Ever since The New York Times Travel published its “52 Places to Go in 2015” article, there has been growing interest and tourisms to Georgia. When I read this article, I instantly fell in love with the photos of Tbilisi and exoticness of somewhere so distant and unknown. In 2017, I finally convinced someone to go with me and it turned out to be one of my most favourite places in the world who’s beauty touched me beyond words. Here’s my Georgia story…
No trip to Georgia is complete without visiting Kazbegi. Nestled in the breathtaking Caucasus mountains in the north of the country, just shy of the Russian border (your mobile phone will think you are in Russia), lies an absolute paradise. WHat attract speople here in the winter is Georgia's biggest ski resort, Gudauri, where the runs start at over 7,000ft and go up to 10,000ft.
Go to any wine shop, wine bar, wine cave, you get the point.... and every Georgian will tell you they were making wine well before the "revered Old World" producers were. Which is probably true given production dates back over 8,000 years in the country. Just two hours east of Tbilisi lies the most popular wine region of Kakheti.
Where to stay in Georgia
Fabrika- Part of the Rooms Hotels Group, this upscale hostel has a variety of rooms, is super stylish and clean and is actually located in an old soviet sewing factory. I have and will probably never stay in a hostel BUT I loved this place. They have built the area up into a a complete hotspot with a well-designed and large courtyard lined with bars, cafes and eclectic shops with locals flocking here in the summer.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi- Pretty much the only option for
Stancia Kazbegi - Fortunately for those on more of a budget, this brand new small boutique hotel (was being built when I was there) exudes much of the style and sophistication of the Rooms hotel, but at a fraction of the cost.
The Radisson Collection Tsinandali opened its doors in early 2019