I wrote last week about our holiday to Gran Canaria and promised I’d write all about the hotel we stayed in.
When I saw the Lopesan Baobab Resort online I thought it looked stunning – an African themed resort in the area of Meloneras. I read lots of reviews, looked at photos and knew we had to visit!
We flew with Thomson on stupidly late flights and didn’t get to the hotel until 3 am. The reception staff were polite and quick, knowing we just wanted to get to bed! They gave us glasses of apple juice on arrival (usually champagne but we were too sleepy for that) and directed us to our rooms.
The hotel was all lit up, very quiet and the first impressions were good.
We’d booked the Double Standard Room which is just one of the Lopesan Baobab Resort’s basic rooms so we were expecting a small room overlooking a car park or something. The room looked exactly like it does on the website, very spacious and clean with a sofa bed all laid out for Little H. As we’d missed dinner they had left a plate of cakes and some bottles of water in the room for us which was a lovely touch.
We crashed into bed and when we looked at the view from the balcony the next morning we were pleasantly surprised to be able to see the sea in the distance.
The bathroom had a big shower and bath which all looked brand new. The bath towels were replaced every day and they provided towels for the sunbeds.
The only thing I can pick a fault with was that you had to pay 2.5 euros per day for the safe which I think should be included in the price of the room.
We booked Half Board – breakfast and dinner. Both buffet style, with 2 restaurants to choose from. We stuck to the Marala restaurant mostly as they had the kids’ buffet.
The food was brilliant, so much to choose from that we weren’t bored even after 2 weeks. Breakfast was what you’d expect with everything from full English to continental, and lots of pastries and donuts. Oh my god, I think we ate more donuts in those 2 weeks than we’d normally eat in a year!
Each night the buffet was a different theme including Spanish, Italian and Chinese, as well as all the usual continental options. The kids’ buffet had great choices for picky eaters including pasta, hot dogs, burgers, salad and sandwiches.
The restaurant was immaculate with cleaners constantly sweeping the floors, and the waiting staff were all very friendly.
There are also a couple of snack bars around the hotel and a restaurant by the pool to get lunch. Though we mostly ate outside of the hotel at lunch time as it was a good chance to go and explore.
I’ve never been to a hotel with so many pools! We found one on the first day with an artificial beach and a very shallow end. You could swim to the right to a small pool with waterfalls, and to the left you could swim under a bridge to another deeper pool. Behind the waterfalls was a smoothie and cocktail bar.
Both of these pools were fantastic and we spent most of our time here as it was safe and shallow enough for Little H to play on her own and with her friends.
We soon realised if you wanted a good space around the pool you needed to be down there with your towels at about 7 am! For the rest of the holiday we got good spots – if you can’t beat them, join them!
Just around the corner from these pools was what the kids called the “quiet pool”. We didn’t sit here as it wasn’t quite as kid friendly, but it looked lovely and we’d definitely have set up camp there if it had just been the 2 of us.
On the third day, I went for a little walk and discovered another big pool complete with artificial beach, pool bar, and a lazy river!
The lazy river was my favourite to sunbathe by as there weren’t rows and rows of sunbeds, however it wasn’t the best pool for kids to be left unattended. It was great fun to swim (or float!) down the lazy river but we couldn’t let Little H in there by herself as she’d get carried down stream quite quickly.
Some of the rooms even have their own little pools, and there was a small pool with direct access from some of the bigger suites. For younger kids, there was a kids’ pool with slides but this is probably more for toddler age and much too noisy to relax next to!
There’s definitely a pool to suit everyone within the Lopesan Baobab Resort and at night it all looks even more spectacular.
Going on holiday with a child you’d think you wouldn’t be able to relax or have any peace and quiet, but you’d be wrong. The Lopesan Baobab has a great kids’ club called Panchi World that runs from 11:00-13:00 and 14:30-16:30, featuring a giant cuddly dolphin called Panchi. I’ve never left Little H at a kids’ club on holiday before and wasn’t too sure about doing it before we left. She wanted to make some friends so we checked it out and I felt really comfortable leaving her there. She didn’t always go to both sessions on every day, but even just a few hours here and there was enough for us to have some peace and sunbathe or go for a drink. The kids did everything from crafts to water fights to safaris to driving schools and had a great time.
Some days there was also a bouncy castle and inflatables in the pool. There was also a foam party for Panchi’s 10th birthday which included party food and lots of games.
In the evening there was a Mini Disco at 8pm every night in the outdoors Plaza Marimba, followed by a kids’ film afterward. It’s such a family friendly hotel without all of that over the top entertainment you get in some resorts.
There were also various shows and singers in the bars of an evening, For the adults during the day there was everything from pool volleyball to paddle yoga to cocktail making, though we didn’t join in any of these as were too busy sunbathing.
As I said earlier, the resort is based around and African theme, which makes sense given how close to Africa Gran Canaria is. The whole hotel is designed in an African style and it’s done very tastefully, parts of it really do look like the safari lodges we stayed in when we went to Kenya years ago.
The bars have African style seating and decor, one of them has huge safari animal teddies which the kids loved searching for, and the bar staff all wear safari style outfits
Placed around the hotel are various animals and it’s fun to go and hunt for them. More appeared towards the end of our stay so I’m not sure if they move them or just happened to be making some changes.
The grounds are full of fruit trees (we spotted bananas, oranges, mangoes, and papayas) and beautiful flowers. Wandering around it does actually feel like you could be in Africa.
The Lobesan Baobab is situated in Meloneras, which is right next to the more well known Maspalomas. It’s an upmarket area with expensive shops and nice restaurants and bars. The beach is a 10 minute walk away and the bus station is a 5 minute walk.
The area is quiet and even with our room being above some of the bars and restaurants, there was hardly any noise at night.
It’s not the place to go if you want somewhere with a busy nightlife, and that’s exactly why we liked it!
The Lopesan Baobab is without a doubt the best hotel we have ever stayed in. We couldn’t fault it – the only negatives we could come up with were the cost of the safe and the difficulty in getting good sunbeds, nothing major at all.
We are desperate to visit again, and if you’re thinking of heading to Gran Canaria then you definitely need to check out the Lopesan Baobab Resort!