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The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Guia de Isora
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh
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“Perfection in Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Spent a week staying B&B at the Abama with a friend. It's paradise. You don't have to leave the grounds as its extensive and fun to explore. A very Morrocan feel to the decor and its all very photogenic. Beautiful from every angle. A fantastic selection of restaurants including two with Michelin star awards. We tried Kabuki. It was terrific!! see other my review. The hotel is big enough that you never feel overcrowded. Sometimes we were the only two at the pool. It felt very private. The spa is simply a fantastic experience. We had 3 sessions in the spa and some pampering treatments. Not cheap but all worth the money. Food in all the restaurants was faultless whether formal dining or more casual round the pool or at beach. There was complimentary water available at all the pools and gym (that you'll have to yourself) but if I'm being picky no complimentary fuit available in public spaces as I'd read prior to trip. We also took the yoga and pilates classes every evening that were complimentary to guests. The champagne available every breakfast made up for it!! Breakfast was normal hotel buffet style however the choice and quality of food and drinks available were the best I've see in any hotel at home or abroad. 10/10 for service too. The staff were attentive, helpful and friendly without being in your face. It all added to the relaxation. Our room, a twin, was at the side on the 9th floor. There was a little noise from the road but nothing to complain about. The twin beds were pushed together as a double. A little dissapointing as we had requested a twin specifically. Tecnically it was a twin but I'd have liked between the two singles. Huge bathrooms great shower. I'd have liked a go on the golf carts to explore the grounds and just for fun as we are not interested in golf. At 30euros a full day to hire it was a bit much. Especially as we would only have wanted half a day. That wasn't an option with one day hire minimum. We took a taxi to the Teide National Park. The advantage was we could pull our where we wanted to get great photos and a stop off at a supermarket to stock up some room snacks and drinks. 25Euro to go up the mountain on scary cable car. Worth it for the veiw. Going up live volcano was also on our bucket list. Note you can climb to the summit but will need a permit before you go up and will need good walking/climbing gear. Altitude makes your chest a bit tight too but not a problem if you are fit. Spectacular views!!!
It is expensive to eat and drink within the complex. Car hire would have been cheaper than taxi but to be chauffeured was more relaxing and we were on a chill out trip. Not much change from 2K all in but worth every penny. We arrived home bronzed, toned, and relaxed. Would go again in a second.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I haven't stayed at the abama, but visited to view it as a potential wedding venue last year. Despite my Spanish chief bridesmaid Liaising with the planner, with emails to prove it, she claimed we had no such appointment. She then left us waiting for 30 minutes.... We ended up walking out... Such a shame - it looked so beautiful and could have been idyllic... We will instead give the money to a hotel with much better service and who we can trust with the important task of managing our very special day...

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tenerife, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

What a wonderful meal. A brief outline of the ambient setting, serene, calm, elegant. Not to waste any more time on that area, as the service, attention to detail and FOOD need the greatest attention. A table d'hote taster menu of the wonderful A. la carte it to be advised. What diversity, charm, skill and inventivness. What imagination,,, and what an attack on the senses, sight, smell and TASTE. I can't remember how many wonderful little courses came forth, possibly eight or nine, with superb snippets of amazing. enchanting food all blending and complimenting. I was in seventh heaven. The one course which springs to mind came in a cloudy dome, once opened the blended smoke from three delicate woods, which i have now forgotten, exposed three small slices of rare beef (possibly Japanise) with a lovely jue and delicately roasted strip of peppers. The delight accompanied with a crumb or two of the fabulous selection of warm breads, my favourite being the gofio,( i compliment the Spanish Chef using local produce.) Also the local red wine from the north of the Island was superb. One of the favourite puds I recall was a wonderful licorice ice on a bed of pumkin and vanilla crossed by black olive sand, which tasted unusally divine. I am still reeling from this experience and will "dine out" on it for the next ten years. WONDERFUL. Thanks to the local press i discovered this gem.

Room Tip: Do go there ..............you wont regret it!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

A big hotel where you can be so quiet as if you were alone. Specially for people who likes playing golf. Anyway you can enjoy a marvellously small beach with all kind of things to do! There is a funicular which takes yo to the beach. Seven swimming pools and 6 or 7 restaurants! Two of them with michelin stars.

  • Stayed January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stayed here before Christmas. Perfect weather, sunny not too hot. Hotel was not busy, none of the problems that some other reviewers comment on. Stayed in one of the terraces below the main hotel, beautiful pool. Great service, from the concierge, main reception, restaurants and the pool/beach staff. Very nice private beach with breakwater to make the swimming safer, though on a rough sea day, can be quite challenging even for a strong swimmer. When calm, there are big rock pools to relax in as well. We had a buggie to get round the resort, would recommend that if available. All in, a brilliant hotel and 100% recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms on the terraces below the main hotel have their own pool and are quieter. Get a buggy to get...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We never usually stay in hotels but needed a treat and spent a wonderful relaxing week here in a suite with amazing westerly views.sunset was amazing. Nothing outside if the resort in walking distance but lots to do there. We had great fun driving round in the buggy, choice of pools meant we were always able to find a quiet spot. Fun playing Pool n beer in the bar, stupendous sushi in on one of the restaurants. Vey expensive though. Still recommend it if you have money n want to switch off.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Abama is an excellent 5 star hotel. The location is either a negative or positive depending on your point of view. Located between Las Americas and Los Gigantes the hotel sits on its own surrounded by Banana plantations. You can‘t walk out of this hotel to anything local, you need a car or taxi. However, in some ways its nice to be ‘out on your own’. If you stay here, you really could be anywhere in the world, you are totally free from the typical Tenerife lifestyle. The hotel has an excellent gold course (which is nice to walk, even if you don’t play), But you do need a handicap to play. The grounds of the hotel are great, however they are spread up and down a reasonably steep hill, they operate a golf buggy system to get you down to the beach and the lower restaurants. This hotel would be suitable for people who struggle to walk or climb, but you will need to use the buggies. The pools are superb, there is an adult only pool. Sometimes the hotel is full of parents with young children, so unless you’re bringing your own avoid the bank holidays and school holidays, it can be a bit noisy and messy! (I blame the parents). The staff are really friendly and helpful and much improved since the hotel opened. The restaurants at this hotel are not brilliant, they are a bit too bland, all the food seems to be the same, and you need to book. There is a Michellin star restaurant which is good but not THAT good and very expensive. As with most 5 star hotels the residents seem to eat early and disappear (to their rooms to drink the duty free), so the restaurants are busy early and quiet later, which means fi you dine after 9pm they have started to empty out. The biggest problem that I have with this hotel is the bars, the main lobby bar is too big, with very high ceiling and has no atmosphere. A token piano player just about keeps it alive (up to 11pm) then nothing! Its so boring, so too many nights in here will drive you mad. But the problem is there aren’t any alternative bars to use, there is an African themed bar which is never open, I’ve been to this hotel 4 times and it has only been ope once, and then I had to serve myself! So basically this hotel is great if you want to totally relax and not do a great deal for your stay and also if you do not mind dull evenings or going to bed early. It’s great if you play golf and the beach is really nice, (you take a venicular down to it). I like this hotel and will stay again particularly if I can get a deal. If they improved the Bars and night time entertainment it would be perfect.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
Address: Ctra. General TF47 km 9, 38687, Guia de Isora, Tenerife, Spain (Formerly The Ritz-Carlton Abama)
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Guia de Isora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Guia de Isora
#3 Luxury Hotel in Guia de Isora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Abama 5*
Number of rooms: 461
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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Abama Hotel Tenerife
Abama Tenerife
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