Thailand’s first fully halal hotel opens in Bangkok
THE LUXURY Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok welcomes guests through giant wooden doors, into a foyer with elegant chandeliers and warm, friendly service.
But now, the deluxe hotel has more to offer than just 242 spacious rooms, a spectacular rooftop pool, and delicious dining facilities. It has been certified as Bangkok’s first fully halal hotel, with every facility a Muslim traveler could need.
Conveniently located with easy access to Suvarnabhumi Airport and downtown Bangkok, Al Meroz is also close to The Foundation of Islamic Centre of Thailand which provides religious services and guidance to the Muslim Community.
Of course, non-Muslim guests are still very welcome to the hotel and can enjoy all the same facilities, including incredible halal-cuisine.
Diwan is an all-day family dining restaurant which has been created with the Muslim guest in mind. The restaurant serves a selection of Asian dishes, including traditional Thai food. It is also an alcohol-free zone and has been halal-certified.
If you fancy something a bit different then head to Barakat restaurant which serves tantalizing Mediterranean cuisine and adheres to halal guidelines, so no pork and no alcohol.
“Halal refers to the entire production process, including storage and the utensils and equipment used,” Saksit Sarovat, a food and beverage manager told The Strait Times.
“A high standard in hygiene is essential. When you mention halal food, most people think about chicken biryani and oxtail soup, but at Barakat, we offer new experiences – dishes in the Arabian and European styles and a large selection of steaks.”
The other all-halal facilities also include separate swimming pools for females and males as well as a prayer room.
Thailand welcomes almost 30 million foreign tourists every year. However, only a fraction of these, a little over two percent, are from the Middle East.
Thailand is trying to change this though and Al Meroz’s fully halal-certification is one of the ways it is doing so.
“The Al Meroz Hotel has been created with a clear vision to provide Muslim and non-Muslim guests with the best traditions of the Islamic Way of Living. From the unique architecture of the Hotel, to the Halal-certified cuisine and a non-alcoholic environment, every effort has been made to respect the needs of our guests,” the hotel wrote on their website.