and said: ‏إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لآيَاتٍ لأُولِي الأَلْبَابِ‏  "Verily! In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding." (Qur’an 3.190). Then he stood up, performed ablution, brushed his teeth with a Siwak, and then prayed eleven rak'at. Then Bilal pronounced the Adhan. The Prophet (SAW) then offered two rak'at (Sunna) prayer and went out (to the Mosque) and offered the Fajr prayer. (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA): Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (RA). I slept across the bed while Allah's Apostle and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet (SAW) slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat "Al-`Imran." Allah's Messenger (SAW) went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet (SAW) put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two rak'at five times and then ended his prayer with witr. He laid down till the Mu'zzin came, then he stood up and offered two rak'at (Sunnah of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer.  (Sahih al-Bukhari) Narrated Hudhaifa (RA): When the Prophet (SAW) went to bed, he would say:  ‏ بِاسْمِكَ أَمُوتُ وَأَحْيَا (Bismika amutu wa ahya) “In Your name, O Allah I live and I die”  and when he got up he would say: الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ (Al-hamdu li l-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba'da ma amatana wa ilaihin-nushur) “Praise be to Allah, Who has given us life-after causing us to die, and to him is the Resurrection” (Sahih al-Bukhari) "If You Take My Soul" Image credit: Becca Schultz on Unsplash Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “When one of you leaves his bed then returns to it, then let him brush it off with the edge of his ¹Izar three times, for indeed, he does not know what succeeded him upon it after him. When he lies down, let him say: بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ (Bismika rabbī waḍa`tu janbī wa bika arfa`uhu, fa’in amsakta nafsī farḥamhā wa in arsaltahā faḥfaẓhā bimā taḥfaẓu bihī `ibādakaṣ-ṣāliḥīn) “In Your Name, my Lord, I lay my side down, and in Your Name I raise it. And if You take my soul, then have mercy upon it, and if You release it, then protect it with that which You protect Your righteous worshipers” And when he awakens, let him say:  الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي فِي جَسَدِي وَرَدَّ عَلَىَّ رُوحِي وَأَذِنَ لِي بِذِكْرِهِ (Al-ḥamdulillāh alladhī `āfānī fī jasadī wa radda `alayya rūḥī wa adhina lī bidhikrih). “All praise is due to Allah, Who healed me in my body, and returned to me my soul, and permitted me to remember Him” (Jami'at-Tirmidhi)  1. Izar: a voluminous outer garment that covers the whole body. The Prayers of the Prophet (SAW) Upon Waking Up Image credit: Falaq Lazuardi on Unsplash Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin (RA): Shariq al-Hawzani and I came to Aisha (RA) and asked her: By which (prayer) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) began when he woke up at night? She replied: You asked me about a thing which no one asked me before. When he woke up at night, he uttered: الله أكبر "Allah is Most Great" 10 times,  ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ‎  and uttered "Praise be to Allah" 10 times, سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ and said "Glory be to Allah and all praise is due to him" 10 times سُبْحَانَ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوسِ and said: "Glory be to the King, the Most Holy" 10 times,  أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ‎ and asked Allah's pardon 10 times, لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ and said: "There is no god but Allah" 10 times, اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ ضِيقِ الدُّنْيَا وَضِيقِ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ and then said: "O Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from the distress of this world and the distress of the Day of Resurrection" 10 times. He then began the prayer. ‏(Sunan Abi Dawud)   “None Has the Right to be Worshiped but Allah Alone" Image Credit: Rumman Amin on Unsplash Ubadah bin As-Samit (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Whomever wakes up in the morning and says upon waking:   لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ  (La ilaha illallah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir; Subhan-Allah walhamdu lillahi, wa la ilaha illallahu, wa Allahu Akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil-‘Aliyil-‘Azim)  “None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, with no partner or associate. His is the dominion and all praise is to Him, and He is Able to do all things. Glory is to Allah, praise is to Allah, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, Allah is the Most Great, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah, then he supplicates Rabbighfirli رَبِّ اغْفِرْ ل (O Lord, forgive me), he will be forgiven.’    Walid said: “Or he said: then if he supplicated, it will be answered for him then if he stood up and performed ablution and then performed prayer, his prayer would be accepted.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) You may refer to this infographic: Let’s memorize these Azkar and bring these practices to our daily lives....

  • 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!

