Winter 2019 Recreation Destinations in Ukraine

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Despite the number of holidays and festive spirit, the end of the year is a stressful time for many people. Visiting a recreational resort or hotel can be a nice way to take a pause and reflect the year's results.

Carpathians: Skhidnytsia

Thermal waters bath in Skhidnytsia resortThe Skhidnytsia resort is famous for its 10 springs and 3 tube wells mostly located in the Skolivski Beskydy National Park. The healing properties of the local springs were researched in the 1960s. The scientific group that studied the illness history and improvements of patients in Skhidnytsia has concluded that the waters indeed are beneficial for the treatment of various illness starting from urological diseases to the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Nowadays, Skhidnytsia has four types of mineral water: low-mineralized water Naftusia, Sodium Chloride water rich with bromine, soft mineralized water rich with iron, and Borjomi mineral water. It’s important to note that the amount and type of water should be prescribed exclusively by doctors, as each of them is aimed at various treatments and have contraindications. There are numerous four- and five-star resorts in Skhidnytsia that offer a complex treatment of chronic illnesses like pyelonephritis, gastritis, cholecystitis and hepatitis. You can check out the available hotels at

East Carpathians: Truskavets

Cups in TruskavetsOne more famous Carpathian resort, Truskavets is located in the picturesque valley in the Carpathian foothills at an altitude of 350m above sea level. To give more perspective, it lies 105 km away from Lviv. This is a cozy and ecologically pure area with a mild continental climate and a wide variety of natural resources. Truskavets boasts being one of the oldest balneological resorts in Europe.

The territory has numerous mineral water springs and rich deposits of mountain wax called ozokerite. Numerous hotels and B&Bs are emerging each season offering comfortable lodging near water springs. The most popular mineral water here is Naftusia, which has a healing effect on digestion and is known to treat chronic inflammatory diseases of the kidneys and liver. Patients with metabolic disorders and diabetes have also noted its healing properties. You can view available hotels in Truskavets at

Uzhhorod: Ungvarskiy Hotel

Hot jar spa in Ungvarskiy HotelUngvarskiy hotel is one of the oldest venues in Transcarpathia. It was opened in 1876 by a local couple, Johan and Ilona Artogi, and was often visited by numerous noble families of the 19th-century Europe. Besides, the hotel is located next to Pidzamkoviy park filled with spruce, pine trees and elms. The hotel has 44 rooms that range from standard to suites. The same-named restaurant serves the traditional dishes of Carpathian cuisine and offers degustations of Transcarpathian wines, liquor, honey, and cheese.

The hot jar spa here is called «kupil» and is located 6 meters underground. The balance of perfect temperature and heat fluctuation lets the muscles relax fully. There are two kupils with capacity for 1-4 and for 5-6 people. You can look at all details including price list at in English.

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Lviv region: Edem Resort & Spa

Edem Resort & Spa in LvivEdem Resort Medical & Spa is located 26 kilometers from Lviv in a forest area. The venue often gets on the list of the best wedding locations in Ukraine thanks to its stylish interior and abundance services. The hotel has more than a hundred rooms, some of them overlooking a lake or a park with sculptures of ancient Greek gods. Three restaurants with various menus offer dining experience at Edem Resort. One of the restaurants, Terrace, is a winner of the 2018 SALT Restaurant Awards.

As for the spa center, there are different relaxation and treatment programs suitable for recharging in winter. To give an idea, the three-day Anti-Stress Spa Weekend program includes, among other things, hydrotherapy, mud treatment, oil massage, mineral body wrap, group fitness classes and a special nutrition menu. You can get more details at in English.

Poltava region: Verholy Relax Park

Winter chalet in UkraineLocated in the Poltava region, Verholy Relax Park is called the Little Switzerland of Poltava. The reason is the chalet style of the entire complex that reminds of Swiss mountain houses with the abundance of natural materials. The hotel is surrounded by the pine forest which looks especially charming in winter.

The winter recreation in Verholy includes classic wellness treatments: massages from full-body and head to anti-cellulite and honey-salt scrub. In case you miss swimming, the spa complex offers two swimming pools with a heating system for adults and children. Besides, three types of sauna, namely Russian, Hammam and Sanarium, a hybrid of Russian and Finnish sauna. The full list of spa treatments is available at in English.

Kyiv region: Grand Admiral Resort & SPA

Kids playing in snowGrand Admiral Resort & SPA five-star country club is located 15 km from Kyiv in a pine forest in the guarded area of 23 hectares. The three-time winner of the World Luxury Spa Awards provides the best conditions for a deep relaxation: fresh clean air, a forest lake and picturesque landscape. The resort has a variety of services for the out-of-town rest: 3 swimming pools, fitness center, and spa.

Moreover, from December 23, 2018, to January 5, 2019, Grand Admiral Resort & SPA offers a special entertainment program for kids. The program will include English language classes, sports activities like aerobics, yoga and horseback riding as well as numerous craft workshops. All details are available at in English.

Odesa region: M1 Club Hotel

Girl feeding seagulls in winterWinter recreation doesn't necessarily mean skiing and staying in the mountains cabin. In fact, many Ukrainians choose to go to Odesa, as the city is less crowded during winter than in the high summer season. Besides, the sea is just as beautiful in winter. M1 Club Hotel is located on the Black Sea shore and overlooks the water.

The hotel often hosts weddings and various business events thanks to its modern interior design. There are more than 68 rooms of various comfort levels and different wellness services. M1 Club Hotel offers to relax in a private sauna, jacuzzi or try yoga to get rid of the deep stress. You can view special offers and price list at in English.

The following list is the editor's choice. All businesses are mentioned in a random order.
Photo sources: Facebook and websites of businesses mentioned above,, All images belong to their rightful authors.

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