With its Mediterranean climate, fun-loving locals and beautiful sandy beaches, Lebanon could be the ideal destination for your next summer holiday. Read on for our guide to the best beach resorts, and book your stay now on Culture Trip.
One certainty with a summer visit to Lebanon is sunshine and fun times. Both locals and tourists flock to its gorgeous beach resorts that range from laid-back rustic joints to super-slick five-star operations, all with a backdrop of lush green valleys and mountains. Sip cocktails, try some watersports or enjoy a spa treatment on the sand. Here is Culture Trip’s pick of the best beach resorts in Lebanon.
For a tropical island feel, head to this resort with cabins scattered across the grounds. The modern rooms feature neutral tones and timber frame ceilings. Up your holiday game by checking into one of the VIP suites, as these come with private gardens and jacuzzis. Walk barefoot down to the resort’s sandy private beach or to the enormous pool. If you’re travelling with kids, they will love the mini on-site water park. Come nightfall, the restaurant serves up a fine spread of Lebanese dishes, and the manicured grounds lend themself to a romantic moonlit walk.
Push the boat out with a stay at this swanky spot, where you have a private beach, marina and a labyrinth of pools to choose between. The modern property has 153 slickly appointed rooms and suites with sea and garden views. Some include jacuzzis. The range of five-star dining and nightlife here complements Beirut’s fun-loving vibes. Try the bar set inside a waterfall or the Jet Bar at the beach. For a spot of pampering, Resense Spa is everything you’d expect from a five-star joint, with treatments spanning from Hungarian mud wraps to algae-infused facials.
This dazzling white property is so close to the water’s edge that only the odd palm tree in between dictates where the infinity pool ends and the Mediterranean begins. If you’re looking for a hotel that caters to all, this place ticks the box with everything from an impressive playground for kids to candlelit beach dinners for loved-up couples. The nautical-themed rooms are casual and stylish with sea-facing terraces and jacuzzis, and it wouldn’t be Lebanon without a rooftop bar serving after-hours drinks and shisha. There’s also a boat valet service.
An old-timer on Lebanon’s beach resort scene, this waterfront hotel and restaurant was first opened in 1966 by a newlywed couple and was renovated in 2015. Tucked into Jounieh Bay, where sunbaked white sands are circled by craggy mountains, the resort has a private pier and a beach dotted with sun loungers and rattan umbrellas. From here you can arrange to go windsurfing, canoeing, diving and snorkelling or just bob around in the outdoor pool.
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This towering four-star beach resort stacks 17 floors high with 175 rooms. The location, minutes from downtown Beirut, strikes the perfect balance for a city-plus-beach break. Rooms are stylish and modern with small kitchenettes. The crowning jewel here is the rooftop, which is home to a swimming pool and bar, so you can get you can take a dip and sip your rosé while soaking up the stunning views. A shuttle leaves daily to Beirut Souks, and the airport is a 15-minute drive away.
This expansive luxury resort is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea not far from the Jeita Grotto north of Beirut. The 230 rooms are brimming with mod-cons and comfortable furnishings, while the decor of the two Royal Suites embraces regency-style flair. The award-winning Royal Spa is just one of the impressive amenities, with the wellness centre set over four levels with panoramic sea views. Meanwhile, kids will love the Watergate Aqua Park, which is adjacent to the hotel and one of the largest parks of its kind in the Middle East.
Fancy having everything on your doorstep? This modern beach resort is in the heart of Beirut, with the city’s bars and restaurants to the east and the Mediterranean to the west. Order a sundowner at Skyline, the hotel’s glitzy rooftop bar, to admire your first-rate location. With 292 rooms, this is a large hotel, but the service remains personal and efficient – with plenty of awards to prove it. Another perk of this place is that you’re only 10 minutes from the airport.
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The vibe here is Miami meets the Mediterranean in the Middle East. Think turquoise-coloured suites, rustic bungalows and an Instagrammable sea-facing swimming pool flanked by bright pink sun loungers and white cabanas. The resort sits next to the ancient port city of Byblos and attracts a fun cocktail-imbibing crowd all year round. The éTropical Spa offers wellness packages and Ayurvedic treatments, which you can take under a canopy of blue skies.