Bulgaria. Golden Sands. – Review
A detailed story about the resort, the climate there, shopping, food, beaches and leisure activities for adults (18+) and children.
Good day dear travel lovers.
Today I want to share with you my impressions from my holiday at the Golden Sands resort in Bulgaria.
I am very grateful to the site that it gives you the opportunity to share your opinion.
It is very nice to hope that my review will be useful to someone.
We stayed at the resort Golden Sands in the summer, in June.
About the hotel in which we lived I have already written and will tell about it only a couple of words, and basically now will tell a general impression of the resort, the climate on it, shopping, beaches and leisure.
The advantage of the resort is a short flight to him and what is important for us, because we absolutely do not speak English is the absence of the language barrier, almost everyone speaks Russian, in any case, will understand you exactly.
Geographically Golden Sands resort is located close to Varna Airport, so the transfer to the hotel will not take long.
Although even closer to the airport there is another major resort – Sunny Beach, which is slightly south and the weather is warmer there.
But acquaintance with it I hope we have yet to come.
The city of Varna is located conveniently, in terms of transport accessibility.
We got to him on their own, by public transport and by bus.
We went there just for a walk and shopping. Shopping centers are large and colorful.
The climate at the resort is mild, there is no special heat ever.
Weather practically the same as in an average strip of Russia.
Us even in June the weather on Golden Sands us really did not please, there were frequent winds, it was cloudy, the water in the sea was cool. Often on the beach during our vacation raised the red flag and vacationers were not allowed into the water lifeguards.
We had a holiday at the resort in the hotel Ambasador.
The hotel building is not new, the room is simple, but old.
It would be nice to update them.
The hotel has a spa center in a separate building, as well as a large parking lot.
The hotel has a large and very clean pool, with a separate area for children.
But on the territory of the resort there are more modern and chic hotel complexes. They are located mainly in the central part of the resort.
SPA – CENTERS.
Virtually every hotel has a spa area-massage, treatments, wraps and more.
Prices are normal and reasonable, but for me personally the quality of service itself leaves much to be desired.
The photo shows the approximate prices of services such centers.
THE SEA AND THE BEACH.
The beach at the resort is sandy, the entrance to the water is also sand, but sometimes you can meet a shell.
On the beach, almost all seats are occupied by paid deck chairs.
If you want to settle for free on their towels, you can do it only after the area is fenced as a rule a rope.
It is located very far from the water line.
There are lifeguards on the beach.
In bad weather, here, as elsewhere, hangs a red flag.
They are strictly monitored – tourists who decide to swim are kicked out of the water.
I understand that there are no beaches in Bulgaria that do not belong to a hotel at all.
The water in the sea is very clean.
The sand on the beach is very fine, which is great.
In general the beaches are clean, especially in the morning.
Although as they say – it is clean not where they clean, but where they do not litter.
And here on the beaches of course you can find dirty places.
Pleases also that in water especially there is no life.
Although they say that closer to the fall there are jellyfish, which are painful enough to burn.
The central street of the resort is long and stretches along the sea. She is considered here the embankment .
From it branches off the side streets, on which the hotels of the second line are located.
Along the waterfront in dense rows are all kinds of cafes and restaurants, eateries, as well as shops with souvenirs.
Every night on this street seems to come out all the population of the resort!
Sometimes you have to squeeze through the crowds of people in the rows of shops.
On the territory of Golden Sands resort there are steam trains, like the ones that walk in my city in the malls for the entertainment of children, but bigger in size.
It is inexpensive and convenient to ride.
We rode around the resort a few evenings and looked at the hotels we passed.
This walk is quiet and interesting.
Also on the waterfront a lot of active entertainment for young children and those who are older.
There are different slot machines, donkeys, horses, trampolines.
You can also take a ride on the Ferris wheel at the resort.
If you head along the promenade to the right (facing the sea), you can come to the unequipped hydrogen sulfide spring.
And also in an area of large boulders in the water.It will be a great place for your photo shoot.
NIGHTLIFE AT THE RESORT.
Golden Sands resort has quite a busy nightlife.
In my opinion, the bulk of tourists are divided into four categories:
-noisy young students, mostly from Germany
-mothers with children
-Large groups of children who train or participate in various sports competitions.
