Al Bustan Hotel & Spa

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HISTORY

In the heart of the scenic town of Beit Mery, only 15km from the urban jungle of Beirut, is the quintessentially Lebanese Al Bustan Hotel. Its founder, entrepreneur, magnate and statesman Emile Bustani, wanted to build a hotel to treat the world and his international friends to the finest authentic Lebanese hospitality.

When Emile Bustani found out that the decrepit Grand Hotel where he courted his wife Laura in the 1930s was on the auction block, he saw great promise in building a new hotel in such a beautiful location that was also strategically close to the capital. He died in a tragic accident before construction was completed. His wife Laura continued the passion project, naming the hotel Al Bustan for its sprawling gardens.  For over half a century, the hotel has been a Lebanese landmark, lovingly run by three generations of the Bustani family. Steeped in family tradition and heritage, Al Bustan is imbued with the grand spirit of its founder.

HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

1962

Pioneer Emile Bustani begins construction, replacing the Grand Hotel which was built in the 1930’s

Emile and his wife Laura had special memories of the Grand where they used to go dancing during their courtship

1967

Laura achieves Emile’s dream and opens the Al Bustan Hotel 4 years after his tragic death in a plane crash off the coast of Beirut

The Emile Bustani Auditorium, a meeting place between East and West

Bustani, a great host, dreamed of the ultimate guest experience, surrounded by lush gardens and trees

Laura Bustani named the hotel “Al Bustan” which means “the garden” in Arabic

1992

The Al Bustan was one of the first hotels to be restored after the Lebanese civil war and underwent extensive renovation

1994

The First Al Bustan festival was proudly held at the hotel. Now in its 24th year, it is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events in Lebanon

2016

AFTER A LONG WAIT, L’ESPACE AL BUSTAN SPA IS BORN

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