My husband and I have two young children aged 4 and 2. We were looking for a family holiday where we could enjoy the children but also relax (I am a spa addict!) and spend quality time with each other. We used a travel agent recommended through a friend called Tots Too - they specialise in luxary holidays for families with young kids and all their hotels have top of the range spa's - exactly what we were looking for.
The Abama hotel was absoultely incredible and believe me my standards are HIGH! It was most definitely a 5 star with all the frills. Tots Too got us an upgrade to a suite with a sea view as well as two free nights. Our suite was huge and absolutely lovely. The bathroom was stunning with all the amenities. The food was fantastic across all the restaurents but I have to say the best part for us was their brilliant kids club and set up for kids. They had so many different pools there. I really recommend one of the activities we scheduled before we went out. We arranged for a swimming instructor to come to the hotel every day and teach both our kids to swim. Our daughter (4) was swimming on her own after the second day and our son (2) was almost swimming by the end of our two week trip. The instructor was called Jordie and apparently he is the teacher to the hotels managing directors son. If you are planning a trip there I really recommend asking for him before you go. It only cost $25 per hour and the kids loved every second (and so did we !)
I had a spa treatment every day which was heaven. I really recommend the therapist Maria. She was unbelievable and such a wonderful person with incredible healing powers.
Oh - another thing worth mentioning, my son is only 2 but their kids club goes from 3+years (which is free) otherwise the kids go into the baby abami which you have to pay for. I wanted my kids to stay together so I said that our son was 3 (a bit of a fib) so we didnt have to pay and they remained together. I definitely recommend this tip!
The best part was the kids club stayed open till midnight and as we didnt have to pay for our kids to go my husband and I were able to go out to eat together while the kids had loads of fun in the club. In fact the kids stayed up most nights till about 11 which meant they slept in till 10 every morning. Sheer bliss!!
The kids club were brilliant with all their activities - they made buscuits, went on a visit to see the hotel chef where they all made pizza's, painted, watched movie's, played football outside - loads of great fun activities lined up every day for them.
They also had a beautiful private beach within the hotel complex. What I loved about the beach and in fact all the pools too was the little area of kids toys which they made available to all the guests. No need to worry about not providing the bucket and spade - it was all there courtesy of the hotel.
My husband played golf on a few occassions and said the golf course was one of the best he has played on. He was gone for hours so he must have had a great time! The hotel kindly offered for him to take part in their annual tournamant too.
We didnt leave the hotel once. Next year we are booking for three weeks. We are already planning our next holiday over October half term. Tots Too have recommended the Porto Sani Village in Greece. If any one has been there Id lov to hear your thoughts.
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Tots Too and lets hope the next holiday is as good as the last. :)
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- Also Known As:
- Abama Hotel Tenerife
- Abama Tenerife
- The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Tenerife/Guia De Isora