We returned from Bulgaria on 11th August. We had two weeks at Rose Village and because we rely on these reviews we thought we would reply and give an honest opinion of our findings.
We are a family of 4. 2 adults, a 16 year old boy and 12 year old girl. We arrived at Rose Village at 2 in the morning and were promptly shown to our room. It was 2 bedrooms with lounge and kitchenette. The bedrooms were very large and the beds were really comfy. My first impression was that it was a bit basic but when I woke with fresh eyes the next day it was more than adequate. We didn't have an ensuite but did have two balconies. One overlooking the small pool. We were in Block C.
Right, let's get the negatives out of the way first. It was a fight every morning to get a sunbed. If you didn't get down there by 8, you had no chance. The cleaners finished their cleaning then and if your towel was out earlier it would be folded up and removed. There were a few times where towels were placed on sunbeds and we didn't see the families all day!!!!! There are not enough sunbeds for the amount of people to accommodate round the big pool. The smaller pool was quieter and again the sunbeds were always taken. There were quite a few russians, that the management seemed to prefer to the English. For example, one night the Russians decided to have a bit of a gathering in the bar, they were dancing on the tables, playing their own music that they had rigged up to the speakers and were very, very loud. Nothing was done or said. however, a few nights later a few families came back after being out for dinner (separately) and were all sitting chatting. We started laughing and got told off. After that they shut the bar at 11pm and we were told, very rudely, to hurry up and drink up because they actually started removing the table and chairs from around us!. (It wasn't the staff, they were as gutted as we were that they had to close early, it was Nadia who seemed to think she was God! She was the main person that they took orders from and whom they obeyed!!!!) She never smiled, except when speaking to the Russians. Not a problem, as we just went to the hotel next door, where Martin stayed opened as long as you was there. (Sometimes til 3 in the morning!). The safety deposit boxes are in the lobby and you had to get the receptionist to open it every time you wanted to get anything out (again not a problem, just a pain!) It was 7 levs a night, which worked out to over £40 for the two weeks. But we were told that it was essential that you have one. Our walk to Nessebar took us over 40 minutes (whether we were going the wrong route I don't know but we walked along the coastal path), and the walk to Sunny Beach was approx. an hour. However, again this wasn't a problem and we often caught the bus that ran every 15 mins until midnight, both ways, and cost 1 lev (40p) each. Once we got to either of these, our main hangup was being harrassed every few steps by people asking if we wanted to eat, sometimes we just wanted to stop for a drink and move on, but it aggravated us that we were being pounced on as soon as we stopped walking. Everywhere you go, even in the restaurants, you have to pay to have a pee. This varies from 50 stinkies (pennies) to 1 lev. So make sure you take plenty of change with you.
Now for the good points. Rose Village is extremely clean and well kept. Our towels were changed every two days and our beds about every 4th. The shower rooms are wet rooms and it panicked me on the first time we had a shower, because it was waterlogged. However, we got used to it and again wasn't a problem, you just had to be careful in case you slipped. There is no hairdryer provided either!!!!! The food in the little bar around the pool was excellent and extremely good value as was the beer from the pump. It worked out to about £1.30 a pint!!!. Where to eat:- We never had a bad meal as a family, there is a fantastic Mexican just across the road, where they give you 2 welcome shots when you turn up and had live singing. If you come out of Rose Village and turn right, there is a little restaurant we called "The Shack" on the corner and again our food was lovely. As was Memories that was right next door. In Nessebar we ate at "The Sea Wolf" and in Sunny Beach our favourite restaurant was Djanny's. You had to be there before 7 otherwise you had to queue, but again the food was amazing. We also went to the Chinese along the main strip and our favourite for breakfast was Jack's just as you enter the strip on the right, they charge 15 levs (about £12) for 2 (huge) English breakfasts with tea and toast. It was very reasonably priced with our most expensive meal being £50 for 3 adults and a child with 2 rounds of drinks!!! We went to Bombay Grill one night and whilst the food was lovely, I unfortunately chose the Biryani, which come with the meat in the rice and a vegetable curry. I got my rice (which could have fed 3 of us) but the vegetable curry came up in a small gravy boat with 1 piece of sweetcorn! I wouldn't knock this though, as I simply chose wrongly. All the other meals were fab. There are zillions of shops that sell all the named gear, Adidas, Holister, Flossy etc. Loads of sunglasses, handbags and shoe shops too. Ideal for a shopaholic teenage like mine!!!. If you only have one trip, it has to be Khan's Tent. You get a 4 course meal, with a bottle of white wine for each adult that can be exchanged for 2 pints of beer or a bottle of rose. The setting is amazing and the entertainment is something else. I would highly recommend this. If you need to go shopping, ie bread and milk etc. there is a Penny Market at the top of the road that is the cheapest around. It isn't a very big supermarket but has all the essentials that you need. It is about a 10-15min walk. We bought a litre bottle of vodka and it cost us about £4!!! We took mostly English money with us as you get a better rate of exchange over there (we were getting approx 2.20 to the £). We were advised to only change our money at Crown Currency, where there are lots of shops all over. We heard that a gentleman changed his money at a different currency exchange and got given a load of dud notes back. He didnt realise this until he actually went to spend them!!!!
On the return home, you are allowed 10 litres of drink and 3200 cigarettes, however, you do have to prove that it is for personal use. How you do this I don't know. The normal requirement is 800 cigarettes each.
I would definitely return back to Sunny Beach. The beach is clean, the sea is warm and the Bulgarians are friendly. Hope this helps. x
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