Hey. In 2015 I and my family traveled for our annual summer holiday to Bulgaria. We’ve been there one time before but it was in times when Bulgaria was not as touristy attractive as it is now and most of the hotels were still in process of building. To be more specific – a hotel was being built right next to the hotel we were staying and the constructions turned into a swamp with a shit ton of mosquitos. In the morning me and my sisters woke up with over 40 mosquito bites and we looked like we had chickenpox again.
So this time we were really hoping it would be different.
And it was.
We were staying in Sveti Vlas in an all-inclusive 5 stars hotel.
In case you didn’t know this – in Bulgaria, they speak Bulgarian and write in Cyrillic, and even though me and my parents understand Russian a bit we used English instead and it was very easy to communicate with locals. Bulgarian currency is lev.
We booked our hotel…
The moonlight hotel
…online and at that time it was still a really new building.
The other part of its 2 building set was just getting build at that time when we were visiting but it was very smooth and we barely even noticed it. The hotel is right at the beach but it even has its own pools if you’re not a fan of swimming in the sea.
Me and my sisters got one room and my parents the other. The rooms were so huge and fancy. We had an incredible view from our balcony that was right above the hotel pool. View of the sea that looked just like this:
The food in the hotel was served in the form of a buffet and there were so many options to choose from. It was during my vegetarian times and even I had plenty to choose from. There were even themed nights with cultural programs like dancers or musicians. We also had unlimited alcohol options so we had plenty of vine and cheese for dinner. I especially loved the rainbow cocktails they were serving at the pool.
Pool had its own restaurant where they served pizza in between the meals, drinks, cocktails, and our favorite unlimited ice cream options. You even got to get it for yourself as the freezer was always open and you didn’t have to feel guilty to ask the bartender for ice-cream every 10 minutes.
I also remember this night when we received a call from my aunt that I just got mail from Charles University in Prague stating I got accepted to pharmacy school. We had a few drinks by the sea that night.
Can’t believe how much of my life has changed since then.
The private pool was empty most of the time so we spend a lot of time playing volleyball there. The sea was like 10 steps away from the pool so we just kept all our stuff by the pool and walked to the sea whenever we felt like it.
I did what I do every holiday. Read plenty of books with a drink in my hand, sun tanning, listening to music, and just chilling.
The hotel had a wi-fi connection but it worked best in the hotel lobby so my sisters spend more time on a couch than on the beach. Sad.
As it was a pretty new and unknown hotel there were not many residents so it felt very private for us. Beach was like semi-private of the hotel and it was right in front of the hotel. Black sea was quite clear as we even saw some jellyfishes and they live in clean waters only.
Sand beach with some bigger rocks created a true summer experience for us.
There were some evenings where I would just take my sketchbook and sit in the form of the ocean and just draw on my own. Such a peaceful moments I’ll cherish forever.
My most magical moment of that summer was when me and my sisters went swimming in the sea in around 11 pm. All was dark and all was calm and it was drizzling a bit. I was lying on my back just breathing in the moment. I shit you not there were fireworks going on somewhere in the distance.
That moment was so chilling and unforgettable for me.
The main center of Sveti Vlas was just a few minutes away. The receptionist recommended we using a car but we always preferred a walk to explore each new place we visited so we just wandered the town to see what it has to offer.
In my opinion, it is not an ideal town for young people who expect to party every night. It’s much calmer and ideal for a family vacation. Shops in the town offer a bunch of local souvenirs but my favorite was this Hello kitty shop I was blown away by.
Near Sveti Vlas is well knows historic town Nesebar we went to visit but I’m gonna dedicate the whole article to that trip in the future as it deserves its own glory.
Anyway, we just had the best time and if you’re wondering where you might spend next summer try to think about Bulgaria and Svati Vlas and Moonlight Hotel.
We had a blast.
Thank you for your attention