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Managed by the lovely Matta sisters, Jeanne and Christine, Beit Matta is a charming mountain residence in Jarjouaa, South Lebanon.

The siblings take great pride in making guests feel at home, inviting them to enjoy freshly baked manouche and organic produce from the garden. They are also generous with their time, sharing their passion for their village and their heritage.

The house comprises five double rooms and a lovely garden with a mini pool.

What to do around Jarjouaa Al Rehan Grotto

Known as the Jeita of the South, the Al Rehan caves are home to stalactite and stalagmite formations and naturally-carved statues.


The beautiful town of Jezzine is just 10 minutes away from Jarjouaa and offers plenty of exciting sites for visitors including the waterfalls, the fifth highest in the world, and the Kanaan Palace, which dates back to the late 1800s.

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Traveler takes us on a journey to discover two new guesthouse­s, where you’re guaranteed a very warm welcome.


Domaine de Chouchène in Qab Elias was the private residence of the Touma family for many years before its doors were opened to the public in 2017. Currently, there are five rooms to accommodat­e guests, while the two century-old traditiona­l houses next to the main building are being renovated to host more visitors.

What’s special about Domaine de Chouchène is the surroundin­g area, which is abundant in flora and fauna. Guests can enjoy a morning walk in the forest followed by a traditiona­l breakfast by the river.

What to do in Qab Elias

The trails of Chouchène allow visitors to discover the village of Qab Elias while enjoying its most important landmarks. Two trails are available: Tarik Fakhreddin­e and Tarik el Kroum. Whether you opt for the first or the second, don’t miss the Plaza of the Cross, affording panoramic views over Qab Elias, the Plaza of Fakkhreddi­ne, the ruins of an ancient fort dating back more than 500 years, and the Haidara Ruins.

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