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 seven pools. There are four 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.
There are natural tones running throughout these deluxe double rooms with a pool view. They can sleep up to three and have direct pool access from the terrace. There's a high definition TV and bathrobes.
There are natural tones running throughout these twin rooms. They can sleep up to three or they can be sold as a single. They come with twin beds, plus a sofa-bed. There's a high definition TV and bathrobes.
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Just returned from the baobab today. Stayed in room 2017 overlooking lazy river pool.
The positives: hotel looks good,well maintained gardens and public areas. Fantastic pool scene. My 5 year old daughter loves this place- you couldn't pull her away from the lazy river, mini disco and panchi.
The cocktails were excellent around the bar.
The negatives make this hotel more like a 4* and are as follows:
1) the rooms are too noisy. Constant dragging noise from adjacent rooms woke us up early every morning.
2) Beds were two singles pulled together and constantly moved apart. At checkout, the reception lady said we could have asked for the bed to be changed to a double- nobody mentioned that at check in!
3) Breakfast was vast but the English breakfast was not at all five star. The bacon was stringy and tasteless, no proper sausage but they had what looked like hotdogs at breakfast ! Omelette was watery and tasteless.
4) Dinner was good but often very salty food. As it was buffet, we just discarded the salty foods and tried other things. The grilled meat are not pre seasoned and are cooked bland on the grill.
5) They didn't change our bed sheet on alternative days as the hotel policy dictates. When we complained, the house keeper and supervisor did come to attempt to change it but we declined as we had retired to the room after a busy day.
Overall, hotel was ok but with the negatives above make this a good four star not five star. They need to address the above issues, stop charging for a safe, and sort out the wifi before they come close to a five star hotel. They can learn a thing or two from the Sheraton le caleta in Tenerife.More
Bukky7, London, United Kingdom
Lovely! Why do people moan?
Well, we are a family of 3 and just returned yesterday. I don't always write every year after each big summer holiday, but wanted to this time.
The hotel looks stunning and overall is excellent value for money (except for having to pay for the safe). We have been to a few different hotels in the canaries and this one stood out.
It's high season, you have to get up early for your beds. That's the way it is. It's busy - again it's summer and I felt this was managed well. The restaurant (buffet) fab! The quality is amazing (huge limitless griddled king prawns)..my husband raved about the breakfasts.
There are lots of pools..we liked the infinity by the Richard Burton Bar (what a fab building...gorgeous, with a super live band at night). Here I picked up wifi by the pool - it was better than I imagined..emails only really - forget downloading photos.
The shower in the rooms is ace. There are shops 5 mins away (other places we've been to have been in the middle of nowhere!!). The animation team find something for young & old alike. The evening shows, yes, they are cheesy, but better than other places we've been too...all 5* and this is best so far. The cocktails brilliant..not expensive. My 7 year old is still dreaming about the non alcoholic mojito and the night time beach party.
I'm rambling. What do all those moaners expect? We can't wait to go back..total all round classy hotel.
I'd like to go back now.More
SamTeaParty, London, United Kingdom
A fantastic holiday
Our holiday in Baobab was fantastic ! It was a very big hotel with beautifull pools. Very clean. The staff was friendly. The rooms where magnificent with all facilities. The diner was varied and a lot off choice. The wether was pleasant, enough ventilation, professional animation. We will definitely return. More
albertmariad, Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium
Not Without Some Flaws
While predominantly a very good hotel at which we had a lovely time, the Lopesan Baobab does have a few minor frustrations that take it from a 5 star review down to 4 stars.
HOTEL OVERALL: The hotel itself looks stunning and imposing. But it is BIG! We didnât need the gym, our daily exercise was a hike from bedroom to breakfast to pool to bedroom again. Wear comfortable shoes! Location is excellent, just a 5 minute walk to the promenade / lighthouse and all the designer shops, restaurants, etc. Really, couldnât be better. Staff were all very helpful, polite, friendly and efficient as you would expect. However, due to the scale of the hotel it is not in any way âintimateâ and inevitably lacks the personal touch. Not a big deal, but if you are more used to a âboutiqueâ style of hotel then this jars slightly.
