A century-old traditional house blissfully resting on Lebanon’s shores, “Beit el Bahr” (The Beach House), built in 1910, encloses within its walls the stories of the many Lebanese generations that have taken shelter under its roof. Originally a wheat mill lying along a river, the house switched ownership more than once over the years, until a lease sign hanging on its door caught the sight of Lebanese entrepreneurs.
Partners in successfully-established F&B concepts in the country, these entrepreneurs saw in the beachfront location in Tabarja, which also includes a restaurant on the ground floor, an opportunity to create an integral project that would offer guests the best of Lebanese hospitality.
In line with their vision of creating friendly and authentic concepts where people feel at home, they refurbished both the restaurant and the house, launching respectively one after the other in 2018.
“Beit el Bahr” welcomes visitors today in a six-bedroom guesthouse combining the typical and gorgeous high-ceiling architectural trait of old Lebanese houses with a retro touch. A common lounge area called also “Dar” is the main space where guests meet, relax, and enjoy their breakfast.
The beautiful terrace overlooking the beach promises magical sunset times while providing a private space to enjoy the sun.
After enjoying our sunset on the terrace, a dinner by the beach was calling to complete a beautiful night under the stars. How convenient it was to head to the ground-floor restaurant “Aal Shatt”, operated by the same owners, not only to enjoy great seafood, but also a romantic setting, “pieds dans l’eau”.
The highlight of our stay at “Beit el Bahr” was – sleeping and – waking up to the sound of the waves, and to a glorious breakfast prepared by the host herself, Ghada. The breakfast table consisted of an endless spread of Lebanese “morning” specialties, including eggs, fresh manakish from the oven they operate right outside the house, cheese, jam, fruits, and cakes, not to mention complimentary tea and coffee all day long.
As if the intoxicating light filling the rooms of the house is not enough to hypnotize the senses, the overwhelming warmth of “Beit el Bahr” lies first and foremost in the generosity and friendliness of the host, Ghada, who makes sure guests truly feel at home.
We also had the chance to enjoy the underlying pebble beach just for ourselves. The space is intimate and cozy, and accessible for free for the guesthouse visitors.
I would genuinely recommend “Beit el Bahr” as a beach escape for everyone looking to disconnect and enjoy a relaxing and pleasant weekend getaway in Lebanon, only 30 minutes from Beirut. The best part about it is that you don’t have to leave the premises – or move a finger – while there, as you enjoy the complementary amenities like the restaurant and the beach, and an absolute farniente – the most amazing part of a guesthouse stay, don’t you agree?