Banyan Tree Krabi

We’ve been eyeing Banyan Tree Krabi since it opened in 2020 upon hearing of its dedicated halal kitchen. And this being our first Banyan Tree property, the resort didn’t disappoint!

Spread across 10 acres of coastline on Tubkaek Beach, the reward of staying at this partially isolated beach resort is unbeatable panoramic views of Krabi’s prehistoric rugged limestone karsts. From. Every. Villa.

This all-suite resort takes luxury up a notch, cleverly sneaking a private saltwater pool, a jet pool and lounge terrace into every suite type. The family and couples suites have private gardens for more intimate gatherings and bathrooms open up to the same stunning view, where you can watch the sun set in the horizon cocooned in a warm bubble bath.

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Pry yourself away from the cosy depths of the villa and you’ll find curling up with a book in one of the cabanas or snagging a hi-tea spot at the Bird’s Nest (where reservations are done months in advance) is an exceptional way to spend the afternoon. The latter – three wicker dining pods perched between the trees – offers spectacular views of the sea and gorgeous pictures for the gram.

Inclusive Hospitality

For all its pleasing aesthetics, the property is committed to making Muslim guests feel welcome. Says hotel manager, Haruethai Maneerat (aka Khun Pop), “Offering halal options isn’t just a practice – it’s a defining best practice for our brand. Our staff are nearly 70% Muslims, and they ensure the kitchen aligns seamlessly with halal culture.”

Breakfast at Naga Kitchen restaurant has halal offerings clearly labeled on the buffet. Live stations of eggs, waffles and noodles rotate daily to keep the menu fresh. Twice weekly there is a live roti station run by a friendly Muslim couple. They whip up gorgeous, crispy-edged rotis drizzled with copious amounts of condensed milk that still haunt us to this day. Tri-filling of banana, corn and mango? Don’t mind if we do!

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Switch over to Saffron for dinner and the menu is all Thai, including some lost recipes native to Krabi. There’s slow-braised beef with longans, fried locally-sourced mackerel with spices, red curry crab meat – all highlighting local and sustainable produce. Be camera-ready to arrive in style on the restaurant’s quant funicular. This one-minute ride will give you more gorgeous views of the resort.

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The Hima Spirit

Halal options aside, Banyan Tree Krabi’s focus on sustainability will resonate with the Muslim traveller. This dual focus creates an inclusive and conscious environment for Muslim guests seeking a mindful travel experience.

Beach clean-ups, banning single-use plastic, waste reduction and energy conservation (israf) are some of the conscious green efforts that embody responsible environmental stewardship (hima). Further championing community wellbeing (maslaha), the resort’s ‘Stay For Good’ package connects guest with locals at Ban Koh Klang, a small fishing island on Krabi River. Here, you can roll up your sleeves and join villagers in wood carving, making dyes for batik printing, and harvesting rice during the season.

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Kids are not forgotten. The Kids’ Club has activities to keep little ones happy, even when it rains. They can learn to make local popsicles, craft a flower garland, and learn Thai boxing. The outdoor area will keep them busy and active with rope bridge, climbing wall, zipline and a water area.

Service is attentive and intuitive. The presence of Muslim staff not only fosters a shared experience, making guests feel at ease, but also create an instant connection (ukhuwwah or brotherhood).

The H Factor

The resort’s kitchen has a dedicated washing and prepping area, and upholds the highest standards of hygiene and safety. There are separate cooking utensils and equipment to prevent cross-contamination.

Executive Chef, Khachathat Tairattaphon, known affectionately around the resort as Chef Tum, explained, “When guests come over, we want to have them feel like they’re with family. My Muslim staff are ready to serve them, because they too, want the guests to feel comfortable staying with us.”

The resort also has a halal banqueting kitchen that can cater for weddings and niche meetings.

5 Priceless Touches

  • During the recent Ramadan, the resort rolled out its in-room suhoor initiative (pre-dawn meal). Check this page to get updates on upcoming Ramadan programmes. InsyaAllah.

  • Prayer mats and Qur’an are available on request. Syariah-compliant in-room mini fridge can be arranged.

  • A Muslim staff coming to the room to show us the prayer direction.

  • Nightly turndown service that includes oil burners and incense, with a daily rotation of scents.

  • A visit to the spa is a must for the Rainforest Treatment: a do-as-you-please water circuit-run through vitality pools, a steamroom, sauna, and water jets. Your muscles will thank you!

If you found this story to be of value to you and wish to explore further opportunities in tapping into the Muslim tourist market, chat with us at anis@halaluxe.com.

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