Charming Lebanese guesthouses
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 hotelibanais.com