RABIH KAYROUZ & KAMAL MOUZAWAK
Amongst the apple orchards and pine groves, at Beit Douma, meaning ‘calm and rest’ in Phoenician, our hosts Rabih Kayrouz and Kamal Mouzawak did what they do best – charm, entertain and cook
«BEFORE AIRBNB MADE IT POPULAR, THE LEBANESE GUESTHOUSE EXPERIENCE WAS COMMON PRACTICE»
It is the essence of Lebanese hospitality that Rabih and Kamal exude as we walk through the decorated corridors of their 19th-century hillside home.
“No one can teach cooking and no one can be taught to cook.”
During the first Garden Show & Spring Festival, Kamal was in charge of the food section, which led him to create a weekly farmers’ market (Souk el Tayeb), eco-restaurants (Tawlet) and eco-hotels (Beit).
“Usually, you differentiate between couture and ready-to-wear, but with me, I don’t make that distinction. They both need to evoke an emotion”
Other than being the outstanding purveyor of a B&B, Rabih has been described as “an architect in a world of decorators”. Schooled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and trained in the ateliers of Chanel and Dior, Rabih Kayrouz established his house of couture and ready-to-wear collections, blurring the lines between the extraordinary and the everyday.