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Atarra falls in love with Tenerife and the Abama all over again

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Posted on 30th May 2017

 

Having fallen in love with Tenerife during my visit 7 years ago I was very excited to return back and this time my home for 3 nights was the Ritz Carlton Abama in the South of the island, located on a cliff top in a quiet area called Guia de Isora which is is untouched by mass tourism and away from the main tourist areas making it a perfect choice of hotel to escape the crowds and enjoy some solitude.

The weather is the number one reason most people flock to Tenerife to enjoy almost guaranteed sunshine all year and there is a permanent pleasant breeze which blows from the Atlantic Ocean, so you don’t feel the burning sun; however, the rays are very strong. The island is filled with impressive hotels of a high standard, full of character and surrounded by local village life filled with a diverse, often dramatic landscape – Canarian palm trees, banana plantations, an abundance flowers, rocky coastlines, black sand beaches as well as beaches with imported refined sand from the Sahara desert.

All of the pools are heated year round and the large Citadel pool has a graduated entrance which is ideal for small children who can just run in out without worrying about steps. There is also a separate family pool. The beach here is sandy (sand is imported from the Sahara) and accessible via a panoramic funicular or resort train. What is very unusual about the beach is that there are two natural pools formed by the rocks with little ladders for easy entry and it is a fantastic place for adults and children to take a dip: crystal clear, calm water. It isn’t a private beach to Abama but since the resort is isolated it never feels crowded and Abama has its own Beach Club restaurant which is open for lunch, its own large and comfortable sun beds, umbrellas and beach towels for the Abama guests.

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Ritz Kids Club is open daily from 10am to midnight for children between the ages of four and twelve inclusive open daily from 10am until 6pm (until midnight in high season). It was newly refurbished in 2012 with over 300 m2 of indoor space and its own garden. It is arranged into 8 zones and there is everything from astronomy to local wildlife, sustainability to the latest in technology, theatrical skills to arts and crafts.. Children under 4 are welcome to attend the children’s club but must be accompanied by a parent or a baby sitter.

The choice of accommodation is varied, very spacious, beautifully decorated and consist of stylishly-designed Rooms & Suites with uninterrupted Resort and Sea Views. The Hotel is divided into two parts, the ‘Abama Citadel’ and the ‘Abama Villas’. The Citadel (main building) is the heart of the Abama complex and is situated between Abama’s beach and golf course, both within strolling distance, or reachable in two minutes by chauffeur-driven buggy or resort train. It is where most of Abama’s bars and restaurants are located, the Spa, the Persian Gardens, ornamental lakes and swimming pools. The Abama Villas are groups of Villa Rooms and Villa One Bed Suites which are organised into rows down the hillside closer to funicular to the beach with some pools that are shared by the villa guests only. The pools may either be in front or behind the rows, two are for adults only and two are for children to use. It’s important to know that the Villas are not self-catering villas in the traditional sense of the word – they are regular hotel style rooms/suite without any catering facilities.

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The Ritz Carlton Abama boasts an array of restaurants to suit a variety of tastes and while a little pricey, provide great food and even the fussiest of eaters will find something they will enjoy. For dinner there are two Michelin star restaurants; M.B which has 2 Michelin Stars and features signature dishes from Martín Berasategui and Kabuki which has one Michelin Star and offers sublime Japanese cuisine. There is also Txoko, a new Spanish restaurant which serves a delicious Tapas & Wine menu coupled with warm Spanish hospitality. Other dining choices include 20/20 Steakhouse, with a supreme range of meats and El Mirador fish restaurant which is situated on the cliff top and has wonderful views of the sunset. For lunch guests can dine in the Beach Club and Los Chozos which is next to the main Citadel pool. Two of my favourites are the Cubanika Bar where you can step back into 1940s Havana whilst enjoying exquisite cocktails and La Casa Club, a hidden gem which is located by the golf course and open for lunch until early evening.

The Ritz Carlton Abama is extremely welcoming to families, it is an ideal destination for family getaways offering a plethora of children activities yet it still retains a strong adult feel with an overall chilled, calm ambiance and it is a place to really unwind in modern, contemporary yet genuinely child-friendly luxury. The resort is immaculate, staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble so…if you haven’t already stayed at this wonderful hotel why not add this to your holiday list and maybe, just maybe I have convinced you to do so!

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