Gran Meliá Salinas
Avenida Islas Canarias s/n, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Spain, 35509
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Live entertainment, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Best for The Beach - Expert review of Gran Meliá Salinas
The undisputed grand dame of Lanzarote’s traditional luxury hotels is a real sanctuary. Guests can expect slick facilities and even slicker service. On my last trip to Lanzarote, I made the Gran Melia Salinas my first port of call after arriving on the island. Within minutes of slipping into the exquisite pool and looking out to the ocean, I had left all the stresses of London life behind.
Next to the ocean in the popular resort of Costa Teguise, with direct access to some of Lanzarote's most beautiful beaches.
Choose from a view of the ocean or of the hotel’s beautifully kept semi-tropical gardens. If you are feeling flush, go for a suite, or even a master suite in the main hotel, where you can luxuriate in your own private Jacuzzi with ocean view. These have been recently renovated to the tune of 1.5 million Euros, in striking dark wood and white, although some of the furniture still has a 70s touch. Or for real decadence, book one of the ten sumptuous villas, all with their own private pool. Rooms in the villas are spacious and decorated in neutral colours with cooling marble floors and natural wood, in classic rather than modern style. These villas are as secluded and serene as the name suggests and real hideaways, perfect for romantics, away from the main hotel.
A magnificent garden atrium and waterfall, complete with tree frogs, is the centrepiece of the spacious, white marbled floored reception. The bar here is comfortable, but can be noisy – I sat outside on the lovely breezy terrace with my g and t. A modern convention centre has a series of meeting rooms and banquet halls.
With no less than five very good restaurants serving a range of cuisines, plus a bar and snack bar, there is no reason to leave. My favourite is Restaurant Atlantida in the lovely, breezy atrium. Here, I spent a charming evening with my discerning father who didn't come up with one criticism. The buffet here really is five star, and one of the best I have had, with a wide choice of fresh fish and steak cooked to order, and a staggering array of salads and desserts. The melt in the mouth turbot and the flavoursome fish soup laden with garlic and tomato were stand outs. Restful, live piano music accompanied us not just at dinner, but at breakfast too – a charming and wonderfully decadent way to start the day.
The stylish, lagoon-style swimming pool was the first on the island to be designed by local designer, Cesar Manrique - copies of which can now be seen in tourist attractions and hotels across Lanzarote. It forms one of the most delightful areas to relax in any hotel I have seen, but don't miss the chance to step on to adjoining Cucharas beach, with sunloungers and windsurfers. Adults can enjoy evening performances of a very high standard, and there is also a kids’ club. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities, from swimming pools and mini golf to sports courts and shops. There is also a hairdresser, fitness and beauty centre and sauna.
I loved the avuncular concierges, who were very jolly, particularly when they discovered that I didn't know how to use the air con in my hire car. In fact, the service was generally excellent – slick and helpful - and what you would expect from a five star. The aptly named ‘Royal Service’ is true VIP treatment fit for a queen. It allows you to make use of the secretarial service, while you take time to enjoy the private pool and complimentary soft drinks and pastries (although I did get barked out for trying to help myself before 11am). Also included in the 'Royal Service' package is a pillow and linen menu for guests, and fast track check in, although I seemed to miss out on this on my stay.
Families, couples and some business travellers – all well heeled or on expense accounts.
The half-board special package including breakfast and dinner is well worth considering, as it is good value and the restaurants are all so good.
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- Avenida Islas Canarias s/n, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Spain, 35509
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- Villa, Gardens