Wanderlust: Canary Islands – Gran Canaria part 1

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Gran Canaria has always been in a special place in my heart because I know this island since I was a baby. I was only six months old when I visited the island for the first time. My parents have an ongoing love story with this place.

Some facts about the Canary Islands

Geographically the islands belong to Africa and not Spain (actually only 320km off the northwest cost of Africa). However these seven islands are called the European Hawaii for a reason. Each island is different and they really remind me of the Hawaiian Islands as well. Tenerife reminds me of Maui, Gran Canaria of Oahu – surfing is a big thing there now and the climate is great and constant throughout the entire year.

Gran Canaria is not the biggest island but very versatile. You have a dessert like beach in Maspalomas and a sometimes snow covered Pico de las Nieves in the middle of the island. Wind and waves are a natural thing and a colourful Puerto de Mogan for flower lovers.

Travelling in times of Corona

I have felt very safe during my time in Gran Canaria. Of course the local Corona rules have to be respected but restaurants, shops etc. are open. There are sanitizer containers everywhere and you have to wear a facemask in all open/public space (except when tanning on the beach or at the pool). A curfew is in place as well, but the hours vary depending in which stage the respective island is (for me it was 22:00 – 06:00 and it was not bad at all). You need a negative PR-Test (not older than 72 hours when entering the island) and you have to register here, before you travel to the Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands are the only place in Spain that has an insurance with AXA Spain covering expenses and the case if you get infected with Covid-19 during your stay on the island. This insurance covers your quarantine accommodation, medical expenses and the flight back home. You are automatically insured and covered by this once you enter the island as a tourist.

Secret spots on Gran Canaria

So here I am sharing with you my favourite spots on the island. I hope you find something that you want to discover yourself in the future or feel inspired to visit Gran Canaria.

Where to stay

Since our home office has become so popular during lockdown I think we can all consider a little #workation. And I found the perfect place for that

Gold by Marina – Playa del Inglés

I saw pictures of Gold and immediately fell in love with the vintage Miami like design. However this hotel has even so much more in stall.

Feel vintage, live modern. Gold is an adults only hotel and designed to offer you a relaxing oasis of peace. You can enjoy one of the beautiful sunbeds around the pool, chill in a cabana or work on your tan. Breakfast is open till 12 o’clock and offers a great selection of different breads, freshly made orange juice, fruits and pancakes, eggs etc. It was just delish.  

#workation or #staycation?

Gold by Marina even offers the special service that you can book a #homeoffice for several hours and work from there. You can enjoy enhanced Wi-fi and still benefit from the amazing hospitality and spend the rest of the day at the pool.

If you are thinking of having a real workation – Gold offers a discount of 30% off your booking if you stay longer than 30 days. Since more and more of us are now working from home I believe this is an amazing opportunity not only for times of Covid but in general.

Sustainability

When I choose a place to stay during holidays I am paying attention to the DNA of the hotel. My attitude towards a lot of factors has changed within the last years and I was really happy to see that Gold is committed to the sustainable development of tourism in the Canary Island. Gold by Marina has an environmental policy that I could really see in a lot of places. For example the products they offer in their rooms: organic cosmetics, fair trade, vegan soap and less plastic. A recycling policy is also in place with recycling bins at the pool areas and in the hotel room. I have not seen this in any other hotel so far. The hotel has also won several awards for this sustainable approach. Well done!

Marina Gran Canaria – Puerto Rico

If you are travelling with your kids and still want to experience a unique atmosphere Marina Gran Canaria might be the best option for you. You can choose your family holidays in Marina Suites or choose the adults only relaxation of Marina Bayview.

Both offer the same options as Gold by Marina: #workation longstay specials and the possibility to work from your holiday home, a sustainable approach towards tourism, wellness, beautiful design, an infinity pool right at the ocean or a sauna overlooking the bay.

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