Travel tips: east meets west in Tbilisi, plus deals of the week

Visit the enigmatic Georgian city with its Byzantine churches and domed bathhouses; plus a lambing holiday in Scotland and luxury in Palma, Mallorca

Why go?
Neither Asian nor fully European, Georgia mixes an intoxicating cocktail of eastern and western influences, spiked with a generous shot of Soviet-style strangeness. The enigmatic capital is in the throes of a renaissance. Ambitious new landmarks, such as the Bridge of Peace and the aerial tramway, are transforming the cityscape, while a crop of boutique hotels, bars and cafés are injecting new life into the ramshackle old town. On the outskirts of the city, beyond the brooding Soviet-era apartment blocks, the Caucasus mountains beckon.

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