08 Nov 2019
According to the Post Office report for 2019, Bansko, Bulgaria is the Best-Value Ski Resort for families. The report compares the cost of a lift-pass, tuition, lunch and drinks on the mountains and ski and boot hire for a family of four. In all, 25 resorts were compared. The cost of the all the items in Bansko was £1529.72, a reduction of 0.3% since last year. Head of Marketing for Balkan Holidays, Louise Newton said, ‘It is no surprise that Bansko tops the list, as the resort offers incredibly low-priced items. That makes it perfect for families, especially those with children who are learning to ski and need an
05 Apr 2019
The Bulgarian resort of Bansko, usually in the news as Eastern Europe's best ski resort, can now add a new summer achievement to its history as the home of Europe's longest inflatable water slide. At a length of 350 meters, the slide has been built at Bandreshka meadow. Similar such slides built for entertainment purposes can only be found in the US, New Zealand and Australia. In addition to the new water slide, which has already proved a huge hit with tourists to the area, visitors can also enjoy the new mini golf, football, inflatable castles, swings and play areas for the younger children. Ulen director Ivan Obreikov said
05 Apr 2019
Once again Bansko has outdone itself by winning the Best Ski Resort in Bulgaria award for the 4th time in a row with a record vote. The director of the World Ski Awards Zion Rapson said "Bansko can be proud that it won in the year with the most recorded votes in the 4 year history of the competition” A huge 1,6 million online votes over 16 weeks saw consumers determined the winners of the four main categories, “Best resort “, “Best Hotel”, “Best Boutique Hotel ” and “Best Chalet” from among the nominations from 25 countries over 5 continents. The Bronze trophy, which looks like
19 Nov 2018
Bansko has once again been named "Bulgaria’s Best Ski Resort" at the 2018 World Ski Awards held on November 18th in Kitzbühel, Austria. This marks the fifth consecutive time that Bansko has won the prestigious award since the World Ski Awards were first launched back in 2013. Furthermore, a Balkan Holidays customer favourite, the 5* Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena in Bansko took home the "Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel" award, making it a good night for the resort. Launched in 2013, the World Ski Awards was created to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding organisations that are
11 May 2016
The main track called Ulen and located near Shiligarnika will hold the open state snowboarding championship. These races are part of the ISF (International Ski Federation) calendar. This fantastic contest will kick start on Saturday with the start of the Olympic parallel giant slalom discipline. On Sunday you can expect a parallel slalom race. Many European athletes are expected to attend this event from countries such as Greece, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Macedonia, Republic, and Germany. Bulgaria will be represented by Ivan Ranchev, Maria Teodora, and Dimova Pencheva who will give hope to our young boys and girls. Want to
11 May 2016
According to the President of the Bulgarian Ski Federation, Tseko Minev. and the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, approximately 10-15,000 spectators are expected to attend the Men’s World Cup when it hits Bansko at the end of February. Balkan Holidays is one of the official sponsors of this prestigious event. Winter HolidaysWinter HotelsWinter Flights
09 Mar 2015
The International Jazz Festival in Bansko - probably the biggest summer musical event in Bulgaria was founded in 1998 and is held every year in the sunny month of August. This year will mark the festival's 15th edition and will be carried out from the 4th to the 11th of August on the open-air stage on Nikola Vaptsarov Square in downtown Bansko, as well as on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants. The presence of emblematic figures of today’s music world, the marvellous setting and fact that the concerts are free for the public draws huge crowds every year and has transformed the festival to one of
11 Apr 2012
SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, has announced that Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Zalez SPA and Wellness Center has won the coveted SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Country Award for Favorite Spa in Bulgaria. The award is given for second consecutive year after winning in the same category in 2010. The Zalez Spa Center offers a full range of traditional and exotic massages, as well as skin and body spa procedures based on Terrake and Thalgo products. This is also the single Bulgarian location, which offers treatment with Ligne St Barth products. The state-of-the-art facilities include outdoor & indoor swimming pools, indoor
17 Feb 2012
Bansko is once again in the very heart of the event, welcoming the brightest stars of the cast In two consecutive weekends, the best of the best in alpine skiing will be in Bansko for the regular starts of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup - first the men, then the ladies. This "double" hosting within one season happens in Bulgaria for the first time ever and once again proves the international respect Bansko has gained as one of the premiere winter resorts in Europe. As usual, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko" and its friendly staff are at the epicenter of this exciting winter event. The winter resort’s most elite
08 Jan 2012
It is with great pleasure and pride to announce that Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has been awarded for a second consecutive year with the TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012  by achieving an exceptional 4.5 rating. Ideally positioned, at the foot of the Pirin mountains, the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena in Bansko is the only "Leading Hotel of The World" in Bulgaria and offers clients luxury along with quality services in this most popular of resorts. The hotel combines Alpine style with modern comfort and comprises five connected buildings with an impressive range
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