Year after year the Mzaar Summer Festival keeps on growing and gaining popularity.
It has become a destination for mountain lovers not only from Lebanon but also from all over the world. The festival attracts different people with different ages so the whole family can participate. This Summer Festival, activities will include Concerts, DJ’s, Boutiques, Fashion shows, Furniture designers, Kids area, Food stands, Fireworks and Artist painters.
The events will take place at Les Jardins Du Mzaar, Ouyoune El Simane-Kfardebiane, starting August 10 till 15, 2013. Doors will be open daily from 12:00 pm. until 22:00 pm.
The amazing Fireworks will light up the mountains sky on August 14, at 20:30 pm. So make sure you don’t miss the fabulous show.
A big Mass will be served on the last day of the festival, August 15, at 11:30 am.
Don’t miss the opportunity of enjoying the cool weather and cool times. Book your rooms as soon as possible and enjoy 5 days of fun, delicious cuisine and comfortable accommodation with all members of your family and friends.
Several packages are planned to suit all your needs.
InterContinental Mzaar Hotel (with breakfast)
Standard double room: 5 nights for $1570
Deluxe double room: 5 nights for $2010
MzaarVille Chalets Studio chalet (sleeps 3): 5 nights for $1500
One bedroom chalet (sleeps 5): 5 nights for $2000
Two bedroom chalet (sleeps 5): 5 nights for $2000
Three bedroom chalet (sleeps 7): 5 nights for $2500
Family suites (sleeps 6): 5 nights for $2000
Family suites (sleeps 4): 5 nights for $1800
The Lodge Inn Faraya (with breakfast)
Standard double room: 5 nights for $550
Deluxe double room: 5 nights for $650
Premium double room: 5 nights for $750
Eleven Hotel (with breakfast)
Double room: 5 nights for $1100
Suite: 5 nights for $1750
Merab Hotel (with breakfast)
Double room: 5 nights for $650
Aux Cimes du Mzaar hotel (with breakfast)
Double room mountain view: 5 nights for $1100
Double room slopes view: 5 nights for $1300
Warde Suites (sleeps 4): 5 nights for $2250
It might not be ski season, but that doesn’t mean the mountains aren’t the best place for a relaxing and peaceful retreat. Come and spend your time off at the InterContinental Mzaar hotel spa resort. The spa has more than 1200 square meters of facilities waiting for you to take advantage of. Qualified and certified professionals are trained to ease every worry out of your mind and advise treatments specially made to match you and your needs. For booking and info.
Full body massage – 60min: This treatment gives maximum relaxation by loosening up of the body. Affusion massage – 30min: Massaged by two people while having fine rain of warm water surrounding you. Hydro massage – 20min: A progressive drainage produced by a series of jets directed onto areas of the body, relaxing muscles and joints. Facial massage – 35min: Release facial tension and help blood circulation. Body peeling – 25min: Natural peeling with massaging exfoliant creams to moisten the skin. Detox wrap – 35min: The whole body is covered with a layer of algae which replenishes the body’s minerals and revitalizes the skin.
Don’t forget to contact us for any information and deals for overnight packages at the resort. If spa treatments aren’t what your looking for for the summer, feel free to contact us for suggestions and latest activities and specials. Call +961.70.103222 or +961.70.211503 or email [email protected]
This summer, have your fun in the skies of Lebanon with these great activities. SKILEB offers you great summer activities for you whether you’re a tourist or a local looking for some summer fun. Bring your date, go for some family-fun, or ‘fly solo’ (pun intended!)… It’s all up to you! Check out our aerial activities below…
Radio Control Airplane Flying:
Have you ever had the dream of flying your own plane? Well now you can do so the safe and easy way with RC Lebanon Team through SKILEB.com!
Haven’t we all dreamed of running up a hill, spreading our arms and just fly? Well, we at SKILEB.com can make your dream come true!
Hot Air Ballooning:
Experience the awesome thrill and peaceful serenity of a hot air balloon flight over the Mzaar ski resort and among the clouds!
Beirut By Plane:
Explore the beauty of Beirut, Jounieh and Byblos from the sky along with its remarkable coastal skyline and iconic landmarks. This is a lifetime experience not to miss!
Check out our Early Bird Deals that will get you excited for Summer 2013. For your customized requests and tours, don’t hesitate to contact us on +961.70.103222 or +961.70.211503 or email us on [email protected].
Discounted Summer Chalets
Save 20% on your Studio Chalet booking at MzaarVille in August if you secure your booking before May 31st.
Deal expires on May 31, 2013.
InterContinental Spring Surprises
Enjoy unlimited relaxation and plenty of outdoor activities atInterContinental Mzaar resort this Spring. Special rates and discounts are available online.
