Halal hotel in Malaga – is there any?

Are you looking for a Halal hotel in Malaga for your holiday? Although not very widespread at the moment you can find 2 Halal hotels on the Costa del Sol, one in Marbella and another in Torremolinos.

Wondering what is a Halal hotel?

Well, if you ask the term halal is a term usually used with foods that are acceptable according to Islamic law.

If you plan to stay in one of these hotels and do not know what Halal means continue reading. I will explain below some of the peculiarities that might be part of their services:

  • They don’t serve meat from an animal that died naturally.
  • You can not consume blood or pork. In the same way it is forbidden the consumption of an animal that has not died according to the halal tradition.
  • In this type of hotels you will not find alcoholic beverages and they do not allow smoking.
  • They do not use certain food additives from the pig, both in cosmetic elements and in food.
  • The rooms usually have a mark indicating the direction to Mecca.
  • There is a Quran in every guest room.
  • They could filter television channels for making them Halal friendly.
  • Some Halal hotels have a special praying room.
  • Common areas like the spa or gym are differentiated by sex.

Alanda hotel Marbella

Hotel with Halal certification obtained from the Halal Institute of Cordoba.

Alanda Hotel is between Puerto Banus and the old town of Marbella.

It is a 4 stars hotel with 200 rooms. The hotel has WiFi, spa, whirlpool and fitness center among other services.

Alanda hotel in Marbella

Costa del Sol Torremolinos Luxury Boutique Hotel

New Halal hotel open and available since January 16, 2017.

The hotel has 36 rooms, WiFi, TV and all the services you can expect from a high standing hotel. It is at about 300 meters from the beach within a tourist environment such as Playamar.

They offer Continental breakfast, Halal and Buffet options. They do not offer alcohol or pork products.

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Both hotels offer free WiFi connection and have good opinions from customers. All information I have obtained from malagaholidays.com, an online travel agency offering hotels and apartments in Malaga.

Hotels: The secret language of Travel brochures

Your favourite books are currently holiday catalogs? Then it is high time for a little language course. Because often, it needs more than common sense to pick out behind ingenious Photo Perspectives and elaborate descriptions what really matters in the holiday offering.

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No provider will spread really big lies (which is also illegal), but you can expect skillful cosmetics in the hotel information. Logically, after all the makers want to sell a product and they are unlikely to write something like: “The hotel is an architectural sin from the late seventies, but it lies directly on the main road…”. After all, catalogs are advertisement.

Thanks to image editing programs and imaginative formulations we often create a false picture in our heads.

What lies behind the “Room with sea view,” the “Continental breakfast” or the “Popular conference hotel? We clarify – in our language course:

Short transfer to the airport

No one feels like an endless bus ride until arriving at the Hotel. Hence, “Quick Transfer” sounds very tempting. But taking it literally, it means that the Hotel is situated close to the airport and probably with audible noise. So check on internet, how far is the distance between Hotel and airport.

Newly opened hotel

Sounds good – like new design and unconsumed furniture. But you should not bother about the smell of fresh paint or if a loud jabbering transistor radio may throw out of bed. It´s just the electricians pulling a few cables. Instead, you can enjoy occasionally cold showers. I was joking…it use to mean that the hotel owner is new, so the hotel has literally “re-opened”.

Towards the sea side

Sea side is not the same than sea view; it only means that the house is situated towards the sea. So do not expect endless open spaces when looking out of the hotel window. Between you and the sea is still perhaps one or another hotel, a shopping center or a couple of apartment blocks.

Room with sea view

Here you have indeed a relatively unobstructed view of the open blue. But the hotel might not be located directly on the sea. Between you and the cool waves still might be a short bus ride. By the way: “Next to the sea” is not synonymous with “right on the beach“, but you probably guessed that one already.

Hotel at Malaga port
The construction of this hotel at Malaga port is planned for 2020.

Idyllic peaceful location

This can be interpreted as a lack of any tourist infrastructure. Less nice words: The hotel is located in the middle of nowhere. Behind the phrase “outside the village”, you can confidently expect a similar isolation. Very much in the same respect is the expression “car rental recommended“. But caution is required when the location is “very well developed”, as very probably you will end up in the middle of a Tourist hot spot.

