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Ritz-Carlton Abama iberico ham at El MiradorThe largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. No wonder. Bright blue skies are almost guaranteed for those who join the sun-starved Northern Europeans who visit the island throughout the year to enjoy its dry climate and exotic landscapes.

Travellers seeking exclusive accommodation on Tenerife head straight to The Ritz-Carlton, Abama.

Ritz-Carlton Abama Citadel pool

Ritz-Carlton Abama Citadel pool.

Removed from the congestion of Playa de las Américas and other busy areas further south, The Ritz-Carlton’s location in the middle of banana plantations in the southwest of the island is a surprise. However, the resort’s remoteness makes it a favourite destination for guests seeking an upscale, low-key holiday experience in a perfect climate. The hotel’s main building, The Citadel, makes a striking landmark on the horizon amid the plantations.

For the best of the best in the resort, guests staying in the Villa Club enjoy a more private experience and exclusive privileges.  From the stylish ground-floor rooms, sliding glass doors lead right out to the swimming pool area, where complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine are served during the day.  Similar drinks accompanied by tapas are served in The Villa Lounge as well.  For guests who venture outside the luxury within a luxury bubble, Ritz-Carlton Abama’s splendid beach and private golf course await.

So do the restaurants.  An outstanding team led by Chef Erlantz Gorostiza enhances the dining experience with refined professionalism and friendly service.  Txoko is one of ten restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama.  If ten sounds like many F&B outlets, it’s not because the resort is busy with thousands of guests.  The restaurants are relatively small, and because the grounds of the resort are extensive and spread out over a large area, most have outdoor seating to enjoy the weather, scenery, and space.

Ritz-Carlton Abama Villa Club room.

Ritz-Carlton Abama Villa Club room.

Another dining venue, MB, after founding chef Martín Berasategui, is a Michelin-starred restaurant for fine dining in a somewhat more formal ambience.  Another favourite among guests is El Mirador, located on a bluff with beautiful views of the ocean and the island of La Gomera in the distance.

After a day at the beach or a round of golf, a trip to The Ritz-Carlton’s spa is a perfect way to refresh. In addition to treatments, the spa has a separate water facility called The Wellness Experience. A day pass allows the use of the dry sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, and cold plunge pool. While the water is lovely, the pretty relaxation garden behind the pools provides a beautiful place to unwind amid lush tropical vegetation in relative privacy.




Written by Robert La Bua – Global Travel Connoisseur