Category Archives: Vacation

Lebanon Water Festival 2014


Almost two weeks ago, I attended the Press Conference announcing the Lebanon Water Festival 2014 in the presence of his excellency the Minister of Tourism.

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This is the third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, and it’s gonna be an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth of water sports.

“The water festival has become one of Lebanon’s recognized festivals after just a few years of success,” said Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon. We hope [the] 2014 festival will also bring together our main cities along the shore and enlighten our summer.”

Lebanon Water Festival offers a unified platform for promoting the county’s various recreational water activities by offering discounted group classes for sports like surfing and kite boarding throughout August and September. Weekly competitions, mostly among amateur athletes, also dot the schedule and have brought in crowds of spectators to an array of sports that organizers believe have until now gone on under the radar.

This summer’s lessons include water skiing, stand up paddle, kite boarding, apnea (or free-diving), training and underwater photography. Over the next eight weeks, the festival will also hold some semi-professional-level events, such as water ski shows, free-diving in the north, sailing regattas and an underwater photography competition, which has in the past attracted professionals from abroad.

Festivities will wrap up with four different encompassing water shows, two in Tyre and two in Dbayeh.

 

The first event of the festival will be in Jounieh. It will be an International Jet ski race at Hayali Bay in Jounieh on August 10th. The event starts at 3 p.m. and will be a  great way to spend a Sunday on the sea.

Will you be joining the festival?

Introducing: Zenotel


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Zenotel in Bhersaf is one of the Middle East’s first wellness retreat and spa treated from  geomagnetic interferences. It transmits and creates amazing serenity, and offers a holistic approach to wellness with body therapies, nutritional detox programs and energy re-balancing.

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Zenotel advocates locavorism. We believe in enriching locals’ lives and tapping into the goodness that the community has to offer. Not only do we encourage local tourism, but also engage with locals to source ingredients, mostly from organic suppliers.

 

This 26-bedroom wellness retreat is set on open grounds, complete with lush landscaping and private garden, enjoying uninterrupted views from Beirut to Jounieh Bay.

For wholesome goodness and balance nutrition, enjoy meals and drinks at the Earth Restaurant, the outdoor Zen Café, and the Pomegranate Bar.

The spa comprises a steam, sauna and two treatment rooms, an indoor counter-current basin and outdoor pool with saline water, benefiting smoother skin and avoiding body chlorine intake.

The serenity room and surrounding space is ideal for yoga, corporate and wellness retreats and workshops.

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Zenotel is 24 km away from Beirut, in Bhersaf, Metn, and rises 900 m above sea level. Nestled between Brummana and Bekfaya, it is naturally inspiring with its invigorating climate, lush greenery, pine and linden trees.

 

For more information and details about Zenotel, visit their www.zenotel.me and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also contact them on the following numbers 04 984 281/2 or send an email to info@zenotel.me.

 

Visiting: Steigenberger Strandhotel in Zingst


 

My visit to Germany last summer was for a special occasion, it was to see my sister and her family of course and to be there for the baptism of my cute niece 🙂

For the baptism lunch, my sister and brother and law had chosen a special and dear place for them, the “Steigenberger Strandhotel” in Zingst.

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Zingst is a touristic city in Germany, on the shore of the Baltic sea. Tourists visit it during summer to enjoy the sandy beach where you can find a lot of surfers and surfing schools!

The 18 km-long wonderful sandy beach with its virtually untouched landscape and healing climate of the Fischland- Darß-Zingst Peninsula make it one of the most beautiful destinations at the Baltic Sea.

The baptism was on a hot sunny Sunday, after the church ceremony, we headed to “Steigenberger Strandhotel”.

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The welcome drinks were on the terrace, waiting for everyone to be there, then we moved inside to their fancy “Nautica” restaurant, where we enjoyed a large selection of culinary delights.

Market-fresh products from the region inspire their chef de cuisine at the “Nautica” restaurant every day to offer exquisite creations.

