The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, a timeless island retreat of natural beauty and endless possibilities, is a luxurious resort located in Guía de Isora and part of the luxury hotel group. Set in an unspoilt region on the sunny west coast of Tenerife, this cliff top resort commands panoramic views over the mountains, vegetation and across to the Atlantic Ocean towards the lush island of La Gomera. The unique Moorish architecture situated amidst banana plantations and lush subtropical gardens creates a unique and visually stunning resort. Year after year, travelers travel to exclusive resorts of the Canary Islands, especially those located on Tenerife, the archipelago’s largest and most populous island. Yet, few are aware of the wonders hidden away on Tenerife’s glittering southwestern shore. There, in the secluded enclave of Guía de Isora, exist some of the Canary Islands’ most exclusive hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Seated along the smooth slopes of the Pico del Teide volcano, Guía de Isora is an idyllic corner of pristine coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama is a 160 hectare finca tucked away in Guia de Isora. The island, the largest of the seven that make up the Canary Island archipelago, is just over 300 km from the African coast, and about 1.300 km from the Spanish Mainland. Slightly to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, situated in the centre of the chain, between Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma.
The 459 bedrooms and suites are arranged between the Citadel and Villas, and feature private terraces, all of which have glorious views over the gardens, mountains or ocean. The majority of the rooms are located in the Citadel, which combines ethnic and Moorish architecture with asymmetrical structures and earth coloured walls. The Villa rooms and suites are situated in a more private and secluded area of the resort nearer to the coast within a collection of two storey buildings and have access to shared pools. The rooms’ interior design makes use of local materials such as Canary Island pine and each has a spacious fitted oak wardrobe with coat and shoe racks and state of the art audio-visual equipment. Every room has luxury marble bathrooms, each with large tubs, a separate shower stall and brand-name bath products and enjoy the stunning Atlantic or palm and vegetation views from the private terrace. Rooms are well equipped with mini bar, individually controlled air conditioning and flat screen TV.
The aboriginal Guanche people of the Canary Islands had a word for adult seclusion. They called it Tagoror, a peaceful place. Inspired by this, The Ritz Carlton, Abama created Tagor Villas, an entire row of luxury rooms and suites in villas reserved just for adults. Situated in lush tropical flower gardens, with access to a delightful private pool, Tagor’ Villas are a secluded paradise, where Guests can experience the very best that The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has to offer in complete tranquillity.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has 10 restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, including Argentinian and Italian, with something to suit everyone. Two of them, M.B. and Kabuki hold an incredible three Michelin stars between them, proving the resort’s reputation for gastronomic excellence and making it the only resort in Spain with such an offering. M.B is the signature restaurant of the renowned Basque Chef Martín Berasategui, whilst Kabuki serves a fusion of Japanese and Western influenced food.
There are plenty of activities for sports enthusiasts like the complimentary state of the art gym or the several snorkerling opportunities in the private beach. Moreover the guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Abama have access to the golf course and tennis academy, located nearby, beautifully landscaped with palm trees and lakes and spectacular sea views. Those who wish simply to relax can choose from a wide selection of pools or the beach club in the secluded sandy cove. The Ritz-Carlton Spa of 2.500 sqm combines natural beauty treatments and personalised programmes to achieve complete mind and body relaxation. Abama offers a superb selection for families, Ritz Kids for 4 to 12 year olds and offers indoor and outdoor play areas and activities including astronomy, arts and crafts, technology and local wildlife.
New addition of The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is The Zone, Fun & Entertainment; a place where every member of the family can make the most out of their holidays. Enjoy state-of-the-art games such as driving simulators, air hockey, basketball and boxing, along with the classic billiard, mural designed for artistic expressions, live music, family disco, DJ booth and Rock Band, where guests can share their musical skills in an entertaining atmosphere.
Abama features volcanic landscapes, exuberant vegetation with over 300 varieties of plants, trees and palm trees, with breathtaking panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Island of La Gomera. With a spectacular situation on the West Coast of Tenerife on the smooth slopes of the Teide, the highest peak in Spain, the property runs all the way down to the ocean and its own exclusive beach.
Tenerife is known throughout the world as the Island of Eternal Spring. In its privileged location, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Spain. This resort is far just five minutes from the small town of Playa San Juan and 15 minutes by taxi from the busier area of Adeje. The nearest airport, the Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur (Tenerife South Airport), is far about 25 minutes’ drive. Guía de Isora is an idyllic corner of pristine coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. During your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama resort, you may be tempted to simply luxuriate on the beach or relax in a sunny garden, however, a myriad of activities and attractions abound.
Tagor’ is The Ritz-Carlton Abama´s true luxury experience in luxury travel: an entire row of luxury rooms and suites within the Villas reserved for adults. Situated in a lush tropical garden with access to a private pool, Tagor’ is a secluded paradise where guests may experience the very best that the resort has to offer in complete tranquillity. As well as enjoying all the amenities of their Villas, Tagor’ guests can take advantage of a range of exclusive added benefits, including a villa attendant on call from 8.00am to 11.00pm throughout their stay.
The Ritz Kids programme sets this resort apart in its diverse offering activities for children from 4 to 12 allowing families to thoroughly enjoy their holiday with each other whilst exploring their own interests. The Ritz Kids is open from 10:00am until 6:00pm with a schedule that changes daily and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Immersive and adventurous, the resort experiences provide your child with enthralling activities to reward their interest in the beauty and workings of the world we live in. With a diverse collection of vacation activities based on the four pillars of the program (water, land, environmental responsibility and culture) kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.
