This was our first real holiday with our 6 month old baby, and we purposely sought out the Abama having had great recommendations from friends with young children as being a family-friendly destination. We were not disappointed.
The hallmark of this resort is quality. The service was second to none from the moment we arrived to departure - staff were helpful, attentive and ken to assist wherever possible, regardless of the request. Anyone will children will know the importance of having people on hand in a timely fashion to prevent meltdowns, so the Abama was great on that score. We also found an excellent local English babysitting service - unlike some hotels on the island, the Abama allows non-guests to visit, which meant we could take advantage of a little R&R time ourselves.
The room itself was magnificent - we upgraded to a suite and it was well worth the money given the large room space. It was like having our own apartment, but with the convenience of the hotel. There was a great balcony as well which we utilised many times during the stay to sit out on and have some meals. Tenerife is of course a great climate for outdoor dining.
Breakfast was a particular highlight - great buffet selection and plenty of variety. The restaurants on site all offered good quality cuisine at decent enough prices bearing this in mind this is a Ritz Carlton resort. We tried Kabuki, Verona and the wine bar at La Pampa and all delivered what we expected - the tuna tartare at Kabuki is not to be missed.
The pool areas were pleasant - there is an adults only pool near the sea that is quieter than the main one, and the beach area was also easily accessible. Although the Abama is slightly isolated so you can't walk into a town or village, it is a short distance away from Playa San Juan or the Americas conurbation. Renting a car is advisable as they are very cheap and give you some flexibility.
The only minor negative was that 3 nights out of 7, outdoor dinners took place by the pool just under our windows. The dinners were over by midnight but on one night, a PA system was rigged up and an almighty din ensued when some drum music started. One quick call to the front desk and the hotel immediately sorted this out - and has the decency to send us a bottle of very good wine the next day as an apology. Once again showing just why the Abama is a cut above other hotels!
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- Also Known As:
- Abama Hotel Tenerife
- Abama Tenerife
- The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Tenerife/Guia De Isora