Calle Oficial Mayor Jose Rubio , San Bartolome De Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 35290
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- Couples, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing
Expert review of Las Tirajanas
Las Tirajanas is a tempting escape from the big, brash beach hotels in the south of the island. Dwarfed by red-tinged ridges, the hotel overlooks pines, Canarian palms and even the sea, visible in the far distance. I love the fact that it’s only forty minutes from bustling Maspalomas yet Las Tirajanas feels stuck in a Canarian time-warp. The dramatic mountainscape is even more seductive when viewed from the intimacy of a four-poster bed. Yet this is not a luxury hotel, nor even a boutique hotel: the luxury lies in the landscape and in the peace and quiet of the mountains. Come to unwind by hiking in the mountains, touring the prettiest villages, then collapsing in the spa or pool.
Las Tirajanas is about 35 kilometres (40 minutes’ drive) from Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and the southern beach resorts. Set near the village of San Bartolomé, the hotel is surrounded by mountains and craters, notably the Caldera de Tirajana, a deep ravine formed by massive landslides. San Bartolome lies at the heart of a fruit-growing region that produces almonds, plums, apricots and cherries, which often find their way into local liqueurs available at Las Tirajanas. When not succumbing to cherry and rum concoctions, try the winding route north to Tejeda, Roque Nublo and Cruz de Tejeda. Given the altitude, almost 1000 metres above sea level, expect the evening temperatures to be cooler here than on the coast.
Designed in romantic rural style, the air-conditioned bedrooms boast canopied beds, old-world rustic furniture, decent bathrooms, and balconies with sun-loungers overlooking the mountains. The best rooms take in views across the valley, with the mountains beyond, and the sea in the distance. The dramatic views and king-size or four-poster beds make this a popular spot for weddings and honeymoons.
From the bars to the sun-deck, spa and pools, all are appealing and well-maintained, with the exception of a Jacuzzi which has seen better days. A delightful private chapel confirms the hotel’s popularity as a wedding venue.
The food provokes the most heated debate among friends, with breakfast rated highly, along with the poolside snack bar, but the other meals of variable quality. The evening buffets feature Canarian dishes, include rabbit and chick-pea dishes, as well as a variety of meat dishes and salads. If not to your taste, there are hearty restaurants fifteen minutes’ walk away or a short drive to Santa Lucia.
The spa comes with a heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and a variety of pampering treatments, including massage. The pool and spa are the main leisure facilities, although the hotel can organise guides or advise on local walks, drives and bicycle hire (but beware those steep hills). However, it is highly advisable to go with a guide who really knows the island and speaks good English. I always recommend Guillermo of Nortetrek (www.nortetrekgrancanaria.com).
Service is friendly and helpful but occasionally marred by under-staffing.
Romantics and walkers eager to get away from the soulless resorts in the south.
As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included. Some consider the buffet dinners over-priced.
More information on Las Tirajanas:
- Calle Oficial Mayor Jose Rubio , San Bartolome De Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 35290
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