Why Gran Canaria is the perfect place for your luxury escape

10 July 2019

Known as the ‘miniature continent’, where no two landscapes are the same, Gran Canaria is the ideal place for your next luxury getaway. From soothing spas and rolling golf greens, to golden sandy beaches and vibrant city streets, this sun-kissed island paradise offers a variety of unique experiences to impress even the most discerning of travellers.

Boutique shopping and cocktails in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Delve into the vibrant outdoor living culture of the colourful capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Home to the wonderful Las Canteras beach and a beautiful historic quarter boasting pretty cobbled streets and a variety of architectural styles from late Gothic to Renaissance, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is not to be missed.

The shopping scene here is incredible too. Head to Triana Street in the Old Quarter for everything from traditional stalls to upmarket boutiques, and the Shopping Centre El Muelle by the Santa Catalina pier. Buy products ranging from perfumes to the island’s renowned aloe vera and palm syrup luxury products, so you can bring a piece of Gran Canaria back home with you.

As the sun goes down, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria really comes alive. Stop by chic cocktail bars such as Ginger and Mumbai Sunset Bar, where you can sip heady concoctions by the shoreline.

Gastronomic delights 

Gran Canaria offers sophisticated and delightful gastronomy, with dishes based on traditional recipes and locally-sourced, natural ingredients; all with modern twists to awaken the senses.

The tantalising taste adventure that Gran Canaria serves up is embodied by its range of markets, featuring fresh food and restaurants converted from traditional stalls, as well as local delicacies such as honey rum and salted fish

Tee-off in style

Gran Canaria’s mild climate makes it a haven for golfing enthusiasts. It’s possible to play for 365 days out of the year due to the favourable weather, and you have a total of seven superb 18-hole golf courses, all within a 50-mile radius, to choose from.

Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is Spain’s oldest course, and considered to be one of its finest.

Other good courses include the 71-par Lopesan Meloneras Golf course in Las Palmas, where the ocean views are fantastic, and the Salobre Golf Resort, which has two 18-hole courses of 70 and 71-par apiece.

Luxurious resorts

The stunning Maspalomas-Meloneras area on the southernmost point of Gran Canaria is one of the most sophisticated and chic areas in Europe. With its thousand-year palm grove, natural lagoon, beautiful white sandy beach and famous dunes, Maspalomas is placed within a nature protected area.

Meloneras, on the other hand, has a wonderful, long oceanfront promenade with plenty of bars, restaurants, boutique shopping and a casino. Visitors have a choice of two beaches located on both edges of the promenade – the stunning Maspalomas dunes and beach, and the smaller Meloneras beach.

Other high-end resorts are Salobre Golf, Anfi Island, Amadores and pretty Puerto Mogán, which is affectionately known as ‘Little Venice’.

Incredible accommodation

Gran Canaria offers a fantastic choice of luxury 5* resort hotels, offering amazing pools, gourmet restaurants and great entertainment. New boutique hotels are popping up all over the island, bringing out cutting-edge design and high-tech features.

Seaside Palm Beach: Quietly but centrally located in a palm tree oasis on the edge of a stunning nature reserve, this luxury hotel is situated on the doorstep of five miles of beautiful sandy beaches and the famous Maspalamos Dunes, as well as three exclusive golf courses. Part of the prestigious worldwide ‘Design Hotels’ group, the Seaside Palm Beach offers striking retro charm with an extensive spa, excellent restaurants and impressive first-class service.

Radisson Blu Resorts: Gran Canaria is home to two fabulous Radisson Blu Resorts, both set on the island’s stunning southern coastline. Expect first-class facilities whichever option you choose, including beautiful swimming pools, fantastic fitness facilities, serene spas, remarkable restaurants and exquisite accommodation.

Lopesan Villa del Conde: Located in the south of the island and within easy reach of the iconic Maspalomas dunes, this fantastic 4* superior hotel is surrounded by 76,000 square metres of tropical gardens, which shelter four freshwater pools, outstanding sports facilities and a top-of-the-range fitness suite. Further sports and activities are on offer around the resort. The gastronomy is exquisite and the accommodation beyond compare.

H10 Playa Meloneras Palace: One of the island’s most iconic 5* resorts, the H10 Playa Meloneras Palace boasts an excellent location facing the sea and next to some of Gran Canaria’s most exclusive golf courses. With expansive swimming pools, excellent restaurants, sublime spa facilities and an extensive programme of activities for all ages to enjoy, there are plenty of luxurious ways to relax and unwind here.


If you’re ready to book your luxury break in Gran Canaria, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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