Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Al Falamanki
Backgammon, Shisha and Lebanese tea are all on the menu at this lively little café
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Tyre Public Beach
A simply beautiful beach close to the city's ruins which include Alexander the Great's monumental Arch to make a relaxing and culturally stimulating day trip.
Sporting Club
Sporting might not look like much - it's very difficult to see the beauty in concrete - but the resort is one of the best and well worth going to if only to try and parse out its appeal.
La Voile Bleue
Chill or party La Voile Bleue offers the best of both worlds with bars and pools and a typically beautiful Lebanese beach.
La Plage
Are you a beautiful bronzed person? Then go join all the rest of the beautiful people at La Plage and try not to ogle too much or let the wash of gossip distract you from getting that smooth tan.
Flying Carpet
I can show you the world... On a magic carpet ride! While this may not be the flying carpet of our dreams it is a cheap and cheerful way to take to the skies.
Exit to Nature
The white and wonderful world of snow-based activities awaits you at Exit to Nature who will take you into the mountains for a day out.
Essential Spa
Beirutis like to look good for the summer months which is why the city is brimming with spas and health clubs. Unfortunately there are no traditional hammams still operating so it's modern spa treatments all the way.
Edde Sands
Everything you could want from a resort on the edge of the sea with multiple swimming pools bars and even DJs when night falls. Try your luck on a jet-ski or just sunbathe away the hours.
Esprit Nomade
A hiking trip available to people of all abilities and a fantastic way to see some of the sights around Beirut from salt marshes to historical ruins. Bring your hiking shoes!
Cyclamen
Not just any bike ride Cyclamen will take you into the mountains for a real saddle-borne experience taking in the natural beauty of Lebanon while working those thighs.
Aero Club
Whether you're a master of the skies or simply want to learn flying is a great way to see the sights. And with the airport so close to the centre of town it's practically a must.
La Reserve
Each and every outdoor activity you could ever want to do are available in the Afqa Reserve from caving to parasailing. Stay for a while and try them all.
Saifi Village Arts
Opened in December 2004 this intimate neighbourhood is Beirut's answer to Portobello Road with plenty of design furniture and fashion stores lining the streets.
Verdun
West Beirut's answer to Downtown this small neighbourhood is packed with boutique stores selling everything from clothes to furniture. High society can't get enough of the place.
Jewish Synagogue
The ruins of the only synagogue to exist in Beirut from the time before the Lebanese Jews fled the country.
British Council
Like in 220 other cities around the world the British Council aims to encourage the interest in British arts culture and language around the globe.
Goethe Institute
Do you miss the German culture and language while you are off around the world? Then have a slice of Deutschland in the Lebanon at the Goethe Institute.
Janine Rubeiz Gallery
Containing both classic and contemporary Lebanese and Arab artists this is one of the oldest galleries in Beirut with a fine history in the Lebanese cultural scene.
Cervantes Institute
The institute of everything Spanish in Beirut. Check here to find out what cultural experiences they are hosting.
AUB Museum
Beirut's principal university has beautiful gardens and an archeology museum.
Alice Mogabgab Gallery
One of Gemayzeh's best galleries for local regional and international art run by dealer and agent Alice Mogabgab. Stop by if you are in Gemayzeh.
Al-Omari Mosque
Once a Christian church Al-Omari was converted to a Sunni mosque in the 11th Century.
St George’s
Beirut's downtown area contains an incredible number of churches and mosques - there are at least 30 in a space the size of London - with the sound of church bells and the call to prayer competing with each other in a cacophony of sound.
Whiskey Mist
London VIP club moves into Beirut’s Le Paon Rouge.
White Beirut
Where the spirit of Beirut is 'immortalized'. 
Pier 7
Architectural Beirut dance club with hip-pop edge.
Vin comme Vin
Wine connoisseurs need no other option…
Burgundy
Quantity here has been saved for the wine. An extensive list paired with delectable French fancies makes the trip out to Saifi Village worthwhile.
Domaine des Tourelles
Boutique wine store from the venerable heads of Lebanese wine…
Metropolitan Palace
Large luxurious hotel with fantastic panoramic views of Beirut.
Coral Beach Hotel
Peaceful and secluded modern hotel by the sea.
Le Royal
One of the Mediterranean's, and probably the Middle East's, best luxury hotels.
Markazia Monroe
An all-suite hotel with a handily central location aimed at the business crowd.
Mzaar Lebanon
Not only a world class Spa, but also the only 5 star ski resort in the Middle East.
SKYBAR
The world-famous outdoor club SKYBAR is worth the visit in itself.
Monroe
One of Beirut's finest party hotels; the vibe is Californian chic.
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