Four weekend destinations
Founder of NEOS Tourism consultancy and author of Eco Lebanon: Nature and rural tourism, Nour Farra-haddad gives her eco-friendly tourism tips for getaways around Lebanon
1. FAMILY SKI ESCAPE Laklouk
Laklouk is both a winter and summer escape; located on a plateau at an altitude between 1750m and 2000m it is encircled by jagged ridges and terraces bearing thousands of trees. In addition to alpine skiing, it is also one of the best resorts for cross-countr y skiing, back-countr y skiing or snowshoeing. Mostly visited by families, Laklouk is unique from other resorts as the area surrounding the slopes is almost completely free of construction. A newly developed road to the region allows you to reach the slopes in only 40 minutes from Jbeil.
SLEEP In Laklouk you can sleep at the cozy Shangri-la Hotel or the slightly larger Nir vana Hotel which also of fers several pr ivate chalets (09 430006, 03 441112, Lakloukresort.com), or go for an overnight stay in the nearby Ehmej village at Arz Ehmej (70 227730).
EAT Enjoy traditional Lebanese mezze at Al Arraj (03 627010), Seif El Bahar (03 894487) and Mrouj (03 661372) or you can eat besides the fireplace at Shangri-la Hotel and enjoy international dishes.
SEE Stop on the way to Laklouk at Annaya to visit the monaster y of Saint Maron – Sanctuar y of Saint Charbel.