Georgia had outstanding wellness centers when in the former Soviet Union, but since its collapse and continued “battle of survival,” the tradition to spend at least a week at those facilities has faded. However, in the past decade, such wellness centers have started to pop up like mushrooms across the country—old and well-known were renovated, while new ones were built from scratch. Here are some of the best wellness centers and retreats for your rural escape from the capital Tbilisi.
Just 20 minutes away from Tbilisi, Bioli is a medical wellness resort in Kojori, which offers pre-alpine views, fresh air, and tranquility for those who want to escape the busy city. The concept of the retreat is based on preventing possible health problems and premature aging. The treatment starts after the employees measure the oxidative stress in your body. You can also enjoy phyto-baths to rejuvenate your skin, de-stress and take away fatigue.
Lopota Lake Resort and Spa is for those who want to have a getaway from the capital and still enjoy different activities on the site. The resort, located in the Kakheti region in the eastern part of Georgia, is beautiful. Time stands still here, as you relish in breathtaking views of the mountains that surround the lake. The retreat has several outdoor pools for you to sunbath during hot summer days, or you can enjoy the forest spa, detox and try out a Russian sauna.
Another great rural escape would be on the Black Sea coast, in the small village of Tsikhisdziri. Castello Mare Hotel & Wellness Resort has splendid views of the sea and a free spa zone with different luxurious treatments, a Roman bath, Eucalyptus steam room and a Jacuzzi. You can also go outside and explore the beautiful courtyard of tropical plants.
Ever heard of a wine spa? Kvareli Eden is the one you need to head to if you’d like to try it out yourself. Located 135 kilometers (84 miles) away from Tbilisi, in the Kakheti region, the resort has a peaceful environment, just like Lopota. Oak trees, vineyards, and orchards surround the resort. The whole complex, including the spa, is built around the theme of winemaking and viticulture, and the spa here is the only one of its kind in Georgia and Caucasus. So head to Georgia to give it a try yourself.
Another resort in the Kakheti region, Royal Batoni is a palace-like hotel that overlooks Ilia Lake. The hotel is a perfect combination of traditional architecture and modern design. Vintage carpets, which hang over the stairs, adorn the interior. One of the main features, and why locals love to come here, is its infinity pool; however, if you plan on visiting the hotel during the colder season, there is not much to do except to walk around the lake. Thus, it offers tranquility and a peaceful environment if that’s what you are looking for.
The resort Tskaltubo is known for its mineral springs of warm Radon waters and has been famous since 1940, especially in the Soviet Union, for its healing properties. People with various diseases came here to cure themselves, while others came for wellness and spa therapies. Today, the Tskaltubo Spa Resort offers a broad range of water procedures, physiotherapy, and massage.
Another favorite getaway destination for locals is the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, which offers spectacular views of the Caucasus Mountains. Winter here is breathtaking and made all the more perfect when you can enjoy a hot beverage and relish in the views of the snow-covered mountain peaks. This former Soviet resort is now a modern and industrial-style hotel. Visitors can take pleasure in the indoor pool, wellness center or relax at a cozy library.