The beachfront Bohemia is set on the southern tip of Gran Canaria. Despite the partying reputation of the resort, Playa del Ingles, the surrounding area feels tranquil, almost residential. With the Atlantic on its doorstep, the Bohemia benefits from lovely views. You can see the ocean, the beach, the Maspalomas dunes or the mountains from almost every room, suite or restaurant. The shops and main entertainment in Playa del Ingles are all within walking distance. Golfers can play at one of the three courses that are all under ten minutes’ away by car. The airport is a 20-minute drive away while Las Palmas, the capital, can be reached in just under 45 minutes.
The bedrooms, decorated in bold, almost retro designs, will be furnished with Apple iMacs, flat-screen tvs and free WiFi. The three colour schemes are terracotta, evocative of sunny Spain; bold yellow; or designer purple. The best suites, set on the top floors to guarantee commanding beach views, boast baths overlooking the dunes and sea. All rooms come with rain showers, double hand-basins and separate loos. The Swiss architect has created “little wows”, such as being able to open wardrobes from the front or the back.
The Bohemia pronounces itself “a design for living” so on that it will be judged. The indoor-outdoor vibe blends Asian exoticism with Californian cool. Contemporary but timeless is the leitmotif. A panoramic glass lift whisks guests to the chill-out lounge on the roof.
Eating and drinking
Here, too, the Bohemia is aiming for an indoor-outdoor vibe and an eclectic menu. Deep Blue, the pool bar, serves tapas, fruit and cocktails, while the ground-floor main restaurant favours Fusion: Mediterranean cuisine with Asian touches. Breakfast includes pancakes and waffles.
On the rooftop, the so-called 360° lounge should be the place for sunset cocktails or for chilling late into the night, or grooving with DJs at weekends. Live Jazz, Soul or R&B will be on offer most nights. Instead, the Siam Spa is designed in typically understated Asian style and specialises in Thai treatments. Unlike traditional gyms, this one has floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean. Beyond the hotel is the beach. With its winter sunshine and cool summer breezes, the Bohemia is a year-round retreat.
Service: too early to say but one can only presume…bohemian.
Who stays there
Couples in search of a cool but chilled beach holiday, with a seductive Asian spa. For once, the hotel, rather than the surrounding bars, will be the coolest place in town. The cool crowd will flock to the chill-out zone on the roof, and the eclectic restaurant.
The hotel only opens officially in October but you can book already, and the place is likely to be sought-after. As on most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. My low ratings reflect the fact that the hotel only opens properly in the autumn so I’ll be reviewing the Bohemia properly then.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Suites and a chill-out area with the `wow factor’
- The only boutique design hotel on Gran Canaria
- The funkiest spa-hotel on Playa del Ingles
- This is not a standard family hotel so leave the kids at home
- Give the hotel’s unique appeal, expect it to be booked well in advance