Situated in one of the most historic towns in the Chouf area and one of the most beautiful buildings, Deir al Oumara was originally built by Emir Bashir II, one of the great Druze princes of the Chouf, and was first used as his offices of residence. Over the years since it’s also been used as a boarding school, but today you’ll find a stunning boutique hotel with just 18 rooms and suites. There are your usual standard room options but also slightly more spacious Grand Suites and excellent family duplex options. Some are decorated in a more traditional country house theme while others are like modern chalets, and many have decorative beamed ceilings.
The restaurant here – Soufrat al Oumara – is laid out in the inner courtyard with stunning views across the hills, and serves traditional Lebanese dishes. For the cooler months there are also tables inside underneath the spectacular vaulted ceilings, which creates a real cosy mountain feel. The service is here professional yet friendly, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the best accommodation options in the region.