Gran Canaria has long been the poster destination for package holidays for the 60+, and with good reason. The island is teaming with tour groups and all-inclusive offerings, far below par of that desired by a Luxury London reader.
The tide is changing however on this subtropical island, which offers all-year-round sunshine and endless aloe vera (the island’s signature plant with curative powers). Gran Canaria is beginning to carve out its niche as a wellness destination and leading the charge is Salobre; a smart sport, spa and golf resort hidden in the rolling hills of Maspalomas.
Salobre was opened by the Sheraton Hotel Group before breaking away to become privately owned in 2018. It has since ramped up its wellness offering, with a daily programme of yoga, water aerobics, exercise classes and meditation, as well as complimentary access to bikes. There is a basketball court, running track and football pitch on site, alongside two impeccably manicured 18-hole golf courses and a golf academy for beginners.
Guests can lounge at one of seven swimming pools or spend an afternoon enjoying the hotel’s spa circuit, which includes a Finnish sauna; oxygen therapy chamber; steam room, sauna and outdoor vitality pool with bubbling jets. There is an impressive menu of facials, body therapies and massages, alongside top-to-toe beauty offerings.
Golf buggies zip across the undulating green, while cacti, palm trees and dusty pink terrain make it perfect Instagram fodder. Rooms are spacious with private balconies and Rituals toiletries, and there are also a handful of private villas available to rent. The presidential suite boasts an outdoor jacuzzi, with panoramic views of the golf course and the dunes of Maspalomas.
There is an all-inclusive buffet that changes each evening, promising diversity without cutting back on quality. The relaxed La Palerma restaurant and bar is ideal for al fresco lunching, while the resort’s Sunset Bar serves cocktails and fusion cuisine against dramatic skies. Staff are smart, affable and attentive, ensuring that La Salobre lives up to its ‘serenity’ tagline.