At Byblos Sur Mer, we cherish the present moment, along with precious pieces of the past. Look beyond our chic and modern setting, and discover some of the hidden treasures that lie between our walls, whispering tales of times gone by. Our description of special pieces below includes but a few of the highlights from our heritage collection within the hotel. Ask at our reception desk for a more detailed, personal tour of the hotel’s hidden treasures, and enjoy a short journey through Lebanon’s past without even stepping foot outside of the comfort of the hotel.
Byzantine Mosaic – An authentic and restored Mediterranean Byzantine mosaic of native birds to Byblos was acquired by the hotel, where it decorates the upper wall of the lobby leading to Cafe Tournesol.
Ottoman Well – An Ottoman-era well discovered during our renovations has been aesthetically incorporated into the stairwell that leads to our conference facilities.
Archeological Ruins – Beneath the glass floors of our dining room in the hotel lie the archeological remnants of city walls, water canalisations, pottery fragments, and an ancient oven from the Roman and Byzantine periods, as well as a Hellenistic well.
Oriental Carpets – From the private collection of a generous local benefactor, fine, hand-woven silk carpets from India bedeck our walls, and handmade Persian rugs grace our floors.
Heritage Lace – Pieces of hand-woven decorative lace made in Lebanon are beautifully mounted on the walls of our some of our suites, reflecting a centuries-old artisanal craft of the area of Byblos. Generously donated to Byblos Sur Mer by the owner of the hotel, these historical works of fine lace are delicate, dainty, and romantic, recalling an era when women used to sit together and weave decorative lace items for family members and friends as they told stories well on into the hours.
Lebanese Antiques – Blending in with all of the modern comforts of the hotel is a broad collection of antique pieces of furniture and accessories from Lebanon. Most are from the 20th century, with particularly unique piece from the art deco period.
Vintage Books – A private collection of leatherbound classics in English and French pepper the hotel. Guests can pick up a book at anytime and enjoy relaxing with a story by the sea. Famous women throughout history like Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette feature strongly in the collection, emphasizing the romantic and nostalgic spirit of the hotel.
Touches of the Sea – Taken from the shores of Byblos, stones and shells collected by the owners of the hotel have been fashioned into cabinet handles in the rooms. These subtle accents lend a beachy feel to the overall ambiance, and add a touch of the sea to the property from within.