Early Bird Summer Bookings

Early Bird Deals Summer 2013 SKILEB

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].

Mzaarville Chalets

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.

Mzaar Intercontinental Hotel

 

 

 

 

InterContinental Spring Surprises

Enjoy unlimited relaxation and plenty of outdoor activities at InterContinental Mzaar resort this Spring. Special rates and discounts are available online.

Italy on Snow and Mzaar on Fire

A full day of wining and dining and snow fun organized by the Italian Embassy at the Refuge Terrace Mzaar Intercontinental on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Enjoy an Italian lunch (by reservation – +9619340100) as well as a Fashion show, “La Perla”, sponsored by Ferrari, Martini, Aprilla, and Roberto Cavalli. By night, enjoy an impressive fire show and fireworks followed by free ski by night along with winter delicacies such as hot wine, chestnuts, and tea.
If you’d like to make a full weekend of the event, book your room with us in any of the hotels located in Mzaar.

Italy on snow and Skiing In Mzaar by night
Italy on Snow and Skiing In Mzaar by Night

And it happened as a full day entertainment within a warm and joyful atmosphere. Both adults and kids didn’t miss a minute of the amazing performance at night of the fire show.

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Ring In The New Year With SKILEB’s Hot Deals

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! If you’re still looking for something to do, SKILEB has got some Hot Deals for you to check out. We advise you to check this list and act fast, because these deals expire on December 28th, 2012! Call us at +961.70.103222 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your package.

InterContinental Mzaar
A 5-night stay in a Standard Double Room for $1570, including breakfast and tax.
A 5-night stay in a Deluxe Double Room for $2010, including breakfast and tax.

InterContinental Mzaar

MzaarVille Chalets
3 nights in a Studio Chalet (sleeps 3 people) for $1200, including tax.
3 nights in a One-Bedroom Chalet (sleeps 6) for $1700, including tax.
3 nights in a Three-Bedroom Chalet (sleeps 8) for $2800, including tax.

Mzaarville Chalets

Hotel Eleven
A 5-night stay in a Double Room for $1100, including breakfast and tax.

Hotel Eleven

Chateau D’eau Faraya
A Double Room for 3 nights for $600, including dinner, breakfast, and tax.

Chateau Deau Faraya

Urban Hotel Faqra
A 3-night stay in a Double Room for $900, including breakfast and tax.

Urban Hotel Faqra

Aux Cimes Du Mzaar
A 5-night stay in a Double Room with a mountain view for $1350, including breakfast and tax.

Aux Cimes Du Mzaar

Faraya Village Club
A 5-night stay in a Studio (sleeps 2) for $1000, including New Year’s dinner party.
A 5-night stay in a Two-Bedroom Suite (sleeps 7) for $2550, including New Year’s dinner party.

Faraya Village Club

La Cabane Cedars
2 nights in a Double Room for $650, including New Year’s dinner.

La Cabane Cedars

Atargatis – Faqra Kfardebian Festival 2012

Lebanon’s summers are filled with activities, events, and festivals! Don’t miss out on this year’s Faqra, Kfardebian Festival, Atargatis…

The traditional Lebanese festival will present a great range of local song, dance, and food from July 27th 2012 – August 15th 2012.

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Friday, July 27: Festival Opening – Traditional Lebanese Night with Zaffe, dancing, and singing. Free Entrance
Saturday, July 28: Concert- Najwa Karam, Melhem Zein, and Rabih Baroud. Tickets sold at Virgin Megastore. Sunday, July 29:Children’s theater show. 6:30 pm/Free Entrance

Saturday, August 4: Classical Lebanese orchestral show. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance

Friday, August 10: The Santa Maria Choir’s Lebanese patriotic songs and anthems. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance
Saturday, August 11: A surprise show!
Sunday, August 12: Rudy Rahme (painter, sculptor, poet) 9:00 pm/Free Entrance

Wednesday, August 15:  Traditional Lebanese Zajal and Dinner. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance

Book your hotel in Faqra to experience the full effect of this amazing festival!

What’s New in Faraya and Mzaar Hotels

As if the climax of ski season weren’t enough, here are two more good reasons to plan your ski trip to Lebanon this month. We’re pleased to announce the opening (and re-opening) of two hot new hotels in Mzaar and Faraya. Come be the first to premier these highly fashionable new lodging options in alpine Lebanon.

Urban Faqra hotel deluxe room
Deluxe room at Urban Faqra

Urban Hotel Faqra

Want a taste of chic downtown style and Beirut-esque design, far away in the mountains near Mzaar Ski Resort? Yes, you can haven it both ways. Walking into brand-new Urban Hotel Faqra is like stepping into a metropolitan boutique hotel. It’s an unexpected and completely entrancing surprise in a small ski resort town.

The thoughtful décor at Urban Faqra is both cozy and contemporary at the same time. In the rooms, surfaces of soft whites and beiges complement accents like sharp black skylines, creative lighting, and colorful throw pillows. In the lobby, textured arched passageways in stark white are reminiscent of an arctic underground, warmed by a pop-art fireplace.

