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Responsible Tourism and Culture

Our Mission

Responsible Tourism promotes a culture of peace while protecting
Lebanese heritage and the country’s natural resources.

 

The program offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, and adventure activities.

 

In 2005, Responsible Tourism reproduced a traditional Bekaa village, with earth houses which respect the region’s ancestral traditions. The ecolodge, Khan el Maksoud and Domaine de Taanayel have since become part of the Lebanese tourism landscape

 

To follow our work more closely, download our
Responsible Traveler magazine issues

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History

  1. Opening of auberge Maasser el Chouf

    arcenciel opens the Auberge Maasser El Chouf, a guesthouse located in the stunning natural landscape of Lebanon’s Chouf region. A rejuvenating escape from city life, where guests enjoy stunning hikes, biking and nature activities within walking distance from the hotel.

  2. Launching the Ecolodge de Taanayel

    In Taanayel, the Ecolodge opens its doors as a traditional mud-house lodge constructed in the typical Bedouin style. Both conserving history and offering comfortable accommodations, the hotel provides a natural escape and learning experience to visitors.

  3. Opening of al Khan al Makssoud

    Locally sourced from arcenciel’s farm, the Khan restaurant opens to serve delicious local foods as well as mouneh.  The Khan quickly becomes a favorite amongst the local population and provides nutritious and affordable food in a traditionally designed restaurant.

  4. Managing the Domaine de Taanayel, a partnership with the Jesuit fathers

    arcenciel begins handling and managing Domaine de Taanayel, a 560 acres plot of land that conserves local biodiversity and provides a small natural park for its worldwide visitors.

  5. Agnes Varis center for women empowerment

    arcenciel continues to expands it’s work in the Bekaa, and launches the Agnes Varis center: a vocational training center where at-risk women in the Bekaa valley can learn skills such as cooking, waitressing, and other service skills.

Activities

Ecotourism in the Domaine de Taanayel

Property of the Jesuit fathers since 1863, the Domaine de Taanayel is well known across the entire Bekaa. People can spend the day in the Domaine, watching the seasons change, walking around the lakes. They can stroll through the vineyards and forests, and experience nature in a country that has virtually no public green spaces.
For more information : 08-543105 543107 543108

Ecolodge de Taanayel

The Ecolodge de Taanayel welcomes visitors to a unique experience.
People can discover a typical Bedouin village, and traditional Bedouin hostelry while enjoying the greenery and delicious locally-sourced organic foods from al Khan al Makssoud.
For more information: 08 544 881 / 03 124 279

Musical Pavilion

L'academie de la pierre, le Domaine de Taanayel and arcenciel held the opening of the musical pavilion at the Domaine de Taanayel.

Dome Houses

In partnership with the British Council’s protection cultural fund, arcenciel was able to build a dome house in its Taanayel center in the Bekaa, with the aim of capitalizing the know-how related to a traditional Syrian architectural technique that is in danger.
For more information: 01495561 ext. 1208

Projects

  • Dome houses from Syria: protection of an endangered cultural heritage
    [British council | 2018-2019] Protects and revives the Syrian architectural heritage of domed mud-brick houses, by providing training to refugee and host communities, constructing a pilot dome house at arcenciel’s Taanayel center, drafting a manual on this endangered 5,000-year-old building technique of war-torn Syria.
  • Tourathing
    [British Council | Search for Common Grounds | 2017-2018] Bridges geographic and sectarian divisions through the promotion of a shared Lebanese cultural heritage among youth in both rural and urban areas; builds skills in recording and sharing historical information, as well as reaching across dividing lines to protect cultural heritage and contribute to healing fractures in the Lebanese society.
  • Enhancing the Marketing Strategy for Agnes Varis Center’s Products
    Developed and improved branding and marketing of rural tourism destinations, products, and services in the Bekaa region.
  • Cultural Promotion of the Bekaa and Promotion of the ecolodge
    Promoting ecotourism in the Bekaa, including promotion of the Ecolodge.
  • Increasing Competitiveness of arcenciel Rural Tourism Facilities
    [USAID | DAI Global LLC | 2016-2017] Foster rural tourism in the Bekaa region through innovative ecotourism activities by encouraging healthy and sustainable behaviors, respectful of the environment among the Lebanese society.
  • Agnès Varis Center for Women Empowerment
    A specialized center in Taanayel has been built in order to train women in need in different fields such as hotel and catering services: restaurant service, booking management, mouneh (long lasting organic foods)techniques.

Partners

Contact us

Jisr el Bacha Center

John Kennedy St, Jisr el Bacha, Sin el Fil,
PO.Box 16.5216, Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: 961.1.495561 Ext.1312
Fax: 961 1 512107