When it comes to booking holidays for 5, there aren’t many hotels that offer 5 in one room. Obviously apartments are often preferable, but we have found that they can be rather small (with the exception of hotels in Turkey and Dubai.) Lopesan Baobab Resort was recommended to us by a friend who also has 3 children, and after booking I found that my parents often stay with the same chain.
The hotel is African themed so inside the rooms it is quite dark. There are also many animal statues dotted around the grounds.
Our room was large and spacious. Little man got to sleep on the sofa bed which would obviously be a seating area for a family of 4.
The pools are lovely. There aren’t any watersildes, so older children may not like it so much but there are many deep pools that you can float around. My favourite was the lazy river.
The food was generally good but only buffet restaurants were included under full board.
It is situated in Costa Meloneras a short walk from the beach. If you turn right you will get to the long beach of Maspolomas and the dunes and left is a much smaller beach Playa Meloneras.
There are an array of high end stores and some lovely bars and restaurants along the coastal path.
Reading Trip Advisor, you will find these as the top concerns/complaints
- It isn’t 5 star
- You have to pay for a safe
- You have to pay for wifi
- There are loads of young children
- You can’t get a sunbed
Like with most TripAdvisor reports you have to take these things with a pinch of salt and not worry too much. I kid you not, one report I read for a hotel in Lanzarote was blaming them for it being windy!
The comment that it isn’t a 5 star hotel really depends on where you compare it with. I haven’t visited any hotel in Spain that has a corresponding British status. It is a good hotel, with good facilities. For a family hotel in Spain (which doesn’t break the bank) it is really good. However, if you have visited 4 stars in Turkey or Dubai then they are probably the same or better.
Yes you have to pay for a safe. Annoying but again this seems to be the standard thing in the Spanish all inclusive resorts we have stayed in before.
You have to pay for wifi unless you want to sit in reception. Luckily EU roaming has changed so we just used our data instead.
There are lots of young children but it wasn’t horrendous. There aren’t any “baby pools” for them but there is a mascot dolphin called Panchi that has a kids club at all the Lopesan hotels. Yes we were mean and made big man have a photo with him to please his little brother – he wasn’t even going to fake a smile!
Sunbeds were a problem. I may have to write a problem about sunbed hoggers another time. Again, in school holidays this is nothing unusual.
In balance, however, Lopesan Baobab is a lovely hotel for a family holiday. We coped surprisingly well being in one room. I would certainly recommend it for a family with young children or older children providing they are aren’t looking for a pool with water-slides.