Urban Faqra lobby fireplace
Pop-art fireplace in the Urban Faqra lobby

The real highlight of Urban Faqra is the restaurant and bar, with fine dining options that you would expect from downtown Beirut but set in front of a magnificent mountain-scape view. The menu presents a sophisticated array of breakfast, lunch and dinner items, not to mention the drinks menu and tantalizing desserts. Opt for French-inspired Fondue, raclette, charcuterie and bliss out on the nuanced flavors, but don’t forget to enjoy the snowcapped alpine panorama at the same time. The perfect way to end a great ski day.

San Antonio Hotel, Faraya

For a more classic ski lodge feel, check out the renovations at newly-reopened San Antonio Hotel, ideally located just between the Mzaar ski lifts and Faqra Club resort. It’s everything a rustic ski lodge should be, from the cozy lobby fireplace to the deep wood paneling and dark leather upholstery.

San Antonio Hotel in a snow storm
San Antonio Hotel in a snow storm

Now, the updates and enhancements will ensure total comfort. Here, you’ll also find an in-house dining option at the San Antonio restaurant. Come see what’s new!

Planning a ski trip to Lebanon? Book online with SKILEB.com for the best deals and discounts to be found on the internet. And don’t forget to join our big, vibrant community at SKILEB.com Facebook

Share the Love – Help a Friend Hit the Slopes

It’s already a pretty bumper season of snow on Lebanon’s top ski slopes and we hope that many of you have already managed to make your way out onto the pistes to enjoy some of the outstanding powder that’s fallen so far this year.

If you’re a ski lover, have you considered spreading a little joy? Maybe you’ve got a friend that you’d like to introduce the experience to or maybe you want to stage an intervention and get someone out of their office and onto the mountain.

Flowers to Lebanon - New Gift Service

Luckily, there’s a great new way to share the wealth. Flowers to Lebanon is a great new gift service that allows you to purchase holiday experiences for your friends, colleagues and family. If you feel like playing the guardian angel, you can arrange for one of the very special packages to be sent directly to your lucky recipient.

In addition to gifts and presents, you can get your friends onto the slopes with a full day lift pass for the Mzaar resort. Or if you’re feeling especially generous, you can sign them up for the full ski experience package – plucking them out of the daily grind in Beirut for an amazing trip to the slopes.

Perhaps you’ve got a buddy who’s not so keen on skiing and you want to keep them out of your hair while you get some time to yourself? Why not help them gain a skiier’s appreciation for the breathtaking local scenery by having them hop on the back of a skimobile for a tour. You get to hit the slopes and they get a taste for powder while keeping their feet dry at the same time. Everybody’s a winner!

Of course, there are plenty of other gifts available for delivery if you want to send your commiserations to a friend who can’t get the time off from work to come skiing with you. Perhaps a nice bouquet of flowers or even a cake will be enough to cheer them up!

Share the love, share the fun and tell us about it on Facebook!

What else to do in the snow

If avid skiers and snowboarders had our wish, every day would be a winter day with fresh powder, clear skies, and perfect conditions. But in the real world, winter only lasts a few months, and the lifts are subject to circumstances.

Yesterday, for example, strong gusts of winds forced all chair lifts at The Cedars  to close for the day. Bummer. It raised an interesting question — is there life after ski slopes in the winter? What else can you do in the snow?

Here are some uplifting ideas for when the chairlifts are down:

snowmobile_faraya1) Snowmobile. Around the Mzaar resort area, there are a number of great places to make tracks on the newest models of snowmobiles out there. If you book through SKILEB.com, we’ll hook you up with two of our favorite operators The ‘Cheers on the Top’ tour takes you to the highest peaks where the views are great. Or, the Mission La Cabane route will take you on a scenic ride all the way to La Cabane.  More details about snowmobile in Lebanon.

 

2) Snowshoe. The old Nordic sport of snowshoeing is becoming trendy all over again in winter climates around the world. No lifts required, and no motors involved; this is an active sport that requires good old-fashioned manpower if you want to explore the depths of the white-blanketed wonderland around you. Give it a try if you haven’t already — your heart will thank you.

 

3) Build a snowman. As the old saying goes, “if life hands you snow, make a snowman.” Or something like that. If you’re stuck at your lodging and there’s no hope for the slopes, make the best of it. Practice the art of silly snowman design. Then send us a photo and we’ll post it on the SKILEB.com Facebook page, where our army of comic snowmen is growing. Here are a few examples from our snowman collection. Extra credit points if your snowman is wearing a SKILEB.com hat.

So, if the lifts are temporarily down, don’t despair. Take it as a reminder that there are all sorts of ways to enjoy the powdery white stuff and have some winter fun.

Find the best deals on hotels in Mzaar and book with us at SKILEB.com

A Taste of Lebanon: Cuisine and Recipes You’ll Love

If you’re visiting Lebanon for a ski holiday this winter, you’ll probably have a chance to get a taste of the real Lebanon through its rich cuisine. Nothing complements a day on the slopes like a delicious dinner afterwards. In a lot of hotels in Mzaar, for example, the hotel restaurants will have a choice of international fare or authentic Lebanese cuisine. We recommend that you go Lebanese.

