Bulgaria is not the Costa del Balkans. I travelled with people who expected "Spanish sunshine" or "Greek hospitality". It's an immensely historical country with some breathtaking beautiful scenery - especially if you escape the beaches and head for the mountains or do a bit of sightseeing and shopping in the bigger cities. There's a lot of poverty still there, a lot of people living in a timewarp, and it's a newcomer to Europe, in terms of the Union, and all that entails. Pick your resort with care. If you want a Bulgarian Blackpool head for Sunny Beach. If you want something a little more off the beaten tourist track, but handy for a historical Old Town, great seafood restaurants, and some nice shops in the New Town, head for Nessebar and the Palace in particular. It's allegedly five star, more four star, in Euro terms, but the rooms are spacious and well equipped, the TV does feature English speaking channels, the staff are friendly and attentive, and the food is fine - there's fresh fish, chicken, pork, other meats, grilled in front of you so if you dont want cold or tepid (as the Bulgarians prefer on health grounds) food, catch the chef's eye. The range was excellent, the all inclusive deal doesn't stint, and the desserts, for those of sweeter tooth than I have, are to diet for. The local cheese is great too, like feta. There's entertainment nightly, guests don't always seem to know where to go, a pretty good Bulgarian party night was missed by many opting to stay in the bars and swig up the all inclusive offerings there. It's a massive complex with much to commend it. The Bulgarians havent the easy empathy of, say, the Italians, they are by nature more reserved, but they are nice people, and easy to get on with, once the language barrier is overcome by a bit of body language or smiles. And the value is second to none. You've got to understand the nation;s history and realise that the Bulgarians are still on a learning curve when it comes to catering to the demands of mass tourism. Part of the problem is also getting there, with some companies almost air bus hopping airports to collect tourists if flights don't fill from one or the other airport, which adds to the flight time, and irritation. But once there, and once the sun shines (it's hit and miss May but was scorching as I left as luck would have it) it's a good place. Take buses instead of taxis, one lev instead of 15 (the taxi rate to the old Town) but remember two levs equal about £1, and it;s not a pricy place. Visit the city, the archaeological museums, grab a bit of culture, as well as a tan. And make an effort to chat to the locals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Management for Sol Nessebar Resort by Sol Hotels as per 2008. Kids pool area and castle refurbished for safety and quality reasons. New and extended food offers and resort entertainment & sports follow Sol Hotels quality standards. Gardens and Park upgraded. Resort Manager for Sol Nessebar Palace,-Mare, - Bay is Mr. Lubo Lipchev. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Nessebar Palace Hotel Nessebar
- Sol Hotel Nessebar
- Sol Melia Nessebar