St. Constantine and Helena
Elegant Spa Resort Drawing Visitors for Over a Century
St. Constantine and Helena, the first resort on the Black Sea when it opened in 1908, still has the unique attractions which have drawn discerning travelers for centuries: beaches, famed mineral baths, many parks and gardens, and a warm, sunny climate. Architectural landmarks from past centuries reflect the resort’s long history, from a monastery where legend says that St. Constantine, St. Helena and St. Valentin are buried to the palace of the King of Bulgaria dating from the 1920s.
Privatized in 2003, the resort saw the opening of a new four-star luxury hotel in 2005: Hotel Azalia, which offers world-class services for local and international visitors. Elena Koseva, Executive Director, explains, “The Hotel Azalia was part of a massive US$12.1 million (€10 million) tourism-infrastructure project launched in 2005 that resulted in a number of new hotels in Bulgaria, including 13 all over the country with the same ownership as the Azalia.”
New five-star spa hotel
Now a five-star hotel is in the works to provide even more reasons to visit St. Constantine and Helena. The new property will focus on spa and wellness holidays, taking advantage of the seven mineral springs for which the resort has long been known. Ms. Koseva points out, “One reason for St. Constantine and Helena’s popularity is that it has something for everyone, including hotels from the two-star to the five-star categories and attractions for children, families, the elderly, spa visitors and people looking for active or relaxing holidays by the sea.”
While competition from resorts in Turkey and Greece is increasing, St. Constantine and Helena sets itself apart through its unique attractions and its focus on quality. Commercial Director Ilko Zapryanov says, “We do not want to target the low-cost market. Instead, we will continue to focus on providing high-quality services for high-level clientele.”