Bulgaria is covered in mountain ranges, and when Hope and I heard about how beautiful the Bulgaria mountains are, we knew we had to check it out for ourselves. In the winter, the mountains in Bulgaria are a playground for skiers and snowboarders, and in the summer they are a haven for hikers. Nestled at the base of the Pirin Mountains, about two hours south of Sofia, Bansko is a bustling ski town that provides peace and tranquility to visitors in the summer months. We decided to take this peace and tranquility to the next level and experience pure luxury in the Bulgaria mountains at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax, where we spent hours exploring everything the large spa area had to offer – all for free to its guests.
Spacious Apartment Style Rooms
After finding our way to Lucky Bansko Aparthotel and parking our car in the large parking lot across the street with free parking for hotel guests, we checked in and headed up to our room. Immediately I noticed that the room was spacious and contained not only two comfortable beds, but also a kitchen area, sitting area, bathroom, and small balcony. There was also a desk area and free wifi in the room and throughout the hotel, which made it very easy for us to get some work done on our laptops and jot down some notes for this blog post.
Having had quite the long journey to Bansko, Hope instantly plopped down on the large comfortable chair in the sitting area while I headed over to the balcony to check out the views. While small, the balcony let in fresh mountain air and looked out onto the picturesque Pirin Mountains and the luxurious Leonardo Restaurant across the street, which I’ll talk more about later.
The bathroom at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel was similarly spacious and well equipped with not only the necessities like shampoo and shower gel, but also luxuries like a heated towel rack, body lotion, cotton swabs, and more. There’s definitely something to be said about living more comfortably while traveling than at home!
Hope was particularly excited to find soft, comfy bathrobes in our room, as well as slippers, which she wore down to the spa area since she had forgotten to bring flip flops on this trip. We saw other guests wearing their bathrobes around the spa area as well, even though there were also big comfy towels available at the spa area (more on that later).
The Largest Spa Area We Have Ever Seen
When we arrived at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax, it quickly became obvious to us why “spa” was part of the hotel name. The spa area included a large, beautiful pool, and several hallways next to it with saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, ice baths, and more spa facilities we had never even heard of before. You can find a full, detailed listing of all the spa services offered here. Of course, we had to try everything, and Hope kindly obliged to giving you all a tour of the spa area and demonstrating how each spa treatment worked.
We spent a few hours at the Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa on the night we arrived and only regret not being able to stay here longer to have that same experience every night. This is luxury at its finest, and there is something so calming and therapeutic about coming back from a long, tiring day of skiing or hiking in the Bulgaria mountains and unwinding at this spa. Not only will your muscles get the relaxation they need, but your mind and spirit will as well.
Dining at “Leonardo” Restaurant
With four bars and restaurants on site, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel. We had the pleasure of dining at one of the four restaurants, Ristorante Leonardo Italiano, or “Leonardo” restaurant. The restaurant is located in an adjacent building to the main Lucky Bansko Aparthotel building and is part of the Leonardo Aqua Complex, which includes two outdoor pools and a water slide (open from June to September). During the colder months, there is a fireplace inside Leonardo to give an extra cozy feel to an already cozy and stylish restaurant.
The food at Leonardo Restaurant was cooked to perfection. We ordered a couple of drinks to start, as well as a tuna carpaccio with pine nuts and arugula to share while we waited for our main courses to arrive. I had never seen such thinly sliced tuna before, and the dish had a wonderful flavor and texture. We could only imagine what flavors our main courses would bring!
I ordered a veal dish with porcini mushrooms and mashed potatoes and gravy. The mushrooms were cooked so tenderly and were the perfect compliment to the veal and gravy. Hope ordered an organic salmon dish with black rice and fish eggs on top. After just one bite, Hope declared it to be the best salmon she’s ever had. I had to try a bite for myself and can happily confirm that the salmon was indeed cooked to perfection, with a delightfully crispy layer on top.
Although we were both quite full by the time we finished our main courses, we couldn’t resist sneaking a peek at the dessert menu. The tiramisu looked too good to pass, so we ordered one portion to share, which turned out to be a great idea since the dessert was huge! Unsurprisingly, the tiramisu was made perfectly, and despite how full we were, we managed to finish every last bite.
One thing I noticed about the menu at Leonardo Restaurant is the variety of different types of dishes offered and different price range of the dishes. Whether you are craving a casual dish like pizza as you bask by the pool or a romantic steak dinner, you can find it at Leonardo Restaurant. And while you do not have to be a guest at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel to dine at Leonardo Restaurant, it certainly is the perfect compliment to your luxury experience in the mountains of Bulgaria.
We certainly were not expecting to find such high quality food in the Bulgarian mountains, but it wasn’t too surprising after we saw how luxurious the hotel was. Our meal at Leonardo Restaurant was hands down one of the best meals we’ve had not only in Bulgaria, but anywhere in the world.
Full Breakfast Buffet at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel
We were planning on leaving early the next morning and thought we might skip breakfast, but we are so glad we ultimately decided against that. The breakfast buffet at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel included tons of hot food options as well as the basics like bread, juice, milk, and fruit. We were both stuffed from all the delicious food and ended up skipping lunch that day since our breakfast was so filling.
Other Amenities at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel
While the spa and Leonardo Restaurant were two of the highlights at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel in my opinion, there are so many more amenities that you may be interested in as well. If we would have had more time at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel, we definitely would have spent more time at the Lobby Bar, a stylish bar with snacks located inside the main lobby as soon as you walk into the hotel. There are also computer stations at the Lobby Bar that you can use to surf the web or print out your boarding passes as you enjoy a drink or a snack.
There were also tons of common spaces where you could hang out with your travel buddies or sit with your laptop and get some work done. And, if you have kids, you’ll be happy to know that there is a kids center and plenty of arcade games located in the basement level of the hotel to keep your kids occupied for days. Lucky Bansko Aparthotel also offers hiking trips to the Pirin Mountains, workout classes, and summer camp for kids – you can easily take the whole family here for a Bulgaria ski holiday in the winter or an outdoorsy hiking holiday in the summer, and everyone is guaranteed to have a great time.
Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax was everything we could ask for after a long day of hiking and road tripping through the mountains of Bulgaria. We knew before arriving that Lucky Bansko Aparthotel is a 5-star hotel, and we had seen photos of the spa and rooms, but we were not expecting to experience such a high level of luxury at Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax. Lucky Bansko Aparthotel is a place we hope to return to not just in the near future, but in 10 or 20 years when we can bring our families here to enjoy all that Lucky Bansko Aparthotel and the Bulgaria mountains have to offer.
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A big thank you to Lucky Bansko Aparthotel Spa & Relax for making our stay possible. As always, all opinions are 100% our own.
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Hi, I’m Diana, the big sister in the sister duo. I left my job as an attorney in March 2017 to pursue the work-from-anywhere/travel-everywhere life aka The Dream. I blog about off the beaten trail travel destinations, adventure travel, immersing in local cultures, and publish plenty of travel guides for all you who are too lazy to plan your own trips. I’ve traveled to 53 countries to date, and some of my recent adventures include hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting a child I’ve sponsored for over 10 years in Rwanda, and exploring the Middle East.