[Ad] An Indulgent Escape to Gran Canaria with Jet2 Holidays and Seaside Hotels. Enjoy a mini-break in the sun with great food and wine, with access to the Hotel’s Spa, as well as the famous Maspalomas Dunes
The sea sparkled as we flew over the sandy dunes and mountains on our approach in to Las Palmas, and the excitement of a sunny mini-break suddenly became a reality. We were on an Indulgent Escapes Jet2 Holiday for four nights in Gran Canaria, which is one of the islands that form the Canary Islands, the other islands being Tenerife, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Fuertaventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. From the moment we checked on online to when we landed in Las Palmas, the whole procedure with Jet2 was flawless, with great personal customer service. As part of our Indulgent Escapes holiday with Jet2, we were able to choose our seats and check on online in advance, had a priority lane pass at Manchester Airport, which meant beating the queues for security checks at the airport, we received complimentary in-flight drinks, had a generous 25kg baggage allowance and were whisked to and from our hotel in comfort and style by private transfer. And, we were able to choose one of the exclusive Jet2 Indulgent Escapes hotels to stay in too.
Our Indulgent Escape Hotel was the Five Star Seaside Palm Beach Hotel in Maspolmas which is right next to the famous Maspalomas Sand Dunes, and a short walk away from the old El Faro lighthouse and town centre. The hotel is part of the Design Hotels group and is charmingly retro in looks. Artfully fashioned by a Parisian architect, splashes of colour, graphic prints and mid-century furnishings create a truly unique space. Amid the ancient palm garden, you can enjoy pure escapism by relaxing on one of the many sun beds by the blue lagoon pools next to the Spa. The hotel is renown for its gastronomy with seasonal local flavours, creative flair and fine wines on offer in all of it’s three gourmet restaurants. Freshly squeezed juices, flaky pastries and artisan bread from the hotel’s bakery are just some of the treats you can expect on the al-fresco buffet breakfast in the morning, along with exotic fresh fruit, an omelette station, charcutiere, pancakes, waffles and cheeses from all over the world.
We had a lovely Luxury Balcony room that overlooked the beach and sand dunes, which was large and roomy for the two of us. As part of the Indulgent Escapes Jet2 package, we had fresh fruit and water in our room, which was replenished daily as well as a complimentary spa session. And, we both received a complimentary luxury gift on arrival in our room, a very handy fold-up beach bag with a key ring and a luggage strap! The hotel was spacious with the most beautiful landscaping and gardens in and amongst the various pools and restaurants. Breakfast is buffet style, and on three nights of the week there is a specially themed BBQ night – we enjoyed an Asian and Italian BBQ night whilst we were there. We also dined in the alternative restaurants on two nights – Esencia which is fine dining a la carte and serves a range of international and local cuisine, and La Bodega, which is also a la carte and serves a range of Spanish and local cuisine. (we were on a Full Board package which compromises buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant) At lunch time, we would grab a fresh salad in the Pool Bar, which also offers Tapas, burgers and sandwiches etc. The food in all of the restaurants really was delicious, all carefully prepared with lots of local specialities and choice on offer.
After all the indulgent wining and dining, it’s nice to be able to relax in the Spa, and as a treat, we decided to book TWO Spa treatments. The hotel Spa offers sauna, steam room and massage treatments, as well as beauty treatments too, so we indulged in a neck and shoulder massage and a full facial, with pedicure and manicure. Such a lovely way to spend the day! There’s also an on-site hairdresser, which we both used on the last day and several boutique shops selling jewellery, clothing and luggage. For those who want to keep in shape, the hotel offers a gym with cardio fitness training equipment, free weights area, fixed strength equipment, sauna and steam room, ans daily Aqua aerobics in the Spa pool as well as yoga. Although we did venture out on a couple of days, with so much space and all these facilities, I can see why most people decided to stay on site for most of the day. The hotel caters for children as well as adults and if you so fancy a dip in the sea, it’s only 50 metres away, so you really do have the best of both worlds – pool AND beach.
Our mini-break holiday experience with Jet2 Holidays and Seaside Palm Beach Hotel was exemplary from start to finish, and the Indulgent Escapes package is perfect for those who want to add a little more luxury into their holiday. Going Full Board wasn’t at all restrictive, as on the days we went out we were able to grab a snack from the Pool Bar either just before or after we got back to the hotel. The location to the beach, El Tablero Shopping Centre and El Mercado Municipal markets was handy, it’s just a short 5 to 10 minute walk away, and the bus station was just up the road. We took a bus into Puerto de Mogan one day, which is about 30 minutes away; it’s a picturesque fishing village and resort on the southwest coast of the island. The canals and bridges of its seawater inlet have earned it the nickname “Little Venice.” Along the marina, you’ll find an assortment of restaurants and bars, while the old town area is full of quaint, Mediterranean homes and cottages climbing up the hillside. Puerto de Mogan is a major stop for ocean yachts travelling from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, and indeed we saw yachts from all over the world, including Wales, as we wandered around. It’s here that you can also take special Dolphin and Whale watching excursions from, which we did when we were there. For other things and places to do and see, the hotel website has a list here: Things to see and do in the area.
Official rating: 5 star
Jet2holidays rating: 5 star
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
Bed And Breakfast
50m from the beach
150m from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants
1km from the Masplaomas resort centre
3km from Playa Del Ingles.
Approximate transfer time 35 minutes
2 bars including a pool bar and lounge bar serving a range of local and international drinks
3 a la carte restaurants serving a range of international, local, Spanish, Italian and Japanese cuisine
5 outdoor pools including 2 children’s pools (5 saltwater)
4 nights in one room for 2 people flying to and from Manchester in May – from £695 pp with a £100 discount pp
Your holiday to Gran Canaria
2 Adults for 4 nights from Tue 21 May 2019
Included in your holiday
Return flights Manchester
(2) 10kg hand luggage
(2) 22kg baggage
Seaside Palm Beach Hotel
Bed and BreakfastATOL ProtectedPrivate transfers
- Extra benefits and special offers:
Complimentary Drinks and Extra 3kg Bag Allowance tickets
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