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.
I really enjoyed this holiday. Great hotel. Food varied and plenty of selection. Rooms spacious and fab, great for hair drying and make up, big mirror, comfi chair, bright light, plug socket, shelf and powerful hair dryer that can be moved to this area. Very powerful shower and huge bath.
Usually go the Caribbean but this hotel was equally as goof or even better. Same time zone and only 4.5 hours air time.
Great pools plenty of sunbeds and they do move towels that are left out early and unattended, which is good.
Agree safe deposit shouldn't be charged for, wifi not great all the time but is free so cannot complain.
Good selection of shops, restaurants and bars, all 5 mins walk.
Great facilities for children, shame they charge adult prices for + 2 (that maybe Thompsons not the hotel).
Entertainment good, or live music in bar or quiet bar, so there is plenty of choice. They do show football on large screen.
I stayed at the Lopesan Baobab from the 11th-17th October. I felt this was a great time to visit the resort and hotel, the weather was gorgeous and the hotel didn't feel too over crowded :)
I knew we'd made the right choice as soon as we pulled up to the hotel - the entrance is seriously impressive! I've never seen architecture like it in a modern hotel. Everywhere you look your jaw is on the floor! Attention to detail is incredible.
When we entered reception we were seen to quickly, offered a cocktail and were dealt with by very pleasant staff. We struggled to find our room on the directions/map given, as there weren't obvious sign posts in the corridors to tell you which block you were in. I'll admit to being disgruntled by our first room - as it was a special occasion I had requested a pool view but we got a car park view and hated it. I phoned reception and they did a very quick turn around by getting us upgraded to a pool view which was perfect! They phoned the day after to make sure everything was okay, I thought this was a nice touch.
The rooms are very spacious, modern and with plenty wardrobe space. The beds were comfortable, the air conditioning good and the bathroom was a high standard. Housecleaning were fantastic. The only negatives I have in the bedroom is the charge for the safe, the lack of English TV channels and the charge for tea and coffee facility (we had to go and buy mugs, tea and milk at the shop, this was cheaper than requesting the hotels facility). I've seen these comments in so many reviews and cannot understand why management are still ignoring this...
We were beside the lazy river pool so used this everyday - we never had an issue getting a sun lounger, and the pool was a lovely temperature which was such a bonus! The lazy river feature is such a treat. It was a bit difficult getting served around the pool, I never once managed to catch a waiters eye as they walk past you so fast! And sometimes it took a while to get served at the pool bar. One other thing, the fake sand is horrendous and gave us sore feet!
Although we didn't see much of the entertainment, what we did see we were impressed with. They have shows on in one of the downstairs bars at night, and a live band in the upstairs bar. You could quite happily park your butt for a night of music and cocktails!
The food... Is okay. Breakfast was decent, but small things would have made a difference - maple syrup with the pancakes/freshly made tea made to order/hotter cooked food. In the evening both my mother and I struggled with the main meal options, and neither of us are fussy eaters in the slightest. There was nothing that excited me much, which was a shame for a hotel with such a strong theme throughout to lose it's identity in the food.
We ate in the main restaurant most of the time, and the other restaurant (open 6-7 and then from 8) one night. We had the worst service I've ever had in my LIFE in this one. Had to leave my seat 4 times to get a drinks order. Serious lack of staff at peak times. This hotel should maybe offer a B & B option, so you don't feel like you have to eat at the hotel so much? And you cannot have lunch on half board.
Luckily, there are the most gorgeous restaurants just a 5 minute walk away. I'd particularly recommend the Italian restaurants down by the beach - maximillas was wonderful, and the always busy Grand Italia was a great dining experience! If you are swaying between resorts, I'd say Melonaras is unbeatable with its restaurants, hotels and boutiques.
In terms of excursions we did the moonlight cinema (beside the hotel!), the music hall tavern and the Aphrodite boat trip, all thoroughly recommended!
We also visited the spa in the sister hotel across the road a couple of times, the spa was impressive as were the treatments and therapists. Very reasonably priced compared to other places I've been.
I would definitely recommend this hotel, and equally the resort :) I'd hope the hotel would reply to constructive criticism as well as only replying to the 5* reviews! another bug bearer of mine!More
I have just returned from my second trip to Baobab with my 2 children and miss it so much already. This hotel is complete paradise and from the moment you arrive at the breathtaking entrance way there is complete and utter relaxation.
The grounds are beautiful and a walk around the hotel to admire all the plants is a must (don't forget to visit the turtles). The staff are a credit to the hotel and will do anything they can to make your stay perfect, the food is fantastic (vegetarian with intolerances, and there was always something I could eat). Evening entertainment was generally great, we especially liked The Lion King, and the 2 oceans band.
The pools are all lovely and we had trouble deciding every day which one to go to (we never had a problem finding sun loungers at any time of the day) whichever pool we picked had great views and parrots were flying around overhead.
The only down point to our holiday was leaving, I'm not ashamed to say I shed a tear. We will be back Baobab, thank you for another fantastic holiday.More
LauraShirra, Ullapool, United Kingdom
Four and a half stars
We have just come back from a week at this hotel. We travelled with our 4 year old son. We had popped into the hotel in June when we had stayed at the Lopesan Villa del Conde and had thought that we would give it a try as it looked very child friendly. We were not disappointed in this respect. There were loads of pools, all of which were really warm and great for children. The animation team were very good and the kids club and mini-disco were really well attended. The hotel is reasonably well positioned in that it is very close to the beach and amenities but it is not on the seafront unlike the majority of the other good hotels in the resort. The room was nice without being spectacular. Having stayed at the Lopesan Villa del Conde shortly before we could not help but compare the two hotels and this may have led to our overall impression of the hotel being less favourable than it otherwise might have been. The hotel complex was very clean but was not spotless. The food was good (and we can see how others might consider it excellent) but it did become a bit repetitive and did fall short in comparison to other 5 star hotels we have stayed at. The main issue for us however was the service. It generally seemed that the hotel was understaffed particularly at breakfast and dinner time where things were a bit chaotic. The eating areas did seem more like canteens than restaurants. The hotel is priced between the four and five star brackets and this makes sense in that you get what you pay for - something considerably better than a four star hotel which falls short of being a five star one. That said, we would recommend it and would consider returning albeit with slightly lower expectations.More
JulianPetra, Oxford, United Kingdom
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
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