If you want to avoid the summer traffic congestion heading out of the city, there are plenty of beach club options in Beirut. St George
Yacht Club and Marina (Details as above) is still going strong af ter almost 80 years, an urban escape in the heart of Ain El Mreisseh. Two hotels in Beirut with impressive 5 star beach clubs are Riviera
(01 373210, rivierahotel.com.lb, Manara) which features three outdoor swimming pools, an in-pool bar and jacuzzi and Mövenpick
(01 869666, moevenpick-hotels.com/beirut, General De Gaulle Avenue) which has private sandy beaches, swimming pools and a 2,000m2 spa and health club; both of fer water spor ts.