Tailor Made Experiences
Crafted by spa ambassadors at The Ritz-Carlton, the world’s largest provider of luxury spa services and incorporating inspired treatments nurturing local island influences, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Abama offers an exceptional experience tailored individually to its guests. The spa concept excels in advanced beauty treatments offering results driven practices throughout. A comprehensive, technical facial and body treatment menu presents the highest levels of distinction in age defying, boosting and rejuvenating techniques, and for men a dedicated treatment menu will provide: deep facial practices, muscle and stress relief massages and the Power Hour full body invigoration experience.
An extensive offering of activities varies daily and provides both long and short-term guests with ample opportunities to explore the surrounding island and enjoy their leisure time to the full. Activities range from cooking classes with the Resort’s chefs, wine tastings and various wellness activities. Tenerife is home to a diverse mix of aquatic wildlife and is a scuba diver’s paradise. The hotel can organise snorkelling and scuba diving lessons. Tenerife is located in close proximity to one of the best whale watching locations in the world.
The Club Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama introduces an exclusive sanctuary providing the comfort, convenience and privacy of a hotel within a hotel. The Club’s dedicated team is on hand to offer extra level service both in-room and in its exclusive Club lounge. From its 10th floor positioning, the Club lounge offers guests impeccable service and decadent treats against a 180 degree breathtaking volcanic backdrop. The Club also provides daily food servings including; a hot buffet breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner bites, cocktails and night-caps. This new and exclusive space, which includes a balmy terrace, not only offers guests an alternative setting for refreshments but added value for families.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from Euro 265,00 in high season; and from Euro 245,00 in low season. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
All entrances are accessible, adapted rooms are available in the main building, and there is lift access to the spa.
Our Special Readings
6 Tenerife’s top attractions
Tenerife is one of the seven Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean to the south of mainland Spain and west of Africa. The island is a popular holiday hotspot, with millions of European and international visitors flocking to this sunny retreat every year for fun in the sun. Take a look at six of Tenerife’s top attractions to get an idea of what you could do during your time there.
Mount Teide National Park is top of the list for many visitors to Tenerife, primarily to see El Teide, the highest volcanic peak in Spain and third largest in the world. From the car park at El Teide you can catch a cable lift which will take you to 3.550 metres and afford you views of Tenerife that are unmatched anywhere else. Another natural attraction to be found on the island of Tenerife is the cliffs of Los Gigantes, situated on the islands northwest coast. Los Gigantes translates into English as “The Giants” and the name is fitting for the impressive mountains which soar skywards between 500 and 800 metres. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with Los Gigantes is to climb aboard a boat and view them from the sea. You can also take a walk along the top of the cliffs and follow the path which leads you to the base where there is a beach and a pleasant bay to take a dip in.
Water lovers will be delighted with the selection of aqua parks on offer in Tenerife with Siam Park in Costa Adeje the best known. This Thai themed park has rides and slides for all the family as well as a sizeable wave pool and plenty of areas to rest and relax, making it the perfect destination for a fun day out. Another park that deserves to be on your “to-see” list is Guímar Pyramids Ethnographic Park. Located near the town of Guímar on the eastern coast of Tenerife, the pyramids are somewhat of a mystery. There may not be an explanation for how the pyramids were created but they certainly make an interesting stop on any tourist’s itinerary. The town of Guímar is worth a look as boasts it architecture dating back to the 15th century and plenty of beaches to take a break on.
Special City Guide: Tenerife
Visited by millions annually, Tenerife is often pigeon-holed as a cheery sun, sand and sea destination for northern Europeans escaping dreary winters. Whilst Tenerife’s resorts provide all the facilities designed to ensure holidaymakers enjoy a good time, its cities, historic towns and rural villages have a thriving culture that is as closely linked to South America as it is Spain. Subsequently Tenerife has much to offer culture seekers as it does those simply looking to top up the tans.
Take time out from the beach to explore Teide National Park’s extraterrestrial landscape and the lush ancient forests that carpet northern slopes. Tread the cobbles of colonial towns steeped in history and scale vertiginous paths in remote rural beauty spots where life continues much as it has done for centuries. Get an adrenalin rush on Siam Park’s extreme water rides then compare it with nature’s version in Garachico’s rock pools. For the ultimate chill-out experience, end the day watching the sun set from atop Spain‘s highest mountain.
Tenerife is an island of contrasts and a land of two sides, an arid south and a lush north. Take in cities with a mix of modern and historic quarters or agricultural hamlets where crops are still tended by hand. Within an hour’s drive experience sweeping ancient forests and purpose-built vacation resorts featuring modern theme parks. Lie back on golden man-made beaches or volcanic black sand. And discover warm seas teeming with marine life including a resident population of whales and dolphins.
The hamlet of Masca is Tenerife’s most famous beauty spot and sits nestled between looming cliffs and narrow ravines. Getting to Masca is an adventure in itself. The narrow, winding access road has proved too hairy a prospect for some visitors. Despite the roller-coaster approach, Masca is packed with tourists throughout the day, many deposited from small coaches and jeep safaris. But its steep, cobbled paths deter most from straying too far from the picture-postcard centre. Walk a couple of hundred yards to Lomo de Masca to escape the crowds and soak up the solitary atmosphere of this magical spot.