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Sea, sun, sand and business by Lebanon Traveler

In business, building good relationships with clients or partners is of utmost importance. Going that extra mile will truly make all the difference. That's why mixing business with pleasure can be a smart idea. For those of you who are entertaining business guests this summer, Lebanon Traveler has compiled a list of possible hot spots that will cater to every need and desire. So, take the day off at one of the country's seaside resorts and don't feel guilty - you're still working!

The sound of silence

Relaxation is not possible without some quiet time. Lazy B in Jiyet, just 20 minutes south of the capital, is certainly the ideal place to enjoy the sound of silence, since unlike other resorts in the country, there's no loud music on the premises. Another unique feature of the resort is its creek, with a fresh water spring that provides a very invigorating swim. Your guests can lounge in the adult pool, where kids are not allowed and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, while sipping a refreshing cocktail. For lunch, they can savor Lebanese and international cuisine on one of the seven terraces of the restaurant or a light snack if they prefer to keep their spot in the sun. To end the day, why not offer them a reflexology or aromatherapy massage at the most silent spot of the venue? By sunset, you will have a happy relaxed guest.

Parties and live music

For party animals, there is but one address: Bonita Bay. In this charming Batroun location, about 50 minutes north of the capital, Sundays are not only meant to take in the sun, but also to take in the beat. In the afternoon, a live band entertains guests who are ready to let go of their inhibitions and dance the afternoon away. By evening, all feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the coming workweek. For night owls, theme evenings are available: Thursday nights are reserved for salsa, while Wednesday nights are White Party time. As for those who enjoy good food, the chefs at Bonita Bay will dazzle you with local dishes made from the freshest ingredients, not that you'll have much time to eat.

Wellness attitude

Aside from being one of the most beautiful resorts in Lebanon, Edde Sands has established itself as a wellness destination. Here under the shadow of the historical city of Byblos, 40 minutes north of the capital, your guests can begin their day sunbathing at the pool. Then they're off to the tropical spa for some Ayurvedic treatments to help balance their inner selves. The in-house Bach Flower specialist is always ready for a personal consultation to alleviate the strains of work. Bach flower therapy is a natural system of stress management. Finally, a yoga session on the beach will seal in the relaxation and turn the day into a memorable experience.

Join the It crowd

At the heart of the capital lies the Riviera Beach Lounge, where your guests can rub elbows with Beirut's "It" crowd. A party venue at all times, your guests can enjoy dancing and drinking at the pool. This is not a place for a swim but rather a dip. It is a place to see and be seen. For additional privacy, you can reserve the San Tonini Lounge where your guests can bask in the sun while a private butler serves chilled drinks at the table or in your reserved Jacuzzi. Riviera is the perfect way to show how the other Lebanese half live.

Relaxing weekend

Instead of just a day out, why not offer your guests a relaxing weekend on the beautiful sandy shores of Remaileh, a 30-minute drive south of the capital? La Guava is an ideal place to spend a weekend on the beach. Your guests can settle in at one of the newly renovated bungalows, with modern décor in bright refreshing colors. After a swim, sip a glass of chilled rose while enjoying the sunset in the outdoor Jacuzzi. If your guests have a taste for adventure, they can engage is some parasailing activities, go water skiing or scuba diving. Those who are less daring can enjoy a game of beach volleyball or soccer in the specialized sports area.

Enjoy the ecosystem

Located northwest of Tripoli, Palm Island Nature Reserve is perhaps the best beach to witness the diversity of the Lebanese ecosystem. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Tripoli from Beirut and another thirty minutes by boat from the city's Al Mina (port) district. Many fauna and flora species, as well as habitat ecosystems take refuge in the reserve, away from the urban stress. The island is a resting area for rare and endangered migratory birds and the only place in Lebanon that has nesting sea birds. After a stroll along the shore observing the wonders of nature, your guests can take in the sun, go for a swim or simply while the hours away. It's advisable to pack a picnic.

Underwater ruins

One of the best and cleanest beaches in Lebanon lies in Tyre, an hour's drive down the coast to the south of the country, where city dwellers can cherish sea and sand. What makes this place so unique is the fresh water springs that outflow to the sea, creating a fresh marine water interface. Kayak with your guests from the shore towards the submerged Roman ruins and dive in for an exceptional snorkeling session. Upon your return to land, share a picnic basket of homemade food or fish cooked in nearby huts. A good meal should always be followed by a siesta in the sun. Finally, watch the sun go down over the Mediterranean. With such serenity, your guests will never want to leave.

Water sports

Pearl Beach is where guests can take pleasure in sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, wave riding, kite boarding, fishing, sunset watching and beachcombing on the beautiful shores of Batroun. The natural beach is a wonderful destination for water sports lovers who are looking for some wet thrills. With so many choices, your guest will be busy all day and go back to work, full of energy. Pearl Beach is also a wonderful food destination where the chef will serve you delicious local delicacies. The beach bar offers a daily happy hour and many evenings are reserved for parties. If you happen to be there on a weekend go to barbecue night with your guests.

The simple life

Since 1988 this family owned beach has welcomed visitors from around the world. Located on the untouched shores of Batroun, the White Beach family will see to your guest's every need. They'll be pampered with the best of traditional Lebanese cuisine while basking in the sun. A chill out beach with a wide range of activities to enjoy if your guests feel up to it, otherwise you can just let them lay back and relax. With the Batroun wineries only a stone's throw away, why not send your guests there to visit as part of their day out?

A sandy beach

Big straw umbrellas and people catering for themselves. Atlas Beach on the shores of Jiyeh is solely about a seaside experience. Attendants will help you settle in, provide you with a table, a sun bed and a cardboard visor for your car. Early birds might even enjoy the sight of a dozen crabs darting in and out of the sand. The restaurant serves basic food at reasonable prices. Usually a young crowd, but you can occasionally see children playing in the sand with their parents. Your guests will enjoy the simplicity of it all.

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Out to sea

Discover the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea by taking your guests on a unique boat ride. The Dolphin Team Yatching at the Movenpick Hotel and Resort Beirut provide big or small boats that can take you deep out into the sea, all the while enjoying 5- star food and beverage service. A captain and crew will remain with you at all times, so your guests will feel at ease. Upon their return they can do laps in the Olympic sized pool, followed by a cool cocktail on the beautiful terraces of Hemmingway's Bar or Square Lounge. A unique nautical and gastronomical experience!

Business on the beach

If you are looking to pamper but work at the same time, then The Golden Tulip Jiyeh Marina and Resort maybe the answer. Spread over 100,000 sqm, with a 1200 m beachfront and 20,000 sqm of sandy beach, the resort is conveniently located 20 minutes from Beirut International Airport and Beirut Down Town City Center. The 4-star resort consists of 57 chalets and five Yacht Club studios. All rooms are fully furnished, spacious and have their own private balconies and a unique view. As expected of a 4-star resort, it has a variety of eateries, as well as beach, nautical, sports & water activities.
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