Glitzy Days

Hip hotels with Debrah Dhugga - Anytime is the right time for a restorative spa trip. Deborah has a flip-flops and sarong time of it in the Canaries…

Hello everyone! Hope you are well into a new springtime. I’m writing about a lovely spot where I had my own dose of winter sun a few weeks ago. Yes, after a full-on festive time, some sunshine and relaxation was on the agenda to kick off 2016. A trip to Bohemia Suites and Spa in Gran Canaria, went some way in starting me off on the right track, with its luxury service, high-end spa and boutiquey feel – and only four hours away from London.

Gran Canaria is a great place to just live in your flip flops and sarong at one of the beautiful beaches, or explore the culture and landscape across the island. The hotel is located right by the Maspalomas sand dunes, which are ideal for a morning walk, and it looks out across the Atlantic Ocean, although this is rather chilly – take a dip if you’re brave enough!

Lay Your Head

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Bohemia Suites and Spa is a stylish five-star designer hotel, an adult-only oasis, perfect for enjoying some down time away from your little ones.

The colour scheme is unique and modern, decked out in purples, reds, limes and gold.

Best room > The Star Sky Suite offers the most space and privacy in the whole of the hotel, and shows off fantastic views of Gran Canaria. I spent as much time as possible taking in the spectacular views from all sides, debating which balcony boasted the best outlook. The large soaking tub was ideal for relaxing, glass of wine in hand, without even having to leave your bedroom.

Dine

The 360° Restaurant is rooftop fine-dining at its best, where I could happily eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. The a-la-carte menu is simply delicious, and caters for both the health conscious and those who are truly in the holiday spirit, if you know what I mean! If you’re a fan of fish, you must try the line-caught sole, and sample as many fresh local vegetables as possible.

If you want a little less formal option, go down to the Dunes Restaurant set amid the hotel’s impressive gardens, where you can enjoy a quick snack and wash it down with a cocktail – perfect!

Do This

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The island’s capital, Las Palmas, is only 40 minutes’ drive from the hotel – in the Star Sky Suite you get complimentary use of a brand new Audi A1 to use throughout your stay so venturing further afield is a must! Get dressed up and enjoy an evening out at Opera Las Palmas – even if you’re not an opera buff it’s a great excuse to dig out your best gladrags!

Spa Time

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The hotel’s first-class Siam Spa is one of its main attractions, and I tried their special New Year Detox Package, meaning I really made the most of what they had to offer. Start the day with a private morning yoga session, followed by a hot stone massage and a personalised Body Feng Shui treatment. You’re then free to spend some down time in the spa before enjoying a special detox meal.

Eat Local

Gran Canaria is a big exporter of coffee and fine wine – two of my favourite things – and I had a great time visiting a local organic farm and vineyard to sample some of the island’s delicacies.

Wow Factor

Did you know that almost half of the island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO? I love running; it’s a great way to explore a new place. If running’s a bit too much, try hiking to the top of the sacred rock, Roque Bentayga, nearly 2,000 metres above sea level, and appreciate the incredible views – absolutely breathtaking.


Factbox

Nightly rates at Bohemia Suites and Spa start from £120 for a Sun Double room; and from £266 for a Junior Suite, including breakfast, excluding VAT.
For more information +34 928 563 400 | bohemia-grancanaria.com

British Airways holidays offer seven nights at Bohemia Suites and Spa, from £599 per person for a Sun Double or £939 per person for a Junior Suite, including return flights from London Gatwick.
For reservations 0844 493 0758 | ba.com/grancanaria

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