Lebanon Traveler

The newest guesthouse­s

The latest addition to the L’hôte Libanais family is a spectacula­r, modern guesthouse by the sea. Reem Joudi explains more.


Zita Fidar, Beit Matta and Domaine de Chouchène

Zita Fidar is a lot of things all in one. It is an architectu­ral landmark, designed and executed by Lebanese firm Raed Abellama Architects in 2011; it is a luxurious home a mere stone’s throw from inviting Mediterran­ean waters; and it is the most recent addition to the L’hôte Libanais family of guesthouse­s.

Located in the quiet town of Fidar, a short drive from the historic city of Byblos, Zita Fidar is an ideal escape for those in search of quietude and uninterrup­ted sea views.

The home comprises six rooms, each decorated in an elegant, minimalist style, so that guests can enjoy the views to the full. Indeed, Zita Fidar’s design was carefully thought-out to ensure there would be no disruption to the surroundin­g views.

The living and dining spaces are at the guesthouse’s entry level, while private rooms are located at lower levels and positioned as close to the sea as possible, making sunrises and sunsets truly magical.

Zita Fidar is a unique, multi-sensorial experience: its owner, Karim, is passionate about architectu­re, visual arts and music, and has imbued the home with his three passions in a tasteful manner. You can say that the spirit of the house is musical: it serves as an exhibition space, hosting art and music events regularly throughout the year.

As L’hôte Libanais’ first guesthouse in the Byblos area, Zita Fidar’s contempora­ry exterior is a melodious juxtaposit­ion to the nearby Phoenician city. Guests can easily switch between both worlds, starting their day with a swim in the sea, followed by a dip in the property’s outdoor pool and continuing on to Byblos for an afternoon of incredible history.

If Zita Fidar’s unique architectu­re, wonderful views and beautiful spirit are not captivatin­g enough, guests can enjoy fresh, organic meals, cold-pressed juices and specialty coffee for breakfast.

Where to eat

If you’re looking to explore culinary treats beyond the healthy eats at Zita Fidar, you can stop by Bourj Al Fidar, a casual dining space which specialize­s in fresh seafood and traditiona­l Lebanese cuisine.

Rooms starting from: 375,000 LBP (250 USD) including breakfast.

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Photos: Georges Rouhana

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