Lopesan Baobab  

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.

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Reduced green fees at Maspalomas Golf - less than 3km away, and Meloneras Golf - 500m away.

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

Full Board

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.   

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7 outdoor pools

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.

2 buffet restaurants

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.

Hotel-run miniclub

With a mini-disco in the evening to give the little ones an opportunity to let off some steam. Suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years.

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twin room for up to 3

Twin room sleeps up to 3 with a double bed that can be separated into twin beds, a sofa bed, high definition TV and bathrobes.

twin room for up to 4

Twin room sleeps up to 4 with a double bed that can be separated into twin beds, a double sofa-bed, high definition TV and bathrobes.

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Stunning Hotel: Great entertainment

Okay, as two couples, we requested adjoining rooms facing the sunset. We didn't get either, but the first of the extremely welcoming front desk staff that we encountered suggested we took alook and if we didn't like the rooms we could change. We didn't. The rooms were lovely. Every facility you might need, very clean and with loads of space. The resort seems to be an endless safari around so many pools, bars and restaurants, you are spoilt for a choice of places to soak up the glorious September sunshine. I like to stay in touch, via wifi, and once again, the front desk guys pointed me towards the 4G wifi dongle for a few euros per day. Far better than the '2 euro per day' wifi on offer (which was ropey to say the least). If this is your bag, then having good wifi anywhere (Bars, beach, poolside) is worth the extra couple of euros. The food!! What can I say?? It was excellent! The ambiance and the quality of the menus was amazing. As for the entertainment... Being a regular traveller to similar types of holiday hotel, where the entertainment can be at best, pretty average, the Boabab Resort provided fantastic evening shows. Watching the Four Tops perform on one of the nights certainly brought back very pleasant memories. Just a short walk from the hotel are a couple of well stocked supermarkets, where you can get bags of ice (nice for the gin and tonics in the room, chilling out in the evening) It's a pity the hotel doesn't provide ice-making machines around the floors. As for sunbeds, which is always a bone of contention for us Brits. The place has numerous notices forbidding the reserving of sunbeds. These are, of course ignored but, that said, we never had a day without being able to find a 'nest' of beds for the group. In summary, if you've got a holiday booked at the Lopesan Boabab, have no worries. You will have a lovely time. The staff are so friendly and efficient. The decor is extremely well designed with the African theme. The entertainment is the best I've come across. The food is superb and the local area is classy, friendly and has all you need locally. We may even bump into you there, because we will certainly be looking to go back there. Many thanks Lopesan.More

