It's hard to find another hotel on par with the Hotel Premier Luxury Mountain Resort - the name is a mouthful, but it's all true! You can expect the finest dining experiences, fabulous individually-styled rooms, a relaxing spa experience and wellness facilities to wrap it all up.
Each of the many public spaces and the rooms have all been given an exceptional level of attention to detail. The furnishings are all high quality with warm and earthy colours to create a lovely inviting place to stay.
An indoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, Finnish sauna, aroma sauna, two steam baths, relaxation area, yoga studio and fitness room will all be available to you. A daily shuttle bus will whisk you away to the gondola every 15 minutes, and the ski lifts are 700m away - assuming you can be dragged away to do any actual skiing!
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 300m
Tuition meeting point: 300m
Resort centre: 500m
About the resort
Set high up in the Pirin mountains, Bansko is the largest Bulgarian resort and it has a lot to offer. The lift system is one of the most modern in Eastern Europe and it serves the best variety of skiing across skill levels. The runs are mainly tree-lined which not only makes it picturesque, it feels safer for those just starting out on skis or snowboards.
There's plenty of English speaking instructors offering lessons for beginners, but intermediates won't be left out either as there's an great choice of cruisy blue and red runs to keep everyone busy. The lessons, lift pass and kit hire is all at incredibly reasonable prices making it a great choice for those on a budget.
For après-ski, most hotels have wellness facilities to keep you relaxed and limber when you aren't up the mountain. And if you're itching to head into town, you'll find a great choice of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied - don't miss a visit to a traditional 'Mehana' or tavern as the entertainment is unforgettable.
Area size: 70km
Skiing altitude: 930m to 2560m
Number of runs: 20
Range of runs: 20% green, 15% blue, 40% red and 25% black
Lifts: 7 drags, 6 chairs and 1 gondola
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 5km
Snowmaking: 50% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Rest and relaxation
Relaxation is easy here. You'll have free use of the indoor heated pool‚ outdoor hot tub‚ Finnish sauna‚ Aroma sauna‚ two steam baths‚ the relaxation area‚ a yoga studio and a fitness room (in case you need more exercise). There's even a bar by the pool to grab a refreshing drink.
There's also an extensive range of sports and relaxing massages as well as beauty treatments to choose from. There is a charge for these.
Food and drink
The half board meals are extensive and delicious. You'll find a hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning and each evening you'll be treated to an international cuisine-themed buffet. An optional evening meal in the à la carte restaurant is available for a supplement.
Each of the 111 rooms have scenic balconies, flat-screen satellite TV, showers or baths, and bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers and even toiletries to make sure everyone is cosy and taken care of when they aren't out in the elements.
There are three choices of room - standard, junior suite, and executive suite. All are very well-appointed and spacious with all of the five star touches you would expect.
Families and kids
The hotel happily offers a bright and cheerful children's playroom and games room, chock full of toys and things to keep the little ones having a great time, just like the grown ups!
Official rating: *****
Relaxing and gorgeous lobby
À la carte Amvrosia restaurant
Free Wi-Fi throughout
24 hr room service
Nectar bar with open fire
Children's playroom and games room
Indoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub
Multiple saunas and steam baths
Yoga studio and fitness Room
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
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