This hotel is truly stunning; it's a mere 20 metres from the slopes and just a little further to the express four-person chairlift and gondola. During the week, you'll be treated to traditional Bulgarian buffet dinners with free wine tastings, and the spa and wellness area is a definite must during your stay.
There's a whiskey and karaoke bar (perfect combo), a piano bar in the lobby, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness room and Russian bath….the list goes on and on! Let's just say you'll never be bored. But if you do decide to stay in your room for a bit, room service will take good care of you.
From the hotel to …
Nearest slopes: 20m
Nearest lift: 100m
Tuition meeting point: 100m
Resort centre: 300m
About the resort
Borovets is a bustling resort sat amongst the stunningly gorgeous pine forests of the Rila Mountains. It's particularly well-suited to beginners, improvers and families as it has wide-open slopes, fantastic coaching from friendly, English-speaking instructors and a dedicated kids ski area. There's also night skiing if you don't get your fill during the day.
Off the mountain, the resort is fairly compact and has two main pedestrianised areas that are jam-packed with cafés, bars, live music venues, tourist shops and more. It's quite the bustling marketplace.
You can't come to Bulgaria without trying an evening meal in a Mehana - a traditional Bulgarian tavern with fantastic local food and entertainment. Also, don't miss taking a traditional horse and cart trip around the resort, or head into the nearby town of Samokov for a taste of authentic Bulgaria - all for incredible value.
Area size: 58km
Skiing altitude: 1300m - 2550m
Number of runs: 18
Range of runs: 40% green/blue, 50% red and 10% black
Lifts: 9 drags, 4 chairs and 1 gondola
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 18km
Snowmaking: 60% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Rest and relaxation
The spa and wellness area at the Festa is free for all guests to use. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, Russian bath and a fitness room.
For a little extra 'me time', book a massage or beauty treatment and really de-stress. These aren't free but can be paid for locally.
Food and drink
The Hotel Festa Winter Palace does excellent half board meals. Enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet each morning and a four-course evening buffet dinner after another great day on the slopes.
Your Christmas and New Year Gala meals include a free half bottle of wine per person‚ soft drinks and evening entertainment.
With 66 rooms on offer, the Hotel Festa Winter Palace has really poured a lot of effort into making sure each of them is as luxurious and comfortable as can be.
You have a choice of standard or deluxe rooms, or the stunning junior suites. Each is very spacious and come with satellite TV, a private balcony, a hairdryer and a mini-safe for your goods.
Official rating: *****
Lobby piano bar
Whiskey and karaoke bar
Sauna and indoor pool
Steam bath and Russian bath
BG Mexana restaurant
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
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