Saturday, June 28, 2008

Prices 2008/2009

It's tough times economically and you may be wondering, can I afford to go boarding or skiing this year.

Can I afford my winter holiday?

Is 2009 the year to get more active and get fit? Then if you have never been on a winter holiday, then be prepared to be converted.

If you have then think of the pleasure of getting away and entering into the "mountain bubble".

Get away from the gloomy news and get out and get some air.

Wondering if you can afford it?


How about from just £45.83 (€50 approx) per person for one week's accommodation?

Register for occasional special offers in 2009.

* 2 & 1 Bedroom Mountain Residence 3 apartments. Genuine 270 metres to the gondola and five minutes walk into town.
* 2 Bedroom Grand Montana apartments
* 2 & 3 Bedroom Villa Daisy apartment.

Now save 25% as prices fixed in UK Pounds !!

  • €46 (£44) per night plus one off €15 (£12) cleaning charge.

****** Email Today For Availability ******

£225 per week (17th April to 20th December)
£325 per week (5th Jan to 2nd Feb)
£385 per week (23rd Feb to 28th Mar)
£445 per week (20th Dec to 5th Jan, 2nd Feb to 23rd Feb and 28th Mar to 17th April)
Click here for currency convertor & click here for calendar.
ADD £ 95 per week for Grand Montana ADD £120 per week for Villa Daisy

4 Step Reservation:

1. email to provide dates
2. we confirm dates and price
3. pay £20 deposit via secure Google Checkout

4. second payment due on arrival.

Why is this a great deal?

* Direct from owner prices - perfect location
* You benefit from weak GB Pound currency
* Transfers arranged at lowest price
* Welcome packs available to suit your requirements (tea, coffee, bread, milk, beer, wine etc).
* Local representative on hand to help ensure you have the best holiday possible.
* Mountain Residence 3 is just a few minutes walk, 270 metres, to lift.

Limited Time Special Offer

* 5% off one week rentals. just subscribe to newsletter. I hate spam, your details are never passed to anyone else & you can opt out any time. By opt in subscribe system both you and I avoid spam.

Come for Bansko Jazz Festival 2009 (free concerts)
click here for video of 2008 Jazz Fest Ya Ya Band
Loads of things to do and places to visit in spring, summer and autumn. Bansko has something for everyone all year round. Check out all the facilities in resort and in the area.

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Please note that prices and the special offer are subject to change and reservation is subject to contract. Prices assume 4 person occupancy in 2 bedroom apartments (extra £5 per night per person or £30 per person per week over four people. six maximum). Cleaning charge €25 (£20).

Facilities in Bansko and Around

Floodlit Ice Skating only 100 metres from Mountain Residence 3 apartments.

Baby sitting service

Ski School is excellent, affordable and English speaking. try Method Snow School or the Ulen Ski School.

Eating Out means anything from sushi, pizza, italian, greek and the famous Bansko Mehanas (taverns)... try "sache" (grilled meats/vegetables) and the "shopska salad".

Ask for guide to favourite value places in nearby Razlog, Banya, Dobrinishte and Dolna Draglishte where you pay around £4 per person. Great atmosphere with lively local band and dancing come for free.

Apres ski bars are just 200 metres away from Mountain Residence 3 with The Lion Pub with Sky Sports and Happy End Bar with live bands/music/big screen videos and Irish Pub, Bansko Royal Towers

Night Clubs
try Zero Degrees Club for live bands (200 metres at Royal Bansko Towers) Brilliantine (Lion Hotel), Oxygen or Payner
Club and Nai Club for frequent chalga concerts... click for Kamelia video.

Retro and Basecamp are others I have yet to try

Kempinski Hotel
Grand Arena
5 star hotel (by the lift) and Bansko Royal Towers (300m from lift) with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and Spa centres - both just 250 metres away from Mountain Residence 3.

• Highest Lift: 2560m
• Km of Piste: 70km
• Longest Run: 16km
• Cross Country Trails: 9km
• Beginner Slopes: 8 (Blue)
• Intermediate Slopes: 13(Red)
• Advanced Slopes: 1 (Black)
• Mtn Restaurants: 10
• Lifts: 16 (1 Gondola, 8 High Speed Chairs, 7 Drags)
• Night Skiing
161 Snow Canons
• Auto read "SkiData"chip cards - no photo required. Avoids queues.

Bansko has the best snow record of all Bulgarian ski resorts as well as the best maintenance facilities. The runs are well groomed by 12 Kassbohrer piste maintenance vehicles.

The ski season officially starts 15th December but in 2007 opened beginning of December due to excellent snow falls. The season continues right until mid April.

Slalom and giant slalom runs are available in the Shiligarnika region. Bansko offers a cross-country track with a total length of 5 km at a height of 1530m above sea level at the Banderishka Polyana slope. The ski centre has over 70 km of marked ski runs.

