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Beit El Qa­mar

Perched on a hill above Deir El Qa­mar, in the hear t of the Shouf re­gion, Beit El Qa­mar is the lat­est guest­house open­ing, com­plet­ing Souk El Tayeb’s tr io of guest­houses. A homely moun­tain re­treat for win­ter time with seven bed­rooms in a tra­di­tional build­ing, sur­rounded by trees and veg­etable gar­dens, Beit El Qa­mar cre­ates the at­mos­phere of your grandma’s home. Watch the lo­cal cooks pre­pare meals in the open kitchen and then en­joy the feast in their cozy in­door din­ing room, which looks out on a color ful ter­race. Re­quest “Grandma or Grandpa’s room,” and you’ll en­joy a spa­cious room with a bath­tub, a bal­cony and an im­pres­sive view over the Shouf Moun­tains. Beit El Qa­mar, 05 511722, 03 661411, soukeltayeb.com, Deir El Qa­mar, Shouf

Zeno­tel

Need a lit­tle TLC? Check your­self into Zene­tol, a wellness re­treat ho­tel and spa lo­cated 24km from Beirut. Each of its 24 rooms is a mini-sanc­tuar y of re­lax­ation with a view to sea. If you can tear your­self away from the spa, with its sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, Zeno­tel makes the per­fect base to ex­plore the re­gion, with a range of eco­tour ism ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able nearby. Af ter a day ski­ing at the nearby Zaarour, we rec­om­mend you book your­self in for a re­lax­ing mas­sage, with Clé Des Champs or­ganic spa prod­ucts and take a hot dip in the hy­dropool, that over­looks Beirut, fol­lowed by a hear ty meal at their Ear th Restau­rant. Zeno­tel, 04 984824, zeno­tel. me, metn, Bher­saf; prices start­ing from LL165,000 in­clud­ing break­fast

The Grill and Lounge

Win­ter is all about in­dul­gence and The Four Sea­sons lounge of fers an invit­ing at­mos­phere to dr ink and dine. Its draw­ing room-style in­ter ior, comes com­plete with a warm­ing fire­place, wooden floor­boards, low-level light­ing, and com­fort­able chairs in which to re­cline and set­tle in for a spread from their Asian tapas menu. Get their mixol­o­gist to shake you up some­thing spe­cial such as the clas­sic Old Fash­ioned cock­tail with Maker’s Mark, brown sugar and bit­ters, choose from their range of 75 rare scotches or match a fine glass of red with their US pr ime beef burger with truf­fles béar­naise. The Grill and Lounge, 01 761600, foursea­sons.com/beirut, Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Beirut, Minet EL Hosn; open daily, 7pm-2am

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