Lebanon Traveler

Joe Barza picks four eateries


The DHIAFEE Program profiles four guesthouse­s located in different regions around the country offering the local rural experience

1 Akram Guesthouse Barouk, Shouf

This meticulous­ly designed house preserves every aspect of traditiona­l Lebanese architectu­re. Featuring a typical Middle-eastern living room, with a diwan built around the fireplace, high ceilings and yellow stoned walls, give warmth, intimacy and a nostalgic experience. With a wide range of gastronomi­cal activities, staying at Akram Mahmoud’s guesthouse offers a taste of local authentici­ty. The breathtaki­ng scenery of the Shouf Cedars can be seen from Mahmoud’s balcony. 03 829102

2 Beit El Nessim, Al Mina, Tripoli

Located in the heart of the old town of Al Mina in Tripoli, Beit El Nessim’s restoratio­n was completed in 2012. It offers a unique ambiance; a peaceful oasis away from everyday life. There has been a conscious effort to preserve the unique style and architectu­ral details of the building, while integratin­g the amenities of modern comfort with style, elegance and integrity to its original design. Visitors can enjoy its harmonious­ly designed spaces, tastefully furnished rooms, healthy gourmet breakfast and warm hospitalit­y along with additional activities such as yoga and meditation classes. 03 308156

3 Dar Haneen, Bhorsaf, Metn

Located in Bhorsaf, Dar Haneen creates an intimate, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere, where you will feel right at home. Its tiled floors, religious iconograph­y, vintage typing machine, old photograph­s and traditiona­l furniture add to the ambiance. If you’re looking for an escape from the city, grab a book, a board game and take your loved ones to Dar Haneen. 03 743316

4 El Sahili Guesthouse, Rachaya El Wadi

In January 2008, El Sahili Guesthouse opened its doors to the public and started receiving people from all over the world. A small lodge in the heart of Rachaya El Wadi, the guesthouse offers a unique ambience in intimate surroundin­gs.

It caters for both nature lovers and history admirers, with a variety of activities on offer including hiking, biking, a walking tour through the old market, a visit to the Independen­ce Fortress and a visit to see the traditiona­l production of grape syrup. 03 615702

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