A Quick Guide to the Best Labor Day Getaways

by Maria Frangieh

It’s time to wave goodbye to emails and computer screens and enjoy a well-deserved staycation at one of these splendid guesthouses.

1- Beit Noun – Mechmech


Photo – @beitnoun

Beit Noun is a family-run guesthouse that was a former family residence. Located in the idyllic village of Mechmech, the century-old building is nestled in nature. The rooms, divided between two residences, feature beautiful furniture handcrafted by skilled Lebanese artisans. The result is an effortless melange of authentic Lebanese design and modern touches. Guests can relax by the pool or take a walk in the grounds.

2- Beit Jedde – Mtein


Photo – @beitjedde.mtein

Beit Jedde is not just a guesthouse; it is a community. With two pretty gardens, the 100-year-old property actively encourages everyone to engage in its cultural activities, including art and crafts workshops, dabke classes, yoga, film screenings and talks. There are two beautifully furnished rooms to welcome guests, as well as a fantastic terrace area.


3- Zita Fidar – Byblos


Photo – @zitafidar

Zita Fidar boasts fabulous views of the Mediterranean Sea from its eight minimalist rooms. The guesthouse is adorned with artworks and sculptures, and it even has its own exhibition space, with art and music events that showcase the owner’s love of blending architecture and music. There is also a private pool terrace, perfect for sunset.


4- The Silk Valley – Arbanieh


Photo – @thesilkvalley

The Silk Valley is close to Beirut yet far away enough to provide guests with a peaceful getaway. Like the name suggests, the building served as a silk factory but was shut down during World War I. Recently, the owners decided to renovate it and create an oasis in a lush pine forest. Guests can take advantage of the pool and enjoy wonderful hikes in the surrounding area.


5- Dar Zefta – Nabatieh


Photo – @darzefta

Dar Zefta is a stunning home that was built in the early 1900s. Pine and olive trees grow in abundance in the pretty garden, and the courtyard and pool serve a welcomed escape for guests who want to read or lay in the sun. The exquisite rooms of Dar Zefta are drenched sunlight, with paintings by local artists adorning the walls.

6- Bouyouti – Chouf


Photo – Bouyouti

Bouyouti is an adults-only retreat nestled in the lush green mountains of the Chouf. Its thoughtful spaces, warm atmosphere and verdant surroundings make it an ideal destination for a long weekend. The property also boasts a glass-walled restaurant and a fantastic pool and terrace area.

7- Al Haush – Bekaa


Photo – @alhaush

Al Haush is a charming destination in the Bekaa Valley, where visitors can experience rural life in style. As the grandfather of its founder came back to Lebanon from Mexico in the 1940s, Al Haush celebrates the best of Lebanese and Mexican traditions. Every inch has been sensitively designed, conveying the family’s commitment to sustainable practices. With a range of facilities, including a swimming pool and small farm, it is an excellent choice for families.

8- Beit Douma – Douma


Photo – @thestrollingtarzan

Beit Douma was created as an extension of the renowned Souk el Tayeb project. The spectacular 19th-century Lebanese villa features vaulted ceilings and arched windows. It is surrounded by gorgeous apple orchards and a breathtaking view of the mountains.

9- Abdelli Terraces – Batroun


Photo – @abdelliterraces

Abdelli Terraces was created to share the beauty of the village of Abdelli with visitors. The project features three houses and a pool, making it a fantastic choice for small groups.

10- Villa Chamoun – Hasroun


Photo – @villachamoun

Villa Chamoun pays tribute to a golden era: the 1960s. It was first built as a family home and brought back to life in 2021. With its bright rooms, hypnotic patterns and eye-catching artworks, the guesthouse is a triumph in design.


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