What’s the best gay hotel in Gran Canaria?
Gran Canaria is a very popular destination for European gay customers. Located off the coast of Mauritania, this Spanish territory has a pleasant climate all year round. There are many British, German and Dutch people escaping the cold and humid winters in the north of the continent. The Yumbo Center in Playa del Inglés is the center of the gay scene and you will find dozens of restaurants, clubs and other gay bars.
Gogenko has compiled a selection of the best gay hotels in Gran Canaria, all around the Yumbo Center in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. You can also easily reach the magnificent oasis of the Maspalomas sand dunes, which will immerse you in a setting comparable to the Sahara desert. Once you reach the ocean, head to the popular gay beach at booth number 7.
LGBTQ+ hotel, 100% gay resort or gay-friendly hotel?
When we talk about gay hotels in Gran Canaria, you will find that the range of accommodation is very wide. Many travellers come to Playa del Inglés or Maspalomas to spend several days or even weeks.
Consequently, to give you more freedom, many establishments include a kitchenette or a real kitchen in accommodations that turn into small flats. This is the case for most 100% gay resorts, in bungalow complexes and even for hotels which could then be called aparthotels. For shorter stays or if you are looking for a more luxurious experience, you will find a selection of upmarket hotels that will spoil you with gourmet restaurants, wellness centres and other personalised services.
A gay establishment also means an adapted service for your comfort and peace of mind. Most of the gay hotels in Gran Canaria offer “Clothing Optional”, i.e. the possibility to practice naturism. These are for adults only and are often arranged around the outdoor swimming pool, making it easier to meet other visitors.
Here is a selection of our 25 favourite gay hotels in Gran Canaria classified according to their respective categories.
Top 10 – 100% gay resorts with naturism allowed
Why do we recommend Villas Blancas?
Villas Blancas is a beautiful complex of 30 villas, reserved for adults, in Maspalomas. The layout is ideal to meet other travellers. You can book accommodation for up to 6 people. Enjoy 2 swimming pools, one of which is heated all year round, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a bar. In addition, the resort’s restaurant offers friendly meals at affordable prices. Villas Blancas has been highly rated by its customers for many years.
Why choose the Rainbow Golf Bungalows?
Enjoy a friendly experience, just like at home. That’s how you could describe this gay resort, which consists of 20 bungalows and a special suite. We really like the outdoor area with the heated pool as a focal point that will allow you to chat easily with other visitors. There is a pool bar, a nice “social corner” and a sauna. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Yumbo Center. Please note that Rainbow Golf Bungalows’ clientele gives it an exceptional rating.
Why do we like Club Torso in Gran Canaria?
Club Torso is a very popular gay hotel in Gran Canaria. The resort offers 12 modern, refurbished bungalows arranged around the pool, jacuzzi and pool bar. Each unit has its own terrace and you can also enjoy a gym area, a small sauna and even a dark room. The Yumbo Center, centre of Gran Canaria’s gay scene, is a 20-minute walk away.
The reasons why we like it so much?
Aqua Beach Bungalows is a 100% gay resort in Gran Canaria. The resort has 25 bungalows, a loft and a villa (located 100 meters away). The location is perfect as the Yumbo Center is right across the street, making it an ideal place to get home quickly after a wild night out. There is a swimming pool and we specially enjoy the jacuzzi which can welcome up to 16 people! The bar offers no less than 28 different Gin’s!
Why do we like Villa Adler?
We really appreciate the intimacy of this small gay hotel in Gran Canaria. There are 8 modern flats of a very high standard. The outdoor area is cosy with the pool, plenty of sun loungers and a cafe-bar. If you come with a group of friends and book several rooms, you can easily feel like you’re in your own second home, as the place is so quiet and isolated. The Yumbo Center is just a few minutes walk away.
