Beirut yacht charter – Eastern Mediterranean cruise

Beirut yacht charter – Eastern Mediterranean cruise

As Beirut wakes up from the Mediterranean summer and the beach clubs begin preparations for a busy season entertaining the city’s “beautiful people”, the marinas are also on standby, with a glittering selection of shiny motor yachts polished and ready for future charter clientele.

The Lebanese yachting season starts in May, after the Beirut Boat Show, and runs until the end of September, with the good weather lasting long after the beaches of the Western Mediterranean have been left to Riviera-goers and chic old ladies with manicured poodles. Beirut is a city that never sleeps and where looks matter, so spending the day napping on the 80ft Azimut’s sun lounger is the perfect after-party, before starting the day properly with a fine seafood platter and a glass of Moet in one of the fashionable restaurants of the beach club.

This is Beirut on the water. Glamorous and delightfully accessible from the two main marinas – the sprawling La Marina in Dbayeh and the upmarket Solidere near the centre. Take a yacht from a sporty 50ft to a luxurious 200ft and plan a program that includes a leisurely cruise, a stop for lunch ashore and chilled cocktails served by the crew as the sun slowly sinks behind the horizon.

Beach clubs along the Lebanese coast are moving steadily towards luxury with Oceana, Edde Sands and Orchid providing destinations close to Beirut’s marinas. The Lebanese are smart, have a prime stretch of Mediterranean coastline, and the lack of offshore islands and quaint little harbors doesn’t stop them from embracing the yachting lifestyle synonymous with the glamorous Italian and French Rivieras. With optional boat transfers to shore and award-winning chefs, there are many good reasons to leave the yacht at anchor for a few hours and enjoy a sensational beach experience. Think Pampelonne on the French Cote d’Azur – style is all about making a grand entrance and it beats parking any time!

Lebanon is a popular destination among both Lebanese expats and visitors from across the region who enjoy the exotic combination of a Mediterranean atmosphere with a Middle Eastern flavor. The Lebanese’s relationship with the sea is as ancient as the Phoenician ruins that dot the coast, and although the pleasures of being on the water are more hedonistic than commercial, the spirit of Neptune continues to beckon all who embrace this country and its unique heritage.

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