Where to stay in Lebanon? Well, if you want to base yourself on Mount Lebanon looking down at the most spectacular views of Beirut and the coast you can choose Hotel Al Bustan! Such a treat waking up to the view in my photo above.
Located 40 minutes from Beirut and 45 minutes from the airport, set in beautiful gardens amongst pine trees this is a tranquil oasis of calm. Lebanon is a fairly small country and you can reach everywhere on a day trip from the Hotel Al Bustan.
PHOTO: Hotel Al Bustam, Beit Meri, Lebanon
The Jewel in the crown of Hotel Al Bustan is the fabulous new L’Espace Spa, set in the grounds. Available for hotel guests to use free of charge is a state of the art gym, super Pool, Hydra pool. Other treatments are available for a fee. I loved the look of the Hammam, the first luxury Hammam in Lebanon and also a good selection of massages.
PHOTO: L’Espace Spa Indoor Pool
The Hydra Pool is not to be missed! Perfect for detoxifying and relaxation after a great day exploring Lebanon. I wish my gym at home was this good too! The equipment was brand new and state of the art.
PHOTO: L’Espace Spa at Hotel Al Bustan
Al Bustan is a family owned hotel and it does have a homely feel, with the owners collection of art and sculpture dotted around the hotel and grounds. There are some lovely pieces to admire. The staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful, organising everything from restaurant bookings, taxis and our car hire for us always with a smile.
We stayed in a Junior Suite, which was comfortable with big wardrobes and lots of bathroom products and fluffy towels in the bathroom. Our sunny terrace was wonderful with breath taking views down to Beirut and the Mediterranean.
PHOTO: Junior Suite at Hotel Al Bustan
One of the great joys of a hotel stay is lounging around the Suite in bathrobes enjoying a bottle of wine and some room service. Some of the hotel rooms are being renovated for 2019.
PHOTO: Breakfast at Hotel Al Bustan
Breakfast is included in the room rate and has everything you want at breakfast time. We enjoyed delicious Omelettes, pastries, fruit and nuts and of course lovely fresh Coffee and Orange Juice. The restaurant overlooks the beautiful gardens at Al Bustan Hotel which are lovely to stroll around and admire the sculpture collection.
Il Giardino is an Italian Restaurant serving Italian food, there is also two bars, The Scottish Bar and The Ottoman. We tried some delicious Pizza with a Blanc de Blanc Lebanese white wine.
There is a large outdoor pool to enjoy in summer, this was closed in late October when I visited. The gardens are a delight with views looking over Beirut, Al Bustan means the gardens in Arabic so it is an appropriate name. There is a little Chapel where you can get married and function rooms to hold a wedding or any event. An ideal venue for a wedding or event.
PHOTO: Hotel Al Bustan Lebanon Review
We hired a car to explore Lebanon and enjoyed a visit to Jeita Grotto which is spectacular (photo’s forbidden sadly), drove north to Byblos and south to Saida, explored Beirut too. Next trip to Lebanon I want to dive at Tiro, visit Les Cedres and Beiteddin in Spring.
Lebanon is perfectly safe, the people are lovely and we felt welcome wherever we drove in the country. Read my Visit Lebanon review. The small town of Beit Mery is a short drive from the hotel and has several restaurants to try during a stay.
PHOTO: Explore Lebanon
Hotel Al Bustan, Beit Mery, Lebanon
Tel: +961 4 972 980
There is a music Festival 13 February to 21 March 2019 Al Bustan Festival
Getting around: Hiring a car is easy and I would recommend hiring one at the airport when you arrive, make sure it has SatNav. There are also Taxis and Uber to get around. Read more in my Visit Lebanon blog.
I was a guest of Hotel Al Bustan