A volcanic archipelago located off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are known for their dramatic landscape and white sand beaches. These Spanish isles have long been a favourite holiday destination for Europeans. Just under three hours by plane from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands’ rugged coastline has seen its fair share of development over the years. But these days, the opulent beach resorts on islands such as Gran Canaria are attracting a discerning clientele.
This stylish resort stands out for its African-inspired decor, from a safari-themed lounge bar to an exotic outdoor pool. However, Lopesan Baobab Resort is serious about its service – with bellboys on hand to whisk luggage to your room to massage treatments in the spa. Choose from four restaurants serving either buffet style or à la carte, seven outdoor swimming pools, poolside cocktail bars and facilities for golf, tennis, volleyball and more.
Originally constructed in the 1970s, this design-forward luxury hotel was given a new face by Parisian architect Albert Pinto. The rooms are all decorated according to one of four colour schemes, inspired by the natural surroundings of the island. Each room also comes with its own balcony, overlooking the pool or the beach. The hotel itself is nestled among an oasis of palm trees, just meters from the sandy beaches of Maspalomas. Make full use of the hotel facilities, which include thalassotherapy and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a spa offering a number of treatments.
Inspired by the Spanish colonial era, the Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is the only hotel on Gran Canaria to be part of the alliance of The Leading Hotels of the World. The spacious rooms reflect the hotel’s commitment to tradition, with hardwood furniture and ornate ironwork setting the tone. Look forward to a number of special touches from this five-star Gran Luxe hotel, including fresh juice and coffee served in the room every morning. The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia delivers everything you could want from an old-fashioned all-inclusive resort.
The Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel is a perfect example of how one of the island’s package holiday hotels has reinvented itself as a high-end destination. Located on the Playa del Inglés – the island’s most popular beach – you won’t find any kids running around the pool here, the hotel is adults only. The rooms feature bold modern colours and funky features such as mood lighting. You will love dining at the 360-degree rooftop restaurant, which offers contemporary Canarian cuisine in a refined setting.
Tara Jessop contributed additional reporting to this article.