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Bohemia Suites and Spa, Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria
Playa del Inglés used to be the Gran Canaria version of Magaluf. Then along came gentrification and with it hotels like Bohemia Suites & Spa, catering for a more sophisticated clientele. In came haute cuisine, out went all-day English breakfasts. Craft cocktails replaced pints of lager. The five-star Bohemia is one of only two Design Hotels on the island. It is much easier on the eye than its predecessor, Hotel Apolo, which was no Apollo in the looks department. These days, Bohemia stands out for all the right reasons. A top-floor restaurant called 360° offers panoramic views over Playa del Inglés: beach and resort. The lobby, with murals from Juan Cabrera Cruz, is almost an art gallery.
Can't get by without your regular fix of Premiership football? You'll find some British bars nearby from Playa del Inglés' package tourist past.
You're a five-minute walk from the golden sands of Playa del Inglés at this hotel.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Gran Canaria take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Young-at-heart middle-aged couples or mature-minded junior pairs with a taste for the finer things in life, including fashion and good food, will love it here. Landscaper extraordinaire Luis Vallejo has worked wonders with 500 square metres of gardens, expertly combining cacti, curry plants, and frangipani.
Service & Facilities
Two outdoor pools are helpfully named Morning and Afternoon according to the time of day the sun passes over them.
- Three swimming pools
- Wellness centre
- Free parking
The Sky Suites' two terraces (one is private) delight, as does the pair of Bang & Olufsen televisions and freestanding bathtub. The colour schemes of the rooms are shocking, vibrant and life-affirming, with walls variously painted in purple, red, and yellow.
Studio Deluxe, Studio Suite, Deluxe Double, Junior Suite, Sky Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
You will see the basketball-player-tall Pape Diouf before you hear the smoothly-spoken tones of this charming, ever informative restaurant manager. Potaje canario is a traditional staple that 360° encase in a croquette with cream of sweet potato and orange soup.
360°: à la carte fine dining, contemporary cuisine, seafood, steaks. Open daily for breakfast and Weds-Sun for dinner.
Atelier: cocktails and drinks.