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OVERVIEW

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a five-star hotel and feels suitably stellar with A-list celebrities as guests. Those staying there can look down onto banana plantations and over the Atlantic Ocean to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. The resort is massive and rarely feels full, even when booked to capacity.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated in the sunny southwest of Tenerife, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a 25-minute drive along the TF-1 from Tenerife South airport and closer to 70 minutes from Tenerife North airport. There is a gorgeously golden beach below which is open to non-guests too as private beaches are forbidden in Spain. Playa San Juan is five minutes away by car and its traditional Cofradia de Pescadores offers the freshest fish dishes.

By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Tenerife South. Book flights to Tenerife.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Named after an African goddess, there is a magical mysticism in the air at Ritz-Carlton, Abama. South American architect Melvin Villaroel is a grounded visionary, however. The terracotta exterior represents both earth and fire. The environmental design's solar panels power air conditioning, hot water in showers and the swimming pools.

THE FACILITIES

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama's commitment to attentive service and its selection of world-class facilities have earned it a number of Gold awards and certificates. The Abama golf course is an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas. There are seven tennis courts and four paddle courts at Abama Tennis.

  • Seven pools
  • Nine restaurants
  • Golf course
  • Tennis academy
  • Spa
  • Wellness centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Beach access
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Modern rooms are extremely spacious and spread across the main citadel, whilst villas are closer to the beach. They are split into three broad categories: deluxe rooms, one-bedroomed suites and suites. There are feather pillows, and bathrooms feature a separate shower and tub.

Room types: Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Suites, Villa Room, Villa Suites

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, Asprey toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobe, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Nine bars and restaurants cater for all palates. They include M.B, holder of two Michelin stars and a love letter to the chef Martín Berasategui's native Basque country, and one-star Abama Kabuki fusing the flavours of East and West. The palm-fringed La Veranda is the perfect spot for breakfast.

M.B: two Michelin stars, Basque-inspired dishes. Open Tues-Sat for dinner.

Abama Kabuki: Michelin-starred Japanese and Western fusion. Open Thurs-Mon for dinner.

Verona: pasta, artisanal pizzas, extensive wine list. Open daily for dinner.

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