I’ve been hearing so much about “Summer in Lebanon” since I landed here in December.
The Parties. The PARTIES. THE PARTIES!
To kick off the season, Amethyste Lounge at the Phoenicia Hotel opened its doors last Thursday, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the launch party. I was surprised, yet again, at the elegance and sophistication of Beirut night life. Part oriental Lebanese, part Miami Beach pool lounge, Amethyste lounge promises to be the venue of choice for those wishing to celebrate the finer things in life.
The 12 hour soiree brought together hotel guests, media, and the Lebanese glitterati, who swayed their hips and hand-crafted cocktails to the beats of DJ Jose Padilla, of Cafe Del Mar fame.
All of this while the night’s entertainment, like something out of a Cirque du Soleil show, captured the attention of the revellers. Men and women on stilts roamed through the crowds, mermaids and mermen flaunted their dexterity, and sensuous, diamond encrusted acrobats floated in transparent bubbles along the pool.
It was something out of a dream.
As the night winded down, my friends and I relaxed on the swaying lounge beds and toasted to the fabulous Lebanese summer that lie ahead.