The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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One of the Spanish Canary islands off the coast of West Africa, Gran Canaria is a longtime favorite destination for gay partygoers and beach lovers. The island benefits from year-round sunny weather and beautiful landscapes, although the main reason people come here is to enjoy one of its many, many resorts.
The sheer number of gay venues, as well as their quality and variety, make Gran Canaria one of Europe’s top gay party destinations. It is so gay-friendly, in fact, that there are actually plenty of high-quality gay-only hotels across the island. When you add to that the wealth of incredible gay-friendly and adult-only resorts, gay visitors to Gran Canaria are genuinely spoilt for choice when it comes to booking their accommodation.
Absolutely, Gran Canaria is a very gay-friendly destination.
It’s worth noting that overall Gran Canaria is very popular with families. If you want to avoid a swimming pool full of screaming children it may be best to opt for an “adults-only” resort or even one of the exclusive gay-only resorts. Around Playa del Ingles and Meloneras there is an abundance of gay-only or “hetero friendly” hotels.
These resorts are mostly concentrated around the south of the island in Maspalomas, which is where most of Gran Canaria’s gay scene is. In particular, gay visitors tend to stay around the adjacent areas of Playa del Ingles and Meloneras.
Playa del Ingles is home to Yumbo shopping center, which houses dozens of gay bars, cafes, and clubs for the most convenient gay bar-hopping you have ever experienced. Meanwhile, Meloneras home to Maspalomas beach features the region’s only stretch of gay beach, around Hut 7. This beach can either be accessed by walking along the beach from Maspalomas or crossing the sand dunes from Playa del Ingles.
Seaside Palm Beach is a particularly gay-friendly Maspalomas hotel, since it’s practically as close as you can get to the gay beach: the start of Maspalomas gay beach is a stone’s throw away, and then it’s a short walk along the beach to the gay vibes of Hut 7. There are plenty of direct buses to the Yumbo center, including some all-night services.
The hotel also happens to feature some incredibly cool and colorful design, really standing out for the bright personality of its rooms. There are four color schemes, inspired by the natural colors of the island and each creating a distinct atmosphere: sunny yellow and turquoise, soothing violet and green, flirty coral and blue, or understated beige and brown. The decor feels fresh and modern but with a touch of 70’s vintage,
The rest of the hotel is equally colorful and well-designed, with the large lagoon-style swimming pool being the central highlight. There is also a saltwater wellness pool and a brine pool, along with excellent spa facilities including sauna, steam room, and salt cave.
Fitness fanatics will be spoiled for choice, with a lovely gym surrounded by palm trees as well as yoga, qi gong, and tai chi classes. There is also a tennis court available free of charge for hotel guests, and many top-of-the-range golf courses nearby.
There are three restaurants serving a range of delicious Spanish specialties, as well as a snack bar and a swanky 70’s-style lounge bar. The hotel also has a “Cross-Dining Programme” with Seaside Gran Hotel Residencia, where you can try out the food at both resorts for an extra fee.
Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is located just next to its sister hotel Seaside Palm Beach, but it offers a much more exclusive and luxurious experience. While both hotels are 5-star, Grand Hotel Residencia takes it up a notch, starting with their exceptional standard of service. It is the only hotel on the island to be a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, and is ranked as the second-best hotel in Maspalomas by the users of TripAdvisor.
The hotel is located in an ancient palm grove, which gives it a beautifully secluded atmosphere. All rooms and suites are located in large, airy two-story villas, each room including its own shady terrace from which to watch the world go by. Even the standard rooms are beautifully decorated in a colonial style, with luxury details like L’Occitane toiletries and daily fresh fruit.
The central pool is quiet and picturesque, with a chilled-out vibe and lovely greenery all around. There is also a wellness saltwater Thalasso pool, featuring a range of relaxing jets and massages, as well as a state-of-the-art spa. The gym is located along a terrace overlooking the wellness pool, which makes for a very pleasant workout.
The restaurant serves a range of international dishes and Canarian specialties, and is particularly good for fresh fish and seafood. The pool bar also serves tasty food and drinks throughout the day, and the piano bar is a classy place to wind down in the evening and get chatting with your fellow guests. Thanks to the “Cross-Dining” service, you can also benefit from the excellent restaurants at Seaside Palm Beach.
As with Seaside Palm Beach next door, the location is ideal for gay visitors. The gay beach is a short walk away, and you can get to Yumbo with a quick bus or taxi ride. Overall, Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia offers many of the same benefits, but with a more intimate and high-end atmosphere.
Vista Bonita is a gay-only resort owned by the same group behind Seven and Atlantic Beach. It is unique in that it welcomes gay women as well as men, which makes Vista Bonita the best option if you happen to be traveling with a mixed LGBT group. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area, a bit too far away from Yumbo and the beach for walking, but taxi rides are cheap enough to keep this from being too inconvenient.
The hotel has an exceptionally lovely staff team, who are much beloved by the regular customers who come here year after year. Despite having a loyal clientele, there is enough variety of new and old customers to keep things interesting, and there is a fun, social, (and clothes-optional) atmosphere around the pool and the pool bar.
The apartments come in Standard Duplex, Superior Duplex, and One-Bedroom. All of them are comfortably furnished and kept exceptionally clean, with private balconies and terraces and well-equipped kitchenettes. However, it is worth mentioning that the Standard Duplex does not have air conditioning, which can be a problem during the summer.
Bohemia Suites & Spa is an adults-only resort hotel located just next to Playa del Ingles. It is a popular option with gay visitors to Gran Canaria due to its beautiful, creative design and its proximity to the Yumbo gay center. Indeed, most of the island’s gay nightlife is under a 10-minute walk from the hotel, while the beach is a similar distance in the opposite direction.
Bohemia Suites & Spa features colorful and inventive design, with rooms that are both stylish and unique. Most of them have perfect views over the sea, visible through large wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with private balconies. All rooms have luxury amenities such as a tablet device with 4G internet across the island, iMac, iPod dock, mood lighting, and Molton Brown toiletries.
360º Restaurant, as the name indicates, offers spectacular views of the island, but it also serves up truly delicious food. Atelier Cocktail bar also comes with great views, and is one of the best spots on the island to watch the sun go down with a tasty cocktail in hand.
However, the true highlight of this gay-friendly hotel is its wellness facilities. As well as the Siam Spa, which offers a range of traditional Thai wellness treatments, the hotel has a large spa area featuring various pools, saunas, and baths in every temperature imaginable. There is also a gorgeous pool area surrounded by a lush garden, and a small gym. For those in need of something more intense, their Bohemia Health & Recovery center offers holistic health packages that include physiotherapy, nutrition, and personal training.
Bohemia Suites & Spa has won two Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence and is ranked as one of the top 3 hotels in the Playa del Ingles area on TripAdvisor.
Pasion Tropical is located a bit far away from most of the usual gay attractions in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. Indeed, it is just next to San Agustin beach, which is one beach north of Playa del Ingles. This makes it a quieter option, especially as San Agustin beach has all the infrastructure of a resort beach with none of the huge crowds. The hotel does offer a free shuttle service to Yumbo and to the dunes, so the distance isn’t much of an issue. Pasion Tropical is one of the most booked gay hotels in Gran Canaria.
Pasion Tropical is one of the closest gay resorts to a beach, making it a great choice for those who prefer sand to the poolside. The hotel does have a pool, but it is small and more suited to a quick plunge. It’s the surrounding grounds and gardens, however, that makes Pasion Tropical stand out. There is a lot of care put into making this space as beautiful and colorful as possible, giving off a tropical oasis feel.
There are apartments, studios, and maisonettes available, all with comfortable bedrooms and kitchenettes with all you need to prepare your own meals. Some of the apartments have ocean and pool views, and some have private balconies and terraces. They feature modern, colorful decor, with the semi-circular design of the buildings lending the rooms a unique touch.
The rooftop terrace is one of the highlights of the hotel. With many loungers and Balinese beds, it has a stunning view of the sea and the surrounding area, and is a great spot for a bit of sunning. Downstairs, there is a small outdoor gym, which can cover basic workout needs.
Seven Hotel & Wellness is a gay hotel in Gran Canaria, dedicated entirely to gay men. A reflection of how gay-friendly Gran Canaria is, it is also a superbly modern hotel, with stylish design and a stunning location – the view of the green mountains from the pool and restaurant is breathtaking.
The rooms are decorated in a simple monochrome style, almost entirely pure white. This makes for a wonderfully refreshing place to unwind after a day in Gran Canaria’s sweltering heat – and that’s before you go freshen up in one of the incredible walk-in showers. As well as a variety of room and suite sizes, you can also book a villa with a private pool, for the ultimate indulgence.
Otherwise, there is an awesome heated saltwater pool, which includes in-pool loungers if lounging in the sun isn’t enough for you. The gym is small but very pleasant, located outdoors under a shaded structure. For a more exciting workout, other activities are on offer, including windsurfing and sailing. As the name of the hotel indicates, there is also a wellness center offering treatments and massages.
The hotel is located just next to the huge Maspalomas golf course. Yumbo center and it’s many gay bars and clubs can be reached within 20 minutes by bus or under 10 minutes by taxi. While it is possible to cross the Maspalomas sand dunes to reach the gay beach, this is a 45-minute hike over hot sand, so the free morning shuttle to the beach is a handy perk.
One of the best things about staying in a gay-only hotel will always be the staff, and here it is no different. Everyone at Seven Hotel is dedicated to making your stay unforgettable, and can also give you advice and tips on what’s happening in the gay nightlife of Gran Canaria. Seven Hotel is one of the most booked gay hotels in Gran Canaria.
