With its lagoon pools and safari-lodge styling, this luxury hotel brings a taste of Africa to Gran Canaria.
Walk around the jungle-like gardens of this African-themed hotel and you’ll find no fewer than 7 pools. There are 4 restaurants, too – including a great African place – plus a clutch of bars offering live shows and cocktails.
The hotel is just behind Meloneras’ promenade, about 5 minutes’ walk from one of the area’s most famous landmarks – the Maspalomas lighthouse. The beach, meanwhile, is about 10 minutes on foot.
A grand total of seven swimming pools, each with a different atmosphere that ranges from lively to peaceful. A lazy river weaves around the leafy gardens and there are two artificial beaches to chill out on.
The hotel's two buffet restaurants are open for breakfast and dinner and feature dishes from around the world. Only one is open for lunch and second buffet opens according to occupancy levels. An African themed evening takes place once a week where you can sample traditional African cuisine. Please note that the restaurants may not be open at the same time. Breakfast and dinner are included if you are staying half-board.
My friends and I have just returned from this hotel staying from 13th to 20th October. Expectations were high as it was labelled a 5 star property and was nearer the upper end of the budget. Expectations were met and blown out the water! The hotel entrance is stunning (as it the rest). The wow moments continued as we explored and checked in. Staff and facilities at this hotel are outstanding. The gardens are beautiful and immaculate. I have stayed at other 5 star properties and this should really be a 7* property!! It is incredible in every way. Location is superb with a 4 minute walk to the promenade and beach and local restaurants, gorgeous shops and bars and supermarkets. Ideal in every way. No shortage of sunbeds and a myriad of swimming pools each with their own charm and stunning at night!!! Flood lighting of the pools make the lazy river look incredible at night!! Well done this hotel!! It has achieved perfection !! I hope it maintains the perfection as i want to go back now and lots of times more!! Food and drinks were awsum!! Buffets differ every day and night and no shortage of quality fresh amazing food!! Steaks (fillet !!) and amazing fish and every kind of curry and varied dish you could imaging from goat curry to ostrich! Bliss. All cooked to order as well. Drinks great prices in lovely african themed bars! I cant rave enough about this hotel!! Staff, cleaners, reception and every person there was so polite and friendly. Brilliant holiday - don't book anywhere else - stay at this hotel!! Happy to answer any questions on this hotel :)More
N F, Glasgow
Great hotel - ideal for relaxing hotel but choose HB rather than FB!
We stayed at the Baobab for 2 weeks in mid-Oct 2014. This is a families oriented hotel.
I recommend this hotel complex. Why?
- Itâs one of the newest hotels in Gran Canaria (~4 years old) so everything is modern and working.
- The bedrooms are fantastic â great designs and a really powerful shower.
- The swimming pools are great and were VERY warm!
- The weather temp was still hot â about 30 degrees each day which was just perfect. There were a few days of cloud but it was still warm.
- Evening entertainment was surprisingly good â check out the Acrobats and the Polynesian Act.
My advice would be to book this hotel but to go Half Board only. We went Full Board. Lunch was basically a mini version of the evening meals (chips, rice vegetables and meat or fish with salad etc). For me personally this was too "heavy" for lunch and not really what I wanted or needed. It also meant that we got a bit fed up with the food after only a few days. Instead we wish we had the option of buying a burger or pizza from the hotel (really tasty!), or walking a few mins down the road to the many restaurants at the bottom of the road.
My top recommendations to the hotel to improve:
1. Free water during meals â it was frustrating having to pay over the top prices for a bottle of mineral water, especially as we were Full Board.
2. An adults only pool. The hotel should be able to cater for everyone given its size. At times we wanted just a bit more peace and quiet with no kids running around and safe in the knowledge that there were no baby accidents in the pool.
3. Implement your policy on reserving sun beds. We frequently saw letters being left informing guests that they should not reserve beds but we never actually saw the hotel staff remove anyones towels â even though at times the guest may not have returned to the latter 1.5 hours later.
4. Sell water and soft drinks at a more reasonable price. A significant number of customers buy water and soft drinks from the local supermarket and take these to the pool as itâs a much cheaper (bottle of water in supermarket is Â£0.50 vs Â£2.00 ish in hotel). Iâd have been happy to pay a bit more than the supermarket price, but not 4 times the amount!
