The Byblos Art Hotel is unique among its peers. It houses a collection of contemporary art by 39 of the world’s most renowned modern artists. Pieces by Damien Hirst and Arnish Kapoor sit alongside classical Venetian paintings and interior design by Alessandro Mendini. Architect, Michele Sanmicheli worked alongside the artists blending traditional features with their work. He restored this 15th Century Venetian Villa which was originally built on the foundations of a ruined Roman ‘casa fort’. So now you have the opportunity to sojourn in a living, breathing work of art.
Byblos’ rooms are no different. Each one offers a unique marriage of past and present design influences from the kaleidoscopic room known only as, ‘Mendini’s Cult’ to the staggeringly beautiful Presidential Suite. The hotel is set in a large park where you can take a cool evening stroll among the ornate fountains and gardens.
The outdoor swimming pool leads you into a spa offering hydromassage, chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath, gym, and tropical showers. Make sure you choose your wine from Byblos’ private cellar when you dine in their restaurant. Their menu features a selection of rare and forgotten vegetables grown in the chef’s organic garden. With service this good, I am sure leaving will be the hardest thing.