Magnolias Natura – Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

We have visited this resort on numerous occasions so you will immediately realise that we love almost everything about it. It is an adult only venue although it is single friendly and the first time I went I went as a single person and was made to feel very welcome. The property consists of 28 semi-detached bungalows although only seven of these have a view of the pool. The views from the remainder are not as good, either overlooking the security fence or the back of another bungalow. That said, the standard of all the accommodation is exceptional comprising a lounge/kitchen, a double bedroom and large bathroom with plenty of storage space for clothing, toiletries and anything else people bring with them.

The bungalows are equipped for self-catering although the hotel provides breakfast, lunch and dinner for those who prefer it. All the meals we had were good although it has to be said there is a fairly limited menu in the evening, with the “main” meal adverised on a board earlier in the day. That said, there is an a la carte menu available. There is a small, reasonably priced shop on site for those essentials such as bread, milk etc.

Although advertised as clothing optional, the vast majority of people when we have visited have been naked around the pool, dressing for dinner in the evenings although this is not compulsory. If you want to be, you can be naked 24/7 in the complex, dressing only to go out if you want to.

The pool, although small, is clean and well maintained but has restricted opening times. It is not open before nine in the morning and closes in the evening so an early morning or late night dip is out of the question. There is a hot tub to one end of the pool and this was maintained at a nice temperature. The gardens are well cared for with a variety of plants, trees and cacti growing from the dark soil in the flower beds.

The hotel operates a free bus service to both Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles although a taxi to and from each will only cost about five euros each way. Maspalomas naturist beach is well known therefore needs no review of it here. There are some very good restatraunts along the front at Maspalomas and many bars, clubs and restaurants in Playa del Ingles if you decide a night on the town is needed.

The hotel normally puts on a “cabaret” two evenings each week but having attended a couple of them we felt a little isolated, probably because the majority of guests appear to be German or Dutch and congregated by nationality on these evenings. The hotel bar is adequate and reasonably priced although their choice of cocktails is somewhat limited and they tend to be ready mixed as opposed to freshly prepared. Beers and wines however are good and we liked the fact of being able to order a bottle of wine and, if you didn’t finish it (not very often) you could write your room number on it and they would save it until the next time you wanted it.