Spring is here and that means it’s time for outdoor fun in the sun! Check out our Spring/Summer activities that you can book for your holidays and weekends…
Rappelling and Climbing:Spend a full day climbing and rappelling in the Tannourine Nature Reserve. This trip will bring you closer to Lebanese roots as you will see Lebanon’s nature from a different perspective.
Caving: Wade in chilly water while hiking, crawling, and sliding sideways through the Roueiss Cave in Akoura. Get exposed to Lebanon’s underground terrain and understand that these spaces are essential and very important to our environment so we must preserve them.
Paragliding: If you’ve ever had the dream of flying,we’re here to make that dream come true! Take off, accompanied by a professional instructor, from Harissa, and enjoy the ride as you see Lebanon from entirely new eyes.
For any questions or clarifications, call us at +961.70.103222 or +961.70.211503. You can also email us on [email protected]
Xclusive SARL presents The Red Carpet Classic Auto Festival 2013 at the Temple of Adonis Faqra with the collaboration of the Kfardebian Municipality. On April 6 and 7, skileb.com team enjoyed covering a classic car and fashion show at one of the most luxurious and at the same time historic locations in Lebanon. This event was sponsored by Infiniti and Chateau Ksara (Wine Tasting). The location was simply enchanting, as we were surrounded by the snow melting mountains of Kfardebian and the music rocked the skies for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
About the organizers:
Xclusive SARL is an experienced Automotive Events and Media company that has been responsible for the most daring and creative automotive events in Lebanon. It is the company behind the fast growing “Arab Tuning” online magazine. Xclusive’s savoir-faire follows the company excellent relationship with drivers and owners of cars and motorcycles, in addition to a unique approach for topics and magazine articles.
After making my first turns on Lebanese snow seven years ago, I made a pledge to myself to return one day. After all, the chance to ski at the Middle East’s largest resort, Faraya-Mzaar, in the morning before swimming in the Mediterranean near Beirut in the afternoon is difficult to resist.
My second visit to this warm and friendly country was just as wonderful as the first. Despite the current troubles blighting neighbouring Syria, Lebanon is still considered a safe tourist destination by the Government.
This time around, I opted for a properly planned city/ski twin destination holiday, rather than just snatching a few hours on the coast.
Mzaar sits in a wind-protected section of Mount Lebanon, and the ski terrain altitude ranges from 6,069ft to 8,087ft.
There are nearly 50 miles of groomed pistes here, and the terrain, with far-reaching views over the Bekaa Valley, is mainly suited to beginners and intermediate skiers.
At the sushi bar inside my base, the Intercontinental Hotel at Faraya-Mzaar, I met Georges Salemeh, who has represented Lebanon at the Winter Olympics. I had first spotted him practising slalom turns on a steep pitch just behind the hotel.
‘You’re welcome to come and train with me if you’d like but my own track is hard and icy so you might want to sharpen your edges first,’ said Georges. I politely declined and instead asked what he thought of Mzaar’s slopes for locals and tourists.
‘They provide not just the best skiing in Lebanon, but the best in the Middle East,’ he replied.
While there are no shortage of good hotels in the Middle East, there simply cannot be many boasting private ski lift access from a sun-deck to the slopes. I would also recommend the Intercontinental for its spa and fine restaurants but, due to regular power cuts caused by fluctuating energy supplies from the government, I refused to use the hotel lifts. Anyway, using the stairs helps strengthen your ski legs.
One night I opted out of the hotel’s very good Lebanese buffet and headed to the nearby Le Montagnou restaurant, which specialises in… fondue. I suppose this must be a throwback to the days when the French occupied these parts and introduced some of their preferred mountain dishes.
I have to admit the four-cheese fondue and house specialty of fried eggs on halloumi cheese were up to Alpine standard.
After three days, which is plenty of time for an experienced skier, I moved on to the second phase of my adventure. I took the Intercontinental’s shuttle bus (it costs £30 for the 75-minutes journey) along pot-holed roads to Beirut.
My destination was the handsome Phoenicia Hotel, which is also part of the Intercontinental Group. The hotel, which has recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment to mark its 50th anniversary, overlooks the city’s famous boardwalk, the Beirut Corniche. The nearby harbour was full of the type of huge yachts more often seen moored in Cannes during the film festival season.
The Phoenicia’s suites and banqueting rooms have long played host to heads of state (both good and infamous), along with celebrities and discerning tourists from all corners of the globe. The opulent, ground-floor lounge is still one of Beirut’s most popular meeting places – it is always busy with locals gossiping over a late-morning coffee, businessmen cutting deals over lunch and tourists enjoying an aperitif.
