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HIDDEN GEMS

Ta­het el Rih is a pub­lic beach in An­feh, 68km north of Beirut. Known as the Mykonos of Le­banon, it bears the hall­marks of a typ­i­cal Greek vil­lage, with charm­ing white and blue col­ored chalets. If it were not for the Le­banese flags dot­ted along the seafront, you'd be fooled into think­ing you were in an­other coun­try!

De­spite the rocky shore and nar­row space, the wa­ter is a beau­ti­ful shade of blue. Grab your beach bag and head to one of An­feh’s restau­rants, Chez Fouad (70 830117), 3al Ba7er (70 554417), Salim Sur Mer (03 330472), Par­alia Bar (78 955811) or Isti­ra­het el Khal (03 306585), to en­joy a de­li­cious fish mezze and di­rect ac­cess to the sea.

Join­ing (03 517492) is a hidden spot on the rocky shore of Ba­troun, which boasts a quaint seafood restau­rant. Sim­ple and wel­com­ing, it is an ideal place for a tasty meal and a breath­tak­ing view.

Cloud 59 (03 517996), one of the sev­eral sim­ple pub­lic beach huts spread along the stun­ning sandy shore of Tyre (Sour), is the per­fect place to take a dip and chill out with a cold drink.

UR­BAN GET­AWAY

Lo­cated on Beirut’s fa­mous Cor­niche, Madame Bleu (01 366222), for­merly known as La Plage, is a lux­u­ri­ous yet sim­ple ur­ban swim­ming des­ti­na­tion. Of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of food op­tions, Madame Bleu is de­signed to at­tract the city-life lovers, with its mid-cen­tury Amer­i­can style dé­cor. The ma­jes­tic Mediter­ranean view, cou­pled with the posh crowd, makes it a great place to soak up the sun in the cap­i­tal.

Ac­cessed via a pri­vate un­der­ground walk­way, the Riviera Beach Lounge (01 373210) is one of Beirut’s most pop­u­lar beach clubs. If you’re af­ter a fun and lively spot, you’ll love the week­end pool par­ties.

The Saint Ge­orges Yacht Club and Ma­rina (03 958379) has been around for decades and re­mains a fa­vorite among lo­cals and tourists alike. Nes­tled in the pres­ti­gious Saint Ge­orges Bay, vis­i­tors can sun­bathe while ad­mir­ing the in­cred­i­ble yachts just feet away.

Lo­cated at the south­ern end of the Cor­niche, Sport­ing Club (01 742482) boasts a nat­u­ral rock for­ma­tion be­low the beach club and a mag­nif­i­cent view of the Mediter­ranean Sea. It is trendy, low-key, and a great op­tion for a lazy day in the sun.

KIDS’ FUN

Lazy B (70 950010) is a tran­quil get­away in Jiyeh, a 30-minute drive south of Beirut. With three swim­ming pools, a sandy beach, nat­u­ral creeks, Le­banese and Ital­ian restau­rants, and a play­ground area for kids, it is a per­fect choice for fam­i­lies.

Perched on the un­spoiled shores of Ba­troun, White Beach (06 742505) at­tracts fam­i­lies, with its unique white rocky shore and crys­tal clear wa­ter. There are a num­ber of wa­ter­sports on of­fer too, in­clud­ing kayaking and wind­surf­ing.

Damour Beach Re­sort (76 883737) is a great and con­ve­nient op­tion, just 20km from Beirut to­wards Saida. It fea­tures an in­cred­i­ble in­fin­ity pool, pri­vate huts suit­able for fam­i­lies, and a kids’ play­ground.

Set in Tyre, the Rest House (07 742000) is a se­cluded re­sort, with a vast sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Ex­otic co­conut leaf para­sols pro­vide am­ple shade for fam­i­lies, and the over­all feel of the place is calm and serene.

LUXURY RELAXATION & WELL­NESS

The Man­daloun Beach Club (03 405060) may not have ac­cess to the sea, but it does boast a ma­jes­tic swim­ming pool, a pop­u­lar restau­rant and up­scale dé­cor. Lo­cated in Dbayeh, just out­side of Beirut, it’s a con­ve­nient choice to avoid the traf­fic reach­ing re­sorts fur­ther along the coast.

Orchid Beach Re­sort (Jiyeh, 03 040420) and Orchid Beach Lounge (Ba­troun, 71 949404) com­pletely re­de­fine the tra­di­tional beach ex­pe­ri­ence. For adults ex­clu­sively, Orchid is geared to those look­ing to re­lax and un­wind in com­fort. If you're search­ing for an ex­tra dose of luxury, you'll love the bun­ga­lows, which come with their own pri­vate jacuzzis.

Si­t­u­ated on By­b­los’ sandy coast­line, Ed­désands Ho­tel and Well­ness Re­sort (09 546666) is a sprawl­ing up­scale prop­erty that has been sat­is­fy­ing beach lovers since it opened. With its in­door and out­door trop­i­cal spas, Ed­désands is ex­otic in na­ture and unique in style.

BEACH PARTY

Laid back yet qui­etly so­phis­ti­cated, Iris Beach Club (71 533318) is an adults only re­sort in Damour. The re­sort has an out­stand­ing in­fin­ity pool, ca­banas, lounges, and pri­vate jacuzzis. In ad­di­tion to host­ing DJS dur­ing the day, Iris also col­lab­o­rates with top en­ter­tain­ment com­pa­nies like Uber­haus to or­ga­nize sun­set events, such as the fa­mous “Elec­tric Sun­down.”

An 18-plus re­sort in By­b­los, C Flow (03 039703) has a large pool at its heart, with a bar over­look­ing the sea. Up­tempo mu­sic plays all day long and sev­eral events take place there through­out the sum­mer sea­son. Head over on a Sun­day for the reg­u­lar beach party and dance the day away.

Praia (03 806806) in Zouk Mos­beh wel­comes its guests with two cir­cu­lar pools con­nected by an im­pres­sive in­ter­nal bar. The venue hosts beach par­ties through­out the sum­mer.

BA­TROUN’S HIP­STER BEACH BARS

June (70 553399) is a new beach re­sort, which over­looks the glis­ten­ing Mediter­ranean Sea from the top of a hill in Am­chit. The venue hosts per­for­mances by young acous­tic singers and bands on sum­mer nights in a warm and fa­mil­ial at­mo­sphere.

Kaptn (78 988988) was the first beach, restau­rant and bar on Ba­troun’s coast­line. It was made unique thanks to its is­land, reached via a rocky pas­sage from the shore.

Lo­cated just next to Kaptn, the famed Pierre & Friends (03 352930) is known for its sum­mer beach bar par­ties, where the crowd dances to the beat of Ara­bic, French, and oldies mu­sic.

Ô-glacée (06 741841) is the hippest beach bar in the area. With its ice-cold nat­u­ral pool and crys­tal clear wa­ter, Ô-glacée of­fers its easy­go­ing guests a sim­ple and chilled out ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as ac­cess to kayaks and wind­surfs.

DOG FRIENDLY DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Jiyeh Beach of­fi­cially al­lows dogs on week­days and of­ten on week­ends too. The un­pre­ten­tious beach has a clean sandy shore and friendly staff.

Beach 45 (03 926614) in Rmeileh wel­comes dogs on any day of the week. Its rel­a­tively large beach area will give you the price­less plea­sure of run­ning around with your furry friend.

Other dog friendly beaches in­clude Pierre & Friends and June.

Ta­het el Rih

Pierre & Friends

Lazy B

Iris Beach Club Join­ing

Madame Bleu

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