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

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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.

Photo: Char­bel Bouez

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