What if you could have your own private chalet by the beach for a weekend and enjoy it as a hotel guest? I’d tell you it’s possible at this charming hidden gem in Halat called Le Blanc Bleu.
Owned by the Abed family whose passionate relationship with the hospitality business started with the grandfather’s iconic “Pepe Abed” restaurant in Jbeil, Le Blanc Bleu is the combination of Lebanon’s best ingredients: a love for the sea and for hospitality.
Located by the shores of Halat, few meters away from Halat Sailing Club, the private boutique guesthouse welcomes guests in what rather look like chalets, a pleasant upgrade to what one would expect from a guesthouse room.
Noticeably spacious, the private rooms are designed to include a wide welcoming lounge, which could easily fit an extra bed for two, a bar equipped with cutlery and a fridge, a king size bed – so utterly comfortable – and a private terrace, all sweetly decorated in white and blue.
The charming details of a feminine touch cannot be missed here. Leaving her years-long corporate life to live her passion, Joey Abed, Le Blanc Bleu’s owner and manager, makes sure to delight her guests not only with carefully-thought details, like nice maritime props, warm welcoming notes scattered everywhere, refreshing rose water juices and fruit baskets, but also her invigorating positive energy and smile.
She will make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your stay as you should, before handing you a 10% discount voucher on your next lunch or dinner at Byblos Fishing Club – Chez Pepe, Hacienda de Pepe, or Halat Sailing Club. Knowing the latter is only 300 meters away, run by Joey’s brother, you can be sure you will enjoy the same warm hospitality in another delightful setting by the sea.
If you’d like to stay in the guesthouse’s premises, Le Blanc Bleu has also its own restaurant, which serves the same quality of seafood and cocktails, offering beautiful sea views! If you’re lucky enough, you can catch a sunset session on Sunday and enjoy a food/drink/music formula at $50.
Did I mention the super cool private beach access at Le Blanc Bleu? Through stairs located right outside your room, you will reach an underground way that reveals slowly and magically a cozy pebble beach and the blue of the Mediterranean. As private as it can be!
If you’d like to top your stay with water sports, you can find your stand-up paddle, surf board, or kayak at Halat Sailing Club.
What I mostly appreciated during my stay at Le Blanc Bleu is the privacy and tranquility. With their own garden, small pool, and access to the beach, not to mention the adjacent restaurant, the four beautiful chalet-rooms promise a completely disconnecting staycation that would make the perfect relaxing getaway in Lebanon.
Happy White & Blue Summer!