We went to kamelya world in turkey last year and all the kids loved it so much they wanted to go back so the next holiday had something to live up to. We originally chose duni beach resort because it seemed very similar to the resort we stayed at in Turkey but worked out allot cheaper. As virgin all inclusive holiday makers when we went to Turkey the number of options in terms of food and drink venues and swimming pools etc really sold the holiday to us as we were previously concerned about getting bored.
The duni resort seemed to have it all so we decided to take the plunge. To be honest we chose the pelican because it was cheaper than the others and because the reviews described the pool as fairly quiet and relaxed.
After booking a year in advance the day finally arrived and we headed to Bulgaria. Our party consisted of 4 adults and 4 teenagers (18,17,15,14)
We arrived at the hotel early hours of the morning and were checked in and shown to our rooms (4 doubles all in the same block as requested) unfortunately one of our group opened the door to discover someone asleep in the bed. The reception were very apologetic but could not make any decisions until the manager came on at 8am so it was a case of bunking up for a 3 hours until the matter could be resolved in the morning. Once sorted complementary fruit, champagne and half price trip (for the full group) ensured that we were more than happy with the apology we received.
We were situated very near to the pool, bar etc which was great. The rooms were fine, clean, nice views, very powerful shower. The sheets did not seem to get changed very often but other than that it was fine. Bit disappointed to discover that the fridge did not contain any water etc although large bottles could be acquired from the bar whenever you wanted them.
I must admit whilst we could use any of the restaurants (except the royal) whilst we tried them all we preferred to stay at pelican. The food was ok but did get a little repetitive and it was not always obvious what the theme of the day was
There were bars at each hotel however the pool bar at pelican closed at 12 and whilst the inside bar was open and you could bring your drinks down to the pool bar the cleaner was not very happy about this and it was a bit dead sitting there as it was very obviously closed
The bar at the duni beach was ok but the main action seemed to be at the holiday village bar which gets very full when the entertainment finishes in the amphitheatre. This is where the outside disco is which can be fun although the same music is played most nights but the kids loved it. What was disappointing was that even though this bar was open until 2am it still lacked atmosphere and not many people stayed until closing. I suspect the problem is that we are night owls and had to wait for inside disco to close (and kids to return) so probably stayed up later than most. Went for a visit to the sky bar (which you have to pay for) but again it was a little dead and lacked in atmosphere. The drinks throughout were great and the cocktails were especially nice
The bar staff seemed to vary, some were really friendly others seemed to act as if they were doing you a favour or seemed to struggle with prioritising or multi tasking and would often carrying on with whatever they were doing despite people waiting. However once you got used to it this was not a problem.
What can I say the entertainment team are fantastic. I have never seen a group of young people work so hard. There are events on throughout the day in the pool and around the complex all of which are run by the team. Everything is inclusive and everyone is made to feel welcome regardless of age. The team also host the show in the amphitheatre which is fantastic and they then go straight across to the disco were they lead the dancing. The aqua splash is a great laugh and worth going just to watch the dancers (had two mature ladies wishing we were years younger). My only negative is that we did not get to go to all the events and wished we had made more of an effort to get off our sun bed and try the keep fit, dancing etc
We liked to fact that the pelican was set away from the rest. The resort is very spread out it was a bit of a walk to the other hotels and holiday village etc but the meant that the pool was relaxing and away from the tannoy and games etc, if we wanted to join in we could always go to where the action is so we saw that as a plus point.
If you fancy going out the hotel will order you a taxi which works out cheaper to pay for a return journey and they are very efficient and will pick you up were they have dropped you off.
Nessabar was lovely and well worth a visit, still very traditional and quite cheap to eat and drink. We also did a Bulgarian evening trip which was awful. Supposed to be a typical Bulgarian village but is was a purpose built tourist place with basic food and awful wine - would not recommend it
All in all we really enjoyed the holiday and would recommend the resort and Bulgaria. The kids voted it better than turkey which was a great achievement for us considering they did not want to go anywhere else. If we returned we would stay at the pelican as opposed to the other hotels (we had a peek into the royal but it felt a bit staid and posh) as we liked to be able to opt in or out of the entertainment. Only regret is that we did not spend our money going back to nessibar as opposed to going on the trip.
Think I have covered everything but happy to answer any questions if you are thinking of visiting
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