What exactly is Lebanese cuisine? What are its most characteristic flavors? It’s a special variation of Middle Eastern cuisine, with its own nuances, specialties, and variations. Think blends of garlic, olive oil, veggies, meats, fresh herbs and savory spices. Imagine sweet, flaky Baklava with coffee for dessert.

If you want to sample Lebanese cuisine wherever you happen to be, we’ve found some of the best Lebanese recipe and cuisine blogs out there. Browse these tantalizing dishes to decide if you want to try your hand at preparing one for yourself, or just to help you decide what to order from the menu when you’re here enjoying your Lebanon ski holiday experience.

1) Cook and Eat Lebanese

The folks at cookandeat-lebanese.com have one of the most detailed and comprehensive guides to Lebanese cuisine online. You can check out new restaurant reviews, find the most recommended Lebanese markets, and if you register on the site you can even download their prized recipes. Organized, clean, and easy-to-use, this site is sure to get your juices flowing. Click on the image below to visit the site.

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click image to visit cookandeat-lebanese.com

2) Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen

This Lebanese foodie blog is maintained by a Lebanese couple Edgard and Sarah as a loving tribute to Edgard’s mother Esperance and her lifelong mastery of Lebanese dishes. Esperance learned the craft of cooking from her own mother, making these special recipes true heirloom items. On the site, you can browse the neatly categorized recipes, read cookbook reviews, learn about the essentials of a well-stocked Lebanese pantry, and even buy specialty ingredients from the store. Click on the image below to visit the site.

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3) Taste of Beirut

The exploration of Lebanese cuisine and recipes isn’t complete without a stop at tasteofbeirut.com, “Lebanese food recipes for home cooking.” The food photography on this site is fantastic and may have you trying to lick your screen. Peruse the recipes and the ample information pages to find out why Taste of Beirut has also gained itself a following of hundreds on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the image below to visit the site.

tasteofbeirut.com
click image to visit tasteofbeirut.com

You’ve had a virtual tour of Lebanese cuisine, maybe you’ve found a few recipes to try out for yourself, but there’s nothing like trying the cuisine as prepared by Lebanese people on their turf. Whether you’re skiing in Mzaar or one of Lebanese other premier resorts, check out our Mzaar dining guide to help you decide where to go for a full, true Lebanese dining experience. Bon appetite!

An Overview of Lebanon’s Top Ski Resorts Part 2

This is the second part of a short series of posts highlighting the best aspects of Lebanon’s top ski resorts. We aim to give you an oversight of some of the options available to you when planning a skiing holiday in Lebanon. Whether you’re planning a return to the slopes, or are looking to try out something completely new, we’re confident that you’ll find something to suit your tastes.

In our last update we looked at the resorts of Laqlouq, Mzaar and the Cedars. You can read part one here.

Faqra

Faqra, also known as Faqra Club, is located some 50km to the North East of Beirut. This makes it easily accessible from the capital’s main airport and also makes it ideally suitable for shorter breaks for those operating out of Beirut itself.

Faqra is a smaller resort with around 4 lifts, but it has a lot to offer to visitors. The resort’s main hotel, l’Auberge de Faqra, boasts excellent facilities including a heated swimming pool, squash courts and a sauna – the perfect way to relax after a hard day on the slopes.

The resort has an unusual claim to fame – the remains of a Roman temple are located nearby. These historical relics are a testament to Faqra’s enduring popularity – even the ancients recognised it as a wonderful location!

Click here to read more about Faqra.

Qanat Bakish

Located close to Faqra, Qanat Bakish is a quiet, picturesque resort. While it doesn’t have as much to offer by way of nightlife when compare to some of the busier tourist hotspots, what it lacks in hustle and bustle is more than made up for by its tranquillity.

Home to just three lifts, it’s probably fair to say that Qanat Bakish is an acquired taste. If you’re looking for challenging runs or adrenaline pumping action, you’d be better off opting for a resort such as Mzaar.

But if you’re looking for the perfect place to get away from it all and relax with some gentle runs, this could be your ideal destination. Like Faqra, Qanat Bakish is near to Beirut, making it perfect for short breaks. Its relatively high altitude also ensures quality snow.

Click here to read more about Qanat Bakish.

Zaarour
The view across Zaarour

Zaarour

Out of all of Lebanon’s ski resorts, Zaarour is closest to the capital city of Lebanon. It’s easy to reach for those staying in Lebanon hotels and makes weekend ski breaks a distinct possibility.

Its north-facing slopes mean excellent snow and its multiple lifts mean that its easy to pack as much skiing as possible into a a single day.

Zaarour is also home to some outstanding cross-country skiing routes, giving you the chance to mix up your piste action with something slightly different.

Click here to read more about Zaarour.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief look at the highlights of Lebanon’s ski resorts. With winter just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to be planning your ski getaway. If any of these resorts have taken your fancy, we recommend getting in touch straight away to discuss how we can put together your ideal skiing holiday.

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