A little taste of the finer things in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria’s hill-spiked landscape and stunning beaches mean that no matter where you go on this Canary Island, you’re in beautiful company.
The island exudes stylish Mediterranean vibes, from the art galleries and architecture of capital city Las Palmas to the gold sand-studded shores of Meloneras. And with flight times of four and a half hours from England to Gran Canaria, this little slice of luxury is practically on your doorstep.
The resort of Meloneras was purpose-built with glitz and glam in mind. It’s sprinkled with upscale hotels and exclusive coves that promise to make you feel like you’ve got this little patch of luxury all to yourself. Playa del Ingles is one of the most popular resorts on the island, especially where nightlife is concerned, while Playa Taurito impresses with cliffside hotels offering unrivalled views of the sea.
Living the high life in Gran Canaria
Just walking around the island’s gorgeous warmth, you’ll feel as if you’re being treated to a luxury Gran Canarian holiday regardless of what you’re doing. But the island is definitely privy to more overt luxury activities – near-private beaches and spa treatments, for a start.
Meloneras sports its own upscale shopping centre known as the Boulevard El Faro, which is home to a handful of stylish shops that beg for browsing when you aren’t lounging on the beach. Playa del Ingles is paved with spas and bars, where everything from smooth jazz music and cabaret shows are on the menu. And then there’s Playa Taurito, luxury Gran Canaria’s best kept secret. That is where you’ll find star-studded resorts stacked high into the hillside, so even when you’re visiting the area’s black sand shores you’ll feel like you’re on your own private patch.
Other popular holidays in the Canary Islands
If you’re still on the fence about where to spend your luxury holiday, you can rest assured that the Canary Islands have a lot to offer by way of upscale destinations. To get started, take a look at Tenerife, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote. But if you’ve got your mind made up on Gran Canaria, check out our travel guide for more information on how to make the most of your holiday here. In the meantime, here are our top five hotel choices for luxury holidays in Gran Canaria.
Step into the Lopesan Baobab and you'll instantly feel transported to a deluxe safari, complete with unique African decor and jungle-esque gardens. There are seven pools in total and a lazy river, plus four restaurants and bars offering live music. Upgraded rooms get you a view of the pool, while suites facing the sea remind you that the waterfront is just a 10-minute walk away.
The luxury goes far beyond just the decor at this 4* hotel, which boasts four restaurants, a nightclub and lounge bar with a terrace. The adults-only infinity pool features in-pool loungers, but for serious relaxation there's the spa, while hotel-lead art classes add in a little dash of culture.
The Riu Palace Meloneras is Mediterranean chic at its finest, all clean whites and piercing blue pools cut with grey accents. On offer here are five sizeable pools and views from the restaurant's windows that are so gorgeous, you'll think they're a painting. To make matters even finer, there's a wellness centre and breakfast that includes a glass of cava.
The pool scene at this 4* hotel is encased in leafy palms, equipped with a sweeping terrace and tropical vibes. On offer here are a slew of wellness activities in the RiuFit package, including gym access and fitness classes, along with art lessons with RiuArt. By night, evening entertainment takes the stage in the form of live shows and cocktails at the onsite nightclub.
Stacked up amphitheatre-style in the cliffs of Playa Taurito, the Suite Princess Hotel is all about understated elegance right on the beach. It's an adults-only spot featuring two swimming pools and a seafront restaurant for candlelit meals, a stylish tapas spot, three bars and two lounges, plus massage treatments and a sauna.