Stunning views, luxurious lounges, private facilities, delicious dining and the perfect summer climate make Lebanon’s beach clubs ideal places to relax, unwind and enjoy.
Lebanon’s beach resorts captivate visitors summer after summer, so much so that the country’s coastline has been described as the Côte d’Azur of the Middle East. Whether you’re looking for a party atmosphere, private Jacuzzis, a place to unwind, or excellent food and drink, there is a beach resort in Lebanon to suit every taste.
The Veer resort on the beautiful Jounieh coast, a 40-minute drive from Beirut, is a peaceful place to sunbathe and swim by day that transforms into a buzzing place to dance by night. Veer offers bungalows with underwater views of the pool, villas and the sumptuous Royal Suite, making it a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital. Villas boast complimentary champagne, panoramic coastal views, a secluded pool and Jacuzzi and a private barbecue area. If you’re going all out, the Royal Suite has both indoor and outdoor private Jacuzzis and a champagne butler and hookah service. For the ultimate luxury getaway, this suite must be booked to be believed.
In addition to elite accommodation, Veer offers seaside entertainment throughout the summer. Various themed events are organized each Sunday, and the club prides itself on its selection of top-name DJs who take to the decks to wow the crowds. From its sleek bars to its choice of four dining options, Veer also provides libations and gourmet delights that are sure to please. From the sushi menu at the Sunset Bar to the mix of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant, on top of the 24-hour room service, you’ll certainly not go hungry.
Iris Beach Club in Damour is an adults-only resort offering plenty of shady spots to unwind in. There are a host of options for sunbathing, whether you’re travelling as a couple or in a larger group, including water beds and sunbed-filled huts that accommodate up to 20 people. When it comes to refreshment, Iris offers a delectable array of light bites, from skewers and wraps to the Iris Beach Tray of salads, mini burgers and other tempting nibbles. The cocktails are similarly appealing, with punches and ‘pop-tails’ on offer alongside fruity virgin juice blends and an exceptional wine list. Iris’s Electric Sundown shows, featuring elite international DJs, start at 5pm and go on into the early hours.
Orchid Beach Resort in Jiyeh takes exceptional service to the extreme, with sunglasses cleaning, fresh cold towels and even a private masseuse. Making a reservation is recommended, as guest numbers are restricted so that Orchid can ensure a truly memorable experience for its customers. Choose one of its private huts, or go big with the Royal Hut, a 120-square-metre space with a vast sundeck, private dining area, sunbeds and a mega Jacuzzi. Before topping up your tan, pay a trip to the spa and choose among Orchid’s signature treatments, including the Sun Bronze Application, which helps you achieve a glowing, even color. The resort’s 80-seat restaurant offers an enticing selection of dishes from around the world, and also a cigar menu for the highest of high rollers.
The C Flow Beach Resort on the Jbeil coast is equally appealing for a weekend or a day trip. Facilities on the resort’s sandy beach include comfortable Flying Beds’; alternatively, the pool overlooks the beach and is surrounded by Jacuzzis and the pool bar. Book one of the Jacuzzis, which accommodate four, six or 10 people depending on your group size, and receive beach and pool access for your whole squad, as well as towels and a free bottle of rosé wine. The C Casual poolside eatery, which offers burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, isn’t the only dining option; C Flow’s beach bar offers stunning views across the clear water and a generous happy hour runs from 6pm until 9pm. The C Horse grill and restaurant provides a Lebanese menu with plenty of light and healthy options, including fresh fish, salads and traditional mezze dishes.
A more low-key but no less charming seaside spot, Pierre and Friends is perched right next to the shore in Batroun and offers perfectly cooked fresh fish and an excellent selection of drinks. The scenery is captivating and you can stroll right down to the sea; though take care as this beach is rockier than others on our list, so a pair of aqua shoes is advised.
From party spots to poolside venues with spas and private Jacuzzis, Lebanon’s beach clubs offer world-class coastal luxury. To truly unwind on your trip to Lebanon, book a private hut, bring some friends and dance the evening away as the sun sets over the waves.