    Great food, a bustling city, idyllic villages, little island paradises, beautiful beaches, and amazing hilly rainforests, Malaysia has it all! If you are starting to plan for your honeymoon, Malaysia should be number one on your list! There are many ideal honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with what the country has to offer. Whether you love adventure or calm peaceful getaways, Malaysia has just the right place for you. via GIPHY Surrounded by luxury resorts, this country houses resorts that offer 5-star quality service right at your doorstep. While these may sound expensive, some high-end hotels and resorts have great honeymoon packages to offer which are affordable and are within anyone’s price range. So put away your travel blues and read our list of 5 must-visit honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Where the old meets new — Kota Kinabalu is a mix of modern malls and expensive apartments surrounding old markets selling fresh seafood by the fishermen themselves. It is an exciting culinary scene which spans street stalls to high-end cuisine, along with burgeoning art and music culture! All while fiery sunsets watch over this exciting bustling seaside city. Activities and attractions If you are a couple who’s up for an adventure - exploring new cultures, trying out new things - then Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint! Yes, the beach is great but what if you want to try something different? Visit the Mount Kinabalu, a World UNESCO heritage site valued for its biodiversity. Along the way visit the Mountain Garden to gain insight of its many flora and fauna and then head on to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest. You can even enjoy a warm local lunch before taking a dip in the Poring natural hot springs. (Disclaimer: If you're feeling extra pumped up, trek the 13,435 ft Mount Kinabalu. Just note that it is not a few hour's hikes. Most trekkers have been trained beforehand prior to the hike. It definitely takes a lot of mental and physical strength.) Head over to Sepilok to pay a visit to the Wild Man, commonly referred to as the Orangutan, these great reddish-brown haired apes are peaceful and shy, living mostly in the treetops and are sadly critically endangered due to mass deforestation. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre offers a close-up view of the Orangutans in their natural habitat. Credit: Sabah Tourism Interested in exploring new cultures? Mari-Mari Cultural Village is the place to go. Mari Mari showcases the cultures and lifestyles of the various indigenous peoples of the Borneo region – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. You will witness their traditional handicrafts such as blowpipe making and tattooing, their different types of homes, and their culture as a tribe. You might even enjoy some tasty local nibbles along the way! Accommodation Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa Credit: Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa What better way to experience Kota Kinabalu than to stay at a nature resort, one of the best in the area is the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Set amidst a nature reserve and overlooking the South China Sea, the resort offers the best of both sea and rainforest. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa’s relaxing rooms are furnished with earthy toned elegant furniture inclusive of all the standard amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathroom toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can choose between the rainforest view, garden view or sea view rooms, with private balconies, offering you a private calm and relaxing view to enjoy with your partner. The hotel also offers a secluded beach area as well as an outdoor pool area which offers stunning views of the sea and hotel. With a calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounding the hotel, it is the ideal resort for a couple’s retreat. You can approach their 24-hour front desk to inquire about activities such as horse riding and jungle trekking. Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208 MalaysiaContact No.: (60 88) 797 888 Website | Email | Facebook Borneo Beach Villas Credit: Borneo Beach Villas If you are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, Borneo Beach Villas is definitely a great option. Offering all the basic hotel facilities such as WiFi at the lobby and cafe, pool as well as a beach area with white sands, the hotel is ideal to accommodate you for your honeymoon in Malaysia. Their Spa Suites include a private steam bath and hot tub, whilst the villas include a private lap pool, all guest rooms and villas include satellite TV along with a DVD player, inbuilt bathrooms with toiletries. The room furnishings are minimal and comfy and provide sea views. The hotel gardens are well kept and lead you towards the white beach with lazy waves lapping against the sand. All the suites and villas include a fully equipped kitchen which would be ideal if you're thinking of whipping up a meal with your partner. The hotel is surrounded by seafood restaurants and groceries, this is a great option if you are trying to stick to a budget or you could order a la carte from the hotel cafe. Address: 163, Pool Villa & Locked Bag 100, Karambunai, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaContact number: +60 16-832 9302 / +60 16 832 9340 Website | Email 2. Penang Penang is where all Eastern cultures converge to create one big melting pot of thrills. A cosmopolitan city dappled with old world charm, Penang is a perfect romantic setting for a couple looking for adventure! Activities and attractions This city has much to offer with a thriving art scene and culinary delights at almost every street corner this island has an adventure at every turn! Make your way to George Town to witness the amazing and interactive murals and wire art. Be sure to find the legendary Bruce Lee mural and snap a few badass pics with your partner! Most of the artworks can be found along Armenian Street and Acheh Street. George Town as a