Start your Bulgaria holiday in the country's summer capital of Varna. Surrounded by a bay and a lake, this hilly region offers pleasant weather, numerous festivals, and archaeological sites. No wonder it's a favourite among visitors.
Book a stay at Musala Palace Grand Hotel, and enjoy services and facilities fit for royalty. The guestroom’s Roman columns, angel figurines, and stately dressers will charm you, while the multi-awarded Musala Palace Restaurant, with offerings such as “Parfait of Smoked Turkey Breast,” “Beef Rossini,” and “Crème Brûlée with Hazelnut Caramel,” will satisfy your demanding palate.
If you’re on a winter break, Borovets’ ski resort is the place to go. Hotel Yastrebets Wellness & Spa offers a picturesque shelter from the cold, and from your room you can look out into the pine-dotted slopes. Soothe those muscles after a day of play out in the snow; try the herbal bath, the solarium, and the sauna. There's no time for cabin fever in Hotel Yastrebets, since a disco, a piano bar, and cycling facilities will keep you entertained. If you want to go sightseeing, go to the Rila Monastery through the road from Sofia to Kulata. For a guided excursion, contact the Rila Monastery Tour, whose packages include transportation and meals.
When in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, stay in Arena Di Serdica Residence, an architectural masterpiece made up of a modern structure fused into the ruins of a Roman coliseum. The stone walls and lone marble bench strike a fascinating contrast to the interior’s clean lines and elegant fittings. Take your pick of food and drinks from La Terrazza Di Serdica restaurant, La Tribuna bistro, and the Terra Antica lobby bar.