Continental breakfast

If that does not sound like a lush buffet? Far from it, the chic-sounding phrase describes simply the minimum in terms of breakfast: It’s the simple version with bread, jam, butter and coffee or tea.

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I recommend the buffet type breakfast, that one use to include different kind of breakfast for all tastes.

Right on the beach promenade

You think of a romantic stroll watching the sunset? Where there is a sea promenade, there is probably as well the main traffic flow of the holiday island. As long as it is not expressly mentioned as pedestrian zone, a “promenade” can be everything – from a nice walkway to a bustling crowded street.

We are lucky, as in Malaga there is just a promenade, and yes…it is in front of the beach.

Evening dance and/or karaoke

How nice that after a long day at the beach there is nice entertainment… The question is how nice you find that every night, when you can’t sleep due to the loud music…this can be a problem if you are a person who like to sleep before 0:00 or to rest at your room, but of course not many hotels do this sort of parties.

If you choose one with this kind of party, it use to start at 10pm and finish at 12pm. If this event is made inside the hotel then this probably will not disturb you much, the problem might be if this happen in the pool area under your terrace.

What hotel to choose in Malaga

After reading this you may feel a concern about what hotel to choose … do not worry, all hotels and resorts do not always meet the above, and if you talk to a quality tour operator, they will answer to all your questions and concerns, advising the best option that suits your needs and your budget for the best hotels selection.

There is a wide offer for hotels in Marbella, Malaga, Sierra Nevada and the Costa del Sol. Our recommendation is if having doubts to contact your tour operator, I recommend malagaholidays.com, many positive reviews back them.

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel in Malaga

Malaga city has since May its first five-star hotel. The Vincci Selección Posada del Patio is located in the heart of the capital of the Costa del Sol, in the Pasillo de Santa Isabel, near the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

The Hotel Vincci Selección Posada del Patio has several distinctive features. The first is that is the first five-star hotel in the capital and, according to the speed of other similar projects in the city, will bear this indicator for quite some time alone.

The second feature is that the hotel is built on two old edifices, of which one was an inn – hence the hotels name- and the other a XIX century building of which it has maintained the facade.

The third is that, while carrying out the work had been found important archeological remains of a Roman and an Arab wall. They have been restored, after an investment of 400,000 Euros, and are arranged so that you can see both sides of the walls.

One of the most interesting aspects is that the cafeteria is located on the remains over which has been placed a crystal floor through which you can see the wall while taking a coffee thus creating a rather unusual impression.

Gastronomy is another of the strengths of the hotel. There is the bar ‘The Wall’, where guests can enjoy coffee, snacks, salads, sandwiches, etc. and the restaurant ‘Baraka’, under the command of chef Pedro Castellanos, with traditional dishes and cuisine from Malaga. Both are open to the general public, while the other restaurant, a Buffet, it is only for guests of the hotel establishment.

Hotel Faro Inn Marbella

The hotel Faro Inn Marbella is a five floor building renovated in 2003, situated in the city centre of Marbella and in walking distance to the close by blue flag beach, the sea promenade and the historic entre of Marbella with great touristic and shopping offers.

Hotel Faro Services

The Hotel has a total of 10 apartments and 60 studios, outdoor pool, a bar-cafeteria, breakfast room, Garden terrace, social lounge, Internet, laundry.

All rooms are equipped with air-condition, central heating, satellite TV, telephone, fridge, safe (optional), terrace and complete bath.

c/Virgen del Pilar 11, Marbella 29600 Malaga

Vincci Seleccion Estrella del Mar

vincci-estrella-mar-marbellaVincci Seleccion Estrella del Mar is a new five star hotel situated next to the beach, 8 km from Marbella and 45 from Malaga Airport , in Elviria which is considered one of the best areas in Marbella. The Hotel combines a modern mediterranean style with Arabian influences and a total of 137 rooms and suites imbued with style and elegance, surrounded by 15.000m2 of tropical gardens and four outdoor pools.

Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar hotel Services

Hotel services include Nammu Spa and Gym, a la carte Restaurant, restaurant Buffet with show cooking, Lobby-Bar, parking and garage, Mini- club in high season, Internet, Golf desk, Golf club storeroom, 24-hours reception and room service, laundry service, Babysitting and external doctor, car hire and reservation of excursions. There are four rooms available for physically handicapped clients, situated on the ground floor with direct access to the garden and pool area.

About family friendly hotels

The andalusian Costa del Sol is a very popular family holiday destination thanks to its fantastic weather, wonderful beaches and plenty of leisure time activities for the whole family.

Children and beach go together: Nowhere else the little ones would rather spend a holiday than by the sea. Here, they can scamper about, can build sand castles, swim in the sea and have fun. Therefore, family hotels are a good option. Here, children are welcome; there is available child-friendly staff and child-oriented animation, so that parents can also enjoy their free time.

The Costa del Sol has some of the greatest attractions in the province as for instance Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona, Selwo Marina and Tivoli World Amusement park, Cable Car in Benalmadena and Aqualand Torremolinos Water Park.

In order to help you enjoying your great family holiday we have compiled some useful information about Family friendly Hotels on the Costa del Sol. Generally, you can choose from an enormous range of accommodation along on the Costa del Sol, from family hotels to Luxury resorts, villas and apartments or rural hotels. Planning your holiday in well in advance you can get great value accommodation and special offers and packages.

In the family friendly Hotels is available special staff which entertains and watches over the children’s care: these Hotel offer generally during the summer months a complete programme of sports and leisure time activities which you can enjoy either alone or with your children.

The Sol Melia in Torremolinos offers a theme Hotel of the Flintstones. In Marbella are available the Alanda Club Marbella, a 4 stars providing supervision for children 5 to 12 years and pool activities, craft workshops, music, cooking; the Hotel Fuerte (4 stars) in Marbella with animation programs, games and competitions on the beach. The Torrequebrada 5stars in Benalmádena offers babysitting service and a children´s playground and animation.

Other family friendly hotels are the Beatriz Palace and Spa Hotel 4 stars and Hotel Pyr 3 stars in Fuengirola, Hotel Pyr 3 stars, the Hotel Don Carlos 5 stars and all of the Gran Hotel Byblos (4 and 5 stars) in Marbella, the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona 5 stars and the H10 Estepona Palace, both in Estepona.

Hotels in Fuengirola and Marbella – Facts and things you must know

Fuengirola is one of the most touristic resorts along the western Costa el Sol, together with Torremolinos and Marbella. But at the same time, it is a tranquil and cosmopolitan city at the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with a great offer of sunny beaches, leisure time activities and night life. The town centre has preserved its andalusian charm with its typical streets, squares and houses. The villages´ fishing tradition materializes in an excellent gastronomy based on several types of fried and grilled fish which can be tasted all along the sea promenade in one of the many beach bars.

There is a wide range of Costa del Sol Hotels for all tastes and purses on offer, although there is only one 5- Star Hotel in the Area (Hotel Torrequebrada).

In Marbella in comparison, the finest Resort along the Costa del Sol, is distributed an extensive variety of exclusive Marbella hotels in selected surroundings.

Fuengirola is conveniently situated half way between Malaga airport and Marbella (about 34 km) and has the great advantage of the suburban train which connects the resort with the airport, Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Malaga city. The transportation to Marbella is far more uncomfortable if you are depending on the public transportation service. The Marbella to Fuengirola bus route follows the CN-340 (Carretera Nacional N-340) along the seashore. Sounds idyllic but especially in summer the seats tend to be sold out and the traveler has to resort to the crammed municipal bus, which takes ages to get to the final destination, as it stops along the 30 kilometres to Marbella every 500 metres, no exaggeration!

For the nearer future is planned the extension of the actual train network along the Costa del Sol until Estepona. By now, the Autovía de Mediterráneo (A-7 / N-340) connects perfectly the resorts along the Costa del Sol.