whole is going to be a memorable experience, with colonial buildings and old houses as well as a myriad of hawker stalls. Some of the must-try dishes are Penang Assam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Penang Teochew Chendul which is a sweet treat! Another popular destination is the Penang Hill which is 2733 feet above sea level, and has the steepest tunnel track in the world! Take the funicular train ride to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of George Town, the day and evening views are equally stunning, however, when dusk sets in and George Town begins to light up, it adds a sense of romance – enjoy the spectacular view of Penang at night and if you want to stay longer the last train leaves the top of the hill at 11 pm! Also, be sure to explore the 1.6km nature trail of Penang Hill. It features suspended walkways amongst the canopies and, viewing platforms as well as pocket gardens. With its exquisite flora, you and your partner will not get bored. Accommodation Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion Buildings and houses in Penang have uniquely styled architecture, so where can you get the full experience of living in the colonial times? At none other than Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion! Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook A beautiful 1880s mansion known for its iconic blue-hued walls which are a result of an indigo-based limewash was which common in George Town at the time. The boutique hotel has 18 personalized rooms divided into four categories – the Liang Collection, Ming Collection, Tang Suites, and Han Suites. Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook The staff are friendly and will take you through all the amenities included in the rooms, the rooms themselves are beautiful with intricate detailing and colonial era style furniture you can experience the true essence of a time gone by. All the rooms include the basic amenities such as cable TV, attached bathroom with a bathtub, air-conditioning etc. The Tang and Han suites include direct pool access. The hotel has two restaurants, the main restaurant being Indigo, which offers a west meets the east cuisine, while the Courtyard offers anything from Nutella crepes to Nasi Lemak. Spend the day lounging with a cup of coffee at the Courtyard and make a surprise dinner reservation at the Indigo restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Address: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, MalaysiaContact number: +604 262 0006 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hotel Jen Credit: Hotel Jen By Shangri-La If you want a more contemporary stay at Penang head over to Hotel Jen, located at the bustling center of George Town, close to the commercial area of the city. Their rooms include all the basic amenities, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym and a free shuttle service to the beach. The hotel is located close to Penang’s markets and commercial shopping centers. Address: Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, MalaysiaContact number: (60 4) 262 2622 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Langkawi An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is surrounded by turquoise waters with white sandy beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. The inland landscape is made up of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Activities and attractions Have your perfect romantic getaway in one of the three famous beaches in Langkawi – Pantai Cenang, if you are looking to try water sports, Tengah, Tanjung Rhu which is more secluded beach and great to take a walk along with your partner. Looking for something more thrilling? Why not go for a walk on the 124 meters long, 700 m above sea level Sky Bridge? It offers spectacular views of some of Langkawi’s main attractions, the only way to get there is by cable car! A little fun fact: a scene from the 2006 Bollywood movie ‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ was filmed on this bridge. If you truly want to experience nature, hike Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. Standing at 881m the hill offers panoramic views of the island; the legend behind the island is that it is the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya who once inhabited the mountain. The hill forest houses some of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife like the flying foxes, great hornbills, leaf monkey, and macaques as well as other forest dwellers. Once you have covered the land sky why not go for an underwater walk, and no, it does not involve diving. Head over to Underwater World, and take the 15m underwater tunnel where you can get a close-up view of sharks, turtles and other sea life. Why not have a fairytale ending to your stay at Langkawi? Visit Taman Lagenda, a folk-lore themed park which is an open-air garden museum that is sure to whisk you away from reality and would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic walk. Accommodation Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa To truly experience tropical tranquillity choose to stay at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa in Langkawi. Their 355 rooms are clustered into wooden chalets all including private balconies which open to stunning views of the property and island. All rooms include the basic amenities that are expected at a five-star hotel. The hotel has two restaurants; Spice Market which is the main restaurant is inspired by the ancient spice route – combining the East with the West. The second restaurant called CBA will offer you the perfect tropical dining experience. The hotel grounds are beautiful and are great for an early morning walk after breakfast, before heading to the secluded beach. Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 8888 Website | Email  Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa  If you are looking for a more pocket-friendly place check in at the four-star Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa located only 15mins away from Langkawi international airport. The hotel is a vast property, offering great views of the beach and surrounding islands. All the rooms include the basic hotel room amenities. Be sure to check their romantic getaway offers on their website. Address: Lot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Daerah Langkawi, 07000 Kedah Darulaman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 9999  Website | Email 4. Tioman The biggest and most popular island in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, Tioman Island is a thrill seekers paradise! Activities and attractions Famous for Diving and snorkeling, Tioman offers the best underwater experience to tourists. Most resorts on the island have a house reef, where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana, also snorkeling is a great option for non-divers! Tioman Island almost has no roads so you’ll have to do a light trek through the jungle to get from place to another, if you are a nature lover this definitely the right spot for you. The two most popular treks are the Tekek to Juara which is two hours and the trek from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay. For activities like kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports Tekek beach, slang beach and genting beach are your best options. Tioman also has some beautiful waterfalls and these can be accessed by a light trek or a short boat ride, one the most famous waterfalls is the Mukut Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the Island is the Asah waterfall which is a 45 minute trek away from Mukut village, if trekking isn’t your thing opt for the boat ride. Accommodation Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa on Facebook Make your Tioman Island, Malaysia, dreams come true! Choose to stay at the Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa for a luxurious tropical island experience. They also promise a great honeymoon experience so do check their honeymoon offers! They have a total of 54 villas which are built to offer the utmost privacy to their guests; you have the choice of choosing between the garden view, rainforest view and the sea view villas. The villas come equipped with all the basic hotel room amenities ensuring that you are comfortable and at home during your stay. Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, MalaysiaContact number: +607-7668886/ 8887/8888 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Paya Beach Resort Credit: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort on Facebook Looking for a place that offers great service for affordable prices? Opt for the Paya Beach Resort, which also offers a great romantic getaway offer for couples. The resort offers villas and chalets as well as lodges as accommodation for guests, the villas are recommended for a romantic getaway. Address: Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, MalaysiaContact number: +65 6733 4333 (Overseas) Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pangkor Pangkor translates to ‘beautiful island’ in Thai, and it definitely lives up to its name. The island is mostly mountainous and has rocky history due it being a center for piracy in the past! However, these days it’s just an idyllic tropical island where the main livelihood is fishing. Activities and attractions If you are interested in water sports, head over to Bogak or Nipah beach, you can try out banana-boat rides, and jet skiing. Pangkor town is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Pangkor cuisine as many local restaurants serving the most delectable dishes can be found. Go for a jungle trek to burn off the calories after eating all that food, the best hike is the Pangkor Hill hike. If you want to do something a little more Zen pay visit to Fu Lin Kung, a Taoist temple built at the foot of Pangkor hill. You can also pay a visit to the Kali Amman temple, which is the only Hindu temple on the island. Don’t forget to check out the Dutch Fort as well, built in the 17th century to regulate tin trade form foreign ships. Another interesting historical spot is the Batu Bersurat (Tiger Rock), the large boulder has historical inscriptions referring to a child and tiger with the initials of the Dutch East India Company engraved into it as well. Book a boat ride to Pulau Jarak, a secluded island with great Marine life, and it would be a great activity to experience with your partner. You can even rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding scenery of the island if you are more adventurous hire a canoe! Accommodation Pangkor Laut Resort Credit: Pangkor Laut Resort One of the most famous resorts in Pangkor and possibly Malaysia is the Pangkor Laut Resort, named after the island itself and ranked number 1 in the World by Condé Nast Traveller and referred to as a paradise by the late Pavarotti! Offering comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance the villas are situated amongst the hills, lush gardens and on wooden stilts over the tropical sea. The villas are fully equipped with the usual amenities found in guest rooms assuring you have all the comforts you need during your stay. They have a great honeymoon offer so be sure to check it out! Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, MalaysiaContact number: +60 3 2783 1000 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Sandy Beach Resort Credit: Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort on Facebook If you want to go for a more budget-friendly option the Sandy Beach Resort will be ideal for your stay on Pangkor Island. Nestled on the golden sands of the beach you can choose between rooms or chalets, the chalets are ideal if you are looking for privacy and they face the Pasir Bogak beach, who doesn’t want to wake up to the blue waters of the sea lapping against the sandy beach? Address: 30, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri PerakContact number: +605 6853027, +605 6853037 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hopefully, this list gave you some insight for planning your Malaysia honeymoon itinerary. Are you excited for your Malaysia honeymoon?!...

