A volcanic archipelago located off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are best known for their dramatic landscape and white sand beaches. Well known to package holiday goers, the Canary Islands have also worked hard to reinvent themselves and today boast some outstanding luxury hotels.
These Spanish isles have long been a favourite holiday destination for Europeans looking to escape the winter blues. Just under three hours by plane from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands’ rugged coastline has seen its fair share of development over the years. Yet these days the islands are also drawing in a more discerning clientele, attracted by its more exclusive establishments. We’ve selected the most noteworthy of Gran Canaria’s luxury hotels for a memorable upmarket break.
Lopesan Baobab Resort
Enjoy the high end luxury of the Lopesan Baobab Resort, Gran Canaria | Courtesy of Hotels.com
This stylish resort stands out for its African-inspired decor, from a safari-themed lounge bar to an exotic outdoor pool like something straight out of the savannah. However, Lopesan Baobab Resort is serious about its service, and this five-star hotel knows how to please its guests with a wide range of activities on offer for adults and children. Choose from four restaurants serving either buffet style or à la carte, seven outdoor swimming pools, poolside cocktail bars and facilities for mini-golf, volleyball and more.
Gran Canaria's Seaside Palm Beach offers spectacular views of the surrounding Canary Islands | Courtesy of Hotels.com
Originally constructed in the 1970s, this design-forward luxury hotel was recently 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. Guests can make full use of the hotel facilities, which includes thalassotherapy and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a spa offering a number of treatments.
Experience some colonial-style indulgence at Gran Canaria's Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia | Courtesy of Hotels.com
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. Guests can 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.
Take in the views of Gran Canaria from the Salobre Hotel located in the volcanic mountains | Courtesy of Hotels.com
Unlike most of the other luxury hotels on this list, the Salobre Hotel Resort is located inland, away from the busy beaches and perched high up on the island’s volcanic mountains. The resort is surrounded by nothing but its own golf course, and guests can enjoy peace and quiet like nowhere else on the island. The rooms, most of which are deluxe, are spacious and tastefully furnished for both comfort and elegance. A number of buffet and à la carte restaurants means guests needn’t ever leave the resort if they so wish.
The Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel offers contemporary opulence in Gran Canaria | Courtesy of Hotels.com
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 Ingles – 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. Guests will love dining at the 360-degree rooftop restaurant, which offers contemporary Canarian cuisine in a refined setting.