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Getting into Hot Water in Bulgaria

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bulgaria, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Popular for its good value beach and skiing holidays, Bulgaria also offers spa and wellness breaks at reasonable prices. Lynn Houghton visits the Sandanski Spa Resort, where mineral springs and a spa heritage dating back centuries are juxtaposed alongside modern facilities and an extensive choice of spa treatments. Travelling through the pristine Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria, I can’t imagine a more restful place to come for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat. It is winter and the cold, crisp air is sharp and bracing. Snow covered landscapes are punctuated with stunning monasteries as well as typical Bulgarian villages and towns. A 2½-hour journey from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city, finds you in the UNESCO protected Pirin National Park. Frequent flights from the UK to Sofia’s international airport make this an easy destination to reach for those interested in winter sports, culture and...

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Spas in the Black

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bulgaria, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Non-euro destinations Turkey and Bulgaria are currently enjoying a boom in popularity with UK visitors, offering good value beach holidays, guaranteed sunshine and easy accessibility. But how do they rate for spa pampering? Catherine Beattie reports…. Bulgaria If you’re looking for an affordable break, Bulgaria offers some of Europe’s lowest prices and most reliable weather. The country’s main lure is the Black Sea coast with its wide beaches of golden sand, picturesque bays and somewhat overdeveloped resorts. Currency is the Bulgarian lev, which will be phased out in favour of the euro by 2010.Bulgaria may not be the first destination that springs to mind when planning a spa holiday, but nonetheless has a spa heritage and many therapeutic mineral springs. The Communist-era spas are more like huge medical institutions than luxury resorts and remain largely unvisited by overseas tourists. By...

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Ski out and spa in at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko, Bulgaria

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bulgaria, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Once a bustling crafts and trade centre – now one of Europe’s most up-and-coming ski and spa resorts, Bansko in south west Bulgaria, offers fine facilities, value for money and an enviably long ski season, as Sarah Dawson discovers. With a prime position in the shadow of the Pirin Mountains (of World Heritage status), Bansko was once a hidden gem for those in the know. Following the installation of modern lifts and a collection of smart hotels, the ski resort is now dubbed Eastern Europe’s best and attracting winter sports enthusiasts in droves. A stroll along the cobbled lanes of Bansko’s World Heritage Old Town offers a timeless portrayal into the country’s fascinating history. An unspoilt and rustic atmosphere greets you and the comforting smell of wood smoke fills the air.As you amble the streets, admire timber-framed stone houses...

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