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, lunch and dinner and feature dishes from around the world. 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 stayed for a week. The only problem with the hotel was that the signal for the internet in my room was weak. I went to the lobby and was able to do everything I needed. I will definitely be staying here again. The area is nice and it is centrally located and walking distance to nice restaurants and the beach.More
daniel_fregia, Corpus Christi, Texas
I cannot express how wonderful this holiday was. My husband and I went with friends for one week and just got home yesterday. From the moment we arrived until the day we left I have never felt so relaxed in a hotel. I agree with all the other reviews, the food is wonderful, some of the best I have had at 5 star hotels.
The entertainment was okay. The gospel choir was a joy to listen to but for us we were there just to relax and we're not looking to be entertained. Most hotel I have been to are always hit and miss to be honest. The bars at night were relaxing just to have a nice drink or even as we did on occasion just have a coffee.
The hotel is very clean and the cleaning staff do a wonderful job. Our room was always cleaned to a high standard and had no complaints. We stayed in room 1007 and this was an excellent location. Moments from the pool and minutes to the restaurants and bars. I would ask for this room again.
Pool bar does lovely cocktails. I also loved a non alcohol one called coconut kiss (please try this). Lazy river is great and allows for inflatables. The pool temperature was the best I have ever experienced, fresh but not cold that you dread the initial plunge. It's the most I have spent in a pool on holiday.
I could go on and on but most good reviews have said it all already. If you are worried about any negative reviews you have read then don't be. They are picking at things that are just silly in my opinion and I can tell you I have high standards when I go to the travel agent and pick a holiday. My friends and family always say if I said it is great then it's great. If you have booked this hotel already then have a wonderful time, you are in for a treat.
I'm off to check prices out to hopefully return in April.
Oh oh oh. Free beach bag in your room which for me if you like all the small thoughtful touches is a lovely thought.More
Johanne101, Greenock, United Kingdom
What a let down !
We have traveled to many high standard holiday hotels over the years, unfortunately this isnt one of them !
Thomson rate this as a 5T Platinum Lifestyle hotel - but that not realistic.
We chose this hotel for its unique design and that part lived up to expectations, the themeing is extensive and enjoyable. The rooms are of a decent standard - and - Yes, there are lots of pools of varying designs which cater for everyones requirements but in most other aspects it fails to deliver.
WiFi - Apart from 2 very slow Free areas you have to pay for it, even then its a very hit & miss service. Should be free everywhere in a 5T standard.
Entertainment - The varied nightly show in the Dodori is fine, you can choose which nights to attend, something for everyone in a weekly schedule. The Richard Burton Bar has a nightly African band playing called Rafikis. They play 6 nights a week, they are good but there repertoire is limited and they pretty much play the same songs every night - a bit tiresome. Hotel needs to have a greater selection of bands so they can rotate - its called entertainment not endurance.
Food - Sorry to say this is probably the worst dept of the hotel. 3 star quality at very best. Breakfast is fine with plenty of selection but evening mealtime was poor. Didnt matter if we ate early or late quality was never any different - overcooked, soggy, dried up - you name it we were offered it. Theres supposedly a different theme to the food every night but half of whats on offer is the same every night. I appreciate they are catering for a large number of people but standards arent great, felt like i was eating in Spain 25 years ago (same quality / standard). It wasnt just us who felt this way, we met other couples who echoed exactly what we felt. We spoke to 2 couples who returned from last year and they too said "food this year is awful compared to last year", they were returning guests expecting same as before standard but were left very disappointed. This hotel really needs to up its game, clearly has become complacent. Discerning travelers expect quality to match ratings in all departments.
It sounds like i am saying its a hotel from hell BUT it isnt, i can see some reviewers are very happy with everything, in our opinion it only delivers about 50% of expectations. We had a good week at Lopesan Baobab, unfortunately its only because we met some lovely people there. Had the hotel quality been to expectations it would have been a great week.
All we can say is - been there, tried it, didnt think it was great - so back to Turkey next year. Now they do know how to deliver a 5T service in all departments !More
Barberl0na, Ipswich, UK
BAOBAB - ITS BIG, ITS FRIENDLY AND REALLY NICE
Sitting here having packed our suitcases and waiting for our taxi to take us to the airport we really do not want to leave. The hotel is very big and after spending 1 week here we are still finding parts of the hotel that we haven't found before.
Despite the size, it doesn't feel as though there are loads of people here and there was never any problems with getting a sunbed as there are so many pool areas to choose from. In fact it is the first hotel we have been too ad were offered a tour after our welcome meeting with Thomsons. Kate and Victoria the Thomson reps do a great job and are always on hand if you need them.
Outside act entertainment is held in the Dodori bar but we found that some nights were really enjoyable and others it did not suit us but acts to go and see if they are around are :
Pavarotti and friends
The Gospel Choir
two fantastic acts and we thoroughly enjoyed them. If the entertainment in the Dodori bar doesn't appeal there is always the house band, Rafiki, in the African Lodge - these are also very good.
Rooms are cleaned to a high standard each day and towels are available for the pool each day too.
Our only little quibble and it is little is that there is no full length mirror in the rooms and english TV is limited to only news in the room but at least we can go home fully gened up on current affairs !!!! Internet is available in the room which you have to pay for and it is a little hit and miss if you can receive it.
Overall our experience at the Baobab has been excellent and we would have no hesitation in returning or recommending it to other people.More
sharon h, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Exceeded all expectations
I have travelled quite extensively over the years and even though I read up about the hotel beforehand, upon arrival it took my breath away and I felt it was excellent value for money. We had a stunning twin room on the ground floor with 2 queen beds, a fantastic shower and bathroom with robes and luxury toiletries as standard. There were several beautiful pool areas to choose from and we tried a different one each day. Some were heated which was lovely for when we were there in March. The lazy river was excellent and loved the false beaches dotted around. The food was of a high standard and plentiful and the entertainment was great too. We were so impressed by this place that we barely went off resort and cannot recommend it highly enough. Can't wait for our next visit!More
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