Ahead of the Pride event in May, we at Vada have been scouting the island of Gran Canaria for some of the best accommodation it offers. For opulent, adult-only accommodation, Bohemia Suites & Spa, located in Playa del Inglés offers true luxury, moments from the beach – this is our review.
Bohemia Suites & Spa
Bohemia Suites & Spa is set in secluded grounds, where quirky meets luxury, combined with excellent service. The first thing you notice as you’re driven to the hotel is the striking external lift with coloured panels. This takes you to the rooftop bar and 360º restaurant, which offer stunning views of the Maspalomas dunes and beach, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
We visited in mid-January – the winter months typically being the high season in Gran Canaria; however the hotel did not feel crowded at any point. In fact, given it’s relatively small size, there was always plenty of space in the public areas (e.g. plenty of sun loungers available by the pool with personal space, and tables readily available in the restaurants). Upon check-in, bags were dealt with by our driver – a VIP transfer was arranged by the hotel. The reception staff took names and passports to confirm the booking, and then escorted us to the rooftop terrace to enjoy a complimentary welcome drink – to descend and complete check-in at our leisure. No busy, typical hotel queues for check-in here, in fact no queuing of any kind! And of course my bags were already awaiting me in my room.
Bohemia Suites & Spa offers complimentary tablets to guests, available from reception, which provide information about the hotel and allows booking of dinner and other reservations. Beach bags with towels are also available from reception. And of course, we checked the free wi-fi throughout, and the coverage is excellent.
Throughout the hotel are luxury touches, with deluxe colour schemes and interior design features. The reception area and entire ground floor for example is decorated in gold and purple with intriguing light features, and the junior suite we stayed in finished with terracotta tiles and upholstered in purple and gold hues. These colour schemes are continued throughout the hotel including in the wellness area. Complimented by Molton Brown amenities throughout and Cava offered as standard as part of breakfast, Bohemia Suites & Spa lends itself to being an indulgent destination.
Room – Junior Suite
We stayed in a Junior Suite, room 4021, which was sufficiently accommodating featuring walk-in wardrobe, large seating area, balcony with double day-bed and an invitingly king-size in the bedroom. One quirky balcony feature are the Philippe Starck-designed gnomes. Frankly we found these gruesome and turned them to face outwards as a means to ward off any hint of bad weather.
The bathroom amenities were Molton Brown amenities as in the rest of the hotel, combined with the double sink and rainfall shower for two, emphasised understated luxury with no compromise on space.
What impressed most was the technology fused with design. The 40” TV was integrated with with a Mac Mini computer, key board and mouse, allowing integration with your iPhone or iPod, and the room included a home cinema surround sound system. Should you need a reason to avoid the sunshine of Gran Canaria and laze about in your hotel room this would surely be it. The room also passed the pug-socket/USB port test, which has them conveniently located at the desk, TV/computer area and next to the bed. The final nifty technological gadget was the one-touch lights-out and air-con off buttons next to the bed, meaning there is no need to toss a coin for who has to give up the comfort of the covers for the arduous task.
Bohemia Suites & Spa has two dining areas: the 360º restaurant, which serves breakfast – the usual continental buffet affair with your choice of eggs, bacon and of course Cava, and a much more formal dinner service requiring reservation. Next to this is the rooftop Atelier Lounge where guests are welcome to enjoy cocktails throughout the day and late into the evening. Sipping a drink with views over the Atlantic ocean and the Maspalomas dunes there is no possibility the notion of work could enter your mind – the realisation you’re on holiday will hit you here if it hasn’t already.
For the dinner, we tried the six-course taster menu, comprising of creamed artichoke soup, a curry soup with banana chips and fresh basil – tastier than it sounds, salmon with roe, sea capers and a salad-filled taco, monkfish with quinoa salad and octopus ink, a beef fillet a dessert featuring candied fruits. The ingredients were of a high quality, and overall excellent execution of the plates. The beef fillet dish was cook exceptionally rare for which we were not offered the option in advance of how we like our meat cooked. We also suffered a 20 minute-long wait for anyone to take our drinks order, which was a somewhat disappointing given the high-level of attentiveness elsewhere in the hotel.
Lunch is available in the Dunes Restaurant & Terrace on the ground floor, next to the pools. Hendricks and Fever Tree tonic are both available, so gin aficionados will not be disappointed. The food menu was simple – a choice of burgers, light bites, juices and smoothies.
Wellness is the primary focus of Bohemia Suites and Spa, as such you will discover several pools and jacuzzi, sauna, ice shower, steam room and fitness centre on the ground and lower ground floors. The fitness centres offers a small selection of cardio and resistance machines with space for mats and weights. One small point of contention was the cheap synthetic towels provided here, where cotton hand-towels (used throughout the rest of the hotel) would be expected in a luxury hotel of this calibre.
The Siam Spa is located on 1st floor, offering a range of Thai and Balinese treatments including manicure and pedicures, facials and a variety of massages. We indulged in a 60 minute Bali massage, which started with a salt foot scrub and the massage itself began with the whole body being stretched out from the feet up, before the full massage on energy points with essential oils to restore balance to the body, leaving us with feelings of relaxation and reinvigoration.
The hotel offer a range of services, most importantly (we felt) is the VIP transfer from airport – you’re met by your driver in arrivals and driven to the hotel in a blacked-our Mercedes, the drive is approximately 25 minutes.
Aside from our dinner service, we found all staff to be very attentive and helpful – pre-empting concerns and questions with information. Moreover staff were aware of who each guest was, as such service felt personalised and individual, therefore is no wonder Bohemia Suites & Spa is rated so highly on TripAdvisor. Staff also speak fluently in German (as they make up the highest percentage of tourists to the island) and English, so if your Spanish is rusty or not quite up to par, you will not be left feeling like something was lost in translation.
Overall review comments
We would most definitely visit again, and highly recommend Bohemia Suites and Spa as a destination for affordable luxury, as well as indulgent accommodation over the Pride period. This hotel is ideally located about 5 minute’s walk from the beach (and a further walk across the dunes to the gay beach) and about 10 minute’s walk to the Yumbo centre. Service from staff was almost impeccable, and with the luxurious design throughout, sublime spa facilities and amenties, the hotel never feeling crowded at any point yet retaining a great atmosphere, we rate this luxury, boutique hotel 4.8 / 5.
Bohemia Suites & Spa is located Avenida Estados Unidos, 28, CP 35100, Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria.
Nightly rates at Bohemia Suites & Spa start from €204 for a Deluxe Double room; and from €344 for a Junior Suite, including breakfast and VAT. Call +34 928 563 400 or visit www.bohemia-grancanaria.com to book.