Splurge! Lebanon’s Five Flashiest Mountain Lodges

Maybe you’ve gotten some shiny new ski equipment for the 2012 season, and you’re looking for a flashy hotel to match. Maybe you got a holiday bonus at work and you’re feeling a little extra spendy. Or maybe you’re just curious about where the VIPs stay when escaping Beirut and heading for the mountains. Any reason is a good reason to check out the fanciest accommodations that Lebanon’s mountain resort areas have to offer. Here’s to living large (or just wishful thinking!)

1) Aux Cimes Du Mzaar

Mzaar’s newest premier hotel! Aux Cimes Du Mzaar is a mountain boutique resort that is supremely located at the base of the Jabal Dib ski lifts and the Jonction ticket counter.
Luxurious touches: balconies facing the slopes or the mountains, LCD TV screens in the suites.
Star rating: four stars

2) InterContinental Resort, Mzaar
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A long-time favorite and Mzaar landmark, the InterContinental at Mzaar is Lebanon’s only five-star ski accommodation. With 131 units, it’s also one of the largest. The amenities here are everything you’d expect: bathrobes, slippers, fireplaces, and all sorts of rich details that make the splurge worth it.
Star rating: five stars

3) Etoile Du Mzaar Chalets
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A smaller, more exclusive chalet with only three apartment-style units, Etoile Du Mzaar Chalets is synonymous with luxury. Gleaming surfaces, cozy stone fireplaces, tasteful and elegant decor — these chalets have it all. Make yourself a mug of chocolate in the kitchenette and enjoy a view of the Mzaar slopes from a private balcony.
Star rating: five stars

4) Cedars Palace
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At Cedars Palace are deluxe chalets near The Cedars that offer the refinements of modern design and comforts like private fireplaces, all in the midst of Lebanon’s famous cedar forests. Panoramic views included.
Star rating: four stars

5) Cedrus Chalets, The Cedars
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Le Cedrus Chalets has claimed prime real estate at The Cedars resort — within eyeshot from the ski lifts, you really can’t get much closer than this.
Luxurious touches: Gourmet dining options, private fireplaces in each chalet, and room service
Star rating: four stars