I could have happily whiled away my two days and nights exploring the Phoenicia’s world-class spa, choice of superb restaurants and shops, not to mention the finest collection of rare whiskies from all over the world that I have ever seen. However, I was here to savour the whole city, so I hired a guide who organised a lightning tour.
The itinerary included visits to the National Museum of Lebanon, which houses the sarcophagus of the ancient Phoenician king Ahiram; a shopping area dubbed ‘the Greenwich Village of Beirut’ due to its wealth of chic boutiques; and places of worship, including the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque.
At lunchtime, we headed for the superb organic restaurant Al Tawleh, where fresh mezze dishes such as white and green bean salads, houmous with cress, onion, rocket and beetroot, and sausages stuffed with de-thorned thistles from the Lebanese mountains delighted our tastebuds. All these were washed down with some heavenly Bekaa Valley wines.
Beirut is packed with romanticlooking streets adorned with enticing pavement cafes, food markets, high-end boutiques and art galleries.
At night, the city comes alive once more, as live music is played in a host of bars and clubs.
The highlight of my trip, however, was having dinner at the Al Falamanki restaurant. This is where a real cross-section of Lebanese society convenes for games of cards, and to listen to gentle music while drinking delicious Lebanese wine and eating a stream of Mediterranean delicacies. Simply brilliant. Until the mid-Seventies when Lebanon was plunged into civil war, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. I’m glad to say it has deservedly reclaimed its title.
Please allow us to introduce to you Dania Assaly, World Class Ski Champion discovering her Lebanese roots! We discovered Dania Assaly on Facebook through freestyle skiers friends that we have in common about a year ago; We “googled” her to find out what an amazing skier she is, and thought that it would be really interesting to invite such an athlete with Lebanese roots to ski in Lebanon, and maybe explore the idea of her representing Lebanon in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in the Super Pipe and Slope Style.
Dania Assaly was in Lebanon from the 25th of February to the 4th of March, a journey rich with new friendships, great moments on snow, breath taking sightseeing and indescribable moments in the village of her ancestors, Rachaya. You can check her blog for the day by day action on http://daniaassaly.blogspot.co.at/ but in the next lines, we’re going to tell you about this lovely young athlete and tell you why we invited her and try to make you grow fond of her like we did.
Signs don’t lie: The first thing she was told by the security officer at the Beirut Airport was: Ah, you’re Lebanese! Why did it take you so long to visit Lebanon?!” The man was so right! You should know that Dania is a 3rd generation Canadian, with Lebanese roots living in Edmonton- Canada; her great grandfather and great grandmother, both originally from Rachaya left Lebanon around 100 years ago; her grandmother and grandfather from her father’s side are both Lebanese, and no one from her family has visited Lebanon ever since, except her grandfather some 20 years ago. Despite that long period, you’d be as surprised as we were to find out that she eats raw Kebbe and tebleh and ftayer and many other Lebanese specialties back home; she even calls her grandmother, “Grandma Sitti”! We say: ” That girl is Lebanese but doesn’t know how much yet”! The next coming days will tell.
Anyway, let’s keep focus; Dania was invited here because she is a great skier, and because we have hopes she could represent Lebanon in Sochi in 2014, which is why we had a meeting with the President of the LSF, M. Charbel Salameh who was thrilled and very cooperative; We agreed on the next steps and things are moving forward with the best intentions.
At that point, and after 3 days with Dania, we had the chance to know her better, and let me tell you, fellow Lebanese, if this girl ever goes up on a podium for Lebanon, she’d be doing it from the bottom of her heart, not alike a naturalized athlete paid to represent a country! I remember her saying: “Everyone I meet here says they’re proud of me! Wow, that’s so motivating and sweet, I don’t get that a lot”. That was mainly after her interview on MTV (http://mtv.com.lb/Workout/Dany%20Aasali%2002%20Mar%202013), she even got that compliment from the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, in the same day! (Thank you Minister Wael Abou Faour for setting those meeting on such short notice)
You would ask how Minister Abou Faour got in the picture? Well, as I mentioned above, Dania’s ancestors are from Rachaya, and who would be better to introduce us to Rachaya than our dear friends Walid and Liliane Maalouli, who out of their love for their village, were so motivated by the idea of Dania getting back to her ancestors land, that they started an investigation campaign before Dania got there! the idea that a champion from Rachaya would represent Lebanon in the Olympics got into them; actually, it was them who introduced us to Minister Abou Faour , and when he knew what the plan was, and that her plane was on Monday (2 days later), he took the initiative and got us a meeting with both the President and the PM who showed great cooperation to facilitate the process, especially that her roots are Lebanese and that her achievements are impressive (http://espn.go.com/action/athlete/history/_/id/50712/dania-assaly)
Let’s rewind a bit and go back to that week end in Rashaya, the emotional highlight of the trip. Tracing back the Assaly family (Abou Assaly originally) was an adventure worthy of a movie or a book; going from one house to another, asking the “Mokhtar”, checking with the old folks, making phone calls to people working at the “Serail” and have access to the old books…and taking pictures and falling in love with an authentic village under the eyes of Jabal el Sheikh still covered with snow; it was simply magical. Alike every Lebanese village, you enter a house to ask a simple and quick question, and you end up having coffee, and making a 30 minute visit. Dania was stoked; her eyes were smiling, her face was shining, she was in a trance, in a zone, not knowing what’s hitting her; actually it has been the case on daily basis since she landed. Skiing was so fun, 80’s night and Music Hall left her speechless, Harissa and Byblos knocked her out, and now Rachaya, looking for her ancestor’s house, and getting the “oh you’re an Assaly, you’re Lebanese!” from every single person she spoke to in the village, that was a lot to handle and no time to process.
