A cheeky post Easter break lands us for a week in Gran Canaria this April. We left grey skies and April showers at home and was greeted by warming sunshine and tourists with tans.
As usual I went ahead and agreed to my Husband making the travel arrangements for us. He knows that a happy child makes a pair of happy parents so securing accommodation with a pool and ice cream would be a winner right? Our Four year old is in heaven this week as I write my travel diaries from Lopesan Baobab, a five star African themed hotel situated in the newly built resort of Maspalomas. The area is fashionable and clearly loved by beach buddies who love to tan by day, shop in their sleep and party by night.
If you are looking for a luxury beach holiday then the dunes at Maspalomas is the ideal Choice.
Laposan Baobab hotel this April is full of families, that being said – the hotel itself is so big that it does not feel busy at all. Of course my Husband treated us to one of the best rooms with our own private patio and infinity pool and it certainly has all the top mod cons that five star luxury has to offer. Our room is spacious, has tons of storage space and a wet room for showers. The room is situated at the far end of the hotel along the towns main strip amongst the hustle and bustle of the party goers and bars. I use the term party goers lightly. The Laposan resort is engulfed with wealthy, power couples looking for the same relaxation as you and I.
So we enjoyed the Honeymoon suite for the first few days of our holiday and then moved over to a family suite at the opposite end of the resort. Now we were over the drinking and stuffing our faces with copious amounts of buffet food we were ready to relax a little more. Our four year old was happy either way and couldn’t care less where she slept as long as she could swim all day everyday!
Away from the music and the busy promenade , my Husband was finally able to unwind and enjoy his coffee on the balcony with a pool view embellished with palm trees and African plants and the constant sound of flowing water. A small tropical paradise of which he rarely gets to enjoy. This side of the hotel is definitely more fitting for exhausted parents looking for some refuge.
The hotel does have seven pools – yes really, all different kinds but my favorite pool was the lazy river variety! The pool was deep enough to swim and gives you the chance to check out all the sunbathers and some scenery on the way around. I would say it takes a good seven minutes to do a full circle at a fast pace swim. Trust me seven minutes is like a day at the spa when a small child is on a promise for an hour at the children’s pool.Or you could float around on a lilo or rubber ring investing time in your self.
The children’s area is a small gated community where the action is at. As you enter through a pair of African huts a fair sized slice of heaven is provided for children to run, swim and play in a safe environment with other kids. Sun loungers are provided for adults along with a waiter serving free wine and iced juice for the little ones. Parents line the pool from their shaded sun loungers maning their little people and lapping up the free luxury.
The children’s pool has a few slides and a climbing area, a see saw in the water and some other squirty apparatus. The water is shallow enough for my Daughter to bounce about with her swim float attached to her whilst I watch from my seat. I have waited years to finally enjoy some sun and let my Daughter have a little bit of independence in the shallow waters.
There is also a baby pool for younger children and a variety of huts with play areas and ball pits.
I just wanted to cover the food in a quick paragraph. Meals are served buffet style and we booked in half board. Every day our breakfast and dinner was included.
We ate lunch once at one of the hotels snack bars and felt that sadly it was extremely pricey for the quality of food served. Two sandwiches and a non alcoholic drink each cost us twenty five Euros. And the sandwiches were of a very dainty portion.
Breakfast was always a fab variety of foods on offer including tea, coffee, smoothies.
Dinner in my opinion was not to a five star standard.
The salads and selection of cold meats and cheeses were totally amazing and completely delicious.
The main course I felt was quite limited or maybe it was just to my taste. I am not a fish eater where as my husband is a great fan of seafood so actually he was in his element. I do like chicken and turkey as opposed to red meat so would have preferred a wider selection.
The children’s menu was limited with the same on offer most nights. Pasta, chips or rice. Luckily our Daughter loves to eat salad foods along with pasta so I felt her nutritional needs were provided for. The chips were placed in the children’s section so most evenings it took a while to plate up my child’s dinner whilst waiting for the adults to get their chip fix.
High chairs are provided at all tables.
The dinner setting is very nice with a calm river running through the restaurant and ambient music. Service is very efficient and the restaurant offers half bottles of wine.
A few days into our stay we discovered a hidden poolside restaurant. WOW. The prices are very fair and you are waited on from your table. The food is absolutely amazing. My Husband enjoyed fresh Calamari whilst i indulged in a big portion of chicken satay. we went there a few times for a relaxing lunch and ate beautiful salads washed down with sangria. This restaurant called Pili Pili served us well and i wish we had of found it sooner! Child friendly also. Just look at the fresh dishes!
The pathway leading around the perimeter of the hotel pools are blooming with tropical plant life, Baobab trees (see what they did there?!) which are African trees and also tropical birds. We spotted so many on our walks after dinner. There are beautiful hand carved wooden benches and so you can stop and take a seat in the shade.
Dotted around the grounds are life size safari animals. Zebras, giraffes and crocodiles perched by the waters edge.
And the architecture really does give an African Safari feel. I can see why both kids and adults are drawn to the Laposan Baobab.
I could write about the positives of this particular hotel all day. Sports court, gym, kids disco.
There really is no need to leave the resort and I am happy we did not hire a car because I really don’t think we would of made full use of it.
There is a bus station a short walk from the hotel and from there you can catch regular buses to other beaches and national parks.
We took a taxi (under 5 Euro) to the local market which is on a Tuesday and Saturday and spent an hour browsing and purchasing some pashmina and sea sponges. My Daughter bought a dress but be sure to check out prices on stalls first. Some sellers charge ridiculous amounts for the same item.
We had lunch here from a small cafe which we noticed was a popular haunt for the locals. So we joined in the line and bagged ourselves a table. My Husband drank a few jugs of beer and we ate samples of fish from the menu served on small platters. I opted for a small tray of cod bites served with a traditional sauce. The cod had been cooked in the lightest batter I have ever sampled and I am sure there was a touch of curry powder in there to?
However theses cod bites were made they were mouth watering and a great price at under 10 Euro for Beers and lunch.
I have enjoyed our time at the Laposan Baobab resort and there has been lots to keep our four year old Daughter busy. We have made some lovely family memories whilst away this week and of course enjoyed our time together as a family.
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