The Best Resorts to Book on Gran Canaria, Spain

Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel is known for its impressive architecture
Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel is known for its impressive architecture | © Chris Craggs / Alamy Stock Photo
Anne Bauso

The geological wonders of Gran Canaria range from wind-blown deserts and volcanic peaks to forested valleys and golden-sand beaches. Add to this the Canary Islands’ subtropical temperatures and reliably sunny skies, and you’ve got a paradise waiting to be explored. There are thousands of hotels to choose from on this Spanish island, but we’ve highlighted the best resorts on Gran Canaria, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Meliá Tamarindos

Hotel, Resort

Two adjoining single beds, a desk, chair, lamp and TV in room with balcony and chair at Meliá Tamarindos
Courtesy of Melia Tamarindos / Expedia

Popular, all-inclusive Meliá Tamarindos has many things going for it, such as a layout that’s friendly to limited-mobility travellers and a killer location on Playa de San Agustín on Gran Canaria’s south coast. To rattle off just some of the amenities, there are three pools, several food and drink outlets, a mini club, minigolf, squash, tennis, as well as a free observatory and telescope for surveying the night sky. Rooms have minibars (replenished daily for all-inclusive guests) and big balconies, many overlooking the ocean.

2. Corallium Beach by Lopesan Hotels

Hotel, Resort, Chain Hotel

Two adjoining single beds in cream-and-blue room with two soft armchairs at Corallium Beach by Lopesan Hotels
Courtesy of Corallium Beach by Lopesan Hotels / Expedia

A 2018 renovation gave Corallium Beach a major facelift, but it’s not the trendy decor that draws travellers here. The upscale, adult-only hotel has so many great amenities (two freshwater pools, three eateries, two bars, yoga, mountain-bike rentals and even a nudist rooftop terrace), you’d think it was in the middle of nowhere, not directly on Playa de San Agustín. The hotel’s 210 airy rooms and suites have a sleek blue-and-white colour scheme and balconies or terraces, nearly all with front or lateral views of the Atlantic. Packages range from room-only to all-inclusive.

3. Hotel Riu Palace Oasis

Hotel

Two adjoining double beds face a TV in a suite with a sofa and glass doors to an outdoor seating area
Courtesy of Hotel Riu Palace Oasis / Expedia

The Riu brand has wisely invested in this family-friendly hotel with an excellent location, transforming a dated property into something fresh and stylish. The Hotel Riu Palace Oasis is set right behind long, sandy Playa de Maspalomas, and all the commercial offerings of the beach boardwalk are within an easy walking distance. Riu is impressive not only for its location but for the numbers: there are four heated pools, six restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre, a packed entertainment calendar and over 16 acres (6.5ha) of tropical garden grounds – home to more than 1,000 palm trees. Of the 415 rooms and suites, all have bathrobes, minibars, and balconies or terraces; some have private pools.

4. Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

Chain Hotel

Large outdoor pool area with many loungers beside a verdant lawn and towering hills at Radisson Blu Resort
Courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan / Expedia

This Radisson Blu is a family-friendly hotel on the sunny south coast, about a 15-minute drive west from the Dunas de Maspalomas. Hotel facilities are geared toward relaxation, with pools, tennis courts, a spa, a lovely pool bar, and a top-floor bar and grill overlooking the beautiful teal bay. Unlike many of its fellow Gran Canaria beach resorts, Radisson Blu doesn’t offer poolside shows or events, so the mood is considerably calmer than what you might find elsewhere. Also note, all rooms have straight-on sea views. Upgrades come with separate bedrooms and kitchens with washing machines, dining rooms, and Nespresso coffee makers.

5. Servatur Green Beach

Hotel, Resort

Two adjoining single beds in room with wardrobe and cushioned seating at Servatur Green Beach
Courtesy of Servatur Green Beach / Expedia

Perhaps the best resort in Gran Canaria for those who want fantastic views and self-catering facilities, the sea-facing Servatur Green Beach is a winner. Its 232 apartments start at a generous 460sqft (43sqm), and all have kitchenettes and private balconies. There’s no sandy beach out front, but the hotel provides a good-sized pool, rooftop whirlpool and direct access to the beach path, which leads to the village of Arguineguín (15 minutes to the south) and sandy, sheltered Playa Anfi del Mar (15 minutes to the north).

6. San Agustín Beach Club

Hotel, Resort

Large outdoor pool area at San Agustín Beach Club, with many loungers by two pools and the sea just beside them
Courtesy of San Agustin Beach Club / Expedia

San Agustín Beach Club has changed very little over the decades, and that’s exactly why many guests love it so. Between its old-school maritime theme, small size (just 57 rooms), and setting on a sleepy part of the seaside promenade in San Agustín, this traditional hotel appeals largely to an older crowd. Twin kidney-bean-shaped salt and freshwater pools, a pool bar and a whirlpool occupy most of the beach-facing deck. The breakfast buffet is included in the rates, and the hotel’s restaurant is long-loved for its twice-a-week barbecue dinners and elegant four-course meals.

7. Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel

Hotel

Covered pool with cushioned loungers in front, directly facing the sea at Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel
Courtesy of Gloria Palace Amadores Thalasso & Hotel / Expedia
It’s no exaggeration to say this may be the most spectacular hotel on Gran Canaria. Built into a cliff in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, the hotel has a rippling stone design meant to mirror the waves. Its dramatic architecture and show-stopping views have a real wow factor, yet there is more to admire – a huge thalassotherapy centre, two infinity pools that melt into the skyline and rooms with stone balconies, big enough for sun loungers.

8. Bull Costa Canaria & Spa

Hotel, Resort

Two adjoining single beds in room with armchair, desk, chair and TV, plus seafront balcony at Bull Costa Canaria & Spa
Courtesy of Bull Costa Canaria & Spa - Adults only / Expedia

Smack dab in San Agustín’s tourist strip, the romantic Bull Costa is an all-inclusive wonderland for adults, staking a great claim to the title of best resort in Gran Canaria. Of its 245 modern rooms and suites, the most coveted are the handful of poolside suites and beach bungalows. A colourful glass installation, worthy of a Las Vegas casino, hangs over the main restaurant, which has a shaded garden terrace surrounded by palms. Facilities include two bars, three pools, a luxurious, light-filled spa with a full thermal circuit, nudist rooftop terrace and lush tropical gardens that reach the beach.

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