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Charm­ing Le­banese guest­houses

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It takes an ad­ven­tur­ous spirit to reach Dar Linda, a pretty home nes­tled in the heart of the lush Shouf Moun­tains. Over­look­ing the vil­lage of Deir El Qa­mar, the prop­erty is reached by a road that me­an­ders steep moun­tains slopes, re­veal­ing breath­tak­ing views of end­less green val­leys.

Be­sides its in­stant charm, Dar Linda wows guests with its re­mark­able de­sign, ex­e­cuted by fa­mous French ar­chi­tect Jac­ques Liger Be­lair. Com­bin­ing modern el­e­ments with lo­cal aes­thet­ics, the two-bed­room guest­house ac­com­mo­dates four peo­ple and fea­tures a rooftop and a re­lax­ing gar­den area, sur­rounded by black­berry and fig trees.

The trio be­hind Dar Linda is made up of Nour and her two sons, Karim and Ka­mal, who trans­formed the space into an el­e­gant home. The guest­house is brim­ming with ethno­graphic ob­jects and ar­ti­facts that Nour, a dis­tin­guished historian and long­time ad­vo­cate of pre­serv­ing Le­banese her­itage, ac­quired over her long ca­reer and trav­els, some of which date back to Ot­toman times. She art­fully show­cases and cu­rates them at Dar Linda, en­sur­ing that ev­ery guest re­ceives a unique, artis­tic, and lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence. Rooms start­ing from: 225,000 LBP (150 USD) in­clud­ing break­fast


In the beau­ti­ful Mount Le­banon vil­lage of Akoura lays Guita, a new guest­house and the lat­est ad­di­tion to the L’hôte Libanais fam­ily.

It all started with Guita Ger­manos, a mother pas­sion­ate about cook­ing and gath­er­ing friends and fam­ily around a ta­ble of de­li­cious Le­banese spe­cial­ties. Re­cently, Guita’s son Philippe de­cided to turn the sum­mer res­i­dence into a guest­house, cel­e­brat­ing tra­di­tional cui­sine and pro­mot­ing agro-tourism.

Like Guita, the guest­house is warm and wel­com­ing. From the fresh in­te­ri­ors, to the col­ored rooms in­spired by the dif­fer­ent herbs, flow­ers and fruits grown around the farm, the guest­house is an in­vi­ta­tion to a peace­ful and homey get­away in the moun­tain­ous land­scape of Le­banon. Step out­side the cozy in­te­rior and rein­vig­o­rate your senses at the hun­dred-me­ter gar­den, where the wa­ter fountain, the ham­mocks, the swing, and the hand-planted fruits and veg­eta­bles cre­ate the per­fect haven of green seren­ity.

Apart from the wide va­ri­ety of fruits and veg­eta­bles that are served right from its gar­dens, the guest­house of­fers tra­di­tional Ak­ourian meals made with love by Guita her­self, such as maakroun bi labne and tbaibisse. Guests can also take part in cook­ing ses­sions and even spend time fruit pick­ing. Rooms start­ing from: 150,000 LBP (100 USD) in­clud­ing break­fast

Text: Reem Joudi and Krys­tel Ri­achi. Photos: Walid Rashid

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