TEXT: ESME FOX | PHOTOS: GRAND HOTEL RESIDENCIA
“Your luxurious home from home,” is exactly how sales and marketing manager, Lisa Tuckman, describes the five-star Grand Hotel Residencia: a Seaside Collection hotel, and the sole member of The Leading Hotels of the World on Spain’s Gran Canaria island.
Elegant? Definitely. Refined? Yes. But, homely is perhaps more reserved for Bed & Breakfasts and guesthouses than five-star GL hotels. Yet, the five-star Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is effortlessly understated, set in a palm-filled oasis with its light and airy colonial décor. In fact, it was created when founder Theo Gerlach had the idea to make the best hotel in the Canary Islands, a hotel where guests would feel among friends in a private residence. “70 per cent of our clientele are actually repeat customers,” says Tuckman, so it seems like Gerlach’s original idea paid off.
Located close to the famed Maspalomas Beach, the hotel affords spectacular views over the sand dunes, the palm oasis and the mountains. “It’s discreet, yet luxurious, and offers the ultimate in comfort,” says Tuckman. The common areas are decorated in lots of dark wood with white orchids, while the rooms and suites are housed in stylish two-story villas. The rest of the hotel is decorated in tones of whites, yellows and blues – the colours of the Canarian flag.
The restaurant is an exquisite space, providing romantic views and serving Mediterranean cuisine created by Michelin-starred chef Wolfgang Grobauer. It offers a varied seasonal menu with lots of fresh produce and seafood. There’s ‘a la carte’ or luxury buffets and barbecues with lobster, as well as homemade ice cream.
Surrounded by lush gardens, palms and pools, the hotel attracts a distinguished clientele. Some of the luxurious services on offer include an aqua gym and personal trainer. There are also golf packages available, combining your stay with a few rounds at one of Gran Canaria’s six top-quality 18-hole courses. As Gran Canaria is a top wellness destination, there is, of course, a lush spa to unwind in, featuring a salt water pool, a steam bath, sauna and salt cave.
A secluded oasis where you can holiday and relax among friends, Tuckman sums up the feeling of the Grand Hotel Residencia by saying: “Arriving here feels like walking into a different world, hidden away”.