For many people, Bulgaria has often been viewed as simply a cheap and cheerful destination, and is often overlooked when considering European ski options. There is much more to the area than meets the eye. We don’t want you to miss out, so if you’re unaware of the potential that Bulgaria has to offer for your ski holiday, read on.
Over the next few weeks, we will be offering a series of blogs, highlighting some of the reasons why –We love Bulgaria!
In the first of this series, we will look at the value to be found in resort and a selection of recommended hotels that offer incredible value, whatever your budget. We will also introduce you to some of Bulgaria’s luxury hotels.
How far will your money go in resort?
Your money in resort will go so much further if you take your holiday in any of the three resorts we feature in Bulgaria. You can find numerous cheap places to eat and drink, you can even buy a beer in one hotel in Borovets for just under 1 -cheers.
Another example of the value that can be gained by taking your holiday in Bulgaria is for Spa and beauty treatments. For example, a Hot stones massage, that lasts 70 minutes can be booked for approx 27 at the Hotel Samokov’s Spa & Sport centre in Borovets. In comparison, typical Austrian resort prices* (or London/UK prices) can be around 80 for the same treatment. So Bulgaria offers the same treatment, for virtually a third of the price.
Best value luxury hotels
There are some great, affordable, luxury hotels to enjoy in Bulgaria. Most of the more modern hotels – and the largest ski area – are in Bansko, whereas Borovets and Pamporovo have a mix of older and new properties.
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, (Bansko)
The Kempinski oozes quality from the moment you enter the property. The ultimate in superior accommodation, attention has been paid to every detail; from the rooms, to the public areas and the service offered. We’ve had excellent feedback from our customers with regard to the food at this hotel. There’s also no time wasted in getting to the main ski lift; it’s right outside your door. The facilities are fantastic, and this hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the Zaleza Spa and Wellness centre, which offers a wide variety of massages and therapies. This is the perfect hotel for someone looking for the ultimate in relaxation. The Kempinski is, unsurprisingly, the only ‘Leading Hotel of the World’ in Bulgaria. Highly recommended.
Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, (Bansko)
This hotel is one of the outstanding hotels in Bansko and a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group. Offering fantastic accommodation, a high level of comfort and service, this hotel has also had excellent feedback from our customers in regards to the food served. Well located and with some facilities, this hotel offers high quality at superb value for money.
Hotel Lucky Bansko, (Bansko)
Another superb hotel in Bansko, the Lucky not only offers great accommodation and an array of facilities, but the quality of food stands out in particular. It has achieved the highest marks for food out of all of our Bulgarian hotels. It’s also ideal for young families, as there is a children’s playroom, with some supervision for 2-6 year olds. For luxury and comfort at surprisingly affordable prices, you need look no further than Hotel Lucky Bansko.
Hotel Orlovetz, (Pamporovo)
The highest quality hotel in Pamporovo is located in the centre of the resort, and is close to the bars and restaurants. There is great decor throughout the hotel, and some of the good sized rooms offer great views across the mountains and ski area. Crystal customers clearly appreciate the value offered, as this hotel received the highest marks from all of our Bulgarian properties for its overall holiday value score. Facilities such as its small indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, steam room and range of massage treatments are great to rejuvenate you after a long day skiing. If you’re searching for the best hotel in Pamporovo, then this one’s for you.
The Hotel Alpin & Alpin Villas are ideally located right next to the slopes, offering doorstep skiing, yet are just a couple of minutes walk from the lively resort centre. This is a quieter, cosier, and more peaceful hotel than most of the hotels offered in Borovets. The hotel and villas have received the best feedback for food scores out of all the hotels in Borovets. Stylishly decorated throughout the hotel and the villas, this is an especially good choice for families, as the villas can sleep up to seven people.
Best value budget hotels
Hotel Perelik, (Pamporovo)
The only all inclusive hotel in Bulgaria offers great value for money, allowing you to budget, so there’s very little for you to pay for when you’re in resort. You can stay out skiing all day, as you have the option to take your lunch on the mountain. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a budget option in Pamporovo.
Hotel Flora, (Borovets)
This hotel can be found at surprisingly good prices and is located only a couple of minutes walk from the resort centre, ski lifts and ski school meeting point. They have some good facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. They also have their own Irish pub within the hotel, which is perfect for apres ski, and it’s possible to enjoy a beer here for just under 1. If you’re looking for a good budget option in Borovets, this one’s for you.
Bulgaria, the home of value
So, we’ve outlined the best hotels that we have to offer in Bulgaria, from the luxury to the budget options. They all offer exceptional value for money. The budget options allow you to save as much money as possible for apres ski, evening meals out, spa treatments and other luxuries that you may have thought weren’t affordable. The luxury hotels that we have highlighted, besides offering great accommodation, and extras like spa treatments, are especially noted for their great food. For the equivalent price of a budget stay in another country, you can enjoy something that bit special if you choose Bulgaria.
We’d love to hear from you if you have stayed or are considering staying in Bulgaria for your ski holiday. Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
If you don’t want to break the bank this year then read our guide to going skiing on a budget.