It is a great pleasure to welcome you to InterContinental Mzaar. My concierge team is looking forward to being at your service. With our genuine sense of mountain hospitality, we hope to exceed your expectations and bring the Lebanese mountain experience to life.
InterContinental Mzaar Lebanon offers a wide variety of year-round attractions for leisure & conventions. Indoor activities include kids fun center, pool, cinema, gym, sauna, hammam and1200sqm Spa. Outdoor, one can enjoy skiing, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, ATV, 4x4 rides, paragliding, clay shooting, children camps and sightseeing & excursions tours. With 135 guestrooms, the resort simmers 6 different dining moods, ranging from casual to fine dining, and tailored to satisfy all tastes.
In winter, after an energising mountain breakfast, take off on skis from the hotel's Refuge slope and explore the trails and pistes. If you are not a skier, we suggest snowmobiling across the mountains, admiring the scenery of the snow-covered peaks. At lunchtime, ski down to the hotel's Refuge Terrace and mingle with Lebanon's jet set. During the warmer seasons, wake up early, energise with a spoon of local mountain honey and take a 4x4 or ATV ride to Wardeh mountain. Hike to the top and pick some wild herbs. When back to the resort, refresh yourself in the pool and enjoy our famous breakfast on the terrace. We suggest fried eggs with mountain-cured minced lamb (awarma).
In winter, rejuvenate with a shower jet treatment at Les Thermes du Mzaar followed by a revitalizing massage. Now it is time to wind down in the lobby and sip on a hot chocolate by the crackling chimney fire. In spring, try spring skiing where you are pulled to the top behind a snowmobile to ski down the challenging glaciers. In summer and autumn, enjoy a picnic at Erzel El Rai, a traditional shepherd's hut on a mountain peak reached by 4x4s or ATVs. Then, see how locals prepare traditional Saj bread, honey and local cheese, or visit a local arak distillery to discover the secrets of this traditional Lebanese spirit.
In winter, take off on skidoo to La Cabane restaurant, located in the middle of the ski area. Here, you can enjoy local dishes and dance to oriental music until the early hours of the morning. During the warmer seasons, our award-winning Lebanese restaurant, Al Horr Tent, is a must. Discover Lebanon's unique folklore: see a traditional dabke dance, enjoy oud & tableh music and have tabbouleh prepared at your table by a lady chef from the local village.
Some locals still wear the traditional Lebanese cherwal, while others adopt more cosmopolitan clothes. We recommend wearing decent cloths while visiting religious places.
Traditionally, the Lebanese lived with a cluster of relatives in large households in one small village. Today, it is still a custom that children live with their parents until they get married, and may continue to live in the same neighbourhood.
Arabic is the national language for Lebanon. French is also commonly spoken. The spoken language is a dialect called Lebanese Arabic, often combined with French. Dialects and accents vary between villages, giving each community a distinct identity.
The usual tip for porters, waiters, guides and doormen is between 5,000 LBP and 10,000 LBP. The average in restaurants and hotels is 10-15 percent of the bill.
At Mzaar, temperatures drop to -3C to -10C in winter and rise to 25C in summer. The ski season runs from December to April. The area, also known as Jurd ('high mountain'), enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. Temperatures at Mzaar are usually 10C less than on the Lebanese coast.
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This region is known for its adventure sports, which take place all year round. In winter, enjoy alpine skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The rest of the year, guests can go mountain biking, hiking, climbing, rafting, paragliding, clay-pigeon shooting, horse riding, rappelling or take 4x4 drives to the Cedars of Lebanon and other remote mountain peaks.
Local Herbal Tea
Our Fawaz mountain tea is famous for its health benefits. It is named after a staff member who picks the leaves in spring and summer at an altitude of over 2,000m. It helps digestion, prevents colds and flu and is good for the heart. It contains 13 mountain herbs, including wild mint, thyme, camomile, rosemary and fennel. The tea should be drunk without sugar to truly appreciate its flavour.
At the summit of Mzaar mountain, at 2,467m, is the highest chapel in the Middle East. Built from the stone ruins of a small fortress that served in Roman times as a communication point between Baalbek Temple and the port of Byblos, it was a summertime refuge for the inhabitants of Faqra's Roman temple.
Ouyoun El Simane
'Ouyoun' means 'water source' and 'el simane' means 'the shepherds'. The village Ouyoun El Simane was so named because of its abundant ponds which attracted shepherds from the nearby villages from May to November.
The Ski Area
The resort has its own ski lift with direct access to 80km of trails linking 18 slopes. The ski season is similar in length to that of the Alps, lasting four to five months from December to April. The area is known for its good-quality snow; powdery on the surface and firm underneath. The slopes face north, which shields the snow from the sun.
WHAT TO PACK
Ski outfit for winter
In winter, pack multi-layered protective clothing and Ski outfit. In the warmer seasons, bring linen and light cotton garments. A windbreaker and hiking or running shoes are essential if you wish to take part in outdoor activities.
Lebanese pounds LBP and US $ dollars are the commonly used and accepted currencies everywhere. All currencies can be easily exchanged in banks, licensed exchange shops and at our Resort.
InterContinental Mzaar is located on Mount Lebanon, only 53km from the capital and less than an hour's drive from Beirut International Airport. To reach the resort from Beirut, head north and follow the coastal highway for 15km to the Dog River (Nahr El Kaleb) tunnel. Then, turn right, up towards Zouk Mosbeh, crossing Christ Le Roi Avenue. Keep driving on the main road: you'll pass several villages (Jeita, Ballouneh, Feytroun, Faraya) before reaching the resort at Ouyoune El Simane. During normal traffic periods the journey takes around 55 minutes.