The Baobab Suites are perched on a hill overlooking the tourist town of Costa Adeje. Twenty years ago this was barren land with only some pine trees and goats, now the coastline is swathed of plush hotels and modern attractions. A lot of money has been poured in to create a distinctly upmarket area for families and couples.
There is no denying, this 5* resort is what you might call a sleek and modern place. The Baobab suites are an interesting concept - large private apartments with some hotel amenities in a modern, stylish and white low rise building. Everything is beautifully clean and cleverly designed with some lovely ocean and/or mountain views. Although to make the most of those views request an apartment on one of the higher levels. They have fabulous views of the sea and the surrounding area of El Duque and Costa Adeje.
We are staying in a two bedroom suite on the first floor. The setup of the living room is large enough, but the floor to ceiling double open doors that lead to the terrace give it an airy feel. If you prefer some more space opt for one of the Penthouse suites with private pools and Jacuzzi!
The terrace which is not overlooked, is fitted out with comfortable sunbeds. In our case it faces a road that winds along the front of the resort; there is some sound although it didn’t really bother us. The kitchen is well stocked with all kinds of small kitchen appliances and pots, pans and dishes you need. Don’t expect a ballroom for the bathroom, but it is more than adequate with a very good shower and nice toiletries. The maid service takes care of the beds and supplied the apartments with fresh towels. On arrival there’s a welcome package with coffee, milk, some more food items and a bottle of white wine, which was a nice touch.
Our daughters don’t really care about sunbeds or kitchen equipment, their only interest is to the two, beautiful pools. Although we share the resort with quite some other guest, neither is packed. This is due to the fact that the majority of the suites have their own pool and/or hot tub. Therefore there’s no need to get up at 6am to reserve a sun bed by placing a towel. There are some apartments where the patio opens up in front of the main pool, so for extra privacy you might want to book a different one. Some apartments have a roofwindow which can be opened. Really nice, but do not book the room upfront when you have little children for they might fall in.
We always found a lounge chair or bed at any time of the day. After some great time playing in the water and the sand pits that surround the pool area, we decide to further explore the resort. To start with the BB bar, this pool bar restaurant serves good food and the views are amazing. A great place to relax over a cocktail and just see the sun set. On the ground level you will find the highly recommended spa, the reception area and, a second highlight for our kids: a huge kids club. Best as from the age of 3 since there's no special baby unit. From teddy bears to game consoles, play tools to pretend kitchens, there’s plenty to the kids entertained, alongside pizza-making, handicraft and other fun, as well as educational workshops.
Back at the reception you will also find the Experience Centre. Whatever the activity you are looking for: they will make it happen over there. Climbing Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, sail out to see dolphins and whales (depending on the season), exploring large underground lave tube networks or join a guided trek through pine forests, mountains and scenic countryside.
And for the foodies there is the Sucás Restaurant headed by Lucas Maes, one of Tenerife´s most famous chefs. For those who’d like to compensate for all the culinary delights, there is a sports center with the fuel RestoBar. From vitamin-packed salads and nutrition-fuelled juices, to vegetarian meals plus grilled meat and fish, this is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or workout snacks that keeps your conscience clear and your body rewarded. It’s also a great place to just hang out while the kids play on the sand, or to chill out with friends over a few ice-cold beers after a game of paddle or beach volleyball.
Breakfast in a nice volcanic interior setting is elaborate and delicious, you even have the option of having it sent to your room. In that case it arrives in a huge wooden box. A great way to start your day in your own pace eating on your private terrace.
Costa Adeje does have the usual area of bars and restaurants, none of which are particularly great. Although to the other side of the resort is La Caleta, only five mins in a taxi with a lovely selection of good quality restaurants. If you feel like giving the heart beat some impulse the beach front is a short hike downhill and after you enjoyed the mostly calm sea a somewhat more challenging hike backup awaits you, although the resort also arranges a shuttle. We hired a car and used that to get around. As the hotel has underground parking it was ideal and enabled us to see far more of Tenerife. A lovely place is La Caleta National Park with excellent views of the ocean; a bit odd as well with a gypsy camp at the coastline.
There is plenty to do at Baobab Suites with the kids club available all day for younger children and sport available for older ones and their parents. This place combines the luxury of an adults only hotel with the facilities of a family hotel. The beautiful modern apartments serve (young) children really well -and their parents. Finally we found the staff to all be really polite and helpful. They gave us great advice on where to go with our kids. Overall Baobab Suites is a really great base to stay.
# Most apartments have their own pool and sandpit, which will delight every young child. Sandpits (and showers) by the way are everywhere to be found, also next to the huge pools.
# The sport center offers daily free classes for resort guests. Agreat way to experience some new sports.
# This resort is minimalistic in its design, but extremely spacious and well lit. You get your money’s worth.