Hotel Pirin River Ski, Fun & Family (former Pirin River Ski & Spa) is the Winner of TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award for five consecutive years, leading the categories for Best Service and Family hotels in whole Bulgaria.

TripAdisors' travelers awarded Pirin River Ski & Spa as:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bansko
#1 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Bansko
#1 Family Hotel in Bansko
#1 Best Service Hotel in Bansko

My day at Pirin River Ski, Fun & Family

14.02.2015 Pirin River Ski and Spa

I can hardly walk I ate so much, good thing that I can take the elevator to our apartment. I should probably take the stairs, but I cannot, I am so full. I promised myself last year, I am only going to spoil myself with vacations in Pirin River if I do not overeat here all the time, but I just love their chocolate cake. And the pancakes… and those baked tomatoes combined with eggs and bacon are heavenly… Anyway, I am going to ski the whole day, am I not? So what is the big deal? It was a really stupid resolution anyway, after being spoiled here last year, I should have known better…Also, the kids made me promise we were going to come back here...

We get to our apartment, the same as last year, only not the same… There are small things here and there that have been improved, but from what I heard this is how it is here. Maybe I should have a nap? Just a small one. Maybe not, the kids are already getting dressed and so excited about the ski lessons. This year everything was so easy to arrange! Actually, all I did is ask the hotel to do it for me. Booked the transfer from the airport, ski rent, massages and even voucher for drinks in the Bar with 30% discount long-time ago. We also asked to have the same ski teachers, as they were fantastic with the kids last year....

On the way to the ski rent, we pass through the Reception and Lobby, the girls are smiling as always, they look so fresh, even though I suspect they do not sleep. I have to ask them how they do it, it cannot be only the coffee. And the Lobby Bar, yeah … maybe it is not only the breakfast that makes me walk so slowly, maybe the cocktails we had yesterday might have something to do with that as well. But it was such a blast! Great music and terrific cocktails, I have never had better Margarita in my life. We put the kids to sleep, no worries there. And they have Boomerang, too, no complains to leaving the Bar! Well, good idea I got the voucher for drinks with discount...

We get to the ski rent and take our gear, the ski guy checks the weather conditions so that we can decide whether to take the goggles. We have chosen the equipment yesterday afternoon, when we arrived, so that we do not loose time. The driver of the bus is already waiting for us, smiling as always, he just makes my day. He helps with our equipment and ta-da, in 3 minutes we are at the parking of the gondola and going up. Got our ski passes at the Reception yesterday evening, without any fuss or hassle, so we just hop in the cabin and take up. The ski teachers are already waiting for us, we leave the kids with them and …yes, yes, yes….we ski alone for 4 hours and have just the perfect day. We pick up the kids, obviously they had a blast, too, and as we ski down the ski road, it also seems that they have learned a lot today. I might take a ski teacher, too, otherwise the kids are going to get better than me...

The driver is already waiting for us, smiling, and drives us back to the hotel, we leave the equipment in the ski rent, the ski rent guys cleans it and puts our shoes to dry. Thanks God for the elevators! We got to the apartment and yey!, it is clean and warm. I feel a bit ashamed having in mind how we left it in the morning, but this is what I love about the hotel. Everything is cleaned, they even tidied up the kids’ toys. The children are getting undressed and are out of the door heading for the Kid’s club. What a paradise for kids!...

I am going to have my first massage today, one hour of pure nirvana. One of my four massages I pre-booked in my package, pure heaven! In the meantime, my husband goes to the fitness, obviously he does not feel like I do. Then we all go to the spa, there is nothing better than a sauna, steam bath and warm swimming-pool with Jacuzzi to put you back on your feet. I just love how you do not have to bring anything from your room, the towels and the lovely cosmetics are in the spa for you to use!...

I am sitting in the Jacuzzi part of the swimming-pool, trying to remember what is today for dinner and planning what I am going to have. Roast pork with red cabbage and caraway or the mountain trout with roasted potatoes, and the baked eggplant and the carrot salad. The kids are going to have the kid’s menu, no going wrong there, they just love it. And of course, a soup, soup is healthy. I cannot remember what was for the dessert, but they always have fantastic desserts. But no cocktails tonight…We will probably have the red wine. I have never known Bulgarians have such a fantastic red wine before we came to Pirin River….



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