June 14th 2012
Relax, you’re at the Abama! Everything about this Ritz Carlton resort says ‘chill.’ Abama Golf Resort & Spa is about half an hour from Tenerife South Airport. It’s not the most glamorous of journeys to the hotel as Tenerife is pretty moonlike and barren but as you turn left into the resort you are transformed into another world of thousands of different types of tropical plants, huge butterflies and dragon flies and in the midst of it all is the huge Morrocan style building that is the ‘Citadel’. This contains the reception, restaurants, giant coy carp pond, pools, terrace overlooking the sea, shops, piano bars and is the ‘hub’ of the resort. If you are staying in one of the Tagor villas, as we were, you will be taken for an ‘in room’ check in at your accommodation. These contain the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! Like the Bahia Del Duque, WiFi is free but you need to log in every hour and chose the free hour option.
The resort is huge and if you are staying in one of the villas you are given a golf buggy for your stay. Tagor villas is an adult only part of the resort and his its own pool which again is a kid free zone. As you lay by the pool there are several friendly and attentive staff on hand to serve you up small canape like treats 4 times a day and free drinks whenever you want them. The pool was surrounded by comfy sun loungers and daybeds and the pool itself is the longest windiest pool we have ever seen. Great if you have the energy to do lengths between sunbathing !
We were shown around the hotel by the lovely Cande who showed us all the different accommodation options. The rooms and suites in the Citadel have great views over the resort and out to sea. They can be combined to interconnect and the suites are especially good for families. Their walk in wardrobes can even double up as a baby or toddler’s bedroom and is great if they need to sleep during the day! We would definitely recommend the villas though and if you have children with you there are also villa options available with child friendly pools. There is also a kids club and we were told they are also developing a teen room for teenagers to hang out which will be coming around August 2012.
There are several pools within the resort and their is also a small beach with imported white sand. We started our visit by golf karting it down to the beach club for lunch. As it was slightly cloudy, we decided to use the spa circuit after lunch which was fabulous. There is a recommended circuit which includes a Hammam Spa, African Sauna, Herbal Steam Room, Snow Room & hydrotherapy pool, with a range of jets and water features designed to stimulate and purge the lymphatic system. There are also treatment rooms indoors and cabanas outdoors in the tropical gardens; especially good for couples massages! If you are interested in your health, they also run Wellness Programs designed around you.
Restaurants are varied and standards of food high. We ate at Pampa Verona which is a mix of Italian and Argentinian food. I can recommend the rack of lamb! We also ate at the only Michelin starred restaurant in the Canary Islands, MB which is the signature restaurant of Basque chef Martín Berasategui. On our site inspection we also saw japanese restaurant, Kabuki, the American themed Sports Bar and African cocktail bar Tanganika Bar.
If you like Golf, the course looks amazing! It is surrounded by tropical plants with an elevated view of the sea. There is also a great club house with golf shop and a restaurant terrace with fabulous views over the resort and out to sea. This is a must whether you are a golfer or not. We enjoyed a glass of cava and a great lunch here!
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Abama Golf Resort & Spa and would definitely recommend it to our clients. It’s another great options within 5 hours of the UK and year round sun. You can go for a long weekend or for 2 weeks or more. Let us know if you want us to price it for you and, as always, our members will be really well taken care of at this resort! For more information, please check out page 90-91 of the coffee table book or visit their page The Abama or their official website.
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