THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Located in Hammana, Pineland Hotel and Health Resort’s 250,000m2 of lands provides the perfect setting for an adventure weekend. Ride through the pine forest on horse back, mountain bike or AT V, try your hand at archery with views over Sohat Mountain or unwind with a day of fishing at a natural lake. Pineland can also organize hiking trips with local guides through the Metn region. If you want to stay overnight we recommend Pineland’s caves; cute stone houses of fering a tranquil escape for couples. Pineland, 05 380000, 03 912444, pine-land.com, Hammana, Metn
When enough snow falls, the Lebanese mountains are a skier’s paradise, but you can also try your hand at a whole host of outdoor pursuits from snowshoeing to cross-countr y skiing. The closest ski resor t to Beirut is the recently renovated Zaarour Club in Baskinta, which features panoramic views from the slopes over Mount Sannine. Every winter, skiers flock to Kfardebian’s Mzaar Resort. It has probably the best facilities in the countr y and of fers 80km of ski trails and 42 slopes to suit skiers, snowboarders and cross-countr y skiers at all levels. Faqra Club was founded back in 1974 and its slopes are on a private estate in Kfardebian. Surrounded by picturesque chalets and gardens you might be tempted to stay the night at L’auberge de Faqra (09 300600). Laklouk’s first ski lif t was constructed in 1958 and it remains the ideal setting for crosscountry skiers with tree-marked mountain plateaus. At 2000m altitude, The Cedars Resort has one of the country’s longest ski seasons and it’s also one of the first. For cross-country skiers it’s hard to beat the scenic views that take in the Cedar Forest.