Batumi Gay Travel
Gay travelers should visit Batumi, but follow the LGBT safety tips in this Batumi gay travel guide. A Russian-influenced beach city, Batumi is rapidly developing to become the luxury destination of the Balkans.
The Gay Travel Experience: Batumi, Georgia
Russian tourists flood the glowing city of Batumi each summer to relax. The city is heavily influenced by Russian culture and is now experiencing immense real estate investment. Batumi is in the process of developing into a mega-vacation spot, especially for the Russians and local Georgians.
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My Opinion of Batumi
In my honest opinion, I think that travel to Batumi will be best in a few years’ time. There are dozens of hotels and apartment buildings still under construction (as of May 2019) along Batumi’s coastline. I love the glowing skyline most about Batumi. Some buildings have electrifying light shows on their facades!
Batumi will have much more to offer as the rapid development continues. The new hotels will establish themselves and the city will grow. Nevertheless, I certainly enjoyed the wonderful beaches and walking the promenade along the coast
Check out Batumi views in this awesome video made by the Georgian Real Estate Company Orbi.
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Is Batumi Safe for Gay Travelers?
Many citizens of Georgia possess anti-LGBT sentiment. This sentiment has persisted from Soviet influence, being gay was illegal under the old regime. Furthermore, the population is heavily Orthodox Christian, which does not mix well with homosexuality. An overwhelming majority of Georgians are unfortunately fiercely against homosexuality.
Gay Batumi: Where to Stay
I stayed at the Colosseum Marina Hotel in Batumi for the amazing views and high-quality amenities. Even with the amazing pools, large gym and beach views, my favorite part was the bountiful breakfast buffet. It was by far the best hotel meal I had while visiting Georgia.
Booking Batumi Hotels: A Word of Caution
Be very careful when booking your hotel in Batumi. Before I checked into the Colosseum Marina Hotel, I had two bad experiences. One with an Airbnb apartment and another with a self-proclaimed hotel.
Secondly, many listings contain misleading information, especially on Airbnb in Batumi. Ask hosts specific and detailed questions before you book anything. This way you will know exactly what to expect. For example, the resort may state there is a gym, but that gym may be closed for repairs, in an adjacent hotel or even nonexistent!
Batumi Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Batumi is all about the beach! Similar to beaches you would find in the South of France, the shoreline is cobblestone. There are plenty of chairs for rent for a few Lari, so you don’t have to camp out on the rocks. If your feet are sensitive, bring some water shoes.
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Best Restaurants in Batumi
There are only a handful of high-quality restaurants in Batumi in my opinion. Other than the few I will mention, I have noticed many places you may find are slightly run down or offer poor service. Online reviews reflect this. Restaurants inside of your hotel may be better than venturing too far.
Gourmand is an excellent place for lunch or dinner. The interior is eloquent and the food is delicious. The ambiance is perfect for gay couples! Make sure to try the roasted chicken in Tkemali sauce.
Georgian Food You Must Try!
Every single meal I had while traveling Georgia included the amazing “walnut and eggplant dish.” It’s a walnut paste wrapped in eggplant with pomegranate seeds on top. You have to try it. It was my favorite starter.
Fried Sulguni cheese is also a mainstay dish. It is simple, yet delicious. You can get this heap of cheese either plain or with any type of meat or mushrooms.
You may be interested in what Batumi nightlife is like, but unfortunately there is only trouble to be found in Batumi nightclubs. I heeded the advice of a local Georgian from Tbilisi and the cautionary reviews on a few websites. As you may similarly discover, travelers recommend to avoid club-like establishments in Batumi.
Instead, I recommend choosing an outdoor shisha bar where you can enjoy some beer and smoke some delicious flavors. Although shisha originated from middle eastern cultures, the Russians and Georgians here have adopted the popular flavored-smoking activity.
Are There Gay Bars in Batumi?
Batumi Gay Travel Tips
Keep in mind that Batumi is a seasonal destination. Georgians and Russians flock here to escape urban centers and to enjoy the clean, serene beaches. I would advise against visiting during colder months.
Gay Batumi: How to Get There
Batumi is easily reached by train from Tbilisi. However, you will not be able to find directions online. If you are coming from Tbilisi, you can get tickets in person at the Station Square Train Station. Read the Tbilisi Gay Travel Guide for more info. There should be no need to buy any tickets online beforehand.
Gay Life in Georgia
In my opinion, it is a bit unfortunate that the government only advances protections for the LGBT community because it is a prerequisite to aligning politically with the advanced states of Europe.
Nevertheless, progress is progress. Let’s hope that the overall sentiment regarding LGBT lives will change as time progresses.
Batumi was quite a memorable travel experience for me. I definitely recommend that you visit.