After lunch, everyone took a break to enjoy the lovely weather outside, relaxing by the pool or having a walk on the lovely sandy beach. It is only a few minutes on foot from the hotel to the fine sandy beach or to the picturesque center of the town.

Then it was desert time, we enjoyed a wide selection of delicious cakes, croissants and drinks.

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If you’re planning to visit Zingst during your summer vacation, “Steigenberger Strandhotel” is a place that you have to pass by, with family or friends, and enjoy a relaxing time.

 

Miss you mousey and see you soon :*

 

Exploring Terrebrune Hotel!


Part of the Live Love Lebanon campaign, I’ll be discovering and sharing with you, nice new places in the different regions of Lebanon.

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I decided one day, with my friend M, to go visit a peaceful and charming place in Lebanon, Fakra.

You might say that the way is long, and it’s too far, but the road trip is totally worth it!

We were heading to one of the most fascinating, attractive and relaxing hotels: Terrebrune Hotel!

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Terrebrune Hotel is located near the Roman ruins of Fakra; it is no wonder that this hotel offers some of the most spectacular views of the area.

Common spaces and almost every room of this hotel benefit from this privileged location, making the stay at Terrebrune simply captivating.

Constructed in the 2004; the use of stone in construction does give the hotel an alpine look. Extensive wood, marble and stone merge in shades of warm and earthly colors, giving the hotel a strikingly distinctive look. 

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We were received very warmly and had a tour in all the parts of the hotel. It has anything that you might need from restaurant, to gym and spa, swimming pool and a lovely garden.

I was in love with the place, it’s so cozy, comfy, friendly and welcoming.

If you’re searching for a quite and relaxing place in the mountains to run away from all the city noises, it’s definitely the place to be!

 

Have you been to Terrebrune?

Which is your favorite place in Fakra? 

“LIVE THE EXPERIENCE CARD” by PHOENICIA


 

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Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday gift, “LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” will be the ideal gift idea for this summer! Phoenicia Hotel offers you the possibility of accessing an exclusive universe with the richest and unique experiences thanks to its exclusive member card “LIVE THE EXPERIENCE”.

 

In addition to an “All year long” exclusive and priority access, your “LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” card will offer you various discounts and special advantages in the Phoenicia hotel venues and services. As soon as you purchase your “LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” card ($490 per year) you will receive 5 valuable gift coupons that will offer you:

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  • One night stay in a “Double Deluxe Room” with breakfast for two at the MOSAIC restaurant.
  • 50 minutes free massage at the Phoenicia Hotel SPA.

  • A daylong “D-STRESS” session at the Phoenicia Hotel GYM, Hammam and Pool.

  • A $100 dinner coupon, valid in all the Phoenicia Hotel restaurants.

  • Another $100 gift coupon valid for any other purchase in any of the Phoenicia Hotel venues (Café, Gourmet, etc.)

 

“LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” will also grant you many other exceptional advantages and all year long discounts such as:

  • A 15% discount on all restaurants and cafés Phoenicia Hotel and partnering venues

(Eau de Vie, Cascade Lounge, Le Gourmet, Mosaic, Wok Wok, Mondo, Amethyste,

Sydney’s at Le Vendôme Hotel).

  • A 20% discount on all Phoenicia Hotel SPA services (Body massage, Skin rejuvenation program, Anti-Cellulite & Detox Treatment, SPA Deluxe Services, Qyurverda Therapy, etc.)
  • Free of charge “Late check-out” for all your Phoenicia Hotel room bookings (until 6:00 PM).

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    Enjoy your summer everyone 🙂

    Travel Destination: HYATT REGENCY PARIS ETOILE


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    Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile – Breakfast Room

    Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, formerly the renowned Hotel Concorde La Fayette, stands as one of the most impressive properties in the city. The 4 star Hotel is located just minutes from both the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Champs Elysees, and within easy reach of the impressive La Defense complex. Offering so much more than a great location in this cosmopolitan city, the 34-storey hotel offers truly unique views over Paris, especially the Eiffel tower, from its 950 luxury rooms and suites.

