Start your New Year with a luxurious halal holiday


With the holiday season here, it also means New Year is shortly following. For most people, if not all, it only seems like yesterday that they were celebrating the New Year of 2019. The year has gone by so fast, and it just shows how busy everyone has been, working and getting on with their daily life. After another 365 days since you had your last New Year’s Eve off, it’s about time you treat yourself to a luxurious holiday where you can relax, unwind, and forget about the worries in the world. With a large selection of halal-friendly holiday destinations just waiting to amaze you, starting your New Year by flying off to your own little paradise is the perfect way to tell yourself ‘thank you’ for all the hard work you do.

If you think it’s about time you get yourself on a plane and off to the perfect paradise island, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve listed below a selection of amazing Muslim friendly destinations where you can enjoy the beginning of the year peacefully with a loved one, family, or friends.

Banyan Tree, Seychelles

Located on the picturesque south-western coast of vibrant Mahe Island, the stunning Banyan Tree Seychelles awaits your arrival. This breathtaking escape offers beautifully designed modern villas that enjoy the endless view of the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. With your very own private plunge pool, jet pool, or living pavilion, you can enjoy the calming view as you swim under the sun in the comfort of your villa. Also being just a few meters away from the pristine sandy beach, you can experience a romantic walk or a swim out at sea. Halal dining is also available, and other luxurious services available upon request.

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Another perfect New Year getaway far far away from the world is Six Senses Laamu, the only resort in the Laamu Atoll in the Indian Ocean. If you’re looking for the ultimate retreat where you can spend the beginning of the New Year without a worry on your mind, then this stunning getaway will provide just that. Offering a handful of luxurious and differently designed villas, you can enjoy choosing the perfect accommodation for your stay. Let the views take your breath away with the panoramic upper dining deck at the treetop level and a viewing platform, while private access to the beach, your own private pool, and your very own private outdoor bathroom and rain shower will all play a special part to your paradise stay.

Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius

If you’re looking for a little piece of heaven on earth, then the Angsana Balaclava resort in Mauritius is the place you want to be. Built and specially designed so it captures the magnificent sunset every evening, this ultra-luxurious holiday destination is the perfect place to unwind. Also being just 15 minutes from Port Louis, you can enjoy a range of activities, shopping, restaurants, and daily places to go and things to do to keep you occupied. When it comes to accommodation, Angsava Balaclava has perfected every room and villa to provide your every need. Our preferred villa is the Ocean Front Pool Suite; here you can enjoy your very own private 25m2 pool as you look onto the ocean. A steam shower, and balcony with daybeds will also add the perfect finishing touch to your stay.

Amanpulo, Philippines

How about spending your New Year on your very own 5km private beach? Amanpulo or Pamalican Island in the Philippines is the perfect getaway for those wanting to shut themselves out from the world. Surrounded by natural beauty, here you’ll enjoy relaxing views of the turquoise sea as you lounge around all day in utter luxury. With Executive Chef Axel ready to cook you a delicious halal meal, all your wants and cravings will be more than satisfied. Each casita comes with a freestanding bathtub, double vanity, and a sumptuous king bed, while various activities and spa services will also complete your stay.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Situated on the edge of the Arabian Sea, where you’ll find the Six Senses Zighy Bay, an amazing resort offering rustic self-contained villas with luxuriously appointed accommodation set in grounds that mirror the style of a traditional Omani village. Hid within the privacy of cobblestone walls, your private holiday will be full of delicious halal menus available all year round, and beautiful views of the sea as you lounge around on the sunbeds surrounding the private pool. Our preferred villas are the beachfront pool villas where you’ll enjoy direct access to your own private garden. GEM’s (Guest Experience Managers) and female-only spa facilities are also available, while various adventurous sports and activities await to be explored.

If you think any of the above may be perfect for your New Year treat, let us know by leaving a comment! We’d love to hear where you’d choose to spend the New Year, or what other plans you have in mind. With so much going on each and every year, it’s important we remember that we too, need a quick break from reality. Treat yourself this coming New Year, and book a luxurious holiday where you can relax and unwind in a peaceful environment, before going back home and starting the challenges and hard work of 2020 with a refreshed smile.

Nabeel Shariff is the Owner of Luxury Halal Travel. Luxury Halal Travel brings together some of the world’s leading hotel brands to offer Muslim travellers incredible experiences whilst observing their Muslim faith.

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Comments (5)

  1. Freya Damson says:

    Tell me about it, 2019 seems to have gone in a blink. Really don’t know what’s happened this year, but I’ve never known time to go that fast before. Maybe I’m just getting old! I’m not Muslim so halal considerations don’t apply to me but this is very helpful for those who are, and these all sound like great choices that are inclusive and family friendly. I’ve not been out over New Year for years and haven’t taken a January hol in forever. I’d quite like to do something in the next two weeks though as it gives you a break to refresh yourself before having to get straight back into the usual routine. I’d be hard pushed to pick just one of these places though. Maybe Maldives? Never been but it always strikes me as a destination that oozes luxury.

  2. Rob says:

    Earlier this week I was having lunch in a Heathrow restaurant. The two couples, on the table next to us, were studying the departures board, to some distant and exotic places.

    “You know,” said one of them eventually and sounding a little disappointed, “I wish we were going to Mauritius instead.”

    Luckily, I’ve been to Mauritius. It really is a dream paradise destination. If you’ve not yet been it’s time to start making plans.

    • Jack says:

      Yes, Mauritius is utterly fabulous, well it can be. That is if you get the right weather. This week has seen a torrential rainstorm. Epic walls of water. If you are going to do one of these tropical destinations do your weather research before you book. Don’t just go to one of the tour operator’s websites who always play down bad weather. Look at some proper reports over a few years. Even then still be prepared to adjust your expectations if the sun ain’t shining every day.

  3. Peter Ryan says:

    Sadly I’m yet to stay at a Six Senses hotel but they seem to be taking luxury to another level. Would be great to try the property at Zighy Bay in Oman. Visited this beautiful country a few times and there’s always plenty to do. Nice to have a luxury property to return to.

  4. Tim says:

    There’s always so much talk of the Maldives and Seychelles as the places to go to. Never made it to either so far but I’ve got a policy maturing soon which would fund a trip for us to one of these dream destinations – but not both. Anyone got any advice on which one I should head for?

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