Although purely quantitative students do not prevail, but they make enough noise.
On the beaches, they often have night parties.
If the windows of your hotel overlook the sea, then there is a chance that you will not sleep until 4-5 in the morning.
We had a rest on type “all inclusive”, so on the street did not eat, but the variety is amazing.
At every step they sell freshly baked pizza, as well as cooked freshly caught fish. A lot of cafes and restaurants with seafood.
There are cafes intended for visitors with children, where you can have, for example, any porridge at your request.
Well and of course there is McDonalds, where to go without it )).
It is located almost in the middle of the central street of the resort.
Near him you can catch free wi-fi.
What is also a definite plus.
Also on the central street of the resort is a very interesting restaurant.
It is called Paris.
Made in the form of an elite tower.
Unfortunately, we did not go there.
But we took photos of course.
At night, the restaurant is nicely illuminated. The restaurant is a popular place as there is no shortage of visitors.
As for souvenirs, of course it was impossible to arrive from the resort without cosmetics based on rose.
We bought a lot of rose products: hand and foot creams, shampoos, balsams, hair masks, facial tonics, night and day creams, soaps and even rose petal jam.
And a little bit of tar for this big barrel of honey.
I left it for later.
The fact is that many people compare vacationing in Bulgaria to vacationing in the USSR.
Yes, this is true.
I can not explain it, but all around there is a spirit of antiquity, untidiness.
There is no gloss of European, what’s even Turkish resorts.
The hotels in the region are mostly old, the animation in the hotel area can not be compared with Turkey and Egypt.
At the conclusion of this review, I want to list the pros of the resort:
-sandy entrance to the sea
-is a nightlife
-A huge long beach
-Lots of greenery and rose bushes
-The locals are friendly and helpful.
-great and varied shopping
-many spa centers
And as his minuses:
-no active animation
-many old hotels
-Expensive prices for fruit
-The noise from the discos on the beach till 4 am
-No beach at the hotel
-paid deck chairs and umbrellas.
But despite all listed above, to visit the resort I recommend.
On vacation we go for the sea and the sun, and the Golden Sands provides at its best!
Rest here will also like travelers with children, because there are many conditions for it.
Golden Sands is a popular young resort in Bulgaria
Find out why tourists love to vacation in Golden Sands. What the reviews write about the beaches, what the prices in 2022, whether it is good to rest at the Bulgarian resort with children and what hotels are considered the best.
Impressions of Golden Sands
Golden Sands is the second largest resort in Bulgaria after Sunny Beach. Vacationers love the picturesque nature, beautiful sandy beaches, good all-inclusive hotels and plenty of nightlife. The resort is famous for health tourism. The balneological center “Ambassador” helps people with arthritis, neuroses, chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis. According to the feedback from the tourists, the noise at night is one of the disadvantages of a vacation at Golden Sands.
Latailes: “The advantage of the resort is a short flight and, importantly for us, the absence of the language barrier. Almost everyone speaks Russian, in any case will understand you for sure.
Valmictar99: “I am not a fan of noisy crowded resorts, so I would never choose Golden Sands for a holiday.
Golden Sands is the second largest resort in Bulgaria after Sunny Beach. Photo: master2 / Depositphotos.com.
The best hotels in Golden Sands
There are more than a hundred hotels of different comfort levels at the popular resort. Half of them are all-inclusive. Rooms in hotels on the first line are more expensive. If you want to live without the noise of discos and bars, choose a hotel or guesthouse on the 2-3 lines from the sea or on the outskirts of the resort. Look for accommodation in Golden Sands on Hotelluk.
The best hotels Golden Sands in 2022, according to reviews and ratings of tourists:
Family Hotel Piter 3* is a popular family hotel 5 km from Golden Sands. Room for two costs from 74 €.
Grifid Foresta 3* is an excellent hotel for guests over 16 years old. Double room with all inclusive costs from 152 €.
HVD Viva Club Hotel 4* – a cozy hotel with a spa center 10-15 minutes walk from the seafront. An all-inclusive double room costs from 141 €.
Grifid Encanto Beach Hotel – Wellness & Spa 4* is an all-inclusive hotel in a quiet part of the Golden Sands resort. During the high season a double room costs from 213 €.
