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.
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Reduced green fees at Maspalomas Golf - less than 3km away, and Meloneras Golf - 500m away.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Buffet breakfast 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.
It's a 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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deluxe room with pool view
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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More of a family resort than one for couples ..
To start with the positives : Hotel has an impressive entrance and you feel you are in a jungle! It's full of piped animal sounds and plastic life size jingle creatures! Quite unusual .. It was spotlessly clean and staff worked hard to keep it that way. Rooms were large and comfortable although you could hear the scraping of furniture from neighbours or early cleaners who may not be that considerate ! The food was lovely with plenty of choice to suit every diet. There were plenty of pools and sun-beds and we never had a problem finding one. We were on second floor facing west so had afternoon sun so it was nice. The negatives: there only was one thing... Badly controlled kids! I have never seen so many babies to toddlers. It was as if there was an offer pay for one child and the other three go free! It made dining a rather daunting experience. Kids were running around when you were carrying hot food, bouncing on seats that people had to sit in, throwing food around or even sat with iPad films blasting to keep them quiet! We did choose our seats carefully but it made no difference as there was such a turnaround of tables. Maybe parents need to be taking more control of their little ones or maybe the hotel needs to consider an adults only restaurant as there is space to do so. We spoke to lots of people who agreed that this dining issue was the only thing that would stop them from returning on half board or recommending it to others. Tips: take a sweater as bars and restaurants cool this time of year. Use local buses as cheap and really reliable.More
The Jacks X, Chester, United Kingdom
Second visit but not really for us
We came here last year as we found a good deal with Thomson and again we found a good price for eleven nights going out in the 12th March. However I think this will be our last visit. As we had booked a private transfer our check in was swift as we were well in front of the coach. The check in staff were friendly and gave us an upgrade to a pool view which was very good of them but view or not the same gripes about the rooms still apply. They are dark, we had every light on in the room and they are still dark. The wardrobes are too high, I'm 5ft 2in and I couldn't get the hangers off the rail. Yes there is noise from other rooms, babies crying and furniture being moved but to be honest you get that anywhere so I'm not making an issue out of it. The issue of insufficient lighting comes again in the stairwells, walkways and in the smaller buffet restaurant, if you are sat in the middle you can barely see your food. Onto the subject if food. If you work out what you have paid for a go and come again buffet you can't really complain but we felt the food wasn't as good as last year. There was a roast of the day which was usually ok but we felt the choice of other main dishes and vegetables were limited. They were also very slow to replenish dishes that were down to the last scrapings. There were a few occasions where I'd lined up what I wanted, went and got the meat and then came back to find the vegetable dish empty and after standing waiting it was either let your meat go cold or choose an accompaniment you didn't really want. Breakfast abroad is never brilliant, no 'taste the difference' items here! However cold scrambled eggs, as they were last year and undercooked omelettes (unless the younger female egg chef was cooking, she made them perfect) and obviously recycled leftovers from the previous nights dinner were not inspiring (I've never seen broccoli with cheese sauce for breakfast in my life). You could of course have pastries, fruit and yoghurts which were fine. Last year we were impressed with the PiliPili lunchtime restaurant this time not so. Last year a fillet steak with veg and a jacket potato was â¬14.50. This year the steak was â¬15.50, lamb chops were â¬17.80 and all that was served with them was a grilled tomato. Hence to say our lunch time budget was spent out in the resort. They are in my opinion loosing a fair bit of money by these small acts of greed, charging â¬2.20 for water that was 45cents in the supermarket, a small bottle of cava in the mini bar over â¬6 when you got three for that price in the supermarket. The number of people, especially families who were coming back stocked up was evidence of how much revenue they are missing out on. The grounds of the Boabab are kept immaculate and are well planted with trees and shrubs, the garden staff are always pruning and making sure the walkways are clean and clear. The pools are numerous if a little cool. We usually used the lazy river pool as it had the largest area to have a good swim but beware of the water jets that come out of the side, they are very powerful and can knock your legs from under you as you go past. With the exception of the Four Tops tribute band the evening entertainment left a lot to be desired. The Lion King act was dreadful, miming and awful dancing, thank goodness we missed half of it. The thing that was really annoying was as soon as the act finished the lights went out and they told you to go up to the bar where the resident band were playing. Don't get me wrong the band were quite good but after a couple of nights I could have done their set for them! (And the bar itself which is open to the elements at roof level was freezing) It would have just been nice to have had a bit of disco music on after the act to have had a dance. If you are a family with under eights I'm sure you would have a good holiday at the Boabab, they are geared up for little ones in the restaurant and they have the mini disco and bouncy castle to keep them happy. As a couple who have spent many a holiday at their sister hotel the Costa Meloneras across the road, the Boabab with its jungle theme that perhaps has been taken a little too far just isn't for us.More
Out of Africa
Found the flamingo s, the elephants ,and the crocodiles but not Robert Redford!!lovely hotel with great amenities numerous swimming pools , and facilities.spacious room with one of the biggest baths I ve ever had in an hotel.spotlessly clean,.....from the moment you step into the impressive reception area you realise you are In a 5*......choice of food well presented , friendly helpful staff.......my only criticism whilst I appreciate a family hotel I think for for couples and older people an adults only restaurant could be implemented as I have never seen so many toddlers running around so meal times became like a school canteen....therefore will hesitate about a re visit.More
991LynneB, Merthyr Tydfil County, United Kingdom
Best in Gran Canaria?
Really cozy atmosphere. All the pools and sunbeds are spread out between vegetation and palm trees and hide the fact that the hotel can house a lot of attendances. Certainly a hotel for the families of all ages. But also for the ones that want some romantic quiet time. The area around the hotel is really nice with clean high end shops and garden areas. This place doesnât give the âcharter-tourâ feeling many of the other hotels and places on the Iceland give. The hotel next door is the Lopesan Costa Meloneras resort, spa & Casino that is rated a little higher (same owners). But you have full access to most of the things in this hotel also. And I think the African theme at Baobab looks better and gives a better atmosphere (I have not seen the rooms at Costa Meloneras). The spa department at Costa Meloneras is worth visiting. For the gear heads itâs also possible to drive Porsches 997 GT3 RS, Ferrari 430, M3âs, Lamborghini, R8, Skyline and other sports cars for reduced prices when staying at Lopesan at the Circuito de Maspalomas. Only con was the WiFi that was a bit slow. But fast enough to check out trips for the next day.More
JerlandL, Skien, Norway
It waa a very nice stay at the hotel. I had the ceapest room but that was already very impressive for me. Big and nice decorated. The pool area is very big and is a very nice constructed. I had breakfast buffet and dinner buffet. The variety and quality of food was very good. Especially when you arrive in the beginning of buffet opening time it is calm and very pleasant to enjoy your food. The staff is also very kind. I really want to visit this hotel again :)More
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