Bohemia Suites & Spa

Gran Canaria


It's a 30-minute drive from the airport to this five-star adults-only spa in Playa de Inglés on Gran Canaria's south coast.

It oozes a sense of Bohemia from the tinkling fountain at the entrance to the retro rocking chair-filled, uplit lobby.

Our spacious room had a gold colour scheme with piles of cushions on the huge window-facing bed and a wooden-slabbed desk and walk-in cupboard. The blonde-sand beach was just visible from the hotel where the majestic Maspalomas dunes are almost on-the-doorstep - a vision of stunning, undulating mounds.

Eating at the Bohemia's rooftop, the glass-sided 360 restaurant felt like being atop a luxury cruise ship. Locals flock for special occasion dinners, but we loved the setting best at breakfast, when the blue sea sparkled all around and we heaped our plates with crisp croissants, fresh fruit and juice, pastries, compotes and eggs and omelettes cooked to order.

Even visiting out of peak season, the thermometer never dips below 20°C during the daytime, so we could relax by one of the two beautiful pools (a generous ratio considering the hotel's small size: nowhere ever felt crowded).

I was, however, the only person to enter the pools across the week - they felt as chilly as an iced gazpacho. The Spaniards must have been cutting down on their pool-heating bills.

The powerful Saharan wind can sweep across the region and this meant that on two mornings we lay by the pool, first wrapped in hoodies and towels, then retreating to our glass-sheltered balcony to bask in the windless sunshine.

Nearby locations to visit include Puerto de Morgen, a pretty port town which locals call Little Venice for a "canal" of water running partly into town. It's a scenic place to take a boat trip or flop on the beach and in the pool-like calm cove of sea. "La crisis", as Spaniards dub the economic crisis, means there are far more taxi drivers than demand, so prices are cheap wherever you want to go.

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