Our luxury one bedroom apartment in the 4* Spa Hotel Emerald Complex is our holiday home away from home. It sleeps 4 people and is a 2 minute walk from the gondola. The complex has lots of facilities including an indoor pool and full spa which are free for our guests to use. There are lots of restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk.
There are a number of budget airlines including Easyjet & Wizz Air flying from the UK and we can help arrange transfers from the Airport to our apartment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||12:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sofia 160 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Lift access, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
|Further details outdoors|
There is underground parking and parking outside the hotel.
Bansko Town is around 930m above sea level. The new gondola lift which is 100m from the apartment, built in 2003, takes you directly up the mountain to Bunderishka Polyana, at 1630m above sea level. Altogether Bansko boasts 75km of ski slopes in winter, for all ages and abilities, mostly between altitudes of 1800m and 2600m. The ski season normally lasts from mid-December until mid-April. 130 million euro was spent on the ski-lift system, which continues to be developed. Queues are relatively rare and the slopes are surprisingly uncrowded.
The apartment is 2 minutes walk (100m) from the main gondola lift.
Beginners - 35%; Intermediate - 40%; Advanced - 25%. 50 snow cannons covering over 50% of ski runs. Enjoy a unique 16 kilometer uninterrupted ski run, starting from Todorka Peak (2600 m) at the highest point of the ski center, all the way to base station of the Gondola lift at the outskirts of town. The last 7km of the slope are floodlit, and the entire facility is equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing experience even in warmer conditions. Total length of marked ski runs, inc. ski roads is 75km. A modern network of lifts inc; 8-man gondola cable car by Doppelmayr, five 4-seat lifts of the latest Doppelmayr models, one 3-seat lift by Poma, 6 drags and 10 baby drags.
Choose from hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and excursions in summer. The Bansko Jazz Festival takes place in August with live music across different venues in the town.
Bansko train station is served by a scenic narrow-gauge mountain railway, which operates all year round and stops at all the villages between Septemvri and Dobrinishte. It is possible to take a local excursion or even to go all the way to or from Sofia (by changing at Septemvri). Fares are very cheap (about £4 to/from Sofia) but the total journey time would be about 7 hours, much longer than that by car or coach. The village of Banya, located only 5 km from Bansko, is renowned for its 27 thermal mineral springs.
The town of Razlog is also a few minutes' drive from Bansko, but has a completely different atmosphere. If you wish to travel further afield, by hiring a car or chartering a taxi, Melnik is renowned for its wine. Greece lies a little to the south of Bansko and the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia a little to the west.
English is widely spoken and included on many restaurant menus in Bansko. A basic lunch for two can be had for around £13, including a bottle of local wine. Wine has been made for thousands of years in Bulgaria and some it is very good indeed, as is the local lager. Local fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and herbal teas are also of excellent quality. Bansko has a wide choice of restaurants and bars from modern to traditional Bulgarian restaurants.
The new Pirin Golf and Country Club is on the outskirts of Bansko within a 10 min drive of the apartment.