  • Glamorous Camping! You Need To Try These Top 10 Glamping Spots In Asia

    If you’re not familiar with the term “glamping”, fear not – you’re not alone. The first time I heard the word “glamping” I didn’t know what it meant. Clearly I’m not following the trend. When I looked into it though, I realised it was exactly the kind of thing I enjoyed – being one with nature minus all the icky stuff: the heat, bugs, and make-shift bathrooms! Glamping is basically the words ‘glamorous camping’ put together. And who wouldn’t like some of that? via GIPHY We scoured all the glamping spots we could find in Asia to come up with these top 10. They have adventure, relaxation, the modern comforts that you are used to, and all the nature you want to be a part of. Even with all the luxury the rooms afford that makes it feel like you’re in a bubble, the view right outside your window and door reminds you that you are a world away from your regular life and its responsibilities. Get ready for a rejuvenating trip! 1. Trizara Resorts, Indonesia Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook You’ll feel like you’re camping alright, in these tent-like structures. Trizara Resorts believes in disconnecting from electronics and connecting with nature, and whether you are a solo traveller, couple or a group, they have a host of activities to make that possible!  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook There’s nothing like making new friends on your travels, and some of the best ways to do that are through team sports. Engage in an archery battle, relax with some yoga, go paintballing, or play futsal. There’s the bungee trampoline, flying fox or high rope for those adrenalin junkies, an Amazing Race or Treasure Hunt for some afternoon fun.  Picture Credit: Trizara Resorts Facebook They also have off-site outings like hiking and off-road for those who want to explore. All this and more with the home comforts of a good bed to ensure a great night’s sleep and an attached bathroom amid other luxuries! In line with their policy, they don’t have a TV though, because they don’t think you need it! Address: Jalan Pasirwangi Wetan, Lembang, Bandung. Jawa Barat.Price Range: From SGD$227/nightContact: 022 82780085Email: trizararesorts@gmail.comWebsite: www.trizara.com 2. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook If you’re looking for a place to go for a special occasion, look no further. La Cocoteraie Ecolodge is a small hotel set in the middle of breath-taking beauty. The staff is like family, which makes your experience there that much warmer, friendlier and more comfortable, and they are willing to decorate your room according to your requests, which makes for the perfect special holiday.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island of Gili Trawangan which means you get there by boat, and then take a horse and cart, cycle or walk to the hotel. It also means that the beauty and peace of the island is undisturbed, allowing you to have a holiday of another level. Lounge by the pool, explore the island (it only takes about an hour to walk around the whole place) or seek adventure in the sea.  Picture Credit: La Cocoteraie Ecolodge, Indonesia Facebook You get a bicycle and snorkelling gear to use for free once you arrive, so you can get those muscles working, or simply lie on the beach with the sky as your screen to enjoy the sunset or star-gaze. The perfect place to go glamping in Indonesia. Address: Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, IndonesiaPrice Range: From SGD$105/nightContact: +6281907976985Email: lacocogili@gmail.comWebsite: www.lacocoteraiegili.com 3. The Canopi, Bintan Picture Credit: The Canopi The Canopi is known for its water sports, so if you feel like a fish in water, check it out. You can take it slow while still toning those muscles on the water tricycle, have a bit of a Wipeout experience by attempting to scale obstacles in the water, of shoot for the sky in the Jetovator!  Picture Credit: The Canopi Water slides keeps kids happy, kayaking, parasailing and more are all part of the Water Experience. If you want to take a break on dry land, try your hand at the shooting range, or explore Treasure Bay Bintan’s private forest in a UTV or an ATV off-road adventure.  Picture Credit: The Canopi Based on what kind of nature buff you are, you can pick the Garden Tent, Lagoon View Tent, Safari Tent or the Glamping Deluxe Tent. Each one features a four-poster bed, air conditioning, wifi, mini fridge and more. Address: Jln. Raya Haji KM 01 Kawasan, Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152, Indonesia.Price Range: From SGD$165/nightContact: +62 770 - 69 - 2252 / 2253Email: reservation@thecanopi.comWebsite: ​www.thecanopi.com 4. Glamz at Genting, Malaysia Picture Credit: Glamz  Not too far away from Kuala Lumpur, you can forget that the city even exists. Have a vacation at the all new Glamz at Genting, with tents that are pretty cosy but offer you creature comforts like no other regular tent does! The indoor facilities are comparatively less than the other places mentioned above, but the surrounding nature and the cool weather that you immerse yourself in makes up for it.  