ENTERTAINMENT: I am putting this early in the review in case you get bored reading my witterings below, however this was the biggest negative. It was truly AWFUL. Our rep told us that the Lopesan group are renowned for spending less than other hotel chains on entertainers. This is clearly true. We eventually gave up as it was getting embarrassing sitting there in awkward silence. We had low expectations but were still underwhelmed. Really, just when we thought it couldnât get any worse, it did! The entertainment venue didnât help - a very dark corner of the hotel lacking in atmosphere.
FOOD / RESTAURANTS. The proximity of the hotel to the promenade actually made us wish that the hotel had a Breakfast-only option as we really would have liked to spend more time and money at the promenade restaurants. The food wasnât bad at the hotel, in fact it was of a consistently high quality. However, not a great deal of variety or adventure in the menus and after just 3 days we were venturing out to the nearby eateries just for a change. However, the service was quietly efficient, and there was the minimum of fuss and queueing.
Note â despite rules to the contrary, at least 80% of male guests were wearing smart shorts to dinner and this was in no way an issue. Trousers optional gentlemen!
POOLS AND GARDENS: One of the highlights, best I have seen. The pools are plentiful, large, and set in the best maintained hotel grounds I have ever seen. The gardens really are well-crafted and beautifully maintained. The pools are very clean and have something for everyone â from play pools to deeper pools for the swimmers amongst you. The âsandâ besides a couple of the pools is more like gravel which is annoying but not a big deal. The lazy river is very nice but is actually just an extension of the upper pool, it is not like one you would find at a water park where you are gently propelled round. If you want to float gently round you will need to bribe one of your children to push your flotation device! Also, it all felt very safe. The whole pool and gardens can only be accessed via the main hotel entrance (no direct access to the nearby road), and we were quite happy to let our 9 and 11 year olds (who are great swimmers) mess about in the pools with sensible levels of supervision.
Note - One of the key discussion points I have seen on this hotel is the rules regarding reserving a sun-lounger in a prime location. The facts are that while there are signs-a-plenty to indicate that this is banned, it happens (a lot!) and the only consequence is a politely worded note under your towel. I confess to being someone who does like to reserve a lounger and I found that wandering down at 8am meant that there were loads of good spots available. After 9am it gets a bit tricky and after 10am, well, forget it. There arenât quite enough loungers to cope with all residents when the hotel is as full as it is in August. Technically, you are also banned from using flotation devices but, sensibly, this didnât attract any irate lifeguards.
CHILD FRIENDLIESS: There were no activities advertised that attracted our 9 and 11 year olds, they were happy messing about in the pools, so canât comment. However, the younger kids all seemed to be really happy with what was going on. Note â although you are gently pushed to certain restaurants or pools if you have kids, at peak times in August there is nowhere that that is not child-friendly, equally there is nowhere you can escape from other peoples kids. However, there wasnât a bit of bad behaviour.
ROOMS: We got lucky, we ended up in a standard family double room which was in fact a suite. It was a corner room so the shape of it meant that the kids effectively had their own room. The rooms were very well equipped and clean, beds comfy, etc. Shower was FANTASTIC. Housekeeping also very good.
COSTS: Drinks, snacks, etc are pretty reasonable by hotel standards and we didnât feel ripped off. However, as others have said being charged for a Safe is disappointing. Also, being charged for Internet that is snail-like in all areas except reception is less than ideal.
So, mostly good. Could be perfect if they stopped charging for Safes and Internet, introduced more variety in to the menu and actually spent a little more on entertainment.More
Nicola H, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Definately not 5 stars
I have just returned from 10 nights at this hotel as previous reviews have mentioned it is large and on arrival had to wait in a long check in queue.
The room was very dark and felt very depressing specially in the bathroom.
The buffet as you can imagine with a large hotel was a little crazy with kids crying and running around. Two people in my group were very sick after eating the paella in the buffet, so after that it really did put me off eating in there.
We ate out a few times and the local area had some lovely restaurants and shops.
The theme of this hotel was great and the pools, getting a sun bed around the main pool was impossible unless you got up early.
This hotel would be great for families with young children.
My partner had stayed here previously I said it had definitely gone down hill!More