Bohemia Suites & Spa

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Address: Avenida Estados Unidos 28, Playa del Ingles, 35100, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

The cool base for beach babes - the only boutique design hotel on Gran Canaria.

Bohemia Suites is the baby of a visionary hotelier, who despaired of the bland beach hotels all around him. He dreamed up a funky beach boutique hotel with a laidback feel more akin to the cool Californian pool scene of San Diego or LA. The West Coast vibe extends to the chill-out zone on the rooftop, perfect for partying – and to the funky fusion cuisine and Asian spa. The Bohemia is still a work in progress so these ratings are tentative, and will probably be far higher. I can’t pronounce on it until the autumn, but bookings are being taken now.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • 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
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