Give the gift of choice this Valentine's Day, Valentine's day events in Lebanon

Give the gift of choice this Valentine's Day
Date: Friday, February 06, 2015
By: Ghinwa Obeid
Source: The Daily Star

EIRUT: It's the month of love and those with a special someone are gearing up for Valentine's Day, which falls Feb. 14, a holiday as nerve-wracking as it can be blissful.
To avoid Valentine's-induced bickering, The Daily Star has put together a list of events taking place in and around the capital on the special day. Instead of opting for the cliché of a candle-lit dinner, live music and dinner options might make for a Valentine's to remember.
Singer Fares Karam performs. (The Daily Star/Stringer
Regency Palace Hotel in Adma will host singers Yara and Fares Karam on Feb. 14. Yara's passionate and lively voice, paired with Fares' upbeat tunes will surely provide a fun night. Entry prices start at $150 to $250 and include an open regular bar and dinner. Make sure to make a reservation by calling 09-854-000.
This year, Le Royal Hotels & Resorts in Dbayeh is also offering various options for couples keen on celebrating the lovers' day.
Le Royal's Pearl Ballroom will be filled with the great romantic tunes of Wael Jassar, Nader al-Atat and Naji al-Ousta on Feb. 14. Enjoy the night with a three-course menu and an open regular bar with prices starting at $175. Those interested can reserve a table by dialing 04-555-219 or 71-012-012.
Singer Wael Jassar. (Wael Jassar Facebook page)
For $220, couples can enjoy a luxurious four-course menu with an open regular bar at the hotel's Titanic Piano Bar where live music will be played. The festivities will be held Friday and Sunday, for those who cannot make Saturday's main event.
Options for Friday and Saturday include dinner at Le Royal's Le Jardin du Royal with a three-course menu, open regular bar, live music and violin performance for $160 per couple.
Valentine's Day can also be enjoyed with some Lebanese mezzeh, drinks, belly dancing and music with Brigitte Yaghi and Maher Chouman at Diwan Shahrayar for $180.
But those who prefer to relax rather than dance can take advantage of the Royal Spa, which comes with champagne, cake and chocolate-dipped strawberries, as well as a saxophone show by the indoor pool.
Some treatments available include a duo Turkish bath and a 25-minute royal massage for $310 or a ladies 30-minute body scrub, a 55-minute candle massage, a haircut, brushing, manicure and pedicure for $210. Men can enjoy the same deal – minus the pedicures – for $200.
Packages to spend the night at the hotel are also available.
Indigo on the Roof Restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Le Gray Hotel)
Another option to be considered is Le Gray Hotel's Indigo on the Roof in Downtown Beirut. On Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, the restaurant will transform into a delightfully charming venue with a romantic ambiance to get couples in the mood. For $110 per person, couples can enjoy a five-course Valentine's menu and live music. Drinks are not included. If you're looking for a glass of champagne upon arrival and an open deluxe wine bar, add $50 to the tab and call 01-972-000.
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand's Le Ciel, Up on the 31st Jazz Bar and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace's Venezia in Sin al-Fil are also offering options for couples looking to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Music and dancing at Up on the 31st will liven up your night. (Photo courtesy of Habtoor)
A four-course set menu dinner with open house wine for $199 per couple at Le Ciel and Up on the 31st Jazz Bar is among them. Those unable to make the Feb. 14 event can attend Feb. 13.
The Venezia will also be treating couples Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 with a four-course set menu dinner with open house wine for $169 per couple. Make sure to reserve by calling 01-496-666.
Valentine's Day can also be spent dancing to the passionate music of Wael Kfoury and Mafi Metlo Show at Phoenicia Beirut in Mina al-Hosn. Prices start at $150 including dinner and open regular bar. Reserve by calling 70-350-888 or 01-357-888
Singer Wael Kfoury. (Arab Idol Facebook page)
If you prefer to celebrate the day outside the capital, make sure to consider Rest House Tyr Hotel & Resort.
For $60 per person couples can enjoy a delicious menu of appetizers, Lebanese and international mezzeh, special Valentine's Day desserts and a live performance with open soft drinks.
Couples can also take advantage of package deals, including a night in the hotel and breakfast for $220. Call 07-742-000 for reservation.
The magical and timeless Byblos is also an ideal place to celebrate Valentine's Day outside Beirut. Byblos Sur Mer Hotel is offering two options for the occasion.
Byblos Sur Mer. (Photo courtesy of Byblos Sur Mer)
The hotel's Dar L'Azrak restaurant is offering Feb. 13, for $50 per person, a Lebanese menu, open bar and live music. Feb. 14, the restaurant will offer an oriental night with Lebanese cuisine and open bar for $60 per person.
This Valentine's Day the hotel's Cafe Tournesol will also offer a shared menu with local wine and romantic vibes for $40 per person.
Lovers can enjoy a night at the hotel in a sea view room with breakfast starting from $150. Those interested should reserve by calling 09-548-000.
But singles shouldn't feel left out from all the couple's deals.
Outdoor lovers can go on a snowshoeing adventure Feb. 15 in the Cedars reserve in Bsharri for L.L. 60,000 without lunch or L.L. 85,000 with lunch included.
Make sure to reserve on 79-115-001 or on 03-917-190.

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