LEBANON

Hello my friends! I know it has been a while I haven’t published a new article but I have been in Malta working on a special project that I will share with you all very soon!After over a month in Malta, our next stop was Lebanon! In fact, we were invited for the pre-wedding reception and the wedding “Alice in Wonderland” of our friends Alice Abdelaziz & Ali Tless.

I usually don’t attend weddings but this one was a very special one. After all, Lebanese weddings are reputed to be out of this world, full of extravagance, Met Gala style, and indeed, we were not disappointed!

Diogo and I decided to visit a bit Lebanon on our free days and prepare you a mini guide of what to do, visit, eat and where to stay! Hope you enjoy!

Where to stay: If you want to stay in a resort with private beach and far from the downtown, then I recommend the Kempinski Summerland, you will enjoy floating breakfasts on the pool and plenty of sunshine lying down on the beach.

If you prefer to stay in downtown near the wonderful Yacht Marina, Zaitunay Bay, which has plenty of elegant restaurants and lounges then the Four Seasons Beirut is a great option. It has an incredible rooftop pool + jacuzzi and open-air lounge with an Asian restaurant, plus their Spa is a must! Their therapists came directly from the Four Seasons Maldives! A room with balcony is a must!

I also recommend the Phoenicia Hotel if you prefer a majestic and emblematic Hotel with luxurious shops inside, fountains, and an over the top lobby area for Instagram pictures. You can also smoke shisha outside while lying on the pool with view to the Marina. I recommend getting a room with a balcony and view to the marina. You will get amazing pictures!

Where to eat: If the idea is to eat Lebanese food, then you must try Falamanki Cafe, El-Sharif Cafe, Leila, Metropole, and street food if you want to eat falafel. For Asian cuisine, the rooftop of the Four Seasons serves vegan sushi and amazing vegetarian rolls. If you want to have fun while eating, go to Iris which is a club on the rooftop that also serves dinner.

What to visit: Exploring Beirut is a must from Zaitunay Bay, the downtown, the Souk (it’s a modern shopping mall in open air, not the traditional Arabic ones), the Mosque and of course the beaches! Outside Beirut, explore Byblos – one of the oldest cities in the world and get a fossil souvenir. If you have time, you should definitely go to Mont-Liban and visit the many caves, grottos and Waterfalls Lebanon has to offer! From my side, I visited the Afka Waterfall, the iconic Baatara gorge waterfall, and Akoura.

Lebanese people are very friendly and big party animals so you will definitely have a blast there! From the amazing food, the clubs, the nightlife, and the many sightseeing, there is plenty to do for at least 1 full week of adventures!

I wish we could have explored more but we had the wedding and Events in between so it was very difficult to do more.

Have you ever been to Lebanon? Let me know!

Xx,
Melanie

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