For beginners and improvers there are many excellent English speaking instructors at the ski school.

Bansko awarded second best ski resort for beginners by the Guardian newspaper! For intermediates, the ski area inspires confidence with many well maintained wide tree-lined runs.

The advanced skier/rider can try the Alberto Tomba black run, and there is good off-piste available (a guide is recommended). Skiers and snowboarders are welcome to use the fun park on the Platoto.

At the end of the day ski back down to the resort on an easy blue run. On floodit nights this is an experience you will remember.

Long tree-lined runs and a new dedicated snowboarders area with a half pipe facility 90 metres long by 16 metres wide. Lots of off piste sections to explore.

Creche, English run, 6 months plus (advanced booking required)
Non-ski kindergarten for children (3 to 7 years).
Junior Ski Club (4 to 7 years) with 3 baby drags
Wonder Carpets baby track
Rotunda type Kinder carousel.
Bansko is a choice destination for families with children of all ages.

Ian Woosnam 18 hole Championship golf course - 6km away. A true challenge in a stunning setting. Contact us for info on green fees and reservation.

Bear sanctuary watch video
Bird watching
Hiking in Pirin and Rila Mountains
Horse riding
Mineral baths
Mountaineering/rock climbing
Mountain biking
Spa & wellness
Quad biking
White water rafting

Visit the famous spa and historical towns of:
Sandanski (1.25hrs), Velingrad (1.20hrs), Plovdiv (2.0 hrs), Sapareva Banya (1.5hrs), Kovachevitsa (1.0hr), Leshten (1 hr)

Wine Tasting and pyramid scenery: Melnik (1.5hrs)
Shopping: Razlog Monday market (0.25 hrs) Blagoevgrad (0.8hrs)
Nightlife and Shopping: Thessoloniki Greece (2.5hrs)
Famous Monastry: Rila Monastary (1.5hrs)
Mineral Baths: Banya (5 mins) & Dobrinishte (10 mins). Dobrinishte heated outdoor s/pool

As I have visited most of these places and have done many of these activities we advise you how to enjoy the region at the lowest prices. For example, quad biking will normally cost you 50 euros per hour - but we can show you where you can do this for 13 euros per hour. From markets to supermarkets, mountain guides to restaurants, personal ski lessons to tours, we can help ensure your holiday money goes the furthest.

Extreme Sports:
Paragliding off the Platoto (ski area) and in Gotse Delchev
Off road motor biking
White water rafting
Quad biking (just £11 per hour !)

General Info:
Pirin, 2914 m. is the most rugged of all mountain ranges on the Balkans and provides the scenery of Bansko the summer resort with an amazing variety of terrains for hiking and mountaineering. The Pirin high peaks, ridges, and valleys will provide even the most demanding tourists with an unforgettable mountain holiday.

The rock sites of peak Vihren (2914 m) , Sinanitsa (2516 m), Georgiytsa (2589 m), Glavnishki Choukar (2670 m) and around peak Okaden (2475 m) offer various climbing courses of different difficulty for all mountaineers. If you are a beginner, then qualified instructors are available for you to learn the techniques of safe alpine rock climbing.

More than 100 km of marked alpine routes situated in the Pirin National Park will please even the most demanding mountain fans. The caves around Bansko with its beauty, underground rivers, stalactites and stalagmites are an opportunity not to miss.

Bansko has lots to offer throughout the year.


Contact for more info on Bansko and neighbouring areas for activities to make your holiday special. Also for a guide on the best restaurants in local villages. You can pay just 60 pence for a pint of beer and a 3 course dinner for just £5. Bulgaria is the cheapest destination in Europe to holiday. Travelling around the country is hugely enjoyable - contact for suggestions on other regions to visit.

Insurance please remember to buy it. Try

Hospital is in nearby Razlog, Doctor located in base gondola ski station. Mountain rescue facilities. New Bansko hospital under construction.

We assist you both before and during your travels in Bulgaria.

Contact for more info:
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Getting There

Scheduled direct flights available to Sofia from:

Gatwick (Easy Jet, Bulgaria Air)
Heathrow (BA and Bulgaria Air)
Luton (Wizz Air)
Manchester (Easy Jet, Bulgaria Air)
Dublin (Bulgaria Air / Air Lingus)
Alicante (Bulgaria Air)
Barcelona (Bulgaria Air)
Madrid (Bulgaria Air)
Malaga (Bulgaria Air)

plus winter charter flights to Sofia and Plovdiv (check Thomsonfly and Balkan Holidays ) from Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Manchester & Newcastle and from many other cities in France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Austria, Greece, see links to check flights and prices. Also you can fly to Thessoloniki (2.5hrs transfer) but be aware higher transfer costs. Many other indirect flight options available.


