Set in the south, in fashionable Amadores, the Gloria Palace Royal overlooks the chic Playa de los Amadores beach. This is a newer, more discreet resort than fun-loving Puerto Rico, its better-known neighbour. Amadores is the satellite resort to Puerto Rico in much the same way that Meloneras is to Playa del Ingles. While Puerto Rico is party central, and heavily built up, Amadores is far enough away to keep the crowds at bay.
The most charming aspect of this area, apart from the sea views, is the beach scene itself. The man-made Playa de los Amadores is one of the best beaches on the island. Apart from golden sands and a sheltered bay, the beach is quieter than Playa de Puerto Rico. At Amadores, the bars and restaurants are also generally superior, even if there are some budget options too.
Not that you’re marooned in Amadores. A scenic path runs from the beach to Puerto Rico, with sweeping views from the cliff-tops. If you book an airport transfer, then no car is needed at Amadores as there’s so much on offer locally, with Puerto Rico’s beaches, bars and boat trips within easy walking distance.
Golf-lovers can head to a number of local courses, including Tauro Golf, the closest, or to Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, which is smarter but still only 12 kms away. Meloneras and Maspalomas golf courses are around 15 kms away. (Guests can expect discounts on green fees).
Airport transfers can be arranged. There’s also a taxi stand just outside the hotel so you could dispense with a car completely.
Bedrooms and suites, which mostly come with sea views and balconies, are crisply contemporary and a cut above those at the other Gloria Palace properties. The equally stylish limestone-clad bathrooms come with a shower/bath, twin hand-basins and a separate loo. The top suite has a Jacuzzi on a huge terrace. The bedrooms are situated in different blocks. For convenience and closeness to the pools and restaurants, request a room in the main (reception) wing. Conversely, for peace and quiet, choose a room further away from the reception area.
The public spaces are striking, even if the funky mauve and lime-green lobby won’t be to everyone’s taste. While far from being a boutique hotel, there is a boutique feel to some of the public areas, especially on the terraces and in Kaia, the gourmet restaurant.
Eating and drinking
The quality of cuisine in the main restaurant is a notch above that on offer in either sister hotels. As well as international fare, the buffet-style restaurant even features such upmarket treats as sushi, as well as themed Italian, Mexican and Spanish buffets. The same care and quality applies to the ambience, which is more elegant than in the other Gloria Palace hotels.
As befits the Gloria Palace’s most luxurious hotel, a gourmet restaurant hogs the limelight. Kaia is set beside a waterfall and carved into a rocky terrace overlooking the sea. This a la carte restaurant is not included in the half-board options. The style is a blend of creative, Spanish and international cuisines, and includes such dishes as gazpacho, lobster salad and shrimps in chopped garlic. While the atmosphere is lovely, and service attentive, standards of cuisine do not equal those in Gorbea, the gourmet restaurant in Gloria Palace San Agustin.
The Gloria Royal drinking dens include a cocktail bar in the cavernous lobby, as well as a pool bar, snack bar and the Bar Salon, the setting for most evening entertainment.
There are three pools, including an infinity pool and a children’s pool. Children are spoilt for choice, with a playground, a kids’ club (for four-year-olds to 12-year-olds), as well as a full-on activity programme and mini-disco.
For adults, activities include spa-going, tennis, table tennis, and workouts in the open-air gym. Best of all is the Paseo, the landscaped cliff-top promenade which winds from Amadores to Puerto Rico, offering a 3km trail to the boat trips and nightlife in the livelier resort.
The spa is a pampering affair rather than the health-based thalassotherapy centre present at the two Gloria Palace sister hotels. Even so, the spa circuit does include underwater bubble-beds and massage jets in a pool heated to 35°C. The spa facilities, including fitness centre, steam room, sauna and heated massage pool, are open to guests at no extra charge. The adjoining beauty centre offers a range of treatments from manicures and facials to aromatherapy massages, Reiki, or peels and scrubs using ginger and sea salts. The treatment rooms are more exotic and luxurious than those at other Gloria Palace hotels.
The evening entertainment, ranging from singing to shows, can feel rather dated, as in most Gran Canarian hotels. But if the in-house entertainment palls, explore the local bar scene, including the stylish chill-out lounge in Gloria Palace Amadores. The cool crowd will also like the Amadores Beach Club below the hotel, and Ciao Ciao, a good Italian restaurant on the beachfront. Party people can stroll to Puerto Rico along the Paseo, the seafront promenade. The more adventurous could enjoy a night on the town in Las Palmas, an hour’s drive away.
Friendly and personal, with a charming assistant manager who is very hands-on.
Who stays there
Couples looking for a sophisticated take on a sun, sand and spa holiday. Families who prefer to take their children to a smart hotel, not that it’s unduly formal or intimidating in any way. The hotel also suits anyone who can’t decide between entertainment and peace and quiet: both are on tap.
As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included, as is the spa and a raft of activities, but WiFi comes with an extra charge.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- The gorgeous cliff-top promenade to Puerto Rico
- The spacious, contemporary-style bedrooms
- The beachfront location, with easy access to Playa de los Amadores beach
- For a full-on thalasso spa, choose another Gloria Palace hotel
- Kaia, the romantic a la carte restaurant, is not quite there yet