A tropical experience at the Birdcage Gay Hotel
The Birdcage Resort is a beautiful gay resort with a tropical atmosphere. We love the outdoor area with its lush garden, pool, jacuzzi and plenty of space to relax including hammocks. The breakfast is of high quality and is served in a pretty room overlooking the garden. Want to go out at the Yumbo Center? Just walk a few minutes to enjoy the many restaurants, clubs and gay bars.
Why come to the Artemisa Gay Bungalows?
Located just 5 minutes’ walk from the Yumbo Center, the gay Artemisa complex offers well-equipped accommodation in excellent condition, a large swimming pool, a café-bar and a small restaurant. The setting is green, relaxing and well insulated from the outside world.
Why choose Los Almendros Holiday Club?
Bungalows Los Almendros is a large complex of about 30 LGBTQ+ bungalows in Gran Canaria. We really like the layout of the resort, the well-equipped accommodation and the pool and jacuzzi which are a great meeting point. The latter can accommodate up to 15 people. There is also a sauna, a gym, an outdoor bar and many lounges. The Yumbo Center is about a 10/15 minutes walk away.
Why Gogenko recommends Gay Bungalows Paso Chico?
Paso Chico Gay Bungalows is very well located since it’s right in front of the Yumbo Center, where you can enjoy many restaurants, bars and gay clubs. There are 6 bungalows with kitchen and private terraces. It is an ideal place if you are travelling solo or in pairs and like to be completely independent.
What we like about Tajinaste Beach?
Tajinaste Beach is a 100% gay resort in a convenient location. Indeed, you are located between the Yumbo Center to the north and the sand dunes entrance to the south. The rooms are modern and all overlook the pool and jacuzzi. It is a human-sized establishment where it will be easy for you to meet other travellers.
Top 10 – Luxury Experience
Why is the gay-friendly Nayra Hotel a good choice?
Hotel Nayra is a gay friendly hotel in Gran Canaria. We love its location, as it is right across the street from the Yumbo complex, the center of Gran Canaria’s gay scene. It is a luxury establishment with a high level of service. The atmosphere is pure and relaxing. A big plus for rooms with a shower cubicle opening onto the private rear terrace. Please note that the hotel is for adults only.
Seaside Palm Beach, a good choice for your vacation?
The Seaside Palm Beach is a gay friendly hotel with a great location only 100 metres from the beach. You can easily reach the Maspalomas lighthouse or the famous gay beach at booth number 7 in a few minutes. It is an upscale establishment with a colourful decoration designed by the architect Alberto Pinto. You will find 3 swimming pools, one of which is reserved for adults, in a superb palm grove.
Why we love the Seven Hotel in Maspalomas?
The Seven Hotel & Wellness is a gay hotel in Gran Canaria. It is a luxury establishment that will provide you with top of the range services. Its restaurant Abora offers quality gourmet cuisine. The hotel is available as a DayPass, for visitors who would like to enjoy a good meal, a massage and the sauna, without booking an overnight stay. The rooms are modern and the complex’s outdoor area is particularly beautiful.
What we like about Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia
The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is a 5-star gay friendly luxury hotel. The hotel complex is beautiful, with Spanish colonial villas set in a garden with many palm trees. The staff is very attentive while remaining discreet. The pool is superb as is the wellness centre. The gastronomic restaurant and its terrace offer a very romantic setting and is an ideal place if you are travelling as a couple.
Why do we love the Gold Hotel in Playa del Inglés?
Gold by Marina is a modern gay friendly hotel with a contemporary design located only a few minutes walk from the Yumbo Center. The rooms are decorated in light colours and are well equipped. The exterior invites you to relax and you will find a sauna, a solarium with jacuzzi, 2 swimming pools, an ecological shower and plenty of sun loungers. As an added bonus, breakfast is served until noon!
What you will enjoy at Bohemia Suites & Spa?
The Bohemia Suites & Spa is a gay friendly 5-star luxury hotel for adults only. We loved its rooftop terrace with a magnificent view of the ocean and sand dunes. The restaurant and a cocktail bar are located here, providing a wonderful setting for your meals. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the establishment offers many services and even a laboratory to make your own culinary creations.
