The coast is too cold and wet and you’re not that into skiing and snow. So where do you go when you want a break from the city in Georgia? We recommend the year-round resort of Kakheti.
Just two hours outside the capital Tbilisi, Kakheti, in eastern Georgia, is the country’s biggest wine-making region and boasts valleys, woodland, national parks and a fair selection of fortresses, churches and monasteries to explore. Taste wine, bake bread, ride horses, hike, bike, watch the sun set, take a hot-air balloon ride or just relax and watch the sun set.
Below, you’ll find a fair selection of “WHERE to STAYS” should you decide to make a dash eastwards this weekend! Enjoy!
(temporarily closed due to COVID-19)
(+995) 593 48 73 74, 555 49 4126
Schuchmann Wines Georgia owns a hotel and a wine cellar built to resemble a medieval castle and featuring a large veranda and tasting and conference rooms. The company was founded by a German wine enthusiast infatuated with Georgia, Mr. Schuchmann, who brought together in one convenient structure a wine cellar, restaurant and hotel.
RADISSON COLLECTION HOTEL, TSINANDALI ESTATE
Tsinandali village, Tsinandali
(+995) 350 27 77 00
The Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia in Kakheti invites guests to explore the many vineyards as well as the region’s rich history from one exclusive vantage point. All 141 guest rooms and suites are exquisitely designed to match the serenity of the area and offer breathtaking views for an exceptional stay. Boasting an outstanding rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Caucasus Mountains, a delicious variety of restaurants, and a revitalizing spa, it promises an unforgettable experience.
The hotel’s astonishing Meetings & Events facilities include an impressive open-air amphitheater for up to 1,200 guests, perfect for galas, weddings, concerts, and business conferences.
HOLIDAY INN TELAVI
2 Rustaveli Ave., Telavi
(+995) 322 61 11 11
Holiday Inn Telavi hotel, located just 1.3 hours from Tbilisi, offers modern rooms and a restaurant that serves fun tapas which combine international and Georgian flavors paired with famous Georgian wines, all with breath-taking views of the Alazani Valley. The spa offers a fully equipped fitness center, beauty and relaxation treatments as well as a pool. And there is a March Offer! 50% off on all spa procedures!
HOTEL EREKLE II
Near Erekle II Statue, Telavi
(+995) 596 37 73 77
This boutique hotel, a small converted 19th-century château, sits in the historic heart of Telavi, enveloped by ancient brick walls. Remodeled with Persian, Arabic, and Georgian design elements, the building used to be home to King Erekle’s 24 children. A walled garden, shielding the porch from curious passers-by, opens up an idyllic view of the Caucasus Mountains and the Alazani Valley.
The guest area unites the hotel’s lounge, dining-room and bar in a playful journey of the senses. Seven spacious rooms on the second floor of the building are surrounded with private and shared balconies which extend into the inner courtyard.
From March 3-8 you can take advantage of special offers: Book one room from Sunday to Thursday and receive another as a gift. Take advantage of a 30% discount on Fridays and Saturdays. Cost of 1 + 1 room – 180 GEL;– Friday – Saturday room cost – 123 GEL.
WINIVERIA CHATEAU MERE
15 Vardisubani Str., Telavi
(+995) 595 99 03 99
Chateau Mere has 15 spacious rooms- two suites on the rooftop, 12 standard rooms and a family suite, all of which have stunning panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains and Alazani Valley. The rooms feature antique furniture and modern comforts, including a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Chateau Mere can offer guests a wide range of activities: picking and crushing grapes, learning about wines and cheese making, baking bread, making churchkhelas, riding horses, hiking, and more. You can also try their house wine, Winiveria fine dry red and white.
TWINS WINE HOUSE
Napareuli village, Telavi
(+995) 599 33 38 84
There are 12 rooms in the Twins Wine House hotel: 6 double, 2 triple and 4 de-luxe. Each room is equipped with modern central heating, air conditioning, hot water systems and free Wi-Fi. Guests can visit the unique Qvevri and Qvevri Wine Museum.
Guests will enjoy the comfortable, quiet, cozy atmosphere. The interior of the hotel is decorated with old household items which harmonically merge with the modern standards to create an unforgettable impression of Georgia past and the present. There is a magnificent view over the vineyards, beyond which is the Caucasus mountain range.
LOPOTA LAKE RESORT & SPA
(+995) 240 04 00
Nature, European style rooms with terraces and great views over the lake make this resort truly unique. The Spa Center offers various health and medical procedures, relaxing and detoxifying massages and Thalassotherapy Royal baths – all revitalizing, slimming, moisturizing and rejuvenating. Lopota resort has three swimming pools- a family one, a professional one and a mid-sized pool. There is a restaurant and two bars at the resort, where professional chefs prepare delicious food made from ecological locally grown produce. Wine-tasting, tone bread making, horse-riding and walking tours are also available.
AMBASSADORI KACHRETI RESORT
Kakheti, Kachreti Village
(+995) 243 94 94
Each room at Hotel Ambasadori includes a classic-style interior and a minibar. Free Wi-Fi, a private winery, a tennis court and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV are among the facilities on offer here.
Ambasadori’s restaurant with exposed wooden beams and stone decorations serves Georgian cuisine. Local wines and international drinks are offered at the on-site bar. Guests can relax beside the outdoor swimming pool or work out in the fitness center. Table tennis and billiards can also be found on site.
(+995) 577 05 60 04
Set on the foothills of the Tsiv-Gombori mountain range, this hotel is 7 km from Telavi’s historic Old Town. Decorated in neutral colors, the stylish rooms at Savaneti Hotel feature modern furniture and rich fabrics. Georgian dishes are served daily at Savaneti’s inviting restaurant. Breakfast is provided each morning, and guests can relax in the Zavod Vodka room or in the rustic-style wine cellar. Visitors can explore a variety of medieval buildings in Telavi, such as the Ikalto Academy (3 km) and Alaverdi Monastery (12 km).
HOTEL CHATEAU KVARELI
1a Kudigora Str., Kvareli
(+995) 599 46 65 95
Hotel Chateau Kvareli is situated in the center of Kvareli town at the foot of the Caucasus mountain range. Nearby you will find interesting sights like museums, churches and historical monuments. The hotel is connected with the famous winery Kindzmarauli Corporation. Next to the hotel you find the ancient Kvareli Castle.
School Str., Ikalto
(+995) 551 11 01 07
Chateau Ikalto features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge. This 4-star hotel offers room service, dry cleaning services and free Wi-Fi. The accommodation provides a hammam, karaoke and a 24/7 front desk.
A continental breakfast is available daily at the hotel, to be enjoyed inside or on the terrace.