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Thracian Cliffs is the Best Golf Resort in Europe for 2014

15.11.2013 | 15:00

Only 3 years after its official opening and a few months after the 50th Anniversary Volvo World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs was awarded as European Golf Resort of the Year 2014. The big award has been voted by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO), which is the global trade organization of the golf industry. The prize was given on Thursday November 14th, 2013 at the IAGTO Awards gala dinner during the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Spain.

The European Golf Resort of the Year award is voted by IAGTO's specialist golf tour operator members, which now number over 516 from 62 different countries. Each operator was asked to vote for what they considered to be the best performing golf resorts of the year. The following criteria were considered:


  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Quality of Golf Courses and Accommodation
  • Value for money
  • Support from Suppliers, Tourist Boards & Airlines
  • Professional Conduct of Suppliers
  • Accessibility to Tee Times

This big award serves as great recognition for this unique piece of land in Bulgaria. The Thracian Cliffs golf course can challenge every golfer and in 2014 it will validate its status as one of the "must-play" golf courses in the world. This prestigious prize for Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is received just one year after Bulgaria was voted Undiscovered Golf Destination. Thracian Cliffs is very thankful for the continuing support from the industry and will carry on working towards delivering even higher levels of excellent golf services and experience in Bulgaria.

About Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort

Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is the jewel of Gary Player's portfolio. "This is the most beautiful golf course I've ever seen in the world", stated the Black Knight himself at the Thracian Cliff's Opening in 2011. The resort offers its guests the ultimate experience by carefully blending traditional local architecture with the beautiful natural seafront environment. Thracian Cliffs resort comprises amazing sea view properties, preserved wild nature beauty of Kaliakra National Park ecosystem, 2 km private white beaches, Thracian Spa residence, water and ground sports facilities, fine gourmet restaurants - all presented against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery and complimented by exceptional international service. The 18-hole Gary Player designed Signature Golf Course dominates the resort, hugging the clifftops for 4.5 km of rugged terrain above the sea. Thracian Cliffs is part of the top Bulgarian Signature golf destination Cape Kaliakra. Carefully blending the architecture into the existing environment Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort has a village-like atmosphere. The Hillside and Marina villages are well set apart, both with ample green spaces and wonderful panoramic views from the terrace of each property.

The Golf Course Framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea, the 18-hole Gary Player designed Signature course at Thracian Cliffs is one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth.Carefully selected multiple tees on every hole allow players of all levels to be both challenged in their play and inspired by the incredible views. Covering 164 hectares of wild scenic terrain, the course stretches 4.5 kilometers along the coast bestowing a truly exhilarating golf experience.

The Beach

Bendida Beach is an unspoiled and cozy spot, located directly on the seafront of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort. Easy to find and hard to leave, Bendida Beach is the right place to escape heat, to eat, drink and relax during the day.

Argata Beach is beautiful natural and small virgin beach designated to hotel guests only. Enjoy massage and relax in a natural wooden Jacuzzi under the shades of the silver olive trees on the beach. Or just enjoy your favorite cocktail under the shade of the cabana or under the leafy silver olive next to the bar. The guests can drink water from the natural waterfall on the beach.


The Restaurants

Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort offers four dining options: the  main Gourmet restaurant, Club house, Marroccan style beach restaurant and Provencial style beach restaurant.

Bendida and Argata Restaurants are located right on the seashore nestled among rugged cliffs, gazing at the golden sands and the sea. They offer sea food, meat and Marroccan style dishes.

Geti Restaurant  sits on a top of the cliff, integrated into the landscape with airy terrace, providing spectacular and uninterrupted panoramic view over the Black Sea. It offers the best of Bulgarian natural local ingredients, great wine selection and tasty sea and meat food.

The Spa

The place is exquisitely designed in elegant Moroccan style and provides exceptional body massage and SPA treatments in a private setting.

There is unique combination of the best therapies of both worlds - the Thracian healing traditions using yoghurt, grapes, Black Sea mud and honey, and the Moroccan body treatment based on the best of the Oriental practices implemented in the typical authentic Hammam.

"The Rosa Damescena Massage" is a combination between Swedish and Shiatsu massage with specific oil from the Bulgarian "Rosa Damascena" petals carefully selected from the world famous Kazanlak (Rose) Valley.                           

The Real Estate and Accommodation

Carefully blending the architecture into the existing environment, Thracian Cliffs has a village-like atmosphere. The resort offers two different villages conveniently located within walking distance of each other. 

The Marina Village offers one, two, and three bedroom residences each with spectacular views from every room of the Black Sea.

The Hillside Village offers studio, one, two or three bedroom residences all with incredible views of the golf course with the Black Sea in the background. Each residence features individual air conditioning and heating, a spacious living area, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony.


The Land of the Champions

In 2013 Thracian Cliffs hosted the 50th Anniversary of Volvo World Match Play Championship. The world's best 24 golfers hailed the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Thracian Cliffs a huge success as Graeme McDowell lifted the trophy to win the title and the €800,000 first prize. 

The strategic movement of Volvo and IMG to organize the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria is a great recognition for Thracian Cliffs. The Championship generated worldwide media coverage, with approximately 1,600 hours of golf broadcast to half a billion households.