5 ways to celebrate the Mediterranean lifestyle at Le Byblos Palace

From the moment it opened its doors back in 1967, Le Byblos has been turning geography on its head and cocking a snook at Old Father Time in a joyful fusion that embodies the diversity of cultures that surround the Mediterranean.

Provençal poolside vibes

In what was a novelty at the time, Le Byblos was designed as if a Provençal hamlet, with colourful houses arranged in tiers around a main esplanade. It forms a real village square, presided over by a hundred-year-old olive tree from Lebanon. In the middle, the heated pool is always 28°C, and along with the solarium begs guests to laze at leisure. And for a sunny lunch, the terrace at Le B is highly recommended. “B” for Bardot, of course. The queen of Saint-Trop’ in the 1970s, and the hotel’s godmother.

Rooms for the Dolce Vita

Each of the 91 rooms, which include 50 suites, features a unique interior that combines antique and bespoke furnishings while also showcasing the lively colours of the Mediterranean. The cosiest? The Missoni suite, which the eponymous brand has infused with its inimitable Italian chic, with its citrus shades and zig-zag stitching. A cosy rainbow!

The full fragrance of the Orient at the spa

A Lebanese lounge imported brick by brick from a 16th century Beirut palace: just what you need to turn a beauty treatment into an episode from Arabian Nights! And the spa’s originality doesn’t end there. Guests who value their privacy can enjoy the private suite with its Jerusalem stone and wooden lattices. And to complete this immersion in the ancient beauty rituals of the Mediterranean shores, schedule a visit to the midnight blue and azure granite steam room. It’s an authentic Roman bath house!

Riviera flavour at Rivea

In the Rivea at Byblos by Alain Ducasse, the interior conjures up images of the sun-kissed seaside in Provence, with an expansive terrace shaded by those iconic plane trees. And the menus draw inspiration from the French and Italian Rivieras, for fragrant cuisine that brings some sun to your taste buds!

The Beirut legend in the Caves du Roy

An exact replica of the original L’Excelsior club in Beirut, Les Caves du Roy occupies a special place for the nightclubbing elite. Grace Jones and Elton John, Mick Jagger (he got married at Le Byblos in 1971) and Naomi Campbell, (almost) anyone who’s anyone has made it through a Saint-Tropez all-nighter. The interior was given a makeover in summer but the magic is still the same. It’s a night spot that you just can’t afford to miss.

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