Playa del Inglés, Canary Islands

Photo: Bohemia Suites & Spa
Photo: Bohemia Suites & Spa

Some cravings pop up in the most unexpected places. Like one of Europe’s southernmost points. The Canary Islands–located 60 miles west of Morocco–are known for their mild year-round weather, dramatic scenery, and dated accommodations. But when a 1970s building on Gran Canaria was transformed into a modern, adults-only hotel last year, people took notice. And not just the athletes, the sunworshippers, and the gay partiers who usually flock to the Spanish islands.

The new hotel is Bohemia Suites & Spa in Playa del Inglés, on the southern coast of volcanic Gran Canaria. The hotel has views of the Dunes of Maspalomas, the Atlantic Ocean, and the mountains. From everywhere. The rooms, the spa, and the top-floor restaurant and lounge, 360, as the name suggests. You’ll want to move right in when you see the rooms. Select your color palette: terra cotta, purple, or yellow. Open the doors to the balcony to create an indoor-outdoor space. And get comfortable with an iMac, a rain shower, and gorgeous olive-wood furniture.

You’ll feel just as at home throughout the rest of the hotel, too. The Thai-inspired spa is decorated in black bamboo, and it has 11 treatment rooms and a hammam. A Thai massage will release all of the built-up tension from traveling. Then relax by one of the pools. Lime-infused cocktails will be delivered from Saphire Bar. And when you’re hungry, tataki tuna and homemade duck sausage–plus the amazing view–from 360 will make you linger upstairs.

Dunas de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Bohemia is so pampering and relaxing that you could spend your entire trip right at the hotel. But you’re overlooking a gorgeous six-mile beach. Playa del Inglés is a playground for watersport enthusiasts. Go surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or sailing. Prefer to stay out of the water? Run along the promenade. Work on your golf swing. Hike through the pine forest. Explore the aquarium and the orchid exhibit at Palmitos Park. Climb the famous dunes. Just bring plenty of water with you. Or dance the night away at one of the clubs at Yumbo Centrum.

Just return to your room before the sun rises. Since you missed the sunset, stay awake just a little longer to watch the sun peek above the horizon. The water and the dunes seem to sparkle this time of day. It’s so peaceful, you end up falling asleep on your balcony. Right at home, indeed.

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