Gran Canaria – A Place to Transform Yourself

Mimi ON Oct 07, 2009 AT 3:36 pm

Take a Break in a Spa Hotel in Gran Canaria

Take a Break in a Spa Hotel in Gran Canaria

By Claire Tamara Yates

Gran Canaria has never leapt out at me as a ‘well-being’ or ‘stylish’ getaway. True, the Spanish Canary island, is famed for its fabulously sunny microclimate (averaging 24 degrees year round), plus it’s only 4 hours away and on the same time-zone. But I’d always thought of it as a bit mass-market and lacking in attractions.

Well, I’ve been proved wrong. Quietly over the past few years, Gran Canaria has been building up its offering of luxury spa and well-being hotels and facilities, as well as a world-class medical tourism industry for those looking for a little more of a pick-me-up.  The new Spa, Wellness & Health Association has brought together the top facilities on the island to arrange the very best bespoke wellness and medical holiday packages to suit the individual needs of UK travellers. I went along to find out more and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of spa hotels and medical facilities.

Himalaya Salt Cave

Himalaya Salt Cave

Where to Stay – Spa Hotels
Comparing to spa hotels around the world, I was impressed with the multitude of facilities on offer. There is an immense variety of experiences, which are creative and holistic. However, facilities are large scale and can get quite busy depending on the time, so take this into account when booking. Whether just coming for the spa facilities, or to recuperate after something extra, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes. These are my favourites.

Lava Floatation Pool,

Lava Floatation Pool,

The magnificent Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa & Casino has one of the best-rated spa and thalasso facilities in Europe. The spa is set in an area reminiscent of a volcanic cave covering over 3500m2, with a hydrothermal circuit of rooms and experiences to eliminate toxins, provide harmony and invigorate the cardiovascular and immunological systems. Using natural water at different temperatures with beneficial effect for the whole body, the journey takes you through lagoons and aqua domes via Ice world, a Lava Floatation Pool, a Himalayan Salt Cave, various vapour rooms and even a Womb Room – a little disturbing, but worth a try!

If you prefer a treatment in a stunning outdoor location, stay at the Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso, with its Ocean View Treatment Suites to die for. Each suite is situated on an island surrounded by a private Jacuzzi and sun terrace. There is a Thalasso Experience circuit, with numerous indoor and outdoor facilities. Highlights include a large seawater Vitality Pool, where the water’s heat and strength provide different types of aquatic body massages resulting in deep relaxation and strengthening of the muscles and joints. The Floatation Pool is also a must – I’d never been in one before and it was my favourite – bobbing around on my back with soothing lighting and music really helped me achieve maximum relaxation.

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