Seeing green

Seeing green THE number of golf courses of Bulgaria will soon be almost double in number. With greens designed by Ian Woosnam, 2006 captain of the European Ryder Cup, two new resorts will start welcoming players in late 2008, it was announced at a November 1 news conference at the Grand Hotel Sofia. The Pirin Golf Holidays Club will be located in the Razlog Valley at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, just three km from the ski resort of Bansko. The “holiday village” will include a hotel complex, spa and sports centres, villas, shops, a horse-riding centre and a professional 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Views of the Black Sea coast will complement the Lighthouse Gold Resort in Balchik, also to be built in conjunction with luxury residential areas. It, too, will include a hotel complex, spa and sports centres, restaurants, houses, a horse-riding centre, and an 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Both resorts, which are funded by Bulgaria’s Balkanstroy and Barage & Co, will incorporate various-themed permanent upscale residential districts. World golf champ Woosnam – whose Ian Woosnam Design has also designed the greens at the Dale Hill Golf Club in England, and at resorts in Tarascovo, Russia and Jin Ying, China, among others – said that he was deeply impressed by the clubs. “I’ve done a few golf courses in different parts of the world,” he told the news conference, “but I’ll have to say this is the most impressive that I’ve seen”. Regarding the greens design itself, he said: “It’s very important to try and use the nature, the trees, to try and put them back into the golf course,” noting that his job was only to design the course. “I leave the clubhouses to the experts,” he said, referring to Georgi Chuklev of Barage & Co, who is also vice-president of the Bulgarian Golf Association, and Nikolay Kaloyanov, executive director of Balkanstroy, both of whom attended the news conference. The two companies’ investments for the 120 000 sq m facilities total about 118 million euro – 62 million for the Pirin club and 56 million for the Lighthouse resort. Anticipating winning courses, Woosnam hopes for them to produce a lot of tourism and work coming in to Bulgaria. “I like to have all players of any standard play the golf course,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a beginner playing golf or a professional. Age doesn’t matter. We just want people to enjoy it.”

  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets