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Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The five-star Arrecife Gran Hotel & SPA is a complete one-off. There's nowhere else like it on the island - it's the only skyscraper on Lanzarote. Fresh from his travels to New York in the 1960s, local architect/artist César Manrique had become a fan of the Big Apple look. But after seeing the rushed development of resorts on other Canary Islands, Manrique urged Lanzarote's authorities to put the brakes on any more lofty projects. So the AGH remains one of a kind, dominating the landscape of the island capital. Without it, Arrecife would feel more provincial and less of a reference point. Given the hotel's popularity with A-list celebrities, suites have been designed with bodyguards in mind.
El Camarote is nearby - a pub by local craft brewery Cerveza Nao, which makes artisan beers using the island's Malvasía grape as a base.
The hotel is in central Arrecife, overlooking El Reducto beach and near to the Marina Lanzarote shopping centre.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Lanzarote take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a five-minute drive from Lanzarote airport. Private parking is €10 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Culture loving visitors will like that the hotel embraces modern art, and enjoy having some of the city's galleries nearby. Rufina Santana's lobby mural, which celebrates the reef (called Arrecife in Spanish) as a source of colour and life is jaw-dropping.
Service & Facilities
The adults-only Aquaplus Spa's hydrothermal circuit includes a sauna and Turkish bath. We love the 'Sweet Dreams' massages with lavender aromatherapy - priced at 39€ for 25 minutes and €69 for 50 minutes.
- Swimming pool
- Beachfront location
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Atlantic looks inviting from an Ocean Suite's vantage point. The Sky Suites' extra features include a dressing room, plants, a living and dining space, jacuzzi and hydromassage shower, and panoramic views. Wherever you are, you can see the lapping waves below.
Avenue Room, Ocean Room, Essential Suite, Ocean Suite, Infinity Suite, Sky Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, TV, desk, hairdryer, air con, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
José Francisco Medina, considered one of the top 100 young Spanish gastronomic talents, heads up the kitchen at Restaurante Alartz. Slurping on a Wok 17 bowl, stir-fried vegetables, rice noodles, and tamarind sauce, at Blue 17, is a tasty treat.
La Buena Vida: brunch, burgers and light lunches by the pool. Food service 12.30-4pm. Mains from 11.50€.
Blue 17: panoramic rooftop restaurant, breakfast, sandwiches, tapas, European and Asian dishes. Open 10am-11pm. Mains from 11€.
Al'Arz Bahía Club: gourmet à la carte dining, tapas. Open Thurs-Sun, 12.30pm-midnight. Mains from 18€.
Buffet restaurant: continental breakfasts and themed nights including Asian and Italian. Open Mon-Fri for breakfast and dinner, all day Sat & Sun.