The high life: planning luxury holidays to Gran Canaria

Find out all about the best things to do on luxury holidays to Gran Canaria. Discover where to stay, where to eat and what to do on your luxury getaway.

You’ve earned a treat. You’ve been working hard, and it’s high time you sat back, relaxed and enjoyed a little bit of luxury. Whenever you decide that it’s time to book yourself that hard-earned luxury holiday, the Canary Islands are always the perfect destination. The climate is wonderfully mild all year round, so whether it’s winter or summer, you can be sure that you’ll be able to soak up the sun on your luxury holidays to Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria is famous for its sunshine, its landscape, and its beaches, which are either stunning white sand or impressive black volcanic sand. A land of contrasts, steeped in history, this is somewhere you can come to truly relax, unwind and enjoy the very best of everything.

The best things to do on luxury holidays to Gran Canaria

If enjoying an up-market break to Gran Canaria sounds like it’s just what the doctor ordered, then read on to find out how to fill your days on this beautiful island, what to eat, and where to stay.

No holidays to Gran Canaria are complete without beach time

Whatever time of year you visit the Canary Islands, chances are that it’ll be beach weather, and you can’t go on holidays to Gran Canaria without spending at least a day stretched out on the sand and taking a dip in the Atlantic.

If we had to pick our favourite beach, it might have to be Las Canteras. In Las Palmas, it’s one of the best city beaches in the world, and just metres from some of Gran Canaria’s best 5-star hotels. The water is clear and shallow, and there are plenty of top-quality sunbeds and parasols to keep you sand-free and cool.

The promenade is lined with all kinds of bars and restaurants, some of which cater to the most discerning palates, and there are plenty of shops here for anyone who fancies a spot of beachside retail therapy.

Holidays in Maspalomas are also hugely popular thanks to its stunning sand dunes and beach where you can try your hand at all kinds of water sports.

Go stargazing on your five-star Gran Canaria holiday

Five-star hotels are all well and good, but why settle for five stars when you could have billions? The cherry on top of any long or short breaks to Gran Canaria are the incredible night skies. You can strike out on your own, or go on an organised stargazing tour and learn a thing or two about astronomy from your guide. The best place for gazing is in the southwest of the island, where you can get up high and there’s not much light pollution. Make sure you take a blanket, then lie back and enjoy the show.

When spending a weekend in Gran Canaria, don’t miss the Maspalomas sand dunes

Anyone who’s feeling active will love discovering the Maspalomas sand dunes on foot, following the marked trails. This is the perfect activity to combine with spending the rest of the day lounging on the beach.

Top off your winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria with a visit to Puerto Mogán

On the opposite side of the island to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you’ll find the charming coastal village of Puerto Mogán, a chic spot that’s perfect for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle. Admire the white houses, the flower gardens, the bridges spanning the picturesque canals, and indulge in some delicious food.

What to eat on luxury holidays in Gran Canaria

In order to find the very best food in Gran Canaria, you need to think a little outside the box, and follow the lead of the locals. The big tourist resorts aren’t generally known for their cuisine, but the Canary Islands in general have so much to offer, with immigration from around the world meaning you’ll find a wonderful fusion of flavours, as well as delicious traditional fare. There are plenty of restaurants with Michelin stars on the island, many of them in the capital of Las Palmas.

Choosing the best 5-star hotels in Gran Canaria

However you fill your days and whatever you eat, no luxury holidays to Gran Canaria would be complete without staying in the very best hotels in Gran Canaria. If you like a slice of history and culture alongside your luxury, then the very best 5-star hotel in Gran Canaria for you might just be the Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel.

This beautiful hotel opened way back in 1890 and has been attracting the great and the good ever since. It’s currently being refurbished, but will soon be reopening its doors to welcome the most discerning guests back into its 204 rooms with city and garden views.

It’s set right in the heart of the city Las Palmas, the island’s capital, just steps away from Playa de Las Canteras beach, which we recommended above, meaning you’re only moments from the action, but can still enjoy blissful peace and quiet. Spend your luxury holidays to Gran Canaria at the Santa Catalina, and you’ll find it very hard to tear yourself away.