The second-most popular island of the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria – is home to an exquisite collection of luxury and designer coastal resorts, which offer the highest standards of service and amenities. bHere’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Gran Canaria – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Far from the world of chain hotels is La Casa Blanca, an intimate, eight-apartment hotel in Gran Canria’s Maspalomas area with a pool and gardens. You’ll be personally welcomed by owner Antione, whose previous ventures include restaurants in the South of France and a bakery near Playa del Ingles. She will be more than willing to provide you with some top travel tips and restaurant recommendations. Apartments sleep up to four and each has a unique feature: book the Gran Canaria for a private roof terrace with panoramic views.
If you’re travelling to Gran Canaria as a family or looking for a sports-orientated resort, Hotel Parque Tropical ticks all the boxes. Directly overlooking the northern extremity of Playa del Ingles, it has everything from mini-golf courses and pools to a tennis court, an archery range and an aquatic gym. You can also book activities such as surfing, diving and riding (whether on a camel, donkey or horse) and attend poolside paella classes led by the head chef at this boutique hotel in Grand Canaria.
You’ll feel like you’re on safari at the African-inspired Lopesan Baobab Resort, with an impressive list of high-end amenities and good service. Located in the picturesque Meloneras resort, and popular with English and Spanish tourists alike, Lopesan Baobab is famous for its huge range of evening activities and shows that keep adults and children entertained. Come nightfall, the huge African-themed lounge bar becomes the most popular hangout spot in the resort. The hotel restaurants serve fabulous breakfasts and dinners with an incredible variety of food for everyone’s taste, such as fresh fillet steaks, poultry, fresh fish specialities, and delicious desserts. The lemon mousse with mint dust is a must-try at the Akara restaurant.
The luxurious Marina Suites, in Puerto Rico’s yacht harbour, is a peaceful site that’s only a 10-minute walk from the town centre. This Canary Islands boutique hotel provides excellent service and comes with luxury amenities, such as spa treatment rooms, two jacuzzis, a pool with hydro-massage and a golf course for active holidaymakers. A bold nautical theme runs throughout, and all rooms are decked out with plush double beds, air conditioning and kitchen facilities. Many have access to open balconies, and the deluxe suite has a bathroom with dreamy sea views. But the jewel of this place is the expansive infinity pool.
If you fancy a spot of seclusion, wheel your way over to Rural Hacienda del Buen Suceso in Arucas, a 15-minute drive from the capital of the island, Las Palmas. Guests rate this boutique hotel in the Canary Islands for its immaculate service. The ochre-coloured property is nestled on a hillside and dates back to the 16th century, and a former colonial banana plantation site. It is the oldest hacienda in the Canary Islands and features 18 rooms with canopy beds, wooden ceilings and attics that create a romantic vibe. When it comes to facilities, the hotel has a year-round heated swimming pool, a Turkish bath, and a fitness centre.
This a family-friendly Gran Canaria boutique hotel has an enormous pool, spa, a few bars and restaurants on-site and a perfect seafront position on the cliffs of the Montaña de Llamadores. The area, Playa de Amadores, is known internationally for its laid-back beach clubs and lively cafes. The comprehensive spa is a real bonus, with dynamic baths, a sauna and relaxation rooms to skip between. There are 197 rooms of varying sizes, with a modern coastal theme threading through, and a restaurant with top sea views.
Within walking distance of the famous dunes of the Maspalomas beach, Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is a five-star hotel in Gran Canria set amid the local restaurants, shops and bars of Playa del Inglés. Built across two floors, the rooms are cosy, with colonial-style furnishings, and guests are invited to indulge on delicious breakfasts, with omelettes and waffles made to order from the morning buffet. Tuck into your spread from the rooftop terrace, where you can also feast on breathtaking views. If you’re looking to relax, days are best spent chilling by the heated swimming pool.
Nestled in stunning botanical gardens, the Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa is a dreamy oasis located in the idyllic fishing village of Puerto de Mogán. This family-friendly spa hotel in GRan Canaria features a traditional Canarian design and an impressive selection of amenities. There are three swimming pools (one of these is for children), a jacuzzi, a bowling alley, a gym, two restaurants, four bars and a beach just 300m (984ft) away. One of the more unusual features is Las Crucecitas, an archaeological park with ancient caves and crypts, which flanks the property and hotel guests can visit for free.
Bohemia Suites & Spa is an adults-only boutique hotel on Gran Canaria’s southernmost tip, 4km (2.5mi) from the island’s second-longest beach, Playa Maspalomas. Book a Thai massage in the spa, clock laps in the 20m outdoor pool and dine at rooftop restaurant 360°, which offers one of the finest wine lists on Gran Canaria and panoramic views to match. Explore the dunes of Maspalomas by taking one of three walking trails that start from the information hut on Playa del Ingles.
You’ll feel like a movie star at this grand hotel in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The imposing property, built alongside the marina, opened in 1890 and it has been enthralling guests ever since. The interiors ooze glamour from the get-go. The lobby is awash with marble and chandeliers, with a grand piano and double-height ceiling completing the look. Sashaying along to the bedrooms, there are 204 in total with elegant cream and gold interiors. Along with its high quality of accommodation, the state-of-the-art wellness centre and fine-dining restaurants promise to impress.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.
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