The Best Resorts in Bulgaria

With unbeatable mountain views, Katarino Hotel & Spa is one of the best resorts in Bulgaria
With unbeatable mountain views, Katarino Hotel & Spa is one of the best resorts in Bulgaria | Courtesy of Katarino Hotel & Spa / Expedia
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12 January 2021

Dotted along the Black Sea Coast, amid the Rila and Pirin mountain ranges, Bulgaria’s best resorts offer a luxury escape for all. Whether you plan to dig your toes in the sand and take a long swim in the sea, or breathe in the crisp mountain air and immerse yourself in nature on a hike – we’ve found the best resorts for your stay.

Astor Garden Hotel

You can find this brand new, all-inclusive five-star hotel just beyond Varna town, on the northern Black Sea Coast. Checking in you’ll be enchanted by the classical architecture and incomparable marine panorama, while upstairs you’ll find elegant rooms that marry modern furnishings and natural colours. The spa is popular for its thermal-water treatments and also features an indoor and outdoor pool with a sundeck. Guests can enjoy the spacious garden, two restaurants and four bars while children are guaranteed to love the playground.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

RIU Helios Paradise

This polished, all-inclusive seaside establishment is an easy walk from Sunny Beach – one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria, near Nessebar’s ancient city. Upgraded rooms feature refined colours, warm furnishings and panoramic sea views while the spa offers an outdoor and indoor pool, a jacuzzi, a gym, multiple saunas and personalised treatments on request. The resort also has four on-site restaurants with bars, where you can sample Italian, Asian or Bulgarian cuisine.

Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Smoke-free property

The Vineyards Spa & Resort

On a lush hilltop, in the countryside of Burgas, you can find this gated villa and apartment complex. The service is first-class and the architecture is particularly aesthetically appealing – think red roof tiles, wooden clapboarding and stone tiling. The interiors are also tailor-made for picky style-sticklers, with contemporary furnishings and modern amenities. The complex offers various sports facilities and, when you’ve worked up an appetite, restaurants and bars aplenty.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Medite Spa Resort & Villas

If you like a pristine rustic style, upscale pools and balmy thermal waters, you’ve come to the right place. Check in to your villa and you’ve got your own hot tub as well as access to a private outdoor pool – if you don’t think you need that much space, you can always opt for a brightly coloured room instead. Highlights of your stay will include the spacious spa and wellness area as well as the infinity pool overlooking the town of Sandanski and the Pirin Mountains. We think you’ll also approve of the gourmet restaurant, lobby bar and pool bar. Your kids? They’ll be in heaven in the large outdoor pool exclusively reserved for young ones.

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Free WiFi
Full-service spa
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace

Katarino Hotel & Spa

With views of the highest mountain ranges in Bulgaria – Rila and Pirin – this is a genteel mountain hotel near Bansko, the most famous ski domain in the Balkans. There’s a fine terrace with panoramic views, as well as a tranquil garden and the minimalist rooms are refined, with wood-panelled walls and views of vertiginous peaks. You’ve got a choice of two restaurants and two bars, spa and wellness facilities – all ready to treat your slope-sore limbs and complete your perfect ski holiday.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Wave Resort

Located between the towns of Burgas and Nessebar, Wave is among the finest luxury hotels on the Black Sea Coast. The 426 units feature private balconies with sea or lagoon views and sumptuous bathrooms with walk-in showers. Choose the lagoon swim-up rooms if you want to take a dip into the pool directly from your terrace and when you’re ready for dinner, there are three restaurants and four bars you’ll love – especially the beachfront and poolside ones.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Terrace

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  • Burgas Beach Resort

    In the exclusive residential quarter of Burgas, this property has panoramic views of the sea and the bay. The 95 luxury apartments are bathed in warm shades of beige and light brown while the La Casa Grande restaurant, with its sink-into soft fabrics and natural stone, is light-filled, with fine sea views. There’s also a Mediterranean restaurant by the beach and children have their own playground and a special area at the outdoor pool – it’s guaranteed fun for all.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk

    Zornitza Family Estate Relais & Châteaux

    Here’s a fantastic family-run affair tucked amid vineyards and rocky peaks. At Zornitza you will find six villas and a boutique hotel built in Tuscan style, with picturesque stone finishings, timber beams and red bricks. Oenophiles will be specifically in luck as there is a winery on the grounds with a large selection of wines. Otherwise, stressed-out new arrivals will love the spa centre and its thermal water pools, as well as the nearby eco-farm and golfing terrain. At the aEstivum Restaurant you’ll be able to savour truffles in everything from salads to desserts and if that doesn’t sound appealing, the menu at Bistro 55 fuses Bulgarian, Asian and American cuisine and is sure to delight even the pickiest eaters.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel Aqua Paradise Resort

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    Hotel Aqua Paradise Resort
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    Part of the largest waterpark in Bulgaria, this exclusive hotel complex is located near Ravda Beach, close to the ancient town of Nessebar. Understated rooms combine modern furnishings and contemporary design, with interiors in bright colours. The laid-back resort also features two themed restaurants – Italian and fusion – four outdoor pools, a kids’ club, a spa with a sauna, a hot tub and an indoor pool, as well as a beauty salon and a tennis court.

    Maxi Park Hotel & Spa

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    Maxi Park Hotel & Spa
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    First and foremost a family business, this refined resort with five heated pools basks in the tranquil mountain scenery near Velingrad, the spa capital of the Balkans. Overlooking the Rhodope Mountains, it’s an elegant place indeed, surrounded by pine forests, with airy rooms unveiling mountain views. Key highlights include a suave Mediterranean restaurant, a baroque-style lobby bar warmed by a magnificent fireplace and a winery; while there is also a playground for families with children.

    These recommendations were updated on January 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.