Lake resorts in wine country, slick city spas, rural wellness retreats: Georgia does healthy holidays about as well as anywhere. Ready to chill? Here are the best spa resorts to visit in Georgia, all bookable on Culture Trip.
With vast, untouched landscapes just made for hiking and remote drives, Georgia is an undiscovered treat for most tourists. Most will stop in the capital, Tbilisi, for the Silk Road history and youthful bars set in disused buildings. But you’re missing a trick if you don’t set off in search of the Orthodox cathedrals, rustic vineyards, and lake and mountain scenery – much of the latter speckled with invigorating country spas.
BIOLI Medical Wellness Resort, Tbilisi
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Inspired by the clean mountain air in the rugged scenery outside Tbilisi, this medispa specialises in rigorous programmes backed by cell-health research. The team here will assess everything from your current fitness to stress levels and immune system, then advise on a personalised programme of activities, healthy diets, IV therapies and spa treatments. Accommodation is in sharp, glass-fronted lodges so you’re always surrounded by the verdant view.
Kakheti is Georgia’s wine country, and this outdoorsy lakeside retreat has a mini, chateau-styled winery on site. When you’re not sipping the fruits of the region, rent pedalos to skim around the lake, try your hand at fishing or quad biking, and book into the forest spa, which specialises in milk and honey baths and thalassotherapy treatments. Rooms are comfy and functional – but really, this one’s all about being in nature.
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi
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A slick city stay with a soothing spa floor, the Radisson Blu is the place to soothe a sore head after a night taking in the Tbilisi bar scene. With treatments using potions from the Anne Semonin brand, and a pool with city views, this is a more indulgent take on your Georgian city stop. In the summer months, make for the chilled outdoor pool deck, surrounded by pines and set up with cushioned loungers.
Wrapped in evergreen forest in Borjomi – a rural area famous for sparkling spring water – this medispa has a team of diagnosticians to help you identify and resolve any health concerns. The glossy spa here has a marbled hammam, two types of sauna, a top-spec gym and treatments inspired by the Silk Route; rooms are upmarket in tones of chocolate and gold, with treetop-view balconies.
There’s a palpable sense of Georgian history at this traditional spa resort in the sparkling water capital of Borjomi, the oldest parts of which date to 1870. Treatments and diet focus on gastrointestinal issues; but there are also pampering options including mineral, honey or chamomile baths. The curvaceous outdoor pool, with a backdrop of unspoilt mountain scenery, is a must for an early morning swim.
A more chic option in spa-obsessed Borjomi, the Crowne Plaza is a short drive from hot sulphur springs, where many Georgians go to soothe their skin. Continue the soak back at the hotel spa, which has a swimming pool, facials and hot tubs; then relax in contemporary, cream, gold and teal rooms with high-end marble bathrooms.
On the Black Sea coast near Batumi – an area with a tradition of seaside healing – this retreat has a delightful mix of traditional and modern vibes. The colonnaded, mosaic-tiled spa has the feel of a Roman bath, but the outdoor pool and gym are up-to-the-moment, and there’s an ayurvedic selection inspired by ancient Indian medicine. Rooms channel a timeless elegance with polished dark woods, four posters, embroidered chairs and gilded headboards.
You could sit for hours on the wooden deck of this serene resort, staring over the millpond-still Kvareli Lake with a glass of peppery Georgian red in hand. Two hours’ drive east of Tbilisi – not far from the Russian border – this is off the tourist trail, where Georgians come to hike, unwind, cycle and see the autumn leaves. The resort has all the facilities to keep you going: multiple restaurants and a modern spa with a selection of saunas and steam rooms; plus rustic rooms with crisp white sheets and lovely lakeside balconies.
This specialist Tbilisi spa is a veritable buffet of wellness whimsies: Himalayan salt saunas, Turkish hammams, Far Eastern herbal baths, Thai massage, shiatsu… City locals pop in for a day spa within the Southeast-Asian-styled walls, but you can stay overnight, in comfy rooms with velvety headboards, chaise longues and heavy fabric drapes – some rooms have a private terrace too.
An architectural treat of a wine hotel for the next generation of Georgia travellers, this boxy brick property with living walls is instantly striking. Deep in the Kakheti wine region, with views of the majestic Caucasus mountains, it has particularly gorgeous communal areas: a cavernous wine bar with suspended light fittings; a plant and book-deck library bar; and a suave rooftop pool seemingly floating above the tips of the surrounding fir trees.