We spent 10 wonderful days at Duni Marina Beach in late June early July 2012. We absolutely loved it. We've been to a good number of all inclusive resorts in Bulgaria, but this one provides the most complete all inclusive service of all. That included the sunbeds and parasols on the beach and beach towels, which we could exchange as many times as we needed at the towel station.
The hotel is on the beach facing the sea and the pools and we had a big round balcony with a beautiful view on the fifth floor. Rooms were large enough, clean and cleaned on a daily basis. The whole hotel was well maintained.
The staff were very polite and efficient. Both check-in and check-out were super fast. I still have vivid memories of our stay last year at the so-called Double Tree by Hilton in Golden Sands, Varna, where I was involved in a discussion between different departments of the hotel as to which room we have been allocated while my wife and daughter were waiting in from of the room we were sent to and at check out I was requested to pay, although I had pre-paid 100 percent of the booking months earlier and was charged a meal, which I had already paid for in the restaurant.
We always found food which we liked, but some of the cooking could be improved. If you like meat, though, there are good steaks and other meats prepared at the grills on the balcony, as well as chips, pasta and pizza. There's a good variety of fresh salads and fruit. Most deserts, with the exception of the baklava and couple of others, look better than they taste. Ice cream could be better, too. Our daughter loved the pancakes at breakfast (and so did I, to be honest), but I wasn't impressed with the omelettes and even the fried eggs. Bread is generally not very fresh and we avoided it. As it is probably closest to the beach, the restaurant is used not only by those who stay at Marina Beach but by people from most of the more remote hotels. This means that it can get quite busy at peak times, particularly during lunch time. We visited the Bulgarian a la carte restaurant, which wasn't bad but wasn't special in any way, either.
Being Bulgarian I love the local grappa (rakiya) and the brand the hotel offered was one of the cheap but decent ones. Beer was ok and white wine was drinkable. I didn't try the red. You can order a number of cocktails as part of the all inclusive but they are made of local alcohols. I really couldn't complain about the mojito, especially after adding a pack of sugar to it, but don't expect it to taste the same as a proper mojito. Espresso is made very well. Diet versions of fizzy drinks are available (this has been a problem in other resorts in Bulgaria).
The entertainment team are very hard working and deliver great shows at the amphitheatre in the evenings. There is a good choice of classes - I attended Zumba and hip-hop. There's a paid for gym in the nearest hotel, Marina Royal, but I wasn't impressed with the equipment and did not use it. There is a free gym at a more remote hotel, which I never saw.
Wi-fi internet access is not cheap and is only available in the reception area and the bar (mostly inside it).
Out of 10 days we didn't have a single day of rain, nor clouds.
Shops in Duni are seriously overpriced.
Nearest place to visit is Sozopol, worth visiting both for sightseeing and for shopping things like sun creams - much cheaper than in Duni shops. No public transport, only taxis and they all charge 35 BGN for a return trip. It is 80 BGN to get a taxi to Burgas.
We will definitely be returning to Duni.
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- Also Known As:
- Duni Royal Marina Beach Hotel Dyuni
- Duni Royal Marina Beach Dyuni
- Duni Royal Marina Beach Bulgaria/Dyuni