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The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

There are not enough superlatives and OMG is insufficient.
Built on the South side of the Island you are guaranteed 365 days a year of temperate weather. Drive past the Banana plantations and into this Moroccan inspired haven you are encapsulated in an environment you simply don’t want to leave…and just marvel as the terracotta walls turn to purple as the sun sets!
The resort is set on a hill, sloping down to the cliff edge from where you can either walk, golf buggy yourself or get the cable car down to the hotel’s bay enclosed beach. The bar offers the best Gin & Tonic on earth, complete with Juniper Berries, chunks of lime and should be served with a warning! Grilled prawns from the BBQ with Canary potatoes are a wonderful lunch.
This is a ‘tiered’ resort complex that truly works. Magnificently run by the incomparable Ritz Carlton (best hotel group in my book) the service and attitude of the entire staff and management must be applauded. This is training to a professional standard beyond words.
One of the most challenging and gorgeous golf courses is set behind the hotel and wraps around the spa end of it. For Golf enthusiasts it is a marvel AND, more importantly – according to my husband – has one of the finest professionals that he has ever had the privilege of being taught by.
TIER 1 The Hotel itself. Huge and sprawling but strangely intimate… let down only by the fact that there is an adjoining conference facility which, when full, renders the hotel far too noisy.
However, the rooms are all wonderful, beautifully appointed, wonderfully decorated, fabulous bathrooms and each with different views all of which are gorgeous.
The outer area leads you down sweeping steps and over Japanese style bridges above Koi Carp pools (my, those fish are big ….)!
An enormous family pool with excellent pool restaurant and bar, the north side of which leads to a small adult only pool. Great idea with older children that can fend for themselves whilst mum and dad have some quiet!
The International restaurant serves breakfast and lunch but other choices are a Sports Bar, Tapas Bar, Italian/Meat restaurant which is not the finest but serves edible and recognisable Italian food.
Also on offer is the 3 Michelin Star GB Spanish Restaurant (magnificent but pricey) and the superb Japanese/Spanish fusion restaurant (about to get their first Michelin Star). Set menu very large but they will adjust it for you. Whatever you do, though, don’t miss out on the Sushi with onion, fried quail egg and truffle. Must be eaten at least once before you die).
TIER 2 Leading away from the hotel and down the hill are 3 streets offering ‘VILLA’s’. Appx. 36 room/suites in each street with dedicated pool in each one. Ideal for families who want quieter surrounding than the hotel pool offers.
TIER 3 Street No. 4 is TAGOR VILLAS. Adults only – no children are permitted. 36 glorious rooms/suites leading to a dedicated pool area with all day pool services. Complimentary newspapers, unlimited soft drinks or beer, fruit, little snack nibbles, chocolate brown rattan chair beds with thick cream mattresses, velvet towels and head pillows! The stay comes complete with the Tagor Villas Concierge for whom nothing is too much. Bathrooms products are wonderful.
Golf Buggies are on offer to all, either for hire or a lift is given. Tagor Villa guests are given their own Buggy for the duration.
By the cable car is The Mirador – the hotels Fish restaurant at night which is open to all (the views and sunset are unbeatable). Breakfast in here is strictly for Adults only and restricted to Tagor Villas.
The Spa is simply one of the best I have ever been to. The Thalasatherapy Pool (use of which is included for Tagor Villa guests) is invigorating. Compact and elegant. There is a Snow Cabin, Herbal Steam Room, Hammam, African Sauna, and World of Showers. Treatment rooms lead to either balconies with views of sea, golf and gardens or little private garden areas.
The resort offers something for everyone. The half board option is a deal to be grabbed. Breakfast is wonderful and most of the restaurants have a la carte dishes included in the deal. The Hotel rooms are priced for the family working upward for Villa areas or Tagor.
Most deals include flights and whilst some restaurants are expensive there is enough choice not to challenge anyone’s pocket too badly.
Lovely little villages offering Taverna eating options are a 10 minute taxi ride away but, trust me, you won’t want to leave.

Room Tip: They are all good. If you have a preference for view simply ask. Nothing is too much.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Cheryl G
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

I went with my mother and we stayed in a Villa with it's own terrace. I would suggest requesting block 13 as they have an uninterupted view of the sea and are nearest the beach. It is quite far from the main hotel but you have your own golf buggy so hardly inconvenient.

The pools are fantastic, the spa outstanding, beach stunning, rooms luxious, service brilliant. Would definitely recommend staying here if you want a relaxing holiday away from the stresses of normal life. Not somewhere to go if you are looking for culture but then you are on Tenerife so assume you wouldn't be going for that reason anyway!

I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had been with my husband (were a lot of couples) rather than my mother but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.

Our only complaint was the food - distinctly average (breakfast was good though) although we did not try to get a table at the Michelin star hotel on site, apparently there was quite the waiting list so if you do want to go, then book way before you arrive. Another small point is that you can't just turn up to dinner at the restaurants, you need to book those the night before as well.

Room Tip: For the villas block 13 has uninterupted views of the sea and are nearest to the beach and the best/quietest pool.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank FussyTraveller1981
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

My brother lives in Miami, so when he comes to see us at home (Tenerife) we spend two or three days in a different hotel in the South of the island. This time we chose the best. Though we got lost, because they say it is in Guía de Isora but it's really in Playa San Juan, it was worth it. Location is perfect, the view is spectacular and the beach is very nice. Rooms are quite large and very comfortable and staff very nice. Spa is well equipped and you see beautiful trees and flowers from the jacuzzi. No need to go out for a walk, you can do a lot of walking in the hotel. If you relaxing with a book, please visit the "Jardin Persa", all different fragrances from lavender to mint. Dinner restaurants M.B. and Kabuki are Excellent. Lunch at the restaurant near the pool was the only one we did not enjoy that much because service is really slow and I am from Tenerife so I'm used to "everything is for mañana" but we did not expect this poor service there when everything else was so wonderful. Don't miss the beach with the panoramic side elevator. I would love to visit Abama again and my brother thinks it is the best hotel in Tenerife.

Room Tip: Seventh floor facing the golf was nice.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank AnaCmn
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Just returned after a 6 year absense, tried others but couldn't resist going back. The property is under Ritz Carlton management, a recent development, it was Fabulous......really it is. If the crown is its poistion/location of the property then the jewel must be the El Mirador restuarant. Yes the main hotel and the rooms are good but you would expect that from a good standard in a 4/5 star hotel, showing some signs of wear and tear it must be said. What makes it special though is the setting; the gardens and the quirky layout, which as others have said is challenging at first but all the better for exploring!. Have stayed at its 'copycat version' on the Island as well as the Gran Bahia del Duque, the latter being the same monies but takes it self far to seriosly so honestly there is only one winner. The staff are very competent.They have a 'credo' a code of conduct which say's we are all 'Ladies and Gentlemen', diligently applied it makes you feel special. So much more than a quality beach and collection of pools and restaurants. Looking froward to next year as will differently be back even if its just to take in the cliff edge view from the El Mirador.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room on the front regardless of view as the noise from arrival/lobby does travel and can be disturbing.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Albe49
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Everything was perfect.
Breakfast was splendid with many varieties and a garden. The Hotel is on a bautiful place with a wonderful view at the sea and beach.Large rooms with king size bed and large bathroom.
Spa was the best I ever had. The staff was nice and helpful. On the beach i was seated with free towels and a small bottle of water. I could write a lot. I suggest this place to everybody who wants to have best vacations and spa. The best time to go is June or September if you want some piece, because August is a month
where the spanish people have their vacation.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank mortisAthens
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