I spent ten days with my wife and two children (9 and 6) at the hotel this past June, and while I had to return to the States for work, my wife and children remained there and will until school starts. Pricing is set for a family, and while it seems to depend on how one books, I don't think I'd have been able to find the same quality for what I paid. I did go to some of the 'all inclusive' spots in town, and was pleasantly surprised to see that our amenities were on par with what the Germans and Scandinavians expect.
The Hotel Trakia Garden is ideally situated on the main street of town, right near a bus stop, making day trips an easy activity (to two quality water-parks, Nessebar, an old city-state that sticks out into the Black Sea, Bourgas, Varna, and other spots). The buses are extremely cheap and I never ran into any behavior or other issues that would make me prefer a taxi.
The beach itself, with the occasional topless euro (who probably go post-beach to one of the various clubs and discos in town), is white, the sea is clear and with enough waves for body-surfing but not enough to make Mom scared she'd lose the kids, and there are restaurants dotting the area at all budget levels.
The hotel itself is family owned and managed, and the matriarch of the family takes no 'guff' (her husband passed away a few years ago, and his picture still hangs) when staff is slow or careless. Her son Dmitr handles the bar and patio, which is no easy thing, and her daughter Zlatelina, fluent in Chinese after studying there for her degree, handles just about everything else. They're a happy friendly family, but not to a fault--problems, if any, are handled without delay.
I still get on skype with the family almost daily--there is free wi-fi in the lobby--and talk with my family and watch the bathers who prefer the hotel pool walk one way and those that prefer the 'real thing' (the sea) head the other. My wife is looking tan and relaxed, which was the point, and I believe most of that has everything to do with the hotel and its wonderful staff.
I did hear of some Brits complaining about the absence of 'rasher bacon' and 'pudding.' If you're a traveler that prefers to go abroad but have home appear there in the dining room, I'd suggest staying home. The hotel does a terrific job of assembling a buffet with items that appeal to the largest cross-section of their guests, but 'rasher bacon' is simply not obtainable in that city yet. I enjoy trying new things, and Bulgarian food was new to me, and my children (the daughter is picky) found what they wanted without trouble.
In any case, a wonderful stay and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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- Trakia Garden Hotel Sunny Beach, Burgas Province, Bulgaria