Although Marina Suites is stylish, Puerto Rico will never win any beauty contests, despite its sheltered bay and sandy beach. Towering tiers of white apartment blocks are stacked up on the hill and scar the landscape – not that you see them from Marina Suites. But what the resort lacks in beauty, it makes up for in friendliness, fun, food and entertainment.
The crescent-shaped bay of Puerto Rico still attracts families, as do the raft of beach activities, from dolphin-watching boat trips to big-game fishing. The seafront is also lined with a huge range of bars and family-friendly restaurants that appeal to visitors on a budget. But there are an increasing number of more upmarket bars and restaurants too, especially along the delightful cliff-top path to the beach at Amadores, which makes an appealing stroll.
Most Puerto Rico bedrooms feel like dated, old-school Gran Canaria –but these bedrooms are the `new south’. The look is airy and contemporary, with a funky nautical style characterized by clean lines and bold stripes. Flat-screen TV and DVD players in the suites are a nice touch. All rooms can sleep a minimum of three adults (or two adults and two children). The larger, two-bedroom suites can sleep 5 adults (or 4 adults and 2 children). Even standard rooms come equipped with terraces overlooking the marina, as well as compact but functional kitchens (with an oven and microwave). The bathrooms are stylish and contemporary, with separate shower and bath.
Apart from the rooftop area (complete with pools and Jacuzzis) and the ground floor restaurants and bar, the public areas are somewhat limited.. But it is still engaging, especially the cool rooftop area. There is WiFi in the lobby.
Eating and drinking
If not making breakfast in your suite, then opt for breakfast at Atlantic, the rooftop bar, which is also open for light lunches and drinks. The Yacht Club bar takes over at sunset but is also the place for coffee and cakes. Allegretto, the main restaurant, has a nautical feel and is best-suited to families, while the adjoining El Beso (reservations only) is a cosy yet chic affair for couples. The same buffets are on offer in both restaurants so it’s simply a difference of mood. Puerto Rico is bursting with adult-friendly bars and family-friendly restaurants so there’s no excuse to hide out and cook in your suite.
I love the cool rooftop `chill out’ zone, including the pool, bar, two jacuzzis and sun-deck area. The heated outdoor infinity pool has lovely views over the marina and beach on one side and the rocky bay on the other. For children, there’s fully-staffed kids’ club (for four-14-year-olds), a dedicated pool, and daily activities. The marinas on either side of the bay offer every kind of boat trip.
Puerto Rico is linked to Amadores by a delightful cliff-top promenade that begins on the far side of Puerto Rico. It’s still easily walkable if you want a day at a different beach or an evening out in the quieter but more chic Playa Amadores area.
The young staff are switched on and exceptionally friendly, in a contemporary, laidback way.
Who stays there
Puerto Rico is traditionally popular with the UK market, but Marina Suites is so stylish that it even appeals to the French, sacre bleu. It’s perfect for couples and families who are looking for a sun-and-sand holiday with a wide range of facilities. But it also suits partying groups of friends, give the suite two-bedroom set up.
Given the variety of room/bed permutations, check the right one for you. As on most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Live entertainment
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- The location is great for bars, restaurants, the beach and boat trips
- The suites work wonderfully for families, couples or friends
- Marina Suites has the cool factor, from the suites to the `chill-out’ rooftop pool
- As a resort, Puerto Rico won’t be to everyone’s taste
- Funky hotel – but set in a fun-loving, old-school beach resort