Luxury travel: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife

El Mirador swimming pool

Our latest Luxury travel article looks at an exceptional five-star hotel.

Families who enjoy active holidays and like to explore will find the perfect holiday on Spain’s Tenerife island. The island’s pleasant climate and the five-star hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Abama – managed by Belgian Gregory de Clerck since 2019 – guarantee this. Seven swimming pools, eight restaurants (two of which have been awarded Michelin stars), countless adventure activities for the whole family and a prestigious golf course nearby, seven tennis courts and four padel courts ensure that guests lack for nothing. And it doesn’t stop there. Anyone booking a long stay until 15 October 2021 will be treated to a generous discount: stay 14 nights and pay for only ten.

A piece of authentic paradise
In a green oasis of over 160 hectares on Tenerife’s south-west coast, guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama can escape from their busy lives. The lush botanical gardens blend naturally with the beauty of the surroundings. Romantic Moorish accents of the resort’s spacious rooms and suites and views of Mount Teide and the island of La Gomera remind guests that they are in a true paradise.

Since De Clerck arrived as general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in February 2019, he has made a radical shift in the hotel’s positioning. He has deepened the sense of belonging to the destination, local gastronomy and, above all, the warmth and affection of the Canary Islands. Authenticity is now the focus.

Varied accommodation concepts
In the one-bedroom suites, junior suites or deluxe rooms, guests will lack nothing. Those who like it even more luxurious can stay in the exclusive VIP suites, the Imperial Suite, the Royal Suite or The Ritz-Carlton Suite, all with an exceptional degree of service. These are oases of tranquillity, with a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The new Villa Club is a unique accommodation concept specially designed for those seeking the utmost exclusivity and privacy. It offers excellent service tailored to your needs. For couples seeking absolute peace and quiet, a whole row of villas in the club is reserved exclusively for adults without children. The interconnecting one-bedroom deluxe rooms and suites are ideal for families or groups holidaying together.

Active family holiday
Those who enjoy an active holiday will find that Tenerife is perfect for them. The beautiful fauna and flora of the island can be explored by car, mountain bike, kayak or boat. There are beautiful hiking and biking trails all over Tenerife. Of course, the ascent of the Teide should not be missed in the programme. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is the perfect starting point for an adventurous exploration of this breathtaking island. Furthermore, the waters of the south-western coast are a popular spot for whale and dolphin watching. Thanks to the 28 whale species, this marine area was awarded the prestigious title of Europe’s first Whale Heritage Site in 2021.

If you want to spice up your holiday with a touch of culture, La Laguna is not to be missed. Jewels such as the Plaza del Adelantado and the cathedral of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are simply stunning. A visit to Masca, a small mountain village with deep ravines and breathtaking views, will allow you to discover the island from a different perspective.

LUXURY TRAVEL RITZ CARLTON ABAMA BEACH GOLFIf Tenerife is a paradise for the whole family, Abama is a paradise for golfers. The 18-hole Abama Golf course nearby, designed by Dave Thomas, was awarded the Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest for the fourth year in a row as one of the best golf courses in Europe.

Dining in Tenerife will also be an unforgettable experience. The island enjoys success thanks to a new generation of creative chefs dedicated to fresh produce and authentic traditions, including two at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Don’t forget to book a dinner at Michelin-starred Kabuki, where chef Ricardo Sanz puts his own twist on Japanese cuisine with ingredients from the Canary Islands, and at Michelin-starred Martín Berasategui’s M.B restaurant, where chef Erlantz Gorostiza has two Michelin stars thanks to his his stunning interpretation of Basque cuisine.

Unforgettable for the little ones… and the bigger ones
Children will never forget their time in Tenerife. The imaginative Ritz Kids programme* takes them on a voyage of discovery that leads them past local legends and the island’s wonderful nature. The Zone Fun & Entertainment is for teenagers up to 17 years old. This club offers music, art, sports and fitness every morning. Aspiring musicians who want to jam have instruments, recording equipment and even teachers at their disposal. Young DJs can get their money’s worth in the DJ booth, while sports enthusiasts can expend their energy with basketball, air hockey, exciting car and bike simulators, a boxing room and two billiard areas. And the lounge area is the ideal place to chill out and bring a day full of adventures to and end at the bar.

The long stay benefit, 14 nights stay for the price of ten, is valid all summer long until 15 October 2021 and is available from €2,450 per person in a Deluxe room for two with room and breakfast.

Important note: The availability of some facilities and activities may still depend on the measures in place for Covid-19 as well as hotel occupancy.

This exclusive five-star resort is located in Guía de Isora, a wonderfully tranquil, beautiful destination on the south-western coast of Tenerife. Operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., it is set in breathtaking ‘finca’ surroundings with lush greenery, volcanic landscapes and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This resort with romantic Moorish touches reminiscent of an Arabian citadel was designed by Melvin Villarroel. It stretches over 160 hectares and includes seven swimming pools, a secluded beach, waterfalls and subtropical greenery in abundance, with 90,000 trees and 300 different types of palms and shrubs.

The timeless resort offers a wide range of accommodation options, all bearing The Ritz-Carlton seal. Guests staying at the new Villa Club are treated to an exclusive, bespoke service in the luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, nestled in the lush tropical garden with access to a semi-private pool. An entire row of villas is reserved exclusively for adults, where guests can truly enjoy a restful stay. The special family villas include interconnecting luxury rooms and one-bedroom suites, ideal for large families to stay together while enjoying an exclusive range of facilities. The lavish 2,500m² wellness centre offers blissful treatments using Espa products, the Spanish Sepai brand and indigenous island resources.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama includes a host of exceptional facilities including The Ritz Kids, an impressive kids’ club. It is a gourmet paradise, with culinary discoveries in restaurants such as El Mirador by Chef César González, Beach Club, Txoko by Chef Martin Berasategui and Kabuki, which was awarded a Michelin star. Guests will also find a prestigious Dave Thomas-designed golf course and Academy, one of the most challenging 18-hole golf courses in all of Spain, as well as seven tennis courts and four padel courts nearby.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels and 45 residential projects in over 30 countries and territories. 

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