We had been to Magnolias before and so were aware of the awful district of Maspalomas and the appalling scar on the landscape that the drive from the airport presented. As one guest said to us "You don't come to Maspalomas to see Gran Canaria". This isn't stricly true but once you have driven into the beautiful interior of the island and visited the excellent Las Palmitos Park, there isn't much to do. Magnolias is for a clothing free and sunny vacation in the Winter. Unfortunately, we had three days of rain and in the Spring the beach at Maspalomas had been trashed by a storm so no-one was on it.
The bunglaows at Magnolias are clean and comfortable and you can choose either the convenience of being round the pool, which is handy for getting loungers in the inevitable scrum each morning or you settle for a quiet location away from the pool. Friends of ours were near the road and were woken each morning by the dustbin truck which spoilt their holiday. We opted for full board and found the breakfast to be good although it was very busy at 9 am and we had to squeeze into a small pantry/kitchen to get the food. Do not under any circumstances book dinners for each evening. Some of the meals were awful and there were times when there was no choice of main course. Another irritation was that the pre-paid cost of the dinners didn't always cover the cost of the meal so you were left with paying a supplement. There are some nice restaurants, even a Chinese, a short taxi ride away and we should have done that. You don't need a car for the whole holiday as you can get a taxi to and from the airport.
It is clear that there is a policy of condoning antisocial behaviour by regulars. The bar is open until 1 am so that a noisy group of guests can stay out by the pool until 3 am if they like, keeping other people awake. Any comment is met by "Well you aren't regulars". There was one outspoken waitress who wasn't averse to being rude to customers, which left a nasty memory. As on the previous visit, the final bar bill was wrong so keep track of what you spend.
Yiou can make the best of your stay by going with friends and not eating in the restaurant or drinking at the bar and ensuring that you have a quiet room away from the pool and the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naturist Resort Magnolias Natura is the perfect naturists hideaway situated in Maspalomas on the southernmost tip of the island of Gran Canaria. During almost ten years Magnolias resort has earned the reputation it has today as being one of the best naturists resorts in Europe and the number of our guests who return over and over again is testimony to this. Magnolias Natura is to be found in a quiet and secluded location in Maspalomas, close to the golf course and sand dunes. Maspalomas beach, Europe's unofficial nudist capital where naturists gather every day to relax naked in the sunshine, is only a short distance away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Magnolias Natura Hotel Maspalomas
- Magnolias Natura Maspalomas, Gran Canaria