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Having enjoyed our stay in the Riu Arecas Hotel in Tenerife in October 2017, we decided to stick to the same formula and to go to Gran Canaria with Tui and to stay at a Riu Hotel. There are many Riu hotels in Gran Canaria, and we chose Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas, which, despite its name is part of Playa del Ingles. It is located near the Maspalomas dunes, and is 2 km from the centre of Playa del Ingles.

Date Flight ETD ETA
Monday 5th February TOM 5116 London Stansted 10:55 hrs Gran Canaria 15:20 hrs
Monday 19th February TOM 5117 Gran Canaria 16:30 hrs London Stansted 20:50 hrs




The Riu Palace Maspalomas Hotel is effectively divided into two halves by a public thoroughfare or boulevard which runs down to the dunes, with the hotel reception on the right hand side and the dining room on the left. The two parts of the garden are joined by a bridge which goes across the boulevard.

Riu Palace Maspalomas

Main lobby area

Main terrace area


Main dining area

Main bar and entertainment area

We had a ground floor room that was comfortable and spacious, located just above the Wellness Centre,
which had the advantage of a double sized balcony area.


View of gardens and pool area from our balcony

Main pool area. Note the sky! It was not as warm as we were expecting during the first week.


The small pool area with our room in the background

The central boulevard leading to the Maspalomas dunes