Some people consider the summer to be the only holiday season. When, if not during the hot days of summer, you can take the whole family on vacation somewhere closer to the water, to the gentle waves of the sea and golden sand beaches ... But who said the winter was inappropriate time for the vacation? Breaking out of the gas-polluted city, of the constant hustle and bustle to the snow-covered steppes, or to the silence of the woods, a man freezes, admires the purity of the air, pristine untouched freshness of white cover that reflects the billions of snowflakes’ highlights from which it is woven...
Found himself in the mountains in winter, a man feels even much more admiration and reverence for the generosity of the Creator, who made the magnificent and unique beauty! Carpathians... This mountain range is perfect all year round. In summer the slopes are covered with a blanket of the fluffy velvet greenery of all shades of green. The autumn, as an artist, freely mixes ocher and henna, purple and green, orange and bright yellow paints on the palette of the foothills and the linen of the mountain slopes.
But winter is amazing with its snow, crisp air, refreshing frost, morning hoarfrost on the larches and spruces that ascend to the sky as minarets ... The nature of the Carpathians in winter is charming. Those, who choose this part of Ukraine to go on the vacation, are definitely right. But how often do we come back from the trip frustrated and disappointed? Great views from the windows or camp sites don’t make us disappointed — in contrast to the service, that acts regardless of the interests of certain categories of travelers.
For example, how many hotels take into consideration that our country is the homeland of people of different faiths, including Muslims? Is it possible to find a recreation center or a hotel, in which there would be bar or restaurant without alcohol? How many hoteliers will worry about certain menu and buy separate sets of kitchen utensils to prepare a special meal? How many of those who will not obligate the guest to prepay lunches and dinners at the restaurant, who gives the guest an opportunity to pray together with his co-religionists?
Unfortunately, there is very few, almost none, such places in Ukraine. And so it is good news that one of the tourist companies of Kyiv has developed the direction “Halal Karpaty”.
We should notice, this company is not a beginner in the organization of the halal vacations, but up to this year, it concerns the tours abroad. Successfully working with 21 halal hotels abroad, tour operator, however, is aware that holidays abroad is not available for every Ukrainian family, especially, which has many children like traditional Muslim one.
"We decided to create conditions for the recreation that would be available for Muslims in Ukraine. The best variant for vacation, both summer and winter, is the Carpathians. We have analysed the market and necessary information. Then, we created a logo of the direction and began to act, — said the company representative to "Islam in Ukraine". – There is no doubt that in the foreign countries, where Islam is the main religion, the Muslim will be provided with completely Halal resort, but in Ukraine we have to start everything from scratch".
He also explained that before offering such tours for Muslims, the company had to deal not only with the believers, but also with the specialists from the Centre of "Halal" Certification, in order to grasp the requirements for hotel, kitchen and service, — "As we wanted to thoroughly realized what and how we should organize".
And only after that they have decided to choose resort or hotel that could meet the requirements.
“Halal Karpaty”s staff has managed to find the businessmen for the cooperation, who became the pioneers of the organizing of the halal holidays. These are the hotel “Sribni Rosy” and the hotel “Gorgany” that complied fully with the requirements. And in summer, the first group of guests came to "Srіbni Rosy" which provided them the service in accordance with the Islamic tradition.
The hotel is located in Yablunytsia village, in the famous ski resort. So it is not suffering from a lack of visitors. Many tourists come here, on a height of 960 m above sea level, as Yablunytskii is one of the main passes of the Ukrainian Carpathians. Here, it seems, as if you can touch the sky and pluck the stars at night, like the overripe cherries, so the tourists come there in winter as well as in summer.
Convenient transport location, good slopes for skiing, wonderful panorama have given rise to the popularity of the resort village. Yablunytsia disposed the surface lift of different complexity. Here begins the popular routes to climb the mountains Petros, Hoverla, Magura, Homyak, showing the wonderful views of the highest Carpathian ranges. It looks like the business is well established and there are a lot of tourists. So why do they need an extra problem?
But not for nothing we said about the business responsibility. There are a lot of professing Islam Ukrainian citizens, including those, who have been forced to leave the occupied Crimea and parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where traditionally lived the largest number of Muslims. “Halal Karpaty” with the owners of the resorts "Sribni Rosy 'and' Gograny" see how many of them deny themselves the pleasure of having a good rest due to the fact that some resorts ignore religious peculiarities of Muslims. That’s why “Halal Karpaty” with the management of "Gorgany" hotel have decided to improve the situation and tried to accommodate to the needs of Muslim guests.
By the way, the followers of Islam, who chose this place this summer, have been already able to assess the efforts, made by the “HalalKarpaty”.
There are generous nature, very good level of services and rooms and halal menu in this resort. The suppliers of food products have the appropriate certificates. “Gorgany” bought separate kitchen utensils, from knives to pots and pans, for cooking in accordance with all Islamic norms. Halal breakfast is included in the room rate and halal lunch and dinner can be ordered at option!
And, the most importantly, the hotel even attended to make a special place for Muslims where they can gather for collective prayer. Of course, there is no doubt that the hotel "Gorgany" has everything to ensure particular high demands on personal hygiene and cleanliness, which are characteristic features of Muslims. In addition, the rooms have all necessary bathroom equipments. Also Muslims can order an isolated sauna!
The organizers of the recreational facilities have taken into account other nuances. For example, they understand that Muslim women must be provided by a female instructor for skiing and it is not indulging towards the spoilt women whims but it is a respect for Muslim traditions. So the potential female guests of "Gorgany" hotel can try such exciting activities like the downhill!
Of course, one more advantage is that the resort management will not allow the people to take the room next door, who have slightly different opinions about their recreation, for example, those, who are not refusing from alcohol. And, of course, even accidentally, the maid will not replenish your room bar or fridge with something containing alcohol.
By the way, the rooms in "Gorgany" are from standard to deluxe and suit different tastes and budgets.
So, hurry up, plan and book vacations at the halal "Gorgany" now. There are a lot of Muslims in Ukraine, but the opportunity to relax in one of the most beautiful, clean and quiet parts of Ukraine, is the only one...
— «HALAL KARPATY» project establish recreational culture for the Muslims in the Carpathians. We are responsible for the observance of traditions and directions’ development, — assured the company.
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