Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort
Hotel in Canary Islands
5-Star Hotel and Golf Resort
The Sheraton Salobre is certainly not your typical Gran Canaria resort, (for one it’s not located on the beachfront) perfectly blending in with the island’s rocky volcanic landscape and located in a private residential area up high in the mountains.
After checking into the large understated, yet elegant reception area, I was shown to my simple and sophisticated room. Though the large wood panelled bathroom with separate see-through rain-shower and bath area would have caught my attention anywhere else, here my eyes were only drawn to the wide balcony and its envy-inducing panoramic views. This was the type of view you could just sit and stare at for hours, without ever tiring from it. Think terracotta rocky mountains, punctuated by swathes of green palms, cacti, the perfectly manicured 36-hole golf course, and the sweeping Atlantic Ocean beyond.
The hotel has an air of quiet sophistication, and despite its 300 plus rooms and suites, it feels calm and intimate. Comprised of 11 grey and terracotta staggered levels, each one with draw-dropping panoramic views, it has no less than seven pools and relaxation areas, so no matter where you choose to be, you’ll always find a private spot.
Mine, I found on the cool and breezy level 11, with views of Tenerife and Mt Teide, lounging on an elegant Balinese day bed and surrounded by giant cacti and small winding streams. At one end of this vast roof terrace sits the adults-only Sunset bar and large infinity pool, and hidden away at the other is a kids club and play area.
Another perfect spot to unwind is the hotel’s Aloe Spa, which as well as its indoor spa area, features an exterior zone of therapeutic jets, bubble beds and waterfalls with serene vistas to match. Massages can be enjoyed in shaded pergolas overlooking the golf course and Maspalomas sand dunes.
With an isolated and hideaway-like feel, it’s not surprising that most of the dining options here are at least a 20 minute drive away – a fact that actually didn’t matter to me once I discovered the hotel’s four restaurants, each offering a different experience and cuisine. For lunch, I opted for La Palmera, overlooking one of the pools and serving traditional Spanish paellas and tapas starters. For dinner, the Restaurante Gofio offered an elegant buffet with a changing nightly theme and small bites served in mini frying pans and casserole dishes. Those who want something a little bit special should try the Camaleón, serving up modern Spanish cuisine in a semi-formal environment, while golfers have the innovative Perenquén tapas bar for when they finish their game.
Sitting on my balcony on my last morning, watching the sun rise above the Atlantic, casting an orange glow upon the volcanic landscape, I knew there was unlikely to be a better view from anywhere on the whole island.
Esme Fox is a freelance travel writer who is based in Spain
Photographs courtesy of Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort
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|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Family Friendly, Conference Rooms|
|Number of Rooms||313 rooms and suites|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Beach / Sun, Golf|
Deluxe Rooms (42 m²): Premier Room (45 m²); Junior Suite (84 m²); Deluxe Suite (77 m²) and a Presidential Suite.
Discreet and refined with friendly and helpful staff.
Half-board option is available for an extra price.
Last updated on 02-10-2015