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OVERVIEW

Spain lays claim to 27 of the 400+ Leading Hotels of the World. Three are situated in the Canary Islands with one on Gran Canaria. As grand and luxurious as its five-star Grand Luxe rating suggests, the similarly appropriately-named Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is the perfect hideout for holidaying A-listers.


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Matthew covers the Canary Islands and beyond. He relocated to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the mid-Noughties. Since then Matthew has reviewed more Canarian hotels than anyone else. He champions the archipelago's gastronomic scene. Matthew rates this the equal of the Basque Country and Catalonia.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Maspalomas is far more famous for its dunes than its Charca, a bird-attracting lagoon which neighbours the Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia. However, it's still only a five-minute walk to the beach. The hotel borders the upmarket resort Meloneras, home to Moonlight Cinema showing the latest and greatest films in the open air.

By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Gran Canaria take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport. Free parking on site. Book flights to Gran Canaria.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

A duplex of an establishment, Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia not being a high-rise adds to its sense of exclusivity. A brilliant white exterior gives the impression of the hotel being as spick as it is span. There's a grandeur about the place but the air is relaxed rather than uptight.

THE FACILITIES

There's nothing like going out for a stress-free dinner and returning to a spotless room. The staff are conspicuous by their presence at Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia and none more so than the cleaners. Nothing seems like too much to ask and the management is as accommodating as they are welcoming.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Spa
  • Wellness centre
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Simply stylish terracotta-tiled floors, an elegant teak balcony and terrace furniture ensure a refined elegance on the accommodation front. Walk-in baths are miniature whirlpools thanks to a bubbly hydro-massage feature. Standard bathrooms offer L'Occitane toiletries whilst suites supply Bvlgari goodies.

Room types: Twin, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Master Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, desk, hairdryer, air conditioning, daily fruit, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The main restaurant offers an á-la-carte menu five nights a week and a bi-weekly themed buffet. Head chef Wolfgang Grobaeur combines French classicism with Spanish innovation. An excellent wine list draws heavily on Canarian vintages. Sip cocktails in the piano bar and munch on tapas at the pool bar.

The restaurant: authentic Canarian cuisine, international dishes, seafood. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Pool bar: tapas, homemade snacks. Open daily for lunch.

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