Hotel Gran Canaria Princess is an adults-only hotel located close to Playa del Ingles. The endless gay entertainment of Yumbo center is just a 15-minute walk away, and if that seems too far there are two cruise fetish clubs just 5 minutes from the hotel, The Hole and Hell Club. In other words, this is a great choice if you’re in Gran Canaria to party. So it’s no surprise this is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Gran Canaria.
This 4-star features modern, minimalist rooms, decorated in clear white, with furnished balconies and basic amenities. The outdoor pool area is large and extremely pleasant, with plenty of sun loungers and beautiful vegetation, and there is also a lovely outdoor spa area with saunas, jacuzzis, and Balinese beds.
The restaurant, Princess, offers a wide variety of hot and cold dishes, including some straight from the show cooking grill. There is also an a la carte restaurant and several bars throughout the hotel. Like most resorts in the area, there is plenty of entertainment, from regular shows at their dedicated outdoor stage to activities like archery, wine tasting, and yoga.
This adults-only hotel in Playa del Ingles has a gorgeous vintage pastel aesthetic, making it one of the most ‘grammable options in this list. Everywhere you look, you’ll see nods to 50’s and 60’s Americana style, but with a minimalist touch that keeps things fresh and modern.
The rooms are beautifully decorated, but they are also extremely roomy and pleasant. All rooms come with a balcony or terrace (the latter with direct access to the hotel pool), and all have a fully-equipped stylish kitchenette. There are also suites available for even more of an apartment feel. All rooms sleep up to three people, making this a good option for groups of friends.
Gold Playa del Ingles – Adults Only has its own “Wellness Cottage”, offering a full range of massages and beauty treatments, as well as a sauna. There is a bright and colorful gym for those who want to keep fit, and of course a crystal-clear outdoor swimming pool with plenty of beds and loungers, as well as a cool poolside bar. As if that weren’t enough, there is also a rooftop solarium with its own jacuzzi.
This adults-only is located just five minutes away from Yumbo shopping center, meaning your walk back from the gay clubs will be just a short straight line. This makes it one of the most convenient gay-friendly hotels in Gran Canaria. It is also the second highest-rated hotel in Playa del Ingles on TripAdvisor, and among the highest-rated on Booking.com one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Gran Canaria.
Birdcage Gay Resort is a boutique-style resort in Playa del Ingles, less than a 10-minute walk away from Yumbo center. Its intimate and quiet atmosphere makes for an incredibly relaxing stay, which means you can party away your evenings and then recover peacefully in your little slice of Gran Canaria heaven.
The hotel is centered around a lovely pool and garden area, with a lush variety of local plants and flowers providing the perfect scenery for a dip in the pool or lie down on a hammock. The permanent smooth background music gives the whole place an exceptionally chilled-out vibe, (the jacuzzi also helps). Any level of the dress (or lack thereof) is allowed, so you can truly make yourself at home.
Breakfast is included and is served on the terrace, with a fresh and delicious variety of hot and cold foods. Best of all, it is served until mid-day every day, which means you can sleep in a couple of extra hours after a big night at Yumbo. Meanwhile, the lounge is a pleasant place to chat with your fellow gay guests, read a book, or have a few drinks.
All of the staff, from the owners to reception to the therapists in the wellness area, are exceptionally friendly and helpful. They help elevate the resort into a superb boutique experience, giving you all the personal attention you need without ever feeling intrusive.
AxelBeach Maspalomas is part of the international Axel gay hotel chain. Like all the hotels in the group, AxelBeach is designed with gay men in mind, but is hetero-friendly. This makes it a particularly good option for gay visitors traveling with straight friends, as most of the gay hotels in Gran Canaria are gay-only.
The hotel has 92 apartments, all of which sleep two or three people. All the apartments are spacious and comfortable, decorated in a simple but modern style. They all feature a lounge area, bathroom, kitchenette, separate bedroom, and a furnished balcony. The latter can either overlook the street or the hotel’s beautiful pool and gardens.
The lounge garden is a special addition to AxelBeach, a lush patch of greenery with Hawaiian hammocks that’s the perfect spot for some quiet chill-out time. Meanwhile, the pool is a great place to enjoy the Canarian sun, with plenty of sun loungers, stylish beds, and a cool Sky Bar serving delicious cocktails and snacks throughout the day.
At night, the bar becomes an excellent mingling spot, giving you an opportunity to meet up with fellow gay and hetero-friendly guests before heading out to Yumbo for the night. The gay nightlife center is only about 10 minutes away on foot, so you can save up your taxi money for trips to the Maspalomas gay beach.
AxelBeach has a wellness center offering massages and luxury treatments, and there is also a hairdresser and a barber on site to keep you looking sharp. For gym bunnies, there is a decently-sized, well-equipped gym on site.