You can opt for a cozy night in one of the Bell Tents or experience the one-of-a-kind dome room. The dome rooms are mostly for couples on vacation or even for families with children. The dome rooms are relatively spacious for its price! However, if you're traveling with friends or looking for a more 'camping-like' experience, we definitely recommend the bell tents! To elevate your glamorous experience, you might even want to try the VIP Dome with Private Jacuzzi ;) Address: 1, Jalan Meranti, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice Range: From SGD$86/nightEmail:  hello@glamz.com.myWebsite: glamz.com.my 5. Kamu Lodge, Laos Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Kamu Lodge differs from the rest of the glamping resorts by providing you with the opportunity to integrate yourself with the locals. Allowing you live like and observe the locals, Kamu Lodge’s speciality is slow travel, which helps in creating memories that last a lifetime. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They encourage their guests to get up close and personal with the paddy fields and process of harvesting rice, net fishing and gold panning (an easier method of mining and you can keep anything you find!). You can also trek through the forest and have a picnic at the waterfall, try your shot at the archery range available, or get a massage at the Kamu Spa, with all the local curative herbs being used to soothe your body. The lodges are hybrids and environmentally friendly. Picture Credit: Kamu Lodge Facebook They have thick walls to keep the elements out, solar panels to source the electricity, and built with natural resources but still including a bed and a hot shower. They may not be luxury tents, but you still have basic comforts that give you a good night’s sleep! Address: Ban Nioy Hai, Muang Nga District, Oudoumxay Province, 06000, LaosPrice Range: From SGD$185/night (April to October); SGD$227/night (November to March)Contact: +856(0) 20 5603 2365Email: info@kamulodge.comWebsite: kamulodge.com 6. Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass, Thailand  Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Home to two World War 2 sites, Hintok River Camp is a favourite amongst history buffs. Even if history is not your thing, Hintok is worth a visit as they have been honoured with many titles, including one of the top 10 adventure resorts, top 7 gorgeous places to go glamping in Thailand, Thailand Boutique Award and 3rd Amazing Back-to-Nature Hotel in Thailand. Picture Credit: Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass หินตก ริเวอร์ เเคมป์ ณ ช่องเขาขาด Facebook Hintok River Camp is a tented camp that sports gorgeous views along with their natural spring pool – the perfect place to lounge about and drink in the view. The tents are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, a hot shower and more, and you step out of it into another world of beauty. On-site activities include the museum, mountain biking, a sheep enclosure, Thai massage, a trekking trail, and more. In the vicinity of the Camp is Treetop Adventure Park to satisfy your adrenalin cravings with their zip line, flying fox, tightrope, and more. You can also enjoy canoeing, bamboo rafting, exploring The Lawa Cave and gorgeous waterfalls. Address: 109 Moo 9 Ban Wang Khamen, Tambon Thasao, Saiyok, Kanchanaburi 70150, ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$230/nightContact: +66(0) 81 754 3898Email: info@hintokrivercamp.comWebsite: www.hintokrivercamp.com 7. Elephant Hills Floating Luxury Camp, Thailand Located close to popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui makes getting to Elephant Hills easy, but it still manages to feel like another world once you get there. Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury camp, and it consists of luxury tents on solid ground as well as the floating tent camp on the Cheow Larn Lake. You have to book a tour package with them – you cannot book rooms individually – so your stay will include experiencing both tented areas, as well as interacting with and observing elephants in the most ethical way possible. Don’t worry, they are all about conserving wildlife as well! In addition to offering you little luxuries in your tent like a comfortable bed, a hot and cold shower, and electricity amongst other amenities, their rooms are built responsibly, using solar and wind energy and a unique waste management system for sustainability. Elephant Hills is set is some of the most beautiful natural landscape, and part of your tour allows you to go trekking and explore on of the world’s oldest evergreen forests. The Jungle Lake Safari gives you a well-rounded experience by letting you roam in the wild, as well as taking you to civilisation – the market, to be precise – where you get up close and personal with the people, food and culture. There is a guide on hand to translate as and when you need it. You aren’t always chaperoned though! You are free to enjoy the scenery and gorgeous sunset from your tent deck, jump into the lake like it is your backyard pool from that same deck, and explore the surroundings in a kayak by yourself. It is a truly rejuvenating experience and something everyone should try at least once in their life! Address: 170 Moo 7 Tambon Klong Sok, Panom District, Suratthani 84250 ThailandPrice Range: From SGD$850 for 3D2N Safari Tour+ Package (room included)Contact: +66 5200 1186 / +66 5200 1196Email: info@rainforestcamp.comWebsite: rainforestcamp.com 8. Jungle Beach Camp, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka Standard Glamping Tent Deluxe Glamping Tent Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Jungle Beach Camp is another great location to lose yourself in nature. On the tropical island of Sri Lanka that offers diverse landscape like green mountains and blue seas, Jungle Beach Camp is set in the south which is the prime location for beach holidays. Take your pick between the Standard Glamping Tent and Deluxe Glamping Tent (the former can host four people while the latter, six) whether you are a couple, family, or a group of people. