Gran Canaria has long been a popular holiday choice for Brits. No doubt due to the year-round sunshine and the fact that the island is such a versatile destination. And, when it comes to luxury, the island is definitely not one to be missed. Especially with these fab luxury Gran Canaria experiences.
Book yourself into a luxury resort
First things first, for the ultimate luxury holiday experience in Gran Canaria, you’re going to want to be staying in luxury. From glamorous areas to 5-star hotels offering the very best in facilities and service.
Situated on Gran Canaria’s southern coast, Puerto de Mogan is one of the island’s most beautiful resorts. It’s not just the whitewashed houses and the golden sand beach though. The harbour also exudes that luxury feel, as you stop off at local waterfront bars, sip on exotic cocktails and watch the yachts pass by.
Need a luxury hotel? If Puerto de Mogan has caught your eye, we recommend the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Gran Canaria Mogan.
Next, there’s Meloneras. Tucked away next to Maspalomas Dunes on the island’s southernmost point, Meloneras is perfect for the luxury holiday experience you deserve. As the most exclusive resort on the island, Meloneras boasts upmarket boutiques, designer shopping malls and chic restaurants are dotted around the resort. Plus, with a long ocean promenade and a choice of two beaches, holidays to Meloneras are simply bliss!
Need a luxury hotel? We love the Lopesan Baobab Resort for its unique look and 6 swimming pools!
Right next to Meloneras, we have the well-known resort of Maspalomas. Best known for its luxury hotels all within the six kilometre, nature protected area of golden sand beaches, backed by the area’s iconic sand dunes. Aside from the sandy shores, there’s also the Aqualand waterpark and Palmitos Park with exotic birds and plants, which the kids (and adults!) will surely love.
Need a luxury hotel? Try the funky Seaside Palm Beach Hotel.
Nestled between Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan, the quiet, laid-back resort of Amadores is perfect for that dose of rest and relaxation that we all need. The highlight? It’s got to be the Blue Flag Playa Amadores beach – 800m of soft, white sands, clear, turquoise waters and the fantastic oceanfront promenade that stretches to Puerto Rico. This paradisiac resort is perfect for couples, but families also love Amadores too. And with delicious restaurants serving tasty tapas and fresh seafood, it’s all about the little things in Amadores.
Need a luxury hotel? We like the 4-star Gloria Royal Hotel and Spa and think you will too. Just think of the infinity pool complemented by views of the nearby Playa Amadores beach…
Sample Gran Canaria’s wines & rum
One of the top luxury activities you can do in Gran Canaria is a wine tasting tour. Due to the island’s volcanic terrain and weather conditions, you might be surprised to know that some great wines are actually produced in Gran Canaria. Although wine production is pretty small here and is very rarely exported, heading to one of Gran Canaria’s vineyards is a unique and fun experience. Or instead you might want to visit one of the island’s wine bodegas like Bodega Los Lirios in Caldera de Bandama or Bodega San Juan in Finca de Mocanal, for a taste and a bit of a lesson in winemaking.
Also, you can’t leave Gran Canaria without trying its signature honey rum. Sugar cane was big business on the island and so the production of rum started. The Arehuas rum factory is the oldest rum distillery in Europe, which is well worth the visit during a day trip to the north of the island.
Admire the impressive views at Pico de los Pozos de la Nieve
Ever wondered what it’s like to be above the clouds? Not just on your flight to Gran Canaria, but when you’re actually there? Well, the viewpoint at Pico de los Pozos de la Nieve will have you wonder no more. At 1,956 metres above sea level (the highest peak on the island), this point is well and truly up in the air. You’ll be able to see the amazing views of lush green mountains, along with a blanket of clouds travelling across the landscape. Put your hiking boots on and spot the island’s significant landmarks, from Roque Nublo to Caldera de Tejeda. From this vantage point, every angle will be insta-worthy and you’ll soon find out why almost half of Gran Canarian territory is declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Shop designer brands in Meloneras
Love a bit of retail therapy? We all do! Luckily, when you’re on holiday in Gran Canaria, you don’t have to give up your shopping addiction. And if you’re staying in Meloneras or planning a visit, even better! Check out Boulevard El Faro and Varadero Mall for all your shopping needs. Boulevard El Faro is home to brands like Lacoste, Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren. Whilst Varadero Mall has something for everyone, including local and international fashion brands.
Don’t miss the Maspalomas Dunes
Well, they’re not hard to miss, that’s for sure! The Maspalomas Dunes are perhaps one of Gran Canaria’s most popular sights to see and they’re pretty fun too. The golden desert-like landscape is perfect for a photo op or even just to sink your toes into. Close to the dunes you’ll also get to see the area’s old lighthouse which witnessed the very first tourists to arrive to the south of the island.
Sip on refreshing cocktails at Meloneras’ chilled nightlife spots
When it comes to luxury nightlife in Gran Canaria, we’re talking about laid-back bars and fine dining restaurants serving exotic beverages whilst the sea breeze rolls in. You’ll no doubt find a beach bar or two with a relaxed setting enticing enough for you to stop by for the evening. A stop off at Café del Mar will bring your experience to the next level, and if you’d like to turn things up a notch, why not head to the casino? Hedge your bets on a game of blackjack or take your chances on the roulette wheel. You can even enjoy the entertainment on offer here too which includes the Legends Caberet Show.
Visit Puerto de Mogan’s upmarket marina
Luxury holidays aren’t complete if there isn’t a harbour involved! Well, Puerto de Mogan has one and the area is one of the island’s most exclusive resorts. Aside from admiring the passing yachts, the marina oozes a chilled out vibe and is lined with loads of stylish restaurants and shops. There’s also a fishing harbour, so you can expect to devour a delicious ‘catch of the day’ at one of the harbour’s restaurants.
Sprawl out on Playa Amadores
We’re all about the beaches! And Gran Canaria has its fair share. Spending the day on any one of the island’s beaches is sure to ramp up the luxurious feel of your holiday. But we love Playa Amadores. Not only are the sands soft and the sea calm and clear, but you’ll be bang in the middle of yet another of Gran Canaria’s luxury resorts.
You can quite easily laze your whole holiday away on Playa Amadores and it won’t be hard to do. With a ban on beach games and loud music, peace and quiet is just what you’ll get! Also, the only watersports you’ll find here are pedalos which are perfect for those who prefer a calm, slow-going beach activity. But that’s not all! Want to be in on a secret? Make sure you hang about Playa Amadores to witness the incredible sunset over Mount Teide on fellow Canary Island, Tenerife.
Get pampered with a health & wellness session
If luxury style R&R is what you’re after, Gran Canaria doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the island is considered a top health and wellness destination and for good reason. Many of the island’s luxury hotels offer high-quality spas and packages, or you might want to use your natural surroundings to inspire your own wellness regimes. Think yoga on the sand dunes or meditation on the beach. You can always head to one of the local spas for a true wind down and peace of mind. Lay back with a water jet massage or indulge in a more traditional Ayurveda treatment. Now that is what luxury feels like!
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