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Sandy Beach Gran Canaria

Located in Southern part of the island in the heart of Playa del Ingles, Sandy Beach Hotel is literally a few minutes from the 200 meter beach and the town centre. Ideal for a family holiday this hotel has a 4 star rating which was just one of the factors on my checklist when selecting the hotel.  Something else that made an impact on my choice was the number of repeat visits by other holidaymakers indicating it must be of a good standard in service and accommodation.

There were quite a few tourist shops nearby selling all sorts of items including some lovely sandals along the walkway which was next to the beach.  It was great to take a stroll along here in the day and evening after a meal.

The dining area had an outdoor and indoor section and they also separated smokers and non-smokers which I will be honest – I really did appreciate although we did have to pass them to get to the food which was a shame.

We opted for the all-inclusive option as it can be much easier when you are traveling with children.  The buffet served a good range of dishes and they had a different theme each night.  Meat, salads, fruit, dessert were all served in different sections.  On some of the food stations you could choose your own, meat or fish option and have it cooked with your choice of accompaniment.   In the morning you could select items to add to an omelette should you so wish. The food was on the whole quite good and I found myself being drawn to all the fresh fruit and vegetables and salads whist there.  It’s always easier to eat healthily when someone has done all the prep work for you. There was also a good selection of drinks available with and without alcohol.



The accommodation was roomy enough, we had a family room of which there are 14.  I suggest if you need one and you want to go to this hotel book early to avoid disappointment.  When we arrived they had forgotten to add in the extra beds for the children although this was rectified quickly.  We had expected proper beds but ended up with fold out beds.  The bathroom is spacious and had a bath and shower.  For those that might need them it’s important to note there are rooms available with access for disabled guests should you need them.


Kids Club

The kids made the most of the kids club in the morning and afternoon once we had settled in.  They loved doing all the different activities such as decorating their own T-Shirt, sand art, jewellery making and more.  There was also a children’s outdoor play area next to the kids club room which the children enjoyed using.  We also tracked down another area where they had air hockey, table football and table tennis.

There is a heated swimming pool and a children’s pool.  My girls love swimming so we would spend quite a bit of the day by the pool.  A quick warning though.  This hotel is frequented by many Germans and we all know how they can be when it comes to the sunbeds.  I got myself into a routine after discovering this of going downstairs just before the sunbed area was opened so I would be ready to grab sunbeds for the family.  Staff would remove any towels from beds that were reserved before this time which was good and if anyone took up beds and didn’t use them all day the staff were aware and would speak with them.  Not an issue for us but I did think it was great they policed it so people didn’t reserve beds they were not using.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment was varied.  We watched singers and dancers performing.  The children seemed to enjoy watching the shows and there would be a small group of kids gather each evening and sit to watch.  The parents stayed mainly for their children’s sake.  In between shows the little ones would get up and dance or play on the dance floor.  The lady pictured below was a regular singer there and was very popular with the children.


Staff were all extremely helpful and quick to help.  I loved that there were numerous members of staff on hand and people working to make sure the place was kept spotless at all times.


I would strongly recommend this hotel and I would also consider returning there another year.

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This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Looks like a fabulous hotel! When we travel with kids we also tend to find a hotel close to the beach and close to shops or nearby the town, so we dont need to do much traveling or walking. Loving all the photos and looks like you all had a blast.

    1. I do love them near beaches. Walking up a beach is amazing! We sure did have a great time x

  2. It sounds lovely and I appreciate they separated smokers as my oldest son absolutely hates being any where near smoke. I love Gran Canaria and would love to return.

    1. I’m just like your son. I was tempted to take a water pistol at meal times lol

  3. The hotel looks lovely, with a beautiful pool and great rooms. It’s great that you had such a nice time there and that they cater for all type of guests. I will be holidaying in Italy this year 🙂

    1. It was a great hotel to visit. We did enjoy our stay there. Have a lovely time in Italy 🙂

  4. We’re hoping to get away this year somewhere hot and this hotel looks lovely and airy. We like going somewhere with decent evening entertainment x

    1. The weather was great when we went and the hotel itself was lovely. The entertainment was good for the kids.

  5. this looks lovely, I’ve never been to Gran Canaria. A heated pool sounds lush as well 🙂

  6. I’ve been torturing myself looking at holidays abroad this year when we can’t really stretch to it. This looks like a great family hotel.

  7. Wow this looks like a lovely holiday. I like how they have plenty oh healthy food options like salad and fruit x

  8. Wow all that food looks amazing. I went to Gran Caneria once as a kid and I’d love to go back x

    1. It’s a great place to visit. I loved the beach as it was gorgeous and parts were really quiet too if you walked far enough along.

  9. This looks like a great family hotel. WE have done our holidays for this year now

    1. Hope you had a wonderful time. .I am hoping to squeeze in a few more if I can 🙂

  10. It seems that you are having a blast with your kids. Such an awesome place to visit and those foods look really delicious. It makes me feel so hungry tho!

  11. What a fantastic hotel for the whole family, it looks like such a lovely place to stay!

  12. What an awesome looking hotel, the kids club sounds like great fun for the children and that pool looks amazing!

  13. This looks amazing! I’ve been to Gran Canaria before years ago and don’t remember much. I would love to go back!

  14. This looks like an awesome hotel to spend with the whole family. Loving the pool area!

  15. It looks a lovely hotel. I must confess to being amused about the usual Germans / sunbed challenge.

  16. This place sounds fantastic, I also love the fact that they have a kids club, that always helps when going away, keeping the kids entertained is always so important 🙂

  17. This looks very familiar, I’m sure I went here a few years ago x

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