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 firstname.lastname@example.org.