Thanks so much for all of your responses - I am very grateful!
I have been doing some further research after your comments, and think I have narrowed it down to Bankso or Borovets. Things to consider are:
If organising independently, transfers from airport to resort (both cost and convenience). I know we can get a taxi to sofia bus station from sofia airport for about 15 lev, and then a one way ticket to bankso is 16 lev (each), so this is one option, but one which obviously depends on the arrival time of our flight. However, trying to find the same for a bus to borovets is less straight forward - on the drop down menu of the sofia bus station website, they only have the options: borovo, borovan, borovitsa and borovtsi. Any idea which of these might be the correct one? Or whether there is an alternative name?!
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Flights are fairly straightforward and we can arrange around getting a good price; as mentioned above, the only concern is the arrival time...
Another factor is the skiing itself. We have both never skied before, and are going to have a taster session on wednesday at a local dry ski slope (obviously not the same, but it's the best we can do), so provided all goes well, we will then book. However, the package that I mentioned in my initial post (for about £150 each) for equipment, slopes pass and 6 days of 4 hours tuition), will be in groups, and I would just like to know whether anyone has any opinions about these set-ups? I just don't want to be wasting time (and money) if these lessons are no good... In short: Are we better to get lessons at the dry slope and then just go on the easy slopes when we get there (without bothering with getting the beginner lessons), or would you recommend just going 'blind' so-to-speak, and start from scratch when we are out there with the beginners lessons pack?
From reading hotel reviews, it seems that a main concern is the food in the half-board hotels, and also that (in most of them) the nice-sounding spa facilities such as indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi etc, are all freezing cold?! So I am now thinking that although it sounds nice to have a warm relaxing soak at the end of the day, perhaps it is not that practical... The food dilemma suggests that we might be better doing what brian said and get an apartment and just buy breakfast items from the local supermarket and go out for dinner every night so we have some variety. Does this sound more sensible? Can you think of any benefit to going in a hotel with b&b over an apartment?
Also, what are the respective resorts like? i.e. how big are they, what things do they have? eg ice rink? Also, if people have restaurant recommendations, that would be great!
Finally, from reading the reviews, I think I would like to be fairly close to everything. The idea of being only a few hundred metres from the slopes gives us greater independence and flexibility. However, I wouldn't mind being a bit further away from the resort centre, which, from what I've read, suggests that bankso might be better, as borovets ski slopes/gondola and resort centre *seem* to be in a similar place. The few apartments I have looked at in Bankso are around 300m from the slopes and 1.3km away from the resort centre. This *sounds* ideal, as we would happily have a wander out to dinner for the evening, provided the area is sufficiently lit and is safe?
Thanks so much again for all of your responses. I think I have covered everything, but it has been a long day... Again, I am grateful for any comments/advice at all, that anyone can provide!!