Everybody talks about Lebanon NightLife… but have you ever contemplated Lebanon BeachLife?
Going to the pool or beach in Lebanon ain’t the same anymore! In the last 5 years, it has developed into an art and a way of being that I’m pretty sure is unique and never seen in any other country.
First, it is a RESORT where all the luxury and relaxing items are awaiting you. Not just pools, but restaurants, lazy chairs, beds (never understood that), Jacuzzis, a VIP section and bungalows. Entrance fees are not below 20$ and the sign shows +18 only (yeah that’s the last addition)! Then, the pool HAS to have a bar where you enjoy your alcoholic drink while “swimming” with your sunglasses on and a cigarette in the other hand.
If you think about it, it is exactly the same as going to a fancy rooftop. Just replace couches with water and you’ll get the picture. Really, think about it :
- People start arriving after 12.
- Girls are dressed in glowing swimsuits with heels and makeup.
- People order bottles of wine, champagne, vodka… in buckets and are sitting on the bar sipping their drinks.
- Music is the same.
- Girls start dancing on the bar and everywhere.
- (Tipsy) Guys start flirting with (tipsy) girls.
It looks like the Lebanese has transformed a relaxing day at the beach into another chance to party where you have to look your best with all matching swimsuit, slippers, dress, towel, nail polish, sunglasses…
The trend started with Edde Sands (which I believe is still the best and most beautiful) and developed into a crazy wave that has transformed Jbeil, Jounieh, Kaslik, Jieh, Rmeileh coasts into an infinite line of neighboring resorts offering a beach experience “à la Libanaise”. We, Lebanese, need to do everything in our extravaganza way to feel good about ourselves… but sometimes it is really tiring and most importantly it’s getting outrageously expensive!!!