With its golden beaches, warm climate and thriving nightlife, Sunny Beach has fast become one of Europe’s top holiday destinations, inviting a rich diversity of tourists from around the globe. Though the bright lights and loud music attract a lot of young holidaymakers looking to party, Sunny Beach’s quiet areas and surrounding villages can also provide a restful break. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful apartment or happening hostel, here’s our list of the 10 best hotels in Sunny Beach.
Priding itself as the only boutique hotel in Sunny Beach, DIT Orpheus is a quaint establishment combining style and class, situated just 50 metres from the beach. While it does have an urban feel, the hotel’s well-tended garden and pool area provide a breath of fresh air, a place to lounge and relax amidst the bright lights of the bustling town. Before heading out at night make the most of the calm surroundings and relax at the pool bar with one of many cocktails from their extensive bar menu.
Situated right on the beachfront, in an area famed for its healing microclimate, the Royal Palace Helena Park offers guests stunning views of the black sea coast from their Grecian style pool. With a kids club, fitness suite, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, there is truly something for everyone here. Be sure to spend a few idle hours unwinding in the original 18th century stone bath and sauna, a luxurious activity not to be missed.
The ancient town of Nessebar was once one of the most important strongholds of the Byzantine empire, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site just five kilometres away from Sunny Beach. Quieter than the main resort but with the same incredible views of the black sea, Nessebar is an excellent place to wander down cobbled streets and visit historical ruins. The Mill is a small, comfortable hotel with an excellent restaurant, and it is interestingly constructed around an authentic windmill from the original Nessebar site.
This trendy hotel has a sleek, contemporary design, and is situated amongst an oak forest overlooking the beautiful Nessebar bay. The tranquility of the surroundings give New Line Village a restful, homely atmosphere. It is self-catered, so guests have the flexibility to dine out in the local restaurants or cook at home, and the pool and grounds are spacious, airy and extremely well-kept. The village is only a short bus ride away from the downtown Sunny Beach attractions.
Hotel Riu Helios, Burgas | Photo Courtesy of Hotel Jeravi
An all-inclusive, family friendly resort, Hotel Riu Helios continuously earns positive reviews from its guests. With services including two swimming pools, a children’s playground, a sun terrace, a hairdresser, a beauty salon and a gym, it’s tempting not to step outside of the comfort of Hotel Riu Helios. If you do make it outside, you are within walking distance of a number of thousand year old villages, including Zheravna and Cabo Emine. When on a trip here it is highly recommended to visit the beautiful stone and wood houses surrounding the area, historical sites which offer a true experience of Bulgaria’s interesting past.
Situated in the heart of Sunny Beach, and boasting brilliant views of the sea and Nessebar, Hotel Jeravi is a modern destination very popular with tourists. Within walking distance of all the main attractions, and just metres from the sandy beach, this family oriented hotel combines attentive, friendly service with well run facilities and an excellent restaurant. The pool here is a haven to relax in during the scorching summer days, and don’t miss the variety of Bulgarian and European dishes available to satisfy your appetite.
Stepping in to the glamorous Majestic Beach Resort is like entering a lavish Las Vegas hotel, with it’s sprawling architecture, two gigantic swimming pools and a palm tree-lined path marking the way to reception. Popular with holiday makers young and old, this hotel manages to find a happy medium between party destination and relaxing beach resort. Don’t miss the nightly entertainment provided by professionally trained performers. While being affordable, Majestic still provides alot of luxury, with a variety of four star facilities available including a games rooms and spa centre.
This spacious and romantic hotel, with a beautiful burnt orange exterior, is an excellent destination for couples or families looking to enjoy a peaceful holiday together. The rooms at Hotel Dune are roomy, airy and stylishly decorated, and their private beach area means you don’t have to brave the crowds to top up your tan. Arrive early to grab yourself a private tent, a shelter containing a luxuriously cushioned double sun bed. Alternatively simply stay at the pool and stretch out on the cozy poolside sofa beds.
If guests seek a more intimate hotel experience with similar facilities to a larger resort, Hotel Zora is the place to be. The hotel is a small family run establishment, set peacefully away from the noise of the town, yet still close to the beach and the beautiful sea views. The rooms are pleasant and clean, the pool area well-tended, and the staff impeccably friendly and attentive. If you’re looking to explore whilst staying in Sunny Beach, then Hotel Zora is situated only 8km from the gorgeous Cape Emine. This is an excellent walking route and natural landmark where guests can enjoy views of the sweeping cliff faces and shimmering blue waters.
As Sunny Beach’s only hostel, Fourfifteen offers simple, affordable private and shared rooms, and is unsurprisingly very popular among party seeking tourists. Within walking distance of the beach, bars and shops, and with a cozy pool area in which to leisurely sunbathe in during the day, a stay at Fourfifteen ensures that, in Sunny Beach, no fun will be missed for backpackers on a budget.