Joe Barza picks four eater­ies

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The DHIAFEE Pro­gram pro­files four guest­houses lo­cated in dif­fer­ent re­gions around the coun­try of­fer­ing the lo­cal ru­ral ex­pe­ri­ence

1 Akram Guest­house Barouk, Shouf

This metic­u­lously de­signed house pre­serves ev­ery as­pect of tra­di­tional Le­banese ar­chi­tec­ture. Fea­tur­ing a typ­i­cal Mid­dle-eastern living room, with a di­wan built around the fire­place, high ceil­ings and yel­low stoned walls, give warmth, in­ti­macy and a nos­tal­gic ex­pe­ri­ence. With a wide range of gas­tro­nom­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, stay­ing at Akram Mah­moud’s guest­house of­fers a taste of lo­cal au­then­tic­ity. The breath­tak­ing scenery of the Shouf Cedars can be seen from Mah­moud’s bal­cony. 03 829102

2 Beit El Nes­sim, Al Mina, Tripoli

Lo­cated in the heart of the old town of Al Mina in Tripoli, Beit El Nes­sim’s restora­tion was com­pleted in 2012. It of­fers a unique am­biance; a peace­ful oa­sis away from ev­ery­day life. There has been a con­scious ef­fort to pre­serve the unique style and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails of the build­ing, while in­te­grat­ing the ameni­ties of mod­ern com­fort with style, el­e­gance and in­tegrity to its orig­i­nal de­sign. Vis­i­tors can en­joy its har­mo­niously de­signed spa­ces, taste­fully fur­nished rooms, healthy gourmet break­fast and warm hos­pi­tal­ity along with ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties such as yoga and med­i­ta­tion classes. 03 308156

3 Dar Ha­neen, Bhor­saf, Metn

Lo­cated in Bhor­saf, Dar Ha­neen cre­ates an in­ti­mate, friendly, and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere, where you will feel right at home. Its tiled floors, re­li­gious iconog­ra­phy, vin­tage typing ma­chine, old pho­to­graphs and tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture add to the am­biance. If you’re look­ing for an es­cape from the city, grab a book, a board game and take your loved ones to Dar Ha­neen. 03 743316

4 El Sahili Guest­house, Rachaya El Wadi

In Jan­uary 2008, El Sahili Guest­house opened its doors to the public and started re­ceiv­ing peo­ple from all over the world. A small lodge in the heart of Rachaya El Wadi, the guest­house of­fers a unique am­bi­ence in in­ti­mate sur­round­ings.

It caters for both na­ture lovers and his­tory ad­mir­ers, with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in­clud­ing hik­ing, bik­ing, a walk­ing tour through the old mar­ket, a visit to the In­de­pen­dence Fortress and a visit to see the tra­di­tional pro­duc­tion of grape syrup. 03 615702

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