Ritz-Carlton Abama – Tenerife
Hotel Type: 5* luxury golf resort and spa.
Location: On the south west coast of Tenerife, looking out over La Gomera – just 30 minutes from the airport and 10 mins from Playa San Juan.
Style: Moorish chic.
Rooms: 459 contemporary and spacious rooms & suites.
Our Favourite Room: We love the One Bedroom Suite Villa with the Ocean View because of its unique style, high ceilings and the views overlooking La Gomera and the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can also enjoy lots of privacy from these villas for a true escape.
Ideal For: Winter sun and active breaks.
Swimming: There are seven swimming pools on site, including the tranquil Del Mar infinity pool and a pool for families and young children. For those who prefer the sea, Abama Beach is only a short walk away from the resort.
Dining: There’s a choice of nine places to eat at Ritz-Carlton Abama, with a mix of cuisines on offer from traditional Spanish cuisine to classic Italian flavours. It includes the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, M.B, and Kabuki which holds one Michelin star.
Children: A very family friendly destination – every detail has been thought of, including a kids’ club and a teens club (available at an extra charge), both of which include a variety of activities for children to get involved in.
Activities: Take a hike or jog through the botanical gardens or on one of the many trails found on the resort. Golf enthusiasts can try their hand at championship golf course, only a five minute drive from the hotel, while tennis fans can enjoy one of the seven floodlit courts. Activities available close to the resort include whale watching, watersports, diving, paddleboarding and catamaran excursions.
Spa: The treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa are inspired by nature and local traditions. The spa also includes a Wellness Experience, where guests can enjoy a series of water-based treatments and experiences designed to boost the body’s metabolism.
Accessibility: The entrance to the hotel, restaurants, spa and fitness centre are all wheelchair-friendly with self-operating lifts or sloped entrances throughout the resort. There’s two adapted and accessible Citadel Deluxe rooms available and service animals are allowed on the resort too.
Low Season Price From: €265 for a double room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €575 for a double room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
Rising like a Moorish fortress, facing the Atlantic, the Abama stands in 400 acres of tropical gardens, against a dramatic arid volcanic backdrop. Slightly off the beaten track, and with a relaxed village vibe, this is one of Tenerife’s most exclusive resorts. Seven pools, eight restaurants, a championship golf course, a tennis academy and enormously attentive staff, are just some of the reasons guests return year after year. There are plentiful quiet spots amongst the extensive and beautifully landscaped grounds, and it’s easy to while away a whole day on the sheltered and golden beach, with its views of La Gomera. It’s a resort for every type of traveler – both families and couples – however long you stay, you’ll want to stay longer!
Airy and spacious, with earthy tones and ochre coloured terraces and balconies, large marble bathrooms, the rooms and suites are exceptionally comfortable. Most are in the Citadel, with others in the villas nearer the beach and an adult only section arranged in lanes amongst the gardens. Many face the resort, and our favourites all look out towards La Gomera and the ocean. In the Citadel, the good-sized Deluxe Rooms feature a king size bed or two twins, with the option to add a third for a child. These can also interconnect, making them ideal for families. The Junior Suites have a king size bed and a further two beds can be added. The larger still One Bedroom Suites are quite palatial, with a separate living area and generous outdoor space. They can take an extra couple of beds, or interconnect. The more boutique style villa suites and rooms are in a more secluded part of the resort, surrounded by tropical gardens, affording an air of privacy, and have exclusive use of the pool here. The Deluxe Room Villas can sleep up to three and look out over the Atlantic or the gardens. The One Bedroom Suite Villas can sleep up to four and have a large outdoor space. Both these room categories come in Adult Only, with exclusive use of the Villa infinity pool. For some extra luxury, the Ritz Carlton Suites are hard to fault. With magnificent ocean views, they sleep up to four guests and come with a fully equipped kitchen. There are also indoor and outdoor soaking tubs. The even larger Royal Suites can sleep four guests in two rooms that both have access to the large terrace. Needless to say, the views are pretty impressive. The oversized and luxurious Imperial Suite is like a penthouse and features a pool on the roof terrace. Guests staying here have their very own suite ambassador available 24 hours.
Not only is the choice simply amazing here, but also the gastronomic standard. M.B. a Basque restaurant holds two Michelin stars, and the Japanese fusion Kabuki has one – in fact, the Abama was the first hotel in Tenerife to hold any. El Mirador has undoubtedly the best location, right on the cliff looking west – the perfect place for a sundowner. It serves typical Canarian cuisine and delicious fresh seafood. Simple but inventive Spanish dishes are the fare at the very contemporary Txoko, whilst diners feast on freshly made pasta and delicious Italian flavours at Verona. Breakfasts are a huge spread at La Veranda in the Citadel, with views over the golf course and gardens, then it’s a meander or train ride down to the beach, where the traditional Spanish chiringuito Beach Club serves paella and grilled seafood. There is a very good selection of dishes at the Club House on the golf course, for a light lunch. And as the sun goes down, a cool drink or a cocktail at the Lobby Bar is a convivial place to start the evening.
The Abama is brilliantly set up for families with children of all ages. The Ritz Kids Program has a range of activities for children between 4 and 12, and a Teens Club for those between 13 and 17 with yoga and graffiti on offer! The resort has every item of baby equipment you could possibly need and there are special menus in all the restaurants. Please note that babysitting is organised with external agencies.
The Ritz Carlton Abama has everything you could possibly want, with no need to venture outside the estate walls. Unlike most hotels in Tenerife, it stands alone and is a good ten minutes from the nearest village, so if you’re up for a bit of exploring, we definitely recommend hiring a car. Hiking up Teide volcano is a challenge but hugely rewarding, or you may prefer a water adventure and sail to La Gomera, or go whale watching or deep sea fishing. The waters and breezes here are excellent for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and water skiing and jet skiing are also on offer. Golfers come far and wide to play on the 18 hole, par 72 course, designed by Dave Thomas. The tennis facilities are no less impressive, with seven floodlit courts that are often used by ATP players, with expert coaching available for all levels. The Spa & Wellness Centre has a good range of equipment and personally tailored holistic treatments. The beach here is a stretch of golden sand, protected by a huge breakwater, making for gentle lapping waves – it’s one of our favourites on the island. Guests can walk down or take the resort train (sometimes easier on the way back up!) There are plenty of trails throughout the resort for walking and running, and the local terrain is ideal for mountain biking. That should keep you occupied for a few days!