MikeGos, Swindon, United Kingdom

Pleasantly Surprised

A belated review for this hotel but wanted to post one, as Trip Advisor reviews were the reason I booked Lopesan Baobab to start with, the holiday being a weeks’ stay with my 11-year-old daughter at the beginning of August. From the moment we arrived though I wished we’d bitten the bullet on unsociable flight times and booked a 10 or 11 night holiday instead (was a relatively late booking so all civilized flights had gone!) The reception area was the first wow for us, quickly followed the view of the ‘quiet pool’ and then our room. 24 hours later, having completely familiarized ourselves with the grounds, the pools, the bars, the restaurants, the entertainment, the local beach and shops, its easy to see why so many people stay here over and over again – as we are highly likely to do come Summer 2015. The hotel footprint is huge but it’s certainly kept to the highest of standards; everywhere you walk you see immaculate grounds, corridors and pathways. The plants and trees wouldn’t look out of place in Kew Gardens the way they are placed and day or night, you see constant cleaning, sweeping and maintenance going on. Inside the African theme is carried through to the minutest detail and is very well done – authentic vs. cheap replica. Ditto around the multiple pools, each different in layout but all have the same quality marble/mosaic affect with comfy sun loungers in as many places as they can fit them. All were family friendly and welcomed inflatables (happy to see as I had read somewhere they didn’t) and all freshwater rather than saltwater variety. We had no issues getting a sunbed with parasol the first 3 days but for the other days, bit of a bun fight with towels already in situ by 08:30. There was though always a lounger available at the ‘furthest’ pool (near the football/sport area) so we beached it for some of those mornings and came back to the hotel mid afternoon. From 16:00 beds did start becoming available. Bar services around all pools runs between 11:00-18:00 with prices that I wouldn’t call rip off – soft drinks, coffee, Pringles, ice creams all c. Euro’s 2.50, and wines/beers from Euros 5.00. You can also order sandwiches / light lunch options at these or there are a couple of restaurants with a wider menu if preferred. Nice sized soft beach towels are left in your room along with a handy sized resort-branded bag, but from what I could work out these could only be swapped for clean ones between 10:00-12:00 at one pool which was the one closest to Kids Club. The hotel standard bedrooms are spacious, comfortable, contemporary in style and like the hotel generally, spotless, with nice touches like the robes and generously sized balconies complete with a handy pullout rail. About 1/3 of the wall is wardrobe and shelf space for clothes, with another 1/3 housing more draws underneath a long unit which has the TV and hotel info on. The bathroom and sink area is also well designed, with a bonus of having an almost dressing room type space opposite complete with large mirror and long shelf. The toilet was separate and enclosed, whilst the bathrooms themselves have a huge square tub with option for a hand held shower for hair washing or hose downs as well as having a ‘wet room’ set up. Not fans of these ourselves so again, were pleased with the fact you had the best of both worlds to choose from. Dining wise, there are 2 main restaurants where buffet style breakfast and dinner are served, with one open for lunch for those on full board (as we were). Now I read so many negative comments about the food aspect when I was looking to book but honestly, it was fine. There were always seats available no matter what time we went for breakfast or dinner, though for the latter it was always around 20:45, their 2nd dinner seating. Breakfast had a good selection of fruits, bread, meats and hot options complete with egg station. Sometimes you had to wait a few minutes to get your order in but this is the same in any busy hotel, not a problem and always worth the wait. I would say they need a couple more coffee/juice stations though as there were always queues for these. The spare mugs were also in short supply (remember to take yours from the table!) but only on the latter part of the trip. I didn’t try the cereals but my daughter insisted the Rice Crispies and Coco Pops didn’t taste “normal” (Kellogs) so she avoided those after a couple of days. Dinner had the same salad options most nights but varying main meals, accompaniments and desserts. The hotel themed the evenings – African, Italian etc. but to be honest, we never noticed the difference. I do think, given the hotel is, or was in August, particularly family focused, the restaurants could offer more by way of children’s meals – not necessarily chicken nuggets every night but certainly more options than the one that seemed to be there (fish) to go with the fries. Heard the same from many other families there so maybe the hotel can look to address this before their next busy season. There was entertainment in the hotel every night starting with a disco for the 0-7’s until 20:30, professional acts that performed in the bar nearest the restaurants from 21:30-22:15, and a house band in the large open bar nearest reception who played I think from 21:00-midnight. Some of the professional acts were excellent and although all entertainment is subjective, I still recall the Pavarotti & Friend set even today it was that good. The Lion King and Lord of the Dance were a couple of the others that all ages seem to enjoy. On a couple of evenings we went up to see the house band who were good – samey but certainly enjoyed by people, to the point there was never anywhere to sit inside so we enjoyed the music al fresco. The employees at this hotel are just brilliant, regardless of their role. Receptionists have the patience of saints, house keeping teams were always nice and friendly (and efficient) as you passed them, never a problem asking for another towel or bath mat, and the bar people at the 2 we used during the day were lovely – and remembered you which given the size of the place, was pretty amazing. They must be trained very well as you get the impression that their No. 1 objective is to make your holiday as enjoyable and relaxed as possible. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them so hats off to whoever trains or hires them! You do a very good job. If you venture out of the hotel by foot there are 3 shopping areas within a few minutes, all nice designer or boutique style rather than the tourist tat type you get on some of the other islands. Even in the shopping mall, there are signs in windows saying ‘no haggling’! No one tries to push menus in your face as you walk past the nice café’s and restaurants either. The supermarket at the far end of the Mall is the largest we found, good for kids inflatables, stocking up on drinks and snacks for the room and if you hit it about 20:30, you’ll have the bonus of enjoying lovely views of the sunset. There is a smaller supermarket a lot closer to the hotel, 2 mins walk from the one and only entrance/exit point of the hotel. The entertainment arcade just down from the hotel has a handful of air hockey, computer games and slot type offerings, most need 1 Euro coins to play, and if you continue walking past there, a few minutes further you will arrive at the gorgeous wide and wonderfully maintained sandy beach which has the lighthouse one end and picturesque sand dunes the other. For part of the way there is a token Boardwalk that takes you past a handful of cafes, restaurants, shops selling ice cream, buckets and spades and even a nail bar! In keeping with this being a nice area, there is no sign of hair braiding ladies or men selling sunglasses/dodgy watches on the beach or boardwalk, but they are around and contained to one area which was on the road adjacent to the nature reserve. As for negatives, I feel bad even noting these but here are mine: - The food side for kids as already mentioned. - Towels on sunloungers in the morning really needs to be consistently enforced. - Balcony lights go out automatically at midnight, no way of over riding this so if you like drink and read outside once the kids are asleep, take a candle! - 5 star hotel should not be charging for use of an in-room safe or hotel WiFi, the latter being a pretty poor (and frustrating) show most of the time!More

TracyLynnH, Surrey

Amazing hotel

This hotel and experience was truly amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. Food,room quality,hotel grounds,swimming pool,lazy river and too many other positives to mention were superb in all ways. We have both travelled far and wide around the world and this hotel has as one of the very best we have stayed in. Well done Lopesan a credit to all hotelsMore

PISTOL1963, South West

Absolutely brilliant

When thinking of a one-week-holiday in a sunny place, Baobab Resort offered just similiar images and experiences as I thought beforehand when seeing their ads. The breakfast and dinner buffets were just amazing and also very flowing despite of many people in the area at the same time. Rooms were clean and spacious and the pool area was as clean as the whole Costa Meloneras area. The only negative thing was Wi-Fi that cost only 2 euros a day worked hardly at all in the rooms. On the other hand it's basically a good idea to spend your holiday without internet.More

Marko K, Hausjarvi, Finland

Perfect vacation in a unique hotel

An absolute unique hotel with its architecture. Amazing pools and outstanding breakfast buffet! Only problem the usual reservation of sun loungers which is a hassle for a family of four. Hotel management should be much more strict!More

Daniel T, San Francisco

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