FAMILY SKI ESCAPES TOWARDS ZAAROUR
Zaarour is the closest ski resort to Beirut (38km) and a newly developed road connects you with the slopes in just 50 minutes from the capital. Although it is one of the country’s smallest ski resorts, it offers a wide range of outdoor activities including many for children, and has a strong reputation for its cross-country skiing. (04 310010; zaarourclub.com)
SLEEP Le Grand Chalet
Stay at (04 310300; legrandchalet.com. lb), a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the mountains, or rent a chalet. Alternatively sleep in a traditional house in the village of (78 887222; haydalebanon.com).
EAT Hayda Lebanon
On the way up to Zaarour a number of restaurants offer typical mezze style meals, including (04 296960) and (04 296200). Alternatively, try the international menu at Zaarour’s or an authentic local meal at (03 658734).
Bouhayra El Sabaya SEE Le Grand Chalet Hayda Lebanon, Sobhi Al Koukh
The village of located on Zaarour main road, is a project that embraces Lebanese heritage through its food, entertainment or ambiance. It’s the place to soak up a traditional atmosphere and ideal for Lebanese expatriates wanting to rediscover their cultural roots.