Hope this helps you chose your hols...click "helpful" if it was :)More
Anon1979AN, Stirling, United Kingdom
Excellent family resort at Meloneras
Just returned home from a 8 night vacation at Lopesan Baobab resort. We had booked a junior suite directly from the lopesan website, and the room was just right for our family of four. The room did have a living room with sofa bed for two, and a sleeping room with a double bed. The balcony at this room was large with two sunbeds and two chairs + table. Our room was situated on block 3 facing the pool, the sun did not really reach the balcony during the day...but it was just fine with us since the sun was really hot during the days we were staying !
Most of the days were spent just by the heated pools which were outstanding, the whole family really liked them ! We did not find it difficult to find free sunbeds, although sometime the "preferred" areas seemed to be quite busy.
We did stay on B&B basis, and found the breakfast to be just fine for us, really plenty to choose from! As the breakfast was so nice every , we did decide one night to give a try for the buffet dinner at their restaurant but we did find the quality of the food not to be as good as the breakfast. Most evenings we did have the dinner at the restaurants located close at the beach, especially we can recommend the Italian restaurant Grand Italia and the other steak house called El Churrasco.
The check-in process was very smooth, and we were escorted by a PR officer to our room where was waiting a complimentary red wine bottle and a voucher for a 4 hour "spa circuit" at their sister hotel (Lopesan Costa Meloneras) ! The spa experience was really nice for me and my wife, the kids are not allowed at the spa.
When checking out we did ask for later check-out time, but unfortunately that was not available due the booking situation...but instead we were offered a possibility to use a "courtesy room" cleaning up just before our departure at 7PM
Overall, very nice holiday at great resort in Meloneras. Recommended !More
hessuConcepcionChile, Lahti, Finland
Great for kids
Still good for adults
Quiet swimming pools witch would be good as adult only have got the family rooms attached to them so kids jump in and out all the time even if they are told not to by staff
Good food 1/2 bootle wine nice well priced Drinks Well price in bars need to watch out some staff give shorter measures than others
Staff are very good in all areas of hotel
Overall this is a lovely hotel you will not be disappointed. Just a little more suited to family's.
My boyfriend and I have just returned home from a beautiful week away at this resort, which we booked through Thomson. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning and as many others have said, certainly has the 'wow' factor!! The hotel is clean and spacious and the service is brilliant.
During our stay, we spent most of our time exploring the different pools and restaurants and the variety is great. One evening we dined at the African restaurant where my boyfriend had the African set menu and I had the Canarian set menu. We weren't 100% keen on everything we ate but it was certainly a great experience to try new foods, especially Zebra!! The atmosphere of the restaurant is also stunning - Set apart from the main African bar but accompanied by a live Caribbean band.
The buffet food for breakfast and dinner was amazing! Huge variety and the quality was superb. Really missing it now! We had a bottle of wine with dinner most evenings and again, the quality was great. We would also recommend the spa and massages at the hotel - the staff are very professional and it was one of the best massages I've ever had.
If you come out of the resort and take a left you will hit many little shops and taverns which have a great atmosphere all day long. A personal favourite of ours was the outdoor cinema at the end of this strip. You get your own sofa and table and can order pizzas and drinks throughout the movie under the stars. 5 minutes from here is the sea-front where you find lots of lovely restaurants and cocktail bars which also have a great atmosphere.
One day we took a taxi to Playa Del Ingles (Less than 10 euros) and started our morning with jet-skiing. We then walked down the coast (around 6km), where you will walk through the nudist beach and back to the resort. It gets very windy with the sand dunes but it's a lovely, relaxing walk.
The room was large and striking and we loved the wet room with the rain shower and huge tub! The only problem we had were the two single beds pushed together as they were very light and often moved. We found this quite funny though.
All in all the holiday was wonderful. The hotel was beautiful and relaxing and has plenty to offer - for families as well as couples. There is more than enough to keep you satisfied at the hotel and also plenty to see around the resort if you like to venture out a bit! We miss it a lot already and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a special get-away.
Enjoy if you are yet to visit!More
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