International Hotel Casino & Tower Suites 5* – a comfortable hotel with a casino and a panoramic pool in the center of the resort. A room for two costs from 113 €.
Melia Grand Hermitage 5* is a comfortable hotel on the second line from the sea. A double room with all-inclusive meals costs from 199 €.
Beaches of Golden Sands
According to tourist reviews, the beaches at Golden Sands resort are so good that you can spend a whole day on them. In some places the sandy shore reaches a width of 100 meters. The entrance to the sea is gentle, so it is convenient to rest here with small children. The closed beach of the complex “Riviera” is especially good for kids and the youth likes the beach “Mojito”.
There are no paid zones for recreation on the beach. You can settle down with a towel or an air mattress in any place. Keep in mind that in July and August, there are so many tourists that it’s hard to find free areas near the beach after 10:00. The rent of a beach chair costs 5 €, a sun umbrella – also 5 €.
Pacha1985: “The sand on the beach is fine golden. Not as fine as in Tunisia, of course, but quite decent sandy beaches.
The beach at Golden Sands. Photo: Silar / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
The resort is young, so there are no historical sights in Golden Sands. The hotels are surrounded by the Golden Sands Nature Park. It stretches for 9.2 km and is about 1.2 km wide. There are marked trails for children and elderly tourists and bicycle trails along the protected area. Not far from the resort there is a medieval monastery Aladzha.
We advise you not to spend money on an excursion to Varna. From Golden Sands to Varna there is a bus number 409 which takes only half an hour. Go for a walk through the beautiful streets and interesting places and buy fresh fruit at the market!
Okunevasveta: “The main excursion is to the Old Town of Nessebar on the island. Not to go there – not to be in Bulgaria.
Ruins of the rock monastery Aladzha. Photo: enigma.art / Depositphotos.com.
Holidays with children
Golden Sands is considered one of the best Bulgarian resorts for an inexpensive and high-quality vacation with children. It is loved for its excellent climate, warm shallow sea, comfortable hotels and a lot of entertainment. The resort has a water park, a climbing wall and a shooting gallery for children.
Svetlana and Alexander: “We went as a family at the end of June. It was already the peak season, a lot of children, crowded beaches and queues in the attractions. It is noteworthy that the price for a vacation in Bulgaria is much lower than in Anapa or Sochi. But there is a little different atmosphere, cuisine and attractions.
Aleksey: “Aquapolis is a great water park, comfortable, clean and neat everywhere. Everyone will find something to do here. There are pools and slides for children and adults.
Golden Sands is considered one of the best resorts in Bulgaria for inexpensive and high-quality vacation with children. Photo: ELEPHOTOS / Depositphotos.com.
When to go
The bathing season at the Golden Sands resort begins in late May – early June, as almost everywhere else in Bulgaria. For children, the water in the Black Sea warms up in the second half of June.
In contrast to the resorts of the Mediterranean, in Bulgaria there is no severe heat. In July and August the temperature is +28 ° C and sea water +24 … +26 ° C. In autumn the sea cools down slowly, so it is pleasant to swim in Golden Sands all September. Even in early October, on sunny and windless days vacationers enjoy swimming in the sea.
Autumn at the resort is not rainy, but in November the average day temperature is +13 ° C. It’s time for the low season!
88SobTV: “My vacation was in early June. At this time in Bulgaria it is calm and quiet: the beaches are free, the sea is clean, the sun is gentle, the price tag is not high, and excursions are working at full speed. It’s a paradise for those who prefer a quiet holiday.
Unlike the resorts of the Mediterranean, Bulgaria does not experience excessive heat. Photo: ELEPHOTOS / Depositphotos.com.
Conclusions: is it worth to go to Golden Sands
According to the reviews of tourists, Golden Sands will suit everyone who likes to rest in cities and is not afraid of crowded beaches. The popular Bulgarian resort is very well located. From the airport to the hotel you get in 30 minutes.
Although there is no industry in Golden Sands, the sea water here is not too clean. In reviews vacationers complain about the unpleasant smell, household garbage and algae.
In addition to beach holidays, in Golden Sands you can go water skiing, diving, surfing, play paintball, golf and bowling. Some come to play in the biggest casino in Bulgaria Casino International.