In 2006 arcenciel built an Ecolodge in Taanayel (Bekaa) to promote sustainable eco-tourism in the region. The architecture of the Ecolodge is inspired by the old Lebanese way of building with clay bricks and conserves the cultural heritage of the region. arcenciel promotes this traditional method and wrote a book about building eco-friendly houses in the region.
Seeking to recreate the authentic way of life of the region, guests sleep on wool mattresses on the ground- as our ancestors did. Each room of the Ecolodge de Taanayel has a private bathroom with hot water showers powered by solar energy.
AL KHAN AL MAKSSOUD
In addition to the Ecolodge de Taanayel, in 2009 arcenciel built Al Khan al Makssoud, a traditional Lebanese restaurant.
In the Arab world, Khan or caravanserai used to be a place where all travelers were welcome to stay and rest on their journey. Travelers could set up their goods in shops and keep their horses in the stables.
With its lush gardens, Al Khan al Makssoud is an ideal place for country-style lunches and group gatherings. The rustic regional specialties such as slow-cooked roast mutton draws in locals and foreigners to the restaurant.
The Ecolodge de Taanayel is just a 50-minute drive from Beirut downtown!
Ecolodge de Taanayel – Al Khan al Makssoud traditional Lebanese restaurant – Damascus Road, Taanayel, Bekaa. Reservation 08 544 881 / 03 124 279. Open everyday all day long.
Upon demand, the Ecolodge de Taanayel as well as the Al Khan al Makssoud cater to corporate team-building activities, seminars and workshops.
INCLUDED IN THE BOOKING FEES
At the Ecolodge:
Board games, basketball, volley ball (full size field), ping pong, baby foot
Bird watching (migration season) upon request
At the Domaine de Taanayel:
Horse riding, cycling, running trail, walking path
For more information: 08 544 881 / 03 124 279