The Bulgarian ski resorts are brimming with brilliant hotels: modern ones, traditional ones, luxury ones, basic ones and everything in between. Best of all, staying in them costs a fraction of what you’d pay in one of the bigger skiing nations, whether you’re booking B&B, half board or all-inclusive.
Because of the nature of Bulgaria’s ski resorts, most hotels are positioned a walk or bus ride from the nearest piste or ski lift. A lot offer their own shuttle service, making the whole experience as hassle free as possible. There’s always an exception to the rule, like Borovets’ Rila Hotel which is pretty much at the bottom of the nursery slopes, and a snowball’s throw from the nearest chairlift. This makes it a terrific option for families, who won’t have to contend with a ski boot hike at the beginning and end of each day – as well as anyone else who wants to spend every second possible enjoying the slopes.
It might not have as much experience in luxury skiing as, say, Switzerland, but Bulgaria certainly knows how to do first class hotels. There are some gorgeous five star properties in the ski resorts here, standing out from the rest with swimming pools, gyms, spas and excellent restaurants. The Premier Luxury Mountain Resort in Bansko is part of the exclusive ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group, while the Borovets’ Winter Palace is architecturally amazing built from wood and marble.
And the icing on the cake? Though they have all the bells and whistles of seriously luxurious lodgings, these hotels cost a lot less – sometimes half or more – than you’d pay for a hotel of the same rating elsewhere in Europe.
The hotels here come with a range of meal plans: room-only, B&B, half-board and all-inclusive. Generally, breakfasts are continental and dinners include a mix of international dishes, with regional options like grilled meats, musaka and stew. In a 2 or 3 star rated hotel, things tend to be kept simple, while the more luxurious lodgings have more choice and prettier presentation. Even when meals are included as a package, some guests choose to eat out due to the fantastic prices of food in these resorts, giving you the flexibility to dine moments from your room or explore the resort’s restaurants as you wish.
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