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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject:   Hotel Helios Bay Bulgaria
Subject description: Anybody been???
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Hola
My mom and dad have just booked a week to the Helios Bay has anybody been???
They have never been to a Riu before i have been telling them to try one they have picked it for their second holiday in September i hope its good there seeing how ive been bigging up Riu Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't have much on it but holiday truths do...
http://www.holiday-truth.com/holiday_truths/hotel_reviews/4271/Riu%20Helios%20Bay/

From what I've seen most of the Bulgaria travel is night flights - it's always a bind checking out of the room many hours (and possibly meals) before the flight. Holiday truths says a let checkout is 10 levs /hour afte the normal noon checkout 10 lev = apx £4.50 or €5.20 - Riu September rate is €94 /night ... I'm just wondering if it might be worth talking to Portland / Thomson about an extra night (so you have an early checkout the next day rather than a late one) ... and this also extends the AI to include lunch & evening meal and having somewhere to put the luggage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank-you Smile they supprised me with their choice i thought they were going to Menorca!!!
Ill tell them what you have said and then they can see what they can do

While ive been writing this they have just had a phonecall from thomson telling them they gave my mom too much money when she swapped her left over euros from Greece for lev they have asked her to give it back and were really nasty!! Can they do that Question
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thank-you Smile they supprised me with their choice i thought they were going to Menorca!!!
Ill tell them what you have said and then they can see what they can do

While ive been writing this they have just had a phonecall from thomson telling them they gave my mom too much money when she swapped her left over euros from Greece for lev they have asked her to give it back and were really nasty!! Can they do that Question


dunno - I'd check the paperwork

Do they usually buy back at whatever the sold them for in the first place, or do they adjust the buy back rates to their advantage.

If they do fiddle the rates - or go through pounds - it may have been better to have bought the LEV in Bulgaria to avoid the double transaction
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Laura-Ann... yes, we went to our first Riu here and got hooked. Also went in September which is end of season. Had a couple of rainy days so they opened up the main bars.

Trip from airport was late at night... just as well because we weren't impressed with the roads when we did a day-trip.

This is what I wrote on Trip Advisor:

"I agree with the other reports that this hotel is excellent for an all-inclusive chill-out, so I won't repeat the comments. But this might be useful to future guests:

- free bottled water available 24/7
- no tea/coffee-making facilities in room
- 10 lev per hour late check-out, eg we kept the room until 8pm for 80 lev.
- no bath available in any room, but big shower

Do make the effort to try the Thematic Restaurant serving a buffet of Bulgarian dishes. Treat it like a Greek meze and try a little of this and a little of that. Yes, some of the dishes are available in the main restaurant but you get side-tracked with the salad, chips etc.

Our room overlooked the river which now doesn't run into the sea. There were plenty of fish jumping and birdlife, so I don't think it is polluted water any more.

We knew Obzor was a new-ish, small resort and that's why we chose it. Unfortunately, it wasn't until the penultimate day that we found town maps in English with various points of interest available for 2 lev from the newsstands.

Take time to stroll through the town, looking at the houses, gardens, fountains, birds etc and get a feel for Bulgarian life."

HTH, Marion
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx marion ill pass this onto mom and dad
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mom and dad say the hotel is great they are very impressed
hopefully they will take loads of pictures
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pleased for them (and for you too, since it's on your recommendation)

I'd be tempted if it weren't for the overnight flights both ways.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They said it wasnt too bad going
lets see what they say when they get back sat morn at 3am Question
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're off to the sister, Clubhotel Riu Helios Paradise in Sunny Beach on the 20th, a last minute decision for our son's 18th birthday. Through Thomson but not night flight (I wouldn't waste a holiday night, especially short-haul) 7am flight out though!

I'll try and do a report back. Our only Riu experience has been at Tequila in PdC (we went 3 times) so not expecting that standard but paid the extra for the Riu name in this case. It's only for a week .
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