I was almost tempted to do a terrible review to try to keep this place a secret - but the truth is that this place is hard to fault!
Our package included flights, transfers, half board accommodation and use of the spa. It was incredibly good value i felt given the quality of the experience, the location, facilities, service and sheer relaxation.
Our Easyjet flights were almost civilised given they're more like a proper airline these days!
The free transfer is easy due to the well organised system which is always a blessing when arriving, as often the 'last mile' can be the hardest. Be aware the free minibus will likely make several drop offs and this place seems to be the last, so the journey was an hour or so. So if you want to guarantee the quickest transfer you'll have to make your own arrangements.
Our room was on the fourth level (there are 11!) with a balcony affording a fabulous vista overlooking the front of the hotel, old golf course, mountains and across to the sea a few miles away. It was comfortable, well equipped, spacious and clean. The bathroom was a wet room with monsoon shower which was fabulous!
The only downside to the room was the overly complicated television. Don't be embarrassed to call for help! There were far more German language channels than English. This isn't a complaint as we didn't go for the television coverage! There is ample Wifi coverage in room and in public places which works pretty well. It did drop out for a day but the hotel got the issue fixed.
Tip: I would recommend asking for a room that didn't overlook the restaurant as this may be a little noisy at times.
The room was effectively a twin with two single beds pushed together. It had a curious glass panel that allowed a full length view of anyone showering from the bedroom. When we asked our porter what the purpose of the panel was he replied simply "Romantico" - which made us laugh - but seriously, if you are friends sharing a twin you may want to ensure you are comfortable with this!
The hotel complex is large and has lots of choice of pools, recliners, balinese beds and the like. Getting around is fairly straightforward once you have worked out how the lifts are arranged because some only go a few floors.
Tip: go for a really good wander as soon as you are checked in as this place takes some working out and there are loads of nooks and crannies to explore!
There are amazing vistas wherever you are because of the elevated location. There are a couple of really nice infinity pools that maximise the experience of being up in the gods.
Our dining experiences were very good. We had breakfast and dinner as part of our deal. We used the main Gofio restaurant and found the choice and quality to be very good. A glass of fizz with breakfast and a cocktail with dinner is always offered with a smile. We also chose from the wine list which cost extra. The list isn't very extensive and the cheaper wines sell out but the wines we had were very good.
My girlfriend is gluten intolerant and she felt adequately catered for although my advice to the hotel would be to invest more effort into the food labelling as it wasn't clear what gluten free options were available. I'm sure coeliacs are able to fend for themselves but it would just be that little touch safer.
There is a choice of a couple of other dining experiences. We didn't try these but other reviewers have, so best check their reviews out.
At the top of the hotel complex, the Sunset bar is a fabulous place to get a sun downer. The only problem with this bar was that in low season the bar shuts early and well before sunset which seems like a missed opportunity! They have a sunset party on a Sunday, which is only one night and still has quite an early finish!
We found the hotel staff (everywhere) to be universally efficient, corteous and a real asset to this place. We often left a do not disturb sign on the room until well into the afternoon and yet the room was always made up on return!
We used the spa facilities and had treatments. They're priced at the same level as high end spa treatments in the uk and the setting and facilities are fantastic. We had use of the spa thrown in. It was great to have that.
There are a couple of golf courses to choose from. I played the new course and whilst it is breathtaking to play on holes carved out of the side of a mountain it is also not for the casual golfer. If you play occasionally I recommend the old course as a fairer challenge. Some of the golf holes are stunning and the course plays plays well for a high dry location. The greens are very quick!
I could go on and on about this hotel and we barely scratched the surface. We only had a week here and for instance we didn't take the free shuttle to the beach because we didn't feel like we had exhausted the pools and facilities in the week we had (and we're a bit lazy!).
One thing I would say is that we were the last week classed as low season - even though the weather was fantastic - and it got noticeably much busier on the first day of school holidays. But the hotel still dis not feel overcrowded even with the influx. If you have the choice try booking at the end of low season and you really will feel like you have the place to your selves!
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- Step into serenity at Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort which is unique 5-star resort where you can enjoy a true and unbeatable holiday experience set in the countryside of the south of Gran Canaria, beside two 18-hole golf courses and with view to the sea and the mountains of the Island. ... more less
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