As we were driving to the hotel, we could barely contain the excitement for the lavish experience awaiting us at The Ritz-Carlton Abama.
Nestled in the sun-soaked southern coastline, this five-star jewel beckons travelers with its distinctive pink-hued structures that shimmer against the azure backdrop of the Atlantic.
Meandering through the plush, tropically landscaped grounds, we were struck by the resort’s tranquil vibes. It’s a stark contrast to the busier tourist spots elsewhere on the island.
The hotel’s elevated position afforded panoramic sea vistas, an invitation to immerse in an exclusive retreat devoid of the everyday bustle.
Embracing the charms of its Canarian setting, The Ritz-Carlton Abama presents an idyllic concoction of stunning architecture and bespoke service that elevates the quintessential tropical getaway to new heights.
Its seclusion serves as an open secret for those in pursuit of an escape that promises both privacy and indulgence. With every amenity meticulously catered to exude hospitality excellence, we knew our stay would redefine notions of a luxury vacation.
About The Ritz-Carlton Abama & Getting There
Renowned for its mesmerizing oceanfront position, The Ritz-Carlton Abama offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the captivating island of La Gomera. Tucked away in a sprawling estate, the resort is embraced by lush tropical gardens and a unique volcanic terrain, crafting an unparalleled and scenic ambiance.
Landing at Tenerife South Airport marks the start of an enchanting retreat to The Ritz-Carlton Abama. This bustling hub, located in the heart of the Canary Islands, welcomes travelers with warm sunshine and the promise of luxury just a drive away.
The most practical option for ensuring a seamless transition to the resort is to hire a car. Car rental services are readily available at the airport, boasting a variety of vehicles to suit different preferences and budgets. CICAR (Canary Islands Car) is our personal favorite choice.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama emerges as a beacon of luxury just under a half-hour drive from Tenerife South Airport. Despite the short distance, each kilometer traveled heightens the anticipation of the opulence that lies ahead. The drive to The Ritz-Carlton Abama is straightforward, with well-marked roads to guide you through the scenic route.
First impressions: A unique architectural marvel
From the moment we set eyes on the Moorish archicture and distinct pink-hued structures of The Ritz-Carlton Abama, we knew we were about to step into a sphere of opulence. Like a vibrant brush stroke on the canvas of Tenerife’s coastal landscape, the hues seemed to capture the essence of a tropical fairytale.
The interplay of color with the azure backdrop of the open sky offered a striking contrast. As we navigated along the winding paths, the hotel unraveled its embrace, revealing panoramas of the vast, serene Atlantic.
Each turn presented a view more breathtaking than the last, with terraces and windows designed to frame the endless sea views. It was almost as if nature’s masterpiece were reserved just for the guests of this retreat.
This visual harmony of architecture and nature set a precedent for what was to come, stirring the anticipation of indulgence that lay within.
The initial awe overcoming us was not a fleeting sensation, but the beginning of a luxury experience. Where every detail, from the grandeur of the buildings to the expanse of the ocean, was a testament to the getaway that awaited.
Accomodation + Amenities
The Ritz-Carlton Abama extends a plethora of accommodation choices, catering to varied preferences. We enjoyed the comfort and style of the rooms, which boast a blend of modern amenities and traditional touches.
Suites and villas escalate the luxury, offering expansive spaces with separate living areas. Select ones include private terraces with panoramic ocean vistas and private pools. For families or groups, the villa accommodations provide a harmonious blend of privacy and sophistication.
Top-tier amenities elevate the guest experience at this hotel. Each room offers The Ritz-Carlton signature bedding, ensuring a restful slumber. The marble bathrooms are outfitted with deep soaking tubs and a separate shower, inviting a tranquil respite.
Outside the sanctuary of the rooms, the hotel hosts an impressive collection of pools, each styled beautifully and designed to provide a serene swimming experience amidst lush tropical gardens.
The hotel’s gym caters to those seeking active rejuvenation, with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of fitness classes. Golf enthusiasts revel in the championship-grade course, seamlessly integrated into the natural landscape. The wellness center and spa offer amazing and tranquil experiences (more on the spa below).
