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Beirut is a lot like love: re­silient and all about seiz­ing the day. If your morn­ings start ex­plor­ing its neo­clas­si­cal French build­ings flank­ing blue-domed mosques and Souk El Tayeb’s old-world Ot­toman mar­kets, your evenings will segue into hip Rue Gourard’s nar­row streets heav­ing with restau­rants and bars, eat­ing au­then­tic Le­banese mezze and kof­tas. The 5,000-year-old Phoeni­cian is an­cient – trips to Sor­sock Mu­seum and Na­tional Mu­seum will prove that – but a stroll on the cor­niche as the sun sets over Pi­geon’s Rock is as dreamy as a prom­e­nade by the Seine and way eas­ier on the pock­ets, might we add. The Le Gray ho­tel in down­town Beirut matches Parisian stan­dards of amour with rooftop restau­rants of­fer­ing can­dlelit din­ners, views of snow-capped moun­tains and luxe cou­ples’ spa treat­ments.

For Valen­tine’s Day en­joy com­pli­men­tary room up­grade, rose petal dec­o­ra­tions, choco­late-dipped straw­ber­ries and an in-room break­fast for two. From Fe­bru­ary 10-14. Call 00961 196 2828 or email reser­va­


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