Bulgarian Luxe Bargains

Bansko in Bulgaria has long been a hidden gem but skiers in the know are flocking their now, to enjoy its fine facilities at recession proof prices.

Following a €30 million investment over the last few years, the resort has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of Europe’s top up and coming resorts, combining value-for-money with first class facilities skiing, including:6.3km gondola lifts and six surface drag lifts, 65kms of marked ski runs, an illuminated 7km ski run for night skiing, snowboarders ‘half pipe’ facility, extreme winter sports ‘fun park’ complete with artificial bumps and jumps.

Ski breaks can be an expensive luxury, but Balkan Holidays has some great offers to its upscale accommodation in Bulgaria, making that dream holiday more achievable. What’s more with some of their five star offerings you can ski in and spa out. Take the plush five-star Kempinski Grand Arena as an example. The impressive hotel combines traditional architecture with modern comfort, and has extensive facilities such as a sushi bar & lounge, the Zalez Spa & Wellness centre, a Softouch Ayurveda centre, fitness, sauna, solarium and massage, steam bath, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, Jacuzzi, hairdresser and shopping area.

As well as low package prices, Bulgaria is outside of the Eurozone, which means money will go even further. But there is no skimping on quality: major investments into resorts over the past few years, means that in terms of facilities, they rate alongside the better-known European resorts.

Ski passes and lessons are a fraction of the price of French, Swiss and Austrian resorts, and the cost of après ski fun is very appealing too. The food and drink prices on resort are low: a typical three-course meal with one bottle of wine costs from just £10 per person, and a beer from £1.20 – we say yes please!

Amanda started off her career as a chalet girl in Meribel when she was 18, she is the founder and editor of Skibible.com, has written and contributed to features for fashion publications, broadsheet newspapers and previously worked for the Good Ski Guide.

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