Everyone she has met so far on that trip was friendly, gentle, nice and smiling to her, and she has been so nice, polite and thankful in return, but those who made an impact on her the most were the people of Rashaya: Walid and Liliane Maalouli, our great hosts for the week end without whom the whole Rachaya chapter wouldn’t have taken place, and all what generated from it (thank you both for doing all what you did, Rashaya is lucky to have people like you), Raydan Mahmoud who took us for an off road trip on Jabal Sheikh and sent back with Dania 10 kgs of sweets and dry fruits, and was such a great company during the whole weekend… you think this was the highlight? Think again, the peak was on the last day, when we finally found both her great grandparents houses and were told all about the Assaly family.
We finally knocked on the right Assaly’s house, the one that knows who to talk to, in order to complete the puzzle. We taped the whole conversation, it was so surreal, and no words could describe what was going on in Dania’s head or heart, but one thing is sure, her life will never be the same after that day. She represented 3 generations that had left and it was a sign for those who stayed here that they were no longer alone left in the village. At that moment, I saw and felt that Dania started to feel somehow, in a way, to the least… not only Canadian, and she seems to like it! If a picture can tell a thousand stories, the expression on her face could tell a million.
The man directed us to Michel Malek Abou Assaly, the guy who can give us the last pieces of the puzzle, but before we left, the Lady of the house fell in tears while taking a souvenir picture with Dania, and that was another moment of the trip!
10 minutes later, we found Michel. He handles an NGO that takes care of blind people, and owns the key of the church right in front of Dania’s ancestors house. We took pictures inside what’s left of the house, and visited the 150 year old church, and Dania learnt that her family used to take care of that Church, and that they offered many icons still present there! She was living another moment, she needed some time by herself to process, but at that point fellow citizens, I can tell you that she had adopted a Lebanon that had adopted her from Day 1.
Dania is now in Austria, for the 9 Queens event, where only 9 women are invited. We wish her good luck from the bottom of our heart and can’t wait to see her again.
Dania Assaly has now a new fan: A whole Country.
Our sponsors: Lady Speed Stick, Clearblue, Smith Optical (Blue Mountain), Armada Skis (La Maison du ski),
Beiruting & SKILEB.com for the exposure and for supporting the snow scene
Classic Burger Joint for the great meals
Eastline Marketing for the online support and marketing
Thank you all for making this trip happen. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for your support.
We don’t want to forget:
All the officials who showed us support and full cooperation
Everybody mentioned in the article above
Christian Rizk and Mrs Nicole Wakim Freiha at Mzaar Ski Resort for the ski passes
Charbel Sabbagh for a great company on the slopes and for the action photos
Joe Abi Rached and Walid Chehaid, from the “Democratic Republic of Snowboarding” for an unforgettable afternoon ride on the Grande Coulee
Issam Moubarak for lodging Dania at Mzaar Ski Resort
Zoya Issa el Khoury and Amin Dib from MTV Lebanon for a great interview
All the Rashaya people who were not mentioned above and who made her stay memorable
All those we forgot to mention…
You all made this trip what it turned out to be! A MILLION THANK YOU.
Solicet presents Ski & Fashion Festival 2013 which will take place on March 23, 2013 starting 11:00 am at the Refuge Terrace of the Mzaar Intercontinental Mountain Resort and Spa. Enjoy the Diamony fashion show sponsored by Toni Sailer, Travel Team, and Mix FM, and in collaboration with Mzaar Ski Resort and Mzaar Intercontinental Mountain Resort and Spa.