Sheraton Salobre, Gran Canaria | Courtesy of Sheraton Salobre Gran Canaria
The Canary Islands may be better known as party or package holiday islands, rather than for their luxury and relaxation, but head to Gran Canaria and you’ll find plenty of both. Framed by rocky, volcanic peaks and wide sweeps of golden, sandy beaches, many of the hotels here have dedicated health and wellness areas, with some of Europe’s best and biggest spas and thalassotherapy centers.
Sitting right in front of Maspalomas Beach, Seaside Palm Beach was the first member of Design Hotels in the Canary Islands. Its range of 1970s-inspired rooms were designed by the famous interior designer Alberto Pinto, and are painted in bright, bold colors with retro style furniture and fittings. Tucked away in the tropical gardens you’ll find the spa, offering a wide selection of massages and treatments, from aromatherapy and serum therapy, to ozone therapy and manicures and pedicures. There are also two thalassotherapy swimming pools, where you can relax and reap the benefits of the sea, before drying out in the sauna.
The five-star Sheraton Salobre is one of the few spa hotels in Gran Canaria not on the beachfront. Instead, it sits high up in the rocky, volcanic mountains. Spread out across 11 levels, it seems to blend into the landscape and offers pools on almost every level, as well as a range of bars and restaurants. On the top level, a river runs around cacti plants and day beds, and in the Aloe Spa you can unwind with treatments and massages. The excellent spa also features therapeutic jets, swan-neck waterfalls and bubble beds, with views out across the hotel’s 18-hole golf course.
The Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is located just minutes away from the beach in Puerto de Mogán. Dubbed ‘Little Venice,’ it’s surrounded by the Mogán Valley. Inside it’s more like a small village than just a hotel, with various accommodation complexes, gardens, restaurants, bars and of course a spa. The Inagua Spa may be small, but it has everything you would expect, from bubble beds to cold dips, a sauna, steam bath and themed showers. The best part however, is the outdoor spa area, with warming foot baths and hot tubs to relax in while admiring the tropical gardens around you.
The Gloria Palace Amadores is one of the most complete thalassotherapy centers in the whole of Europe, harnessing the healing powers of the sea. Situated on the southwest coast of the island, just 300 meters from the beach, it sits high up on a cliff and affords spectacular views across the ocean. The hotel’s health and wellness area covers more than 18,000 square meters and comprises a giant thalassotherapy ‘Get in Shape’ circuit, along with traditional saunas, steam rooms and themed-showers. There are also 28 cabins for personalized treatments, such as massages and body wraps.
Just up the coast from Maspalomas, about a 15-minute walk from San Agustín Beach, sits the Gloria Palace San Agustín. Like its sister hotel, the Gran Palace Amadores, it sits high up on a clifftop and offers stunning ocean views. This four-star property also features a large spa area, with 7,000 square meters of thalassotherapy facilities, including both fitness and dynamic pools. In addition to the spa area, you’ll find three restaurants and numerous bars and terraces.
This chic, five-star Bohemia Suites & Spa is situated across the sand dunes from Seaside Palm Beach, near Playa del Inglés. It’s a sophisticated hotel, created for adults only and offers trendy design and plenty of facilities. One of its main draws is the Siam Spa, an Asian-inspired wellness center where you can enjoy Thai massages, Balinese treatments and a luxury hammam.