We were looking for an opportunity to stay with Ritz Carlton during our European roadtrip this past summer and we came to find that the hotel’s properties are not as abundant in Europe as say the Americas or Asia. Oftentimes space restrictions and the age of the properties make finding or expanding their portfolio here more difficult.
Enter the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Hotel. Everything came together, the ability to visit the Canary Islands in low season (with still wonderful weather) stay at a property hailed as truly impressive and hospitable as well as explore the fantastic phenomena of the island. The hotel is best reached from the Tenerife Sur airport (flights to and from Spain go to each of the island’s airports easily) where a 45 minute drive (rental cars are easy and affordable here) will get you checked into your room ASAP.
The hotel is massive, offering 461 rooms of various sizes but overall large. We arrived quite early, but we were immediately escorted to the lounge and offered breakfast while we waited for our room and upgrade. The hotel’s overall theme features Arabic architecture and is in an ongoing state of upgrades which are meticulously done. There are many shops, restaurants and lounging areas to take in the sun and seaward breezes.
The views of this property slope gently towards the sea. It takes only 20 minutes by car to reach Los Gigantes one of the most famous beach spots and around an hours drive will get you to the top of the island and its volcanic peak. The roads, infrastructure and service in all parts are very inviting. This island sees massive waves of tourism, but funny enough both in the hotel and outside, people never seem to weary of being friendly and approachable. There is a true spirit of service that we felt at every turn and we have heard it carries over even into high season.
Almost all of the rooms feature a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean and ours had a spectacular wrap around balcony that overlooked hotel pools, the sloping beach line and the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. Rooms were constantly kept pristine and in recognition of our Titanium status the minibar was always complementary.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning in a café and we took advantage of the lounge access the hotel offers for more bespoke foodstuffs at breakfast lunch and evening snacks. Local and mainland lines were featured too. The on-site El Mirador restaurant with signature cuisine is a part of this venue. The hotel has upwards of fifteen different dining options as well as some world reknowned favorites like Restaurante Kabuki are about 5-minute walk away.
The hotel also features a rooftop pool with sun loungers, a sun terrace and a sauna. We took advantage of some spa indulgence and it was state of the art. The facilities were relaxing and the treatments memorable. The open air spa area features a yoga meditation garden as well as fantastic pools, saunas and steam rooms.