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Their thatched roofs and wooden structure makes you feel like you’re roughing it out in the wild but with the comfort of an en-suite bathroom, shower, and a warm bed to name a few. Experience Sri Lankan hospitality through the service, delicious food, a relaxing Ayurveda massage, and more. Soak up the sun on the beach, try your hand at the waves, or get involved in a game of volleyball. Picture Credit: Jungle Beach Ahungalla Watersport Get your adrenalin going on a jet ski ride, diving, snorkelling or deep sea fishing, or whale watching. Your holiday here is what you make of it! Address: Wathuregama, 80562 Ahungalla, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$222/nightContact: +94 776 216 328 or +94 775 959 40Email: junglebeachahungalla@gmail.comWebsite: www.junglebeachahungalla.com 9. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Madukelle Set in the Knuckles Mountain range lies Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. Waking up to breath-taking views of green mountains and blue skies as far the eye can see, to the chirping of birds and morning nature sounds, you feel like you’re in another world. Sri Lanka is known for its tea plantations which make for some of the best views. Honeymoon Suite Picture Credit: Madukelle The deluxe room is a sturdy canvas tent – which makes you feel like you’re camping in Asia – with a bed, desk, attached bathroom, hardwood floors and a porch where you can sit out and appreciate the incredible beauty at your feet. There are also net-covered windows (much like ones found in tents) that can be closed off with the canvas or opened up to let in the breeze and view from the comfort of your bed. They also offer honeymoon suite that comes with a private dining facility, a bathtub, and many more little details to make your stay enjoyable. There is a family lodge available as well. The Lodge offers a dining area with incredible views, a library with internet, an infinity pool, little cosy spots within the plantation – perfect for getting lost in a book, amongst other facilities. There are many places nearby to go hiking, trekking, wildlife watching, or even to the city if you’re missing the city life. Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge offers day trekking, night camping, cooking Sri Lankan dishes with a chef, waterfall excursions, tea picking and a plantation visit, and a few other activities to get you up close and personal with the surroundings. Each activity is priced differently and is not included in the cost of the room. There is plenty to see and do at Madulkelle, and it is perfect for an adventurous holiday or a relaxing one. Address: Madulkelle - Habaragala Road, Kandy, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD287/nightContact: +94 (0) 813801052Email: info@madulkelle.comWebsite: www.madulkelle.com 10. Jetwing Kurulubedda, Sri Lanka Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda The Jetwing range of hotels manages to integrate luxury with nature beautifully, and they have a whole range of locations in different natural surroundings for just that purpose. Located in the southern region of Galle that is commonly known for its beaches, history and food, Jetwing takes you instead to the jungle a little away from the coast, to a world of its own, hidden away among the lush greens and paddy fields. Hosting 6 luxury villas, Jetwing allows you to be one with nature in absolute comfort. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Views of paddy fields and the sound of a flowing river nearby never sounded so good! Spacious rooms, polished wooden floors, attached bathrooms, air conditioning, a tea and coffee making facilities are just some of the comforts they have thought of in the basic deluxe room. Picture Credit: Jetwing Kurulubedda Take your holiday a step further by getting the booking one of two stilted Dwellings that offers a rain shower, private plunge pool and the symphony of birds that share the habitat. Get lost in this world within itself or head out nearby to one of the top beaches in the world – Unawatuna Beach, for the Mahamodara River Safari, the Kottawa Conservation Forest, the Handunugoda Tea Estate, get behind the scenes of a Cinnamon Peeling Centre, or explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Galle Fort. Address: Jetwing Kurulubedda, Galle, Sri LankaPrice Range: From SGD$181/nightContact: +94 91 2223744, +94 114 709 400Email: resv.lighthouse@jetwinghotels.comWebsite: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingkurulubedda...



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    Mustakimmale117

    I found this #Mosque