Summer weeks in Beirut are spent plotting an escape plan for the weekend. Tucked away in the cool of the mountains or stretched out by the surf, the stresses of city life dissipate into nothing but a distant memory. Tyre has been an end-of-week-exodus hot spot for years, with its miles of white sand and turquoise waters acting as the perfect antidote to long, sweaty days. And with the opening of boutique hotel Dar Alma, this ultimate retreat can now continue long after sundown.
Nestled in a labyrinth of historic, pastel colored houses, Dar Alma shies away from Tyre’s tourist scene. The simple yet comfortable interior of the rooms and rustic stone bathrooms give it a perfectly boutique-y feel, while its small size (nine rooms and suites in total) creates an intimate, private atmosphere.
It is the view, however, which truly sets this hotel apart from the rest. Built directly into the shore, Dar Alma appears to melt seamlessly into the sea. Watch the sunset from your private balcony or reclined on a sofa on the terrace, and later be coaxed to sleep by the gentle tidal lullaby.