Solution to your health problems or a permission to get out of the city for a few days? In both cases, a spa holiday is a good idea and when you go back to your daily routine, you will discover that you have recharge your batteries and have relaxed fully.
The advantages of mineral water in Bulgarian lands are known since the ancient times. One of the settlements predating modern Sofia was built around the mineral springs, and in Roman and Byzantine times cities like Kyustendil, Hisarya and Pomorie were respected healing centres, with emperors among their visitors.
It was fairly recently, though, when private initiative combined with latest developments in science and technology helped Bulgaria to redefine its full potential as a spa destination.
In Bulgaria you may find it quite difficult to select the proper spa destination because of the many mineral springs with various healing properties. Water in Hisarya for example is very good for kidney problems, and in Narechenski Bani, in the Rhodope, you can treat both osteoporosis and nervous system problems. In Kyustendil treatment is for fertility problems, respiratory system diseases and arthritis.
However, creative spa procedures are more than a fashion trend – their effect on the body is great for relaxing, improving circulation and loosening muscles tight with stress.
Throughout the country there are at least 10 resorts famous specifically for their mineral waters with different temperatures. The spa menus of good hotels are detailed and include classical procedures such as volcanic stone massage, aromatherapy and algae therapy.
Here we offer you our selection of the best hotels and resorts in Bulgaria for a relaxing and healing spa experience.
Spa Hotel Dvoretsa
Elegance, subtlety, hospitality
There are many hotels in Velingrad, in the Rhodope, but Spa Hotel Dvoretsa stands out with its elegant subtlety. Dedicated to the mission of giving you the best of the classical hospitality, the hotel offers 110 modern rooms with all amenities. Using the indoor and outdoor mineral swimming pools, the jacuzzis, the gym, the sauna, the Turkish and the steam bath are included in the price.
The Dvoretsa Restaurant offers specialities of the Bulgarian and international cuisine with a modern twist, and the wines in the enoteca are among the best on the market.
In the Dvoretsa Spa Centre a team of highly-qualified therapists and medical specialists give a wholesome care to the body, the mind and the spirit with Ayurveda therapies, gourmet therapies, Eastern and classical massage, physiotherapy and many others.
Thermal Spa & Wellness
Unspoilt nature and rare spa pleasure
There are few places in the world where you can revive your body and soul alike in hot mineral water containing a unique combination of Sulphate, Sodium, Silicone and Radon, and the Pchelinski Mineral Springs, in the Ihtimanska Sredna Gora mountain, are one of these. Here, among the fir-covered mountain slopes, is nestled hotel Vitalis.
The hotel make the best use of these precious springs. Their steaming waters feed the complex pools and are used by the specialists at Vitalis spa and balneology centre to heal rheumatism and arthritis; nervous skin and endocrinology conditions. In Vitalis, however, the thermal water also brings pure pleasure through a variety of massages, baths and procedures like thalassotherapy.
With its comfortable double and three-bed rooms and apartments, which can accommodate up to 110 people, 2 conference halls, beautiful garden, nice restaurant and a culture programme, Hotel Vitalis complements the experience of having a holiday at one of the rarest thermal springs in the world.
Spa Hotel АТА ****
Escape the daily routine
Nestled among the picturesque peaks of the Western Stara Planina, Varshets is one of Bulgaria's oldest spa resorts. Its mineral springs heal heart, nervous system and muscoloskeletal conditions.
Spa Hotel АТА **** is the first in the city, which turns the healing in the local mineral springs into a luxurious experience. In the hotel's spa centre, in an ambiance which will make you forget all your worries, you can indulge into hydrothermal therapy, classical and healing massage, facial procedures, electro-aesthetics for body and a variety of body therapies and rituals.
Spend the rest of the day around the mineral water pools and jacuzzi or in the sauna. The evening at spa hotel АТА **** will be hardly a bore – the hotel has a restaurant and three bars and the luxurious rooms and apartments will give you a relaxation in the comfort you need.