Book Bulgaria for a luxury break with a twist
With average flights from the UK just over three and a half hours, you’ll spend minimal time on the plane and maximum time out sightseeing in Bulgaria.
July is the hottest month with average temperatures at around 28°C with the winter cooling right down to 3°C. The Bourgas Region of Bulgaria’s eastern shores incorporates the resorts of Sunny Beach and St Vlas. It provides some of the best beaches on the coastline, many with the much prized Blue Flag status for cleanliness and facilities.
Sunny Beach is one of the region’s most popular resorts, with a large sandy beach and upmarket hotels. Those wishing to explore will find hiking and walking options within easy reach with forested areas and nature reserves to discover. The pretty town of St Vlas is another Bourgas break worth considering, set between the Black Sea and stunning Balkan mountains it’s ideal for both beach days and exploration.
Living the high life in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Bourgas region offers a host of options for luxury living. Sunny Beach is bursting with possibilities and there are numerous well-heeled shops, bars and clubs dotted around the beachfront area. The restaurantsserve a choice of Bulgarian and international cuisine, and with several local vineyards sampling the high quality red and white wines is a must.
For history enthusiasts, it’s worth taking the 10-minute drive from Sunny Beach to the town of Nessebarwhich has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its old town adorned with 19th-century houses and Byzantine churches. In St Vlas the smart Dinevi Marina, which plays host to some 300 luxury yachts, is a great place to people watch. There are also a number of trendy bars, exclusive clubs and restaurants promising high-end dining experiences and mouth-watering cuisine.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re looking for luxury but haven’t quite decided where yet, there are plenty more holiday destinations available. The Caribbean offers a classic luxury break for those longing for the bluest of seas and quality hotels. Mexico’s Riviera Maya has a mix of Mayan mystery and stylish beachfront hotels. Or for something a little closer to home, the Paphos region of Cyprus boasts chic hotels, great beaches and numerous daytrip options.
However, if Bulgaria has made an impact check out our handy travel guide to find out more. Here are a few luxury hotels to whet your appetite.
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Expect 5* service at the elegant Galeon Residence and Spa. With an attractive lounger-fringed pool and a beach just a five-minute walk away there's plenty of scope for complete relaxation. Chill out in the whirlpool bath, enjoy a drink at the pool bar or head to the indoor pool on cooler days. Meals are served in the Musoni Fish & Wine Restaurant and the luxury spa provides a range of treatments at an additional fee.
Ideally placed for sightseeing, the TUI Family Life Nevis Resort is situated between Sunny Beach and St Vlas with the nearest beach a 10-minute walk away. The main pool is the perfect place for a cool dip or sunbathing while the kids' pool with splash zone will keep the young ones happy. The pool bar serves refreshments throughout the day with main meals available in the buffet restaurants and three a la carte restaurants too. The gym, multi-sports court and water polo will appeal to active guests.
Enjoy a relaxing and indulgent break at the Barcelo Royal Beach. The two meandering pools forms the focal point of this elegant hotel with a spa to head to for indulgent pampering treatments, at an additional fee. The gym is a great place to work out in the mornings while those who prefer to take it easy while away on holiday can enjoy a drink in the lobby bar or pool bar. Meals are available in the buffet restaurant and there's also an a la carte option.
The ClubHotel Riu Helios is set right on a small sandy beach and offers a feast of luxury amenities. The buffet restaurant has three themed nights per week and there are a further four eateries with Bulgarian, Asian and Italian dishes on the menu. Light snacks and drinks can be enjoyed at the indulgent swim-up bar located next to the delightful, large swimming pool, which is split into two sections. You can also lounge in the whirlpool, head to the indoor pool for a leisurely swim or enjoy a workout in the gym.