JAMES CHECKS IN TO TENERIFE
Posted on 31st Jul 2013
“My stay at the Abama Golf & Spa Resort was a real privilege. As soon as you cross the bridge to arrive at the grand main entrance, it is obvious that this is one of the gems of the Canaries. It is an extensive resort – spreading from the elegant Moorish architecture of the Citadel to the more secluded villa accommodation which sits just up the hill from the beach. Although the beach is not private (as none in the Canaries are), it affords a quiet location and sense of exclusivity, as sun-beds are reserved for hotel guests only.
The Abama is somewhat isolated from the touristy areas of Tenerife and due to its magnificent setting, there is a feeling that you could be anywhere in the world. As you are perched on a hillside, the ocean views are truly panoramic from the Citadel. The rooms in the main hotel are very spacious and have huge bathrooms with duplex sinks. There are a large number of interconnecting rooms for families and one bedroom suites with a separate living area.
The food deserves a special mention as the Abama provides a variety of culinary delights. The buffets are superb and there is a great range of a la carte dining from Japanese to tapas to some of the best steak outside of Argentina. For a special treat, there is also M.B which is their Michelin star restaurant. There are also a couple of wonderfully decorated bars – the African-themed Tanganika and the Sports Bar complete with statues of famous athletes.
The sports and leisure facilities are exceptional. The golf course is beautifully designed and offers spectacular views over the Atlantic (the handicap limit is 28 for men and 36 for ladies). The Tennis Academy provides seven courts with capacity for 600 spectators on centre court and there are also paddle facilities if you would like to turn your hand to the Spanish game.
The Spa was very impressive – particularly the hydrotherapy area which provides a thermal circuit equipped with a variety of steam rooms and artificial snow cabin. The hotel offers a Total Wellness Package with the option of electrode diagnosis to help you formulate a programme. If you are looking for something less hardcore, why not just while the day away with massages and beauty treatments!
I was also fortunate enough to pay a visit to the Gran Bahia del Duque. Located in the buzzing area of the Costa Adeje, there is plenty going both inside and just outside this hotel. The resort is definitely all-singing all-dancing for the kids yet retains a laid-back luxurious feel for the adults. The facilities are extensive and all easily accessible by foot as the hotel slopes down to the large public promenade beach. There is a huge outdoor spa that is located amongst beautiful gardens – this was the highlight of the resort for me.
So which is the better hotel? They are both great in different ways so I am sitting on the fence! The answer really depends on the type of family and their general holiday requirements. Either way, Tenerife is an incredible destination and you should not be put off by its association with raucous tourists. Who could not be enticed by an island that offers all year round whale watching and good weather? I hope to be back one day to explore it further.”« Back to blog home