For up to date audio review on Sofia Bansko transfers please click here:

taxi transfer from 19 euros per person each way
car hire from 28 euros per day
private transfers can be arranged on your behalf
Bus service from Sofia (Ovcha Kupal bus station) to Bansko
recommended car hire companies operating from Sofia:

tel +44(0)113 3131000 for more details on transfers, car hire and traveling in Bulgaria.

Directions to Bansko from Sofia Airport (click on map to enlarge):
Leave airport and head straight towards “Centrum”, road bends round to join main dual carriageway , continue for approx 2-3 miles (past McDonalds signs etc) until a large building looms to the right with 'Mtel' sign on the top , turn off right before this building which takes you under the main road and join road with large antennae tower on left hand side. Keep going straight over traffic lights until you come to traffic lights where main part of roads bears around to the left in 2 lanes. Keep going until the end of that road and take a right towards signposted to 'Kulata'. Go to for directions and maps

Keep going until you get to traffic lights just past large garage EKO' on the left . Go left at traffic lights onto bumpy cobbled road which drifts in and out of dual carriageway up a hill . You come to a right turning for 'E79 Kulata' which takes you under a bridge and onto main nicely tarmaced dual carriageway. Continue on E79 about 15 km past Blagoevgrad, and past Simitli, turn right (signposted) to Razlog/Bansko etc, keep going on the mountain road and onto Razlog straight and into Bansko. For Mountain Residence 3 follow signs to lift and turn right about 100metres past ice rink (onto Bansko ring road) at the only traffic lights just before gondola . Take first right and you will see Mountain Residence 3 on left. Contact us for directions to other apartments.

Please note in can be quicker going via Samakov and then Dupnitsa to avoid Sofia at peak traffic times.

Two Bedroom Bansko Apartments

Luxury 2 bedroom apartments in
Mountain Residence 3 - fully furnished - separated by stair well Ideal for large families and friends.

Facilities*: Gym, Jacuzzi, Plunge pool, Sauna, Steam room, Massage room, Reception, ski locker, underground parking

Security: 24 hour security
Reception: 24 hour staffing, information. Serves snacks and drinks.

General: heating, satellite TV (English, Greek, Bulgarian, German, Italian channels) DVD player
Standard: kettle, toaster, iron and ironing board
Utilities: cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer

Rooms: Bedroom 1: one double bed can be separated to two singles
Bedroom 2: two single beds
Sitting Room: double sofa bed, sofa
Kitchenette, oven, hob
Dining Room table - seats six
Bathroom - shower, wc
Broadband wired internet in sitting room and bedroom

Furniture: lounge seating for 5
Other: linen and towels provided
Outdoors: balcony / terrace

Apartment sleeps 6 max (£30 pppw supplement for more than 4 persons)

Views of Pirin, Rila and Rhodopi mountains.

Quiet building with separate entrances. The facilities at Mountain Residence 3 include massage, gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, plunge pool, safe, ski locker located in basement down stairs are convenient to use.

Underground parking place owned and available. No smoking. No pets. No skis/snowboards in apartment.
* charge made for lockers, spa centre, safe and parking

Grand Montana: 2 Bedroom apartment with private tower jacuzzi

The highest jacuzzi in Bansko is part of this apartment!

Apartment is 600 metres from gondola lift.

This two bedroom apartment has all facilities as Mountain Residence 3 plus swimming pool and restaurant.

Situated close to the Perun and Lion Hotels, this apartment is one of the most impressive in Bansko.

for this Grand Montana apartment ADD £95 pw to Mountain Residence 3 prices. Free use of private jacuzzi.

Maximum 4 persons

Three Bedroom Apartment

Top specification 3 bedroom apartment. Villa Daisy: 3 double bedrooms each with a double bed.

2 bathrooms with wc
1 separate wc.
Italian kitchen
Large fridge freezer
Ski locker
Underground garage parking
Top floor mountain views
850 metres from lift
550 metres from town centre
Shuttle bus to and from lifts in ski season
mini market 100 metres away

Two bedroom apartments offer available, click here

more details on Mountain Residence 3 here
Internet cafe "Plan B" - fully stocked bar with snacks
Massage Room
Quiet room for internet
Wireless internet in apartment
Plasma TV and DVD player
click on map enlarge

one of the three double bedrooms
Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.
February Half Term and Easter Holidays £445 per week
Peak weeks Christmas and New Year full payment required.
Other weeks a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking. Thereafter the booking balance of 70% is due 28 days before arrival.
A refundable security deposit of £100 is required with the 70% payment against breakages and damage which will be refunded within 10 days of return of the apartment keys to us providing our agent has found everything to be in order after checking the apartment inventory.
Cleaning and linen change €25 (20 UK Pounds )at the end of your holiday are added to the total price.
Apartment available on a per night basis at £38 per night. Enquire for available dates. Euros accepted at current exchange rate at time of booking.