Together, these amenities contribute to an indulgent stay, enveloping guests in an ambiance of luxe comfort and refined leisure, ensuring every moment at The Ritz-Carlton Abama is steeped in enjoyment.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Abama
The spa at The Ritz-Carlton Abama embodies the pinnacle of relaxation, a sanctuary where tensions dissolve, and tranquility reigns. Nested within this serene haven, the couple’s massage stands out as an intimate retreat. The therapists’ expertise was evident, each stroke and knead seemed tailored to unearth knots of stress, coaxing our bodies into a harmonious state of ease. Both of us agreed that it was one of the best massages we’ve had in our lives.
Our afternoon included indulging in the comprehensive spa circuit, featuring a Turkish bath, invigorating cold plunge, spacious sauna, steam room, a hydrotherapy pool, and more. The spa offers a complete experience, including heated chairs for relaxation before or after the circuit. An outdoor area provides space for stretching or yoga, complemented by loungers for basking in the sunshine.
At The Ritz-Carlton Abama, dining transcends mere eating; it’s a sensorial journey showcasing an array of international flavors. With a suite of restaurants, each visit presents a new discovery of gourmet dining.
The quality of ingredients is exceptional, with chefs selecting only the finest products to create an unforgettable experience for your palate. What stood out was the diversity of choices available. From comforting Italian cuisine to avant-garde takes on traditional Canarian dishes, and even a Michelin-starred establishment beckoning the most discerning food enthusiasts, The Ritz-Carlton Abama caters to all cravings.
We had the pleasure of exploring four distinct restaurants, alongside the delightful daily breakfast, and each one offered a remarkable dining experience.
El Mirador –
A cliff-top restaurant with mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera, offers specialties such as fresh fish, paella, and seafood. Noteworthy dishes included the lobster paella, Canarian potatoes, and strawberry gazpacho.
The Beach Club –
Located on Playa de Abama (Abama Beach), The Beach Club provided the ideal setting for a laid-back lunch. This outdoor restaurant offered grilled meats, burgers, and salads, with favorite choices being the chicken Caesar salad and cheeseburger. The addition of great margaritas enhanced the experience!
An Italian culinary gem, showcased a delectable mix of dishes, from eggplant Parmesan to specialty pastas and tiramisu. A dinner at Verona is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Verde Mar –
The Ritz-Carlton Abama already has a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property (M.B), but we feel this one may be next! This restaurant offers a focus on vegetable-centric dishes with meat as a complement. This creative and delicious dining experience left a lasting impression, making it a definite must-visit during your stay.
The property boasts numerous other dining options for guests to explore as well.
The Service at The Ritz-Carlton Abama
Our stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abama truly set a new benchmark for hospitality excellence. The staff’s attentiveness emerged before we even stepped foot into the lobby; a warm welcome awaited, setting a tone of bespoke service. Each interaction with the hotel’s team radiated professionalism.
In addition to the exceptional service and experiences, it’s noteworthy to highlight the outstanding level of care and attention I received regarding my life-threatening nut allergy. The staff at each restaurant went above and beyond to ensure my safety, exemplifying an outstanding quality of service. Their diligence and commitment to making certain that the food I consumed was 100% safe truly enhanced the overall dining experience, providing a level of comfort that was both reassuring and commendable.
The dedication to creating a serene ambiance around the property did not go unnoticed. Staff members moved like silhouettes in the background, meticulously maintaining the premises without disrupting the peace. Their discreet presence allowed us to relax in a tranquil paradise, undisturbed.
It’s undeniable that the top luxury accommodations and stellar surroundings contributed to the joy of our stay. Yet, the exceptional service was the jewel in the crown that elevated our experience from delightful to unforgettable.
Exploring beyond the resort
Renting a car during your stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abama offers an unparalleled freedom to uncover Tenerife’s treasures. Venturing beyond the resort property, you may find yourself meandering through quaint villages or basking in the beauty of lush landscapes and rugged coastlines that seem to belong in a different world.
Spend a day visiting Teide National Park, with its surreal moonscape and the towering Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. This majestic volcano and its surrounding landscapes are not just a feast for the eyes but also a playground for hikers and nature lovers.
For more information on what to do around the area, read my travel guide on the 15 best things to do in Tenerife South!