Escape from the city bustle and satisfy your sense of adventure in Zavidovo. Just over two hours' drive from Moscow, this verdant village is home to one of Russia's most pristine landscapes. Near the shores of the Lama River, the Russian village of Zavidovo is an ideal escape for outdoor enthusiasts. With its excellent hunting and fishing resources, Zavidovo has been a favorite escape of the nation's politicians since the Soviet era. Today, as home to Russia's first PGA golf course, Zavidovo attracts a more diverse crowd, from business travelers to active young couples. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, be sure to check out these top activities.
Bird watching at Zavidovo Nature Reserve
Just beyond our Radisson Resort and Spa, Zavidovo, a protected 1,250 km2 expanse of forest, meadows and marshes is populated by moose, lynx, bears and a host of avian species. According to BirdLife International, which cites the Zavidovo Reserve as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), at least seven IBA trigger species can be spotted around the park: the vulnerable greater spotted eagle and near-threatened great snipe, as well as black and little terns, greylag geese, corncrakes and white-tailed sea eagles. Spend a day spotting these native bird populations; you'll be rewarded for your patience.
Stylish sailing from the Yacht Club Marina Zavidovo
Zavidovo's idyllic marina has gained favor among business visitors to the region. With two harbor areas and enough moorings for up to 500 yachts, Zavidovo's yacht club and marina is equally popular among members with their own vessels and visitors seeking a day on the water. Situated on the Ivankovskoye Reservoir, which feeds into the Volga River, the marina offers private lessons and facilitates water sports for tourists to the region. The yacht club itself is noted for its elegant bars and restaurants, so be sure to book a table for after your day on the water.
Championship golfing at Russia’s first PGA course
In 2012, Russia's first PGA National golf course opened in Zavidovo. The award-winning course is the work of European Golf Design architect Dave Sampson, whose vision is reminiscent of the sport's Scottish birthplace with its heather-clad bunkers. A sophisticated clubhouse restaurant overlooks the fairways, and visitors can also linger in the terraced outdoor bar, library or billiard room. If your game is feeling a little rusty, brush up on your skills at the course’s nine hole academy course.
Hard-earned relaxation at the spa
Whether you've spent a day water-skiing and wakeboarding or hunting deer and ducks in the reserve, you've earned a few hours of pampering at the Crystal Spa. After a dip in the Jacuzzi, which looks out on the river, book yourself a hammam treatment. Inspired by Roman and Turkish bathing rituals, this relaxing experience releases muscle tension with heated marble stone, followed by a full-body exfoliation treatment to improve circulation and help aching limbs. The spa is also equipped with saunas and a steam room.