Why book at Lopesan Baobab Resort?
The Lopesan Baobab is a luxury gay friendly hotel in Gran Canaria. Perfect if you are looking for a total change of scenery, the complex will take you straight into the African world with an ethnic decoration mixing wood and other exotic materials. There are 9 swimming pools, several high quality restaurants and 2 pool bars. The rooms are large and well furnished. The beach and lighthouse of Maspalomas are within easy walking distance. Continue your way to booth number 7 to reach the gay beach.
What we think of H10 Playa Meloneras Palace
The H10 Playa Meloneras Palace is a luxury gay friendly hotel in Gran Canaria. Its architecture, clearly inspired by Antoni Gaudí, will immerse you in an atypical atmosphere. We love its infinity pool facing the ocean. The wellness centre is well stocked and there is also a large gym. If you want to reach the Yumbo Center, take a taxi that will take you there in 10 minutes.
What do we like about the Mur Neptuno?
MUR Neptuno is an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel in Gran Canaria. The location is ideal as the Yumbo Center with its many restaurants, clubs and gay bars is only 1 minute away on foot. Perfect for party-goers looking for a good standard of service with a heated swimming pool, a spa with hammam and sauna and rooms with good facilities. The establishment is also reserved for adults.
Currently being renovated and it looks promising!
Don’t be confused with the RIU hotels as there are many of them in Gran Canaria. We are referring to the RIU Palace Maspalomas. It is located at the entrance to the sand dune oasis, hence our interest, as it is the gateway to the desert and the famous gay beach of Maspalomas. We can’t wait to test it out as the hotel is currently under renovation and is scheduled to reopen on August 1, 2021. Be sure that we will update this article once we have tested it.
Top 5 – Classic 100% gay or gay-friendly hotel
Why choose this gay hotel in Gran Canaria?
The Vista Bonita Gay resort is a gay hotel in Maspalomas. We love the resort’s layout with its pool, plenty of sun loungers, pool bar and lounge areas. There is also a jacuzzi, a sauna and a solarium. You will stay in large duplex apartments with all the necessary amenities for your holiday. The establishment is highly rated by its clientele and the staff is very competent.
What we like about Atlantic Sun Beach
The Atlantic Sun Beach is a gay hotel in Gran Canaria exclusively composed of flats. The location is excellent, just a 12-minute walk from the Yumbo Center and about 200 metres from the beach. The entrance to the dune oasis is also about 15 minutes away. The accommodations are well-equipped with kitchenette and air conditioning at an affordable price. There is an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers to relax on.
Why do we like the Axel Gran Canaria gay hotel?
The international Axel group, which owns many hetero-friendly establishments throughout the world, offers the AxelBeach Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. We love its location just a few minutes walk from the Yumbo Center. The apartments are large, very well equipped and the outdoor area is fantastic with plenty of spots to relax, a pool, jacuzzi and bar.
Is Buenos Aires a good gay-friendly choice in Gran Canaria?
The Buenos Aires has the advantage of being adjacent to the Yumbo Center. So if you like to party, you’ll have a front row seat, as this is where you’ll find Gran Canaria’s main gay scene. The accommodations are simple and you will easily find the basics including a kitchenette. There is a large swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant. The prices are affordable and we like its performance/location ratio.
Is Playa del Sol a good gay-friendly choice?
The Playa del Sol Hotel is a very well located LGBTQ+ friendly establishment just behind the Yumbo Center. The hotel is for adults only and naturism is allowed on the roof, where the solarium is located. You will also find a large swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a gym. Therefore, we really like its price/quality ratio, as well as its proximity to the local gay life.
For more information on the list of LGBTQ+ establishments, to find out more about the Maspalomas gay pride or to know how to access the gay beach? Check out Gogenko’s complete gay guide to Gran Canaria.
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