If you’re looking for a chic and sophisticated holiday in 2018, head to Meloneras. This upmarket resort in Gran Canaria is situated on the south coast of the island, just 30 minutes away from the airport. With an infectious laid-back vibe, Meloneras offers visitors the chance to enjoy the Canary Islands in a luxurious setting. As a quieter resort, Meloneras is ideally placed to take advantage of the nearby bustling attractions in Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and Playa del Ingles. And while the resort has a trendy and affluent reputation, you can enjoy the delights of the spacious beaches, pristine golf courses and fine dining restaurants without breaking the bank.
Visiting the island’s capital of Las Palmas gives you the chance to see another side to Gran Canaria. Delivering culture and attractions in spades, the short bus journey is well worth the trip.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 35m
When to go
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Whether your ideal holiday is relaxing on the beach, being pampered in a spa or scouring designer boutiques for the perfect outfit, Meloneras has something for everyone. Active holidaymakers won’t miss out, either. With camel rides, water sports and stunning golf courses for starters, there’s plenty to keep you from getting bored. Add in historical architecture and museums, boat trips and a chance to take on Lady Luck at the casino, and you’ll see why Meloneras is known as one of Gran Canaria’s classiest destinations. The sweeping promenade is a great place to soak up the resort’s atmosphere before hitting the beach or finding a shaded refuge in a seafront bar. If Gran Canaria’s toasty temperatures are hotting things up a little too much, nearby Aqualand water park in Maspalomas is the ideal place to make a splash with family and friends.
Wine and Dine
Elsewhere on the island you might well find yourself faced with a feast of expat bars serving a ‘full English’ to hoards of hungry Brits. But this luxury location boasts a touch of sophistication that’s brought luxury dining options to the area. Over 20 restaurants serve up a range of food choices, including authentic Canarian and Spanish cuisine. You’ll also stumble across a few surprises. One of Meloneras’ best restaurants specialises in Peruvian dishes alongside sushi and delicious risottos. Track down a restaurant serving traditional Canarian food if you can. With influences from the Spanish mainland thrown into the melting pot, along with African and Latin American recipes, the flavours combine to create some amazing dishes. Take advantage of the fresh catches brought to the island’s shores by trying the vieja sancochada, an authentic fish casserole served across the island, which celebrates the abundance of fish caught locally.
A holiday in Meloneras offers families the best of both worlds. Parents can enjoy the chic surroundings and laid-back luxury, safe in the knowledge that there’s plenty of entertainment on hand to keep children and teenagers happy. Younger children will love the Angry Birds Activity Park in Puerto Rico, while all the family can get involved in the fun at the Aqualand water park. Adventurous families can head out on a camel trek across the sand dunes in Maspalomas or head to the roller coaster at Holiday World. If you’re worn out from all of the activities on offer, you can spend long lazy days on one of the many beaches, or catch a movie under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema. Explorers can indulge in a spot of sightseeing on an Electric Bike Tour or one of the many boat trips available.
Action and Adventure
A holiday to Meloneras is top of many golfers’ lists. It boasts two courses, one of which has recently been completed. Meloneras offers ideal conditions for the perfect round of golf. Sunshine, sumptuous views and courses to challenge any golfer’s hard-earned handicap. If you’d rather head off on an adventure rather than tee off, the camel safaris explore the nearby sand dunes of Maspalomas. Seeing the expansive dunes from the back of a camel is certainly a unique way to see the Canary Islands. If the arid heat sees you searching the horizon for an oasis in the sun, head to Aqualand. Packed with pools, slides and rapids, there’s something to keep everyone in the family happy. Adrenaline junkies can take on the Tornado, Adrenalina, Mamut or Boomerang – all high-octane waterslides guaranteeing thrills, spills and water-based fun. If all that sounds far too much like hard work, pick a spot on the Lazy River and let the current drift you around the park while you soak up the sun.
Life's a Beach
With year-round sunshine, Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for topping up that tan. On a holiday to Meloneras you can take advantage of its quiet and spacious beach. And if it’s a game of frisbee you’re after, the nearby beach in Maspalomas is ideal for families. If you like your beach days to offer even more in the way of excitement and adventure, head east to Playa del Ingles. The expansive beach plays host to a variety of water sports for adrenaline junkies looking to burn off some steam after relaxing on the beach. If you need to refuel after a day on the water, Playa del Ingles’ beachfront is lined with restaurants and cafés all serving up tasty treats. To see what’s happening under the water, head west on the island to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria. Just a 20-minute drive away, there’s a glass-bottomed boat trip that leaves the area. Perfect for spotting brightly coloured marine life living just off the Canary Island’s coast.
If your idea of a perfect night out involves fine dining and perhaps some pre-dinner drinks in a classic cocktail bar or café, Meloneras is for you. For a night out to remember, why not head to the casino? With much more than just gambling on offer, there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy before you head to the roulette tables. The Legends Cabaret Show is renowned for the high quality of tribute performances. Sit back and enjoy the show, as dancing and singing legends take to the stage. If you’re here purely for the gambling, there are over 70 gaming machines to try your luck on. Card game fans won’t be disappointed as the casino boasts the usual blackjack tables, plus poker tables, including the all-important Texas Hold’em tournaments. Away from the glitz, glamour and high-stakes gambling at the casino, Meloneras offers a laid-back night out on the Canarian coast. If you’re looking to move things up a gear and party all night, take the 10-minute bus ride to Playa del Ingles. This coastal playground never really seems to sleep, with the festival atmosphere carrying on into the wee small hours.
Everything about Meloneras has an air of luxury about it. From the gastronomic dishes served up in the fine dining restaurants, to the glamour of the glitzy casino, Meloneras is chic and sophisticated. This makes it an ideal destination for couples who enjoy the finer things in life. Playa de Amadores, or Lover’s Beach, is just a 20-minute drive away, and while the beach is popular during the day, it’s a peaceful spot to enjoy a sunset together. For the ultimate in romantic indulgence, book a couple’s spa package at the Costa Meloneras Spa. Side-by-side you can enjoy a range of relaxing therapies to ease away your worries and stresses from everyday life. If you’re an active couple eager to get out and explore, a morning trek into the Maspalomas dunes to catch the sunrise is well worth the early wake-up call. Catch a boat trip from Puerto Rico to catch a glimpse of the many marine mammals that visit Canarian waters – dolphins are spotted regularly, with the occasional sighting of pilot whales, too.
For a glimpse into the island’s history, head to the Punta Mujeres Archaeological Site in Maspalomas. Thought to be an Aboriginal coastal settlement, the ruins date back to the 9th century. Houses and other structures were found, and may have been part of a much larger settlement. Away from Meloneras, Gran Canaria’s capital is home to the majority of the cultural attractions, and no holiday to the island would be complete without a visit to Las Palmas. Art aficionados will want to check out the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, with their ever-changing series of exhibitions and events. Other noteworthy museums include the Science and Technology Museum, and Christopher Columbus House. The impressive house is more like a palace and Columbus is rumoured to have stayed in the house in the 15th century. If you’re travelling in June or July, you may well catch one of the many festivals held on the island. Las Palmas plays host to four in July, including a popular folk music and dance festival, and St John’s Day. The celebrations include dancing in the streets, bonfires on the beaches and a week of concerts, theatre and sporting events.