Ivaylo Lefterov
Development Director
Svart Hotel (Svartisen, Norway)

Ivaylo Lefterov is the Development Director of Svart Hotel (Svartisen, Norway), the world’s first energy positive hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier, just above the Arctic Circle.

Svart is the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only does this new hotel reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy.

Svart Hotel is a collaborative work of MIRIS (Arctic Adventures of Norway), Asplan Viak, Skanska, and the architecture firm Snøhetta, and is due to open in 2021.

Ivaylo is a Development Director for this project on behalf of MIRIS (the developer) overseeing the entire design and development process of the project between Snohetta the architects and all related disciplines including the selection and development of the operational plan with the future management company.

The projects, where Ivaylo Lefterov has been involved include:
The Cliff Beach and Spa, Obzor bay Bulgaria 2008 – present
Full design-build and interior for 140 units 5-star resort. Presently involved with the international
marketing and sales of the resort.

Umhlaba Wild Life resort and Spa, South Africa 2010-2014
24,000 Hectors wildlife reserve in the Kruger Park Area. Full development, design and operation of 40 room luxury safari lodge, 16 room premium lodge and 24 luxury tented camp

Mirage Hotel Cape Town, South Africa 2010-2014
72 Room Luxury Boutique hotel in the fashionable district of De Waterkant. Full design and operations.

Casa de Salida del Sol, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria 2008
Full Design/build development of a 43 units timeshare resort on Bulgaria’s black sea coast.

Regatta Resort, San Diego, USA 2004
Master plan development for multi-beach front resort, retail centre and convention centre.

Plaza Hotel Burgas, Bulgaria 2004
Full design and development for a boutique city hotel.

Cibola Vista, Arizona, USA 2003
An architectural master plan and building design of 480 timeshare resort, sales area, and public spaces.

Canyon Villas at the Welk Resort, California 2003
Architectural 20 acres master plan and building design of 120 lock-off timeshare units, and public spaces.

Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage, California 2003
Architectural and interior design of a full conference center.

Villa Del Mar- Palmar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2004
Architectural 20 acres master plan and building design of 120 lock-off timeshare units, and public spaces.


Best Architecture Award MSNBC 2006
Best Architecture (Bulgaria) 2006 Award – The Cliff, Beach & Spa sponsored by International Homes Daily Mail, Bentley
Best Resort Design ARDA 2004
Best Resort Design 2004 (ACI) – Cibola Vista –sponsored by ARDA
Best Interior Renovation ARDA 2005
Best Interior Renovation 2005(ACI) – Welk’s Resort – sponsored by ARDA

Speaker for a number of international conferences in UK, USA, Ukraine and Bulgaria with topics related to the building environment and property development sector as well as the international hotel market in emerging markets and the future of travel in distress areas.

The Bartlett – UCL, UK Msc European Property Development and Planning
Newschool of Architecture-San Diego, California Bachelor in Architecture
• Concentrate in urban design and resort development
“Kolyo Fitcheto” Technical school of Construction- Burgas, Bulgaria Technical degree in
engineering technology
• Concentrating on construction and architectural design