     

    From Saturday 21 June to 12 September, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile will meet the expectations of its guests and allow them to discover all the wonders of Paris in the summer. The Eiffel Tower is not far away and still sparkles like magic and The Arc de Triomphe stands there as majestically as ever. Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile has 950 guest rooms and suites in its 34 floors and all boast spectacular views of the city. It is conveniently located, just minutes from L’Arc de Triomphe and the famous Champs Elysées.

    Restaurant La Fayette offers great culinary discoveries with seasonal dishes and Bar La Fayette provides enjoyable breakfasts and other light meals.

    A private lounge provides breakfast, afternoon tea and evening snacks. The gym is on the 34th floor and fitness-lovers will appreciate the unique views of Paris including Montmartre. Nearby the hotel, direct shuttle rides can be obtained to Roissy Airport

    Gallery shops nearby allow visitors to shop away from the heat or inclement weather. Metro Line 1 serves areas where luxury shopping and well-known cultural sites can be found. For guests from the Middle East, everything is arranged to meet their expectations.

     Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is the ideal starting point to explore the French capital.

    SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY AT INTERCONTINENTAL GENÈVE


    As the oppressive summer heat engulfs the region once more and the luxuries of an afternoon walk or morning swim at the beach have long been forgotten, a refreshing destination offering breathtaking views at every turn, an endless list of outdoor adventure and palate pleasing cuisine beckons. And what better place than the ‘city of peace’.

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    Comfortably nestled between lake and mountain, Geneva lies on the cross-roads of Western Europe. Lovers of the finer things in life can relish in the city’s endless indulgent offerings. Its high-street shopping and reputation for its luxury watches are unrivaled throughout the continent whilst the warmth of the Genevan hospitality ensures travelers feel secure as they enjoy strolling by the jet d’eau, shopping bags in toe.

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    Epicureans are in safe hands with the city hosting over six Michelin starred restaurants heralding a cosmopolitan mélange of both international and local chefs seeking to thrill the gastronomical elite. Your inner thrill seeker is encouraged to escape its comfort zone to experience the natural beauty and exhilaration from paragliding over the Jura mountain range to hiking the impenetrable Alps and mountain biking amongst some of the most scenic paths in the world.

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    The five-star Inter Continental Genève is an oasis within this oasis, and summer holidaymakers can relax by one of the most sought after swimming pools in the city soaking up the European sun beside crystal waters while the dedicated team meets your every need. Guests can truly take indulgence to the next level at the Clarins Institut Spa which specializes in blending the art of aromatherapy and phytotherapy using treatments from Europe’s number one body care brand – a much needed reprieve after a day of hard shopping!

    Inter Continental Genève guests enjoy the memorable views of the iconic Mont Blanc and Jura Mountain range, and its impressive rooms and suites exude the opulence that has become second nature to those from the Gulf.  For those seeking the epitome of luxury travel, the iconic Residences consisting of Diplomatic Residence, Presidential Residence and The Residence, cater to every guest’s wishes; The Residence, the most stately of the trio includes an East & West Wing, two master bedrooms, and nine additional light filled rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows including a grand salon, two hamams, a treatment room serviced by Clarins, private gym, grand dining room, library, gallery, private lift, a kitchen fully equipped with John Pawson Demeyere cookware, a bar adorned with accessories by Ralph Lauren and a twenty-four hour butler to ensure your every wish is fulfilled.

    Summer Promotion
    There’s never been a better occasion to experience a 5* City Resort now with Inter Continental Geneve’s Summer Promotion of 20% off all 56 exclusive Suites. Ten minutes away from the international airport and Lake Geneva, it’s the ideal family choice with various connecting rooms and suites, exciting entertainment offerings, Botanic gardens and a Kid’s Club operating from 11am to 8pm. Children under 12 years stay for free. During Ramadan exquisite dishes are prepared by their Lebanese Chef for Sohour and Iftar, while guests can enjoy at Shisha by the poolside. Unrivalled Arabic speaking staff are on hand, and a private butler on request for Residences reservations.

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