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Intercontinental Phoeni­cia Beirut

Gleam­ing mar­ble, shim­mer­ing chan­de­liers and froth­ing foun­tains await you at this grande dame, which first opened in 1961 and con­tin­ues to fly the flag for clas­sic lux­ury with re­fined ser­vice, fan­tas­tic Le­banese cui­sine and el­e­gant in­te­ri­ors. High­lights in­clude the sea views, a top-class buf­fet break­fast, sun­set shisha by the pool and the lo­ca­tion—the wa­ter­front prom­e­nade known as the Cor­niche is only a few min­utes away. phoeni­cia­beirut.com

Le Vendôme

This in­ti­mate yet opu­lent oa­sis of calm is lo­cated on Beirut’s fa­mous Cor­niche, so be sure to re­quest a sea-fac­ing room with a bal­cony. Din­ner at its fab rooftop restau­rant, Syd­ney’s, is also a must. Fa­cil­i­ties are lim­ited but guests have com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to the spa, gym and pool at sis­ter prop­erty The Phoeni­cia via a free two-minute trans­fer or short walk. lev­en­dome­beirut.com

Villa clara

This hip lit­tle bou­tique ho­tel has bags of charm and a cool, arty vibe that will ap­peal to re­laxed creatives seek­ing a buzzy, friendly hang­out with heav­enly food and rock­ing tunes cour­tesy of guest DJS who take over the gar­den ter­race for im­promptu party nights. vil­laclara.fr

Ho­tel Al­bergo

The dis­tinc­tive ochre-coloured man­sion that houses this Re­lais & Châteaux her­itage ho­tel (be­low) is a gem of tra­di­tional Le­banese ar­chi­tec­ture dat­ing back to the 1930s. Each of the 33 suites is a uniquely de­signed trea­sure trove of an­tiques and vin­tage fur­ni­ture. Ride the glass-framed art deco lift up to the roof ter­race for cock­tails among the bougainvil­lea and panoramic views of the city. al­ber­gob­eirut.com

beit Douma

This idyl­lic hill­side retreat is a lov­ingly restored 18th-cen­tury town­house lo­cated 80 kilo­me­tres north of Beirut in the sleepy vil­lage of Douma (beit means home). Ex­pect beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors, walls lined with art, a sunny ter­race per­fect for af­ter­noons curled up with a book, mag­nif­i­cent views, and in­cred­i­ble Le­banese home cook­ing. soukeltayeb.com

beau­ti­ful Beirut The view over the Cor­niche from Le Ven­dome

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