Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s seven main Canary Islands. It’s said to be a miniature continent, offering a variety of landscapes in one small area: lush tropical interiors, lunar-like volcanic slopes, and exotic beaches. Whichever landscape you want to experience during your Gran Canarian holiday, there’s a hotel to suit you. Here’s our pick of the nine best hotels in Gran Canaria.
Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel
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The Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel offers contemporary opulence in Gran Canaria | Courtesy of Hotels.com
The Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel is an adults-only luxury hotel found close the renowned Playa del Inglés beach in the south of the island. A chic-design hotel, everything here is brightly-coloured, stylish and eye-catching. Spend your time here exploring the beautiful exotic gardens, indulging in pampering at the spa, swimming in the outdoor pool or enjoying a romantic dinner for two on the terrace.
The Parador Hotels are some of the best hotels in Spain, and the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda is no exception. Located right in the centre of the island in a rural location, it lies nine kilometres from the town of Tejeda where you’ll find a couple of interesting museums, the Bentayga Archaeological Park and archaeological heritage sites. The hotel sits atop a mountain and offers unrivalled views of the caldera volcanic crater below. The rooms are cosy, yet spacious and grand, decked in natural colours and lots of wood. To top it all off, the hotel also has a spa and wellness area, gourmet restaurant, large terrace and outdoor pool.
This huge family-friendly resort is situated in the south-west of the island in the small town of Puerto de Mogán, close to the beach and an archaeological park. Walk into the lobby and you’ll be faced with an elegant wonderland of marble pillars, tropical plants, an astronomical clock and a big glass atrium. The rest of the resort was created to look like a typical Canarian village and was designed by Emilio Ferrer. It boasts four restaurants, various swimming pools, a luxurious spa and tennis courts.
Located in the coastal town of Arguineguin in the south of the island, the Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria offers stunning sea views, luxurious rooms, activities and restaurants. Close to the Maspalomas Dunes, part of the island’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it also lies within easy reach of some of the island’s top locations. Begin your day breakfasting on your terrace, before hitting the tennis courts for a game. Next head to the pool or beach to cool down before enjoying lunch at La Canaria Restaurant. In the afternoon, go exploring and then return for dinner at the swish 222ºSW Bar & Grill. There’s also an indulgent spa.
The five-star Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia can be found right next to the famous sand dunes in Maspalomas and the popular beaches of the south coast. The only Leading Hotels of the World member on the island, the building was designed by Alberto Pinto in a Spanish colonial style, with quality teak furniture and hand-painted tiles, giving the feeling of staying in a grand private residence rather than a hotel. Amenities also include two swimming pools, two bars, a restaurant and a luxurious spa.
The Occidental Margaritas is located in one of the top resort areas on the island: Maspalomas, not far from the famous Playa del Inglés. A four-star property, this is a large resort, boasting two outdoor pools, two restaurants, a kids’ club and even a nightclub. There’s so much to keep you occupied here, you could even spend your whole holiday just at the resort. Not that we’d advise it though, as Gran Canaria’s beaches and lush volcanic interior are a must-see.
If you want to be away from the busy resorts on the south coast, then the Hotel Rural Maipez could be just the place. It’s located in the north-west of the island in a rural location, approximately 11 kilometres from the capital of Las Palmas. Surrounded by verdant green hills, it’s housed in a beautiful yellow stone building and offers countryside charm. With just 11 rooms and spectacular views, it’s a quiet and peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature. The rooms are spacious and romantic with wooden rafters, stone walls and wrought-iron beds. There’s also a lovely outdoor pool, a restaurant and cosy lounge.
Located high up in the mountains, surrounded by lunar-like volcanic landscape, the five-star Salobre Hotel Resort & Serenity may not have beach access like the others, but it more than makes up for it in the swish design, incredible views and facilities. Taking up 11 levels, the hotel is painted in a terracotta hue and blends perfectly into its surroundings. It’s a huge golf resort with two professional courses, a golf academy and a putting green. Non-golfers will love it here too – unwinding in the spa, swimming in the various pools, dining in one of the four restaurants and bars or just admiring those awe-inspiring vistas from the day beds on the rooftop.
Overlooking Maspalomas Beach, the Seaside Palm Beach offers a great location, sea views and funky 1970s retro design. Rooms are spacious and brightly-coloured with vintage-style furniture and bold patterns. There are two restaurants, a wine bar, an African-inspired pool bar and a flashy bar with live entertainment, but the highlight is the pool and tropical garden. Tucked away in the back of the garden you’ll find the relaxing spa, offering a wide selection of indulgent treatments and massages.