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Escape into the cherry blossoms at this new wedding venue
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BEIRUT: Perched in the mountains and surrounded by cherry trees, Cherry Blossom Boutique Hotel will open this spring, just in time for the chaos of Lebanon’s wedding season.

Located on the outskirts of Bhamdoun in the pine forests of the Metn, Cherry Blossom hopes to take the load off for couples planning to schedule their “I do’s” this summer. Bhamdoun is located 20 kilometers outside of Beirut on a hillside overlooking La Martine Valley and offers convenient wedding-planning packages for those feeling overwhelmed by everything from invitations to party favors. Their staff will work with the couple to design a custom menu and transform the space into the stuff of wedding dreams, down to the last detail.

“Our private, 400-meter drive leads you through cherry and walnut trees to a gallery that blends modern and historic design elements,” said Areej Hassan, deputy general manager at Cherry Blossom.

The hotel has 23 suites and a rooftop restaurant serving Lebanese and international cuisine. But most appealing to lovebirds is the outdoor wedding area, which features an elevated stage for the bride and groom’s table as well as an extensive patio for guest seating and dancing.

The venue is “surrounded by Roman columns and wooden pergola and can cater up to 550 people with direct access to the dedicated catering kitchen,” Hassan said.

The hotel’s main building, a throwback liwan-style study in Mediterranean architecture, serves as a distinctly Lebanese backdrop to the raised platform from which the newlyweds can make a dramatic entrance.

The surrounding parkland and orchards are more than just an idyllic setting for wedding photos and cocktails at sunset; the kitchen sources many of the organic fruits and vegetables it uses from the hotel’s garden.

Some other amenities include a pool bar and activity areas for children loath to sit through long-winded toasts.

In addition to this, Areej said that newlyweds had the option of spending their first night of married life at the hotel where “they will be pampered in our honeymoon suites served by qualified staff.” The suites, each uniquely decorated in a modern Mediterranean style, feature stunning views of Mount Sannine and the valley below.

At the end of a long day of celebrating and dancing, the new Mr. and Mrs. can lay back and contemplate their new life together surrounded by the stillness of pine trees and the scent of the orchards.

 
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Perched in the mountains and surrounded by cherry trees, Cherry Blossom Boutique Hotel will open this spring, just in time for the chaos of Lebanon's wedding season.

The hotel has 23 suites and a rooftop restaurant serving Lebanese and international cuisine. But most appealing to lovebirds is the outdoor wedding area, which features an elevated stage for the bride and groom's table as well as an extensive patio for guest seating and dancing.

The surrounding parkland and orchards are more than just an idyllic setting for wedding photos and cocktails at sunset; the kitchen sources many of the organic fruits and vegetables it uses from the hotel's garden.
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