Georgia's natural hot springs offer visitors an opportunity to soak and relax in nature's warm waters. With a mild climate all year round, it's a great destination to enjoy the outdoor thermal baths in any season.
Outdoor Hot Springs
Among the alfresco pools is the Hot Sulfur Spring Nokalakevi in Jikha, where water sprinkles down from a waterfall and collects in basins near a river. Visitors can mix the cool water from the river with the steaming mineral water to make the temperature more comfortable for soaking. The thermal spring has an interesting origin story, with locals calling it 'Dedamoka' or 'pregnant mother,' after a tale of a pregnant woman who turned into a stone while trying to escape enemy soldiers.
Another open-air hot spring is the Sulfur Pool in Dikhashkho, which has a definite sulfuric smell. The spring collects in two tarns, and visitors can enjoy the clear, baby-blue tint of the water any time of day or night.
Another popular hot springs destination is Abano, located in the mountainous region of Svaneti. Abano is known for its stunning natural beauty, with the hot springs situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. The hot springs in Abano are also believed to have therapeutic properties, and the town is home to a number of small guesthouses and family-run hotels.
For those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path hot springs experience, the village of Tskhemliskhidi is a great option. The hot springs at Tskhemliskhidi are situated in a natural gorge, with waterfalls and pools carved out of the rock. The village is also home to a number of small guesthouses and restaurants, making it a great destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
Other Outdoor Hot Springs:
- Sulfur Pools in Borjomi
- Lailashi Secret Pool
- Pansheti Pool (cold water pool)
Georgian Hot Spring Spas
One of the most popular hot springs destinations in Georgia is Tskaltubo, located in the west of the country. Tskaltubo is known for its mineral-rich waters, which are believed to have healing properties for a range of health conditions. The town is home to a number of spa resorts and hotels that offer a range of treatments and therapies, as well as access to the hot springs.
For a more luxurious experience, visitors can head to Bohema Sulfur Bath in Tbilisi, which offers services like scrubs, peels, and massages before a soak in the hot spring, or Chreli Abano, also located in Tbilisi. One unique experience at Chreli Abano is the snow room, a fantastical way to cool down in a manufactured winter after warming up in the hot spring.
Other Hot Spring Spas:
- Gulo’s Thermal Spa
- Thermal spa and wellness- Sairme
- Tbilisi Balneological Resort
- Nunisi Forest Hotel and Spa
- Torghva Sulfur Bath
The Best Time for Visiting
The best time to visit Georgia's hot springs is during the spring when temperatures are cooler, and sudden downpours are less likely. Fall is also a good option for those traveling later in the year. Visitors should bring their supplies, including drinking water, washcloths, and towels, as some spas charge extra for renting bath amenities, and outdoor locations may not provide any on hand.
Renting a car in Georgia can be an excellent way to explore the country's best natural thermal baths and make the most of your hot springs experience.