Abama Golf & Spa Resort
Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife Island, Tenerife South
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Nestled on Tenerife’s picturesque south-western shore, Guia de Isora is one of the island’s best-kept secrets: an unspoiled corner of coastline enjoying an average year-round temperature of 23ºC, where lush tropical flora mingles with a dramatic volcanic landscape. This is the setting for The Ritz–Carlton, Abama, a magical citadel of interconnected Moorish buildings melding modernist architecture with North African traditions and ancient Chinese principles, nestled in a 400 acre private estate edged by banana plantations.
Abama's architect Melvin Villaroel has delivered a unique piece of contemporary architecture inspired in ethnic features combining Moorish and Canarian influences. Five star luxury accommodation is distributed between the Citadel (main building) and exclusive Villas in a more private and secluded area of the resort. Abama's culinary offers mixes variety and quality with original setting and beautiful views, ranging from informal dining to Michelin starred restaurants. Facilities at the resort include a Golf Course, a 2.500m2 Spa with 10 treatment rooms, Tennis & Paddle Academy, golden sand beach, seven swimming pools, fitness centre, etc.
Rising up the west face of the Teide Volcano, Spain’s highest peak, Abama’s golf course is one of its greatest jewels. Created by world-renowned designer Dave Thomas, the immaculately maintained 18-hole, par-72 course features over 300 species of sub-tropical plant life, including 25,000 palm trees. With 22 lakes spread throughout the course’s ever-changing terrain, along with waterfalls and white sand bunkers, the course is challenging enough to test even the most proficient golfer.
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Ritz Carlton Abama Resort
Modernist architecture merges with north African traditions and ancient Chinese principles in Abama. Designed by the renowned Chilean/Bolivian architect Melvin Villaroel, Abama is unique: a magic citadel of interconnected Moorish buildings whose burnt terracotta colours seem to shift and change with every hour of the day. More than anything else, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a communion between architecture and the natural environment: a place where sea, land and tropical vegetation mingle effortlessly with architectural forms. Its ingenious layout, guided by the aesthetic system of Feng Shui, means that you will find spaces of calm and seclusion even in the busiest parts of the hotel, and secret gardens, delightful pools and breathtaking vistas around every corner. No matter how long you stay, there’s always more to explore.
A Ritz Carlton Hotel | 5 Star GL Spa & Golf Resort
The 469 guest rooms and suites of the resort are divided between the Complex, the Villas and our exclusive Club Rooms and Suites, most of which enjoy magnificent views over the Atlantic, our golf course or our beautiful gardens. The Complex at the hotel combines ethnic architecture with a Moorish feel in almost all of its many guest rooms and suites.
• Abama Citadel
The citadel is the heart of the complex, where you’ll find most of Abama’s bars and restaurants, library and screening room, indulgent spa, secret gardens, ornamental lakes and swimming pools. The citadel is ideally situated between Abama’s beach and the golf course, both within strolling distance, or reachable in two minutes by chauffeur-driven buggy or Abama´s train. There is a choice of a deluxe room or two categories of suite accommodation. Each comes equipped with a king-size bed or twin beds, a spacious fitted oak wardrobe, a chest of drawers and state of the art audio-visual equipment. Marble bathrooms, each with large tubs, a separate shower stall, and complimentary brand-name bath products. Private furnished terrace.
• Abama Villas
Villas are hidden among the botanic gardens tumbling down from the main citadel towards the ocean are our villas, combining exclusive luxury with seclusion. Abama’s villas rooms are designed for guests in search of the ultimate escape. As well as enjoying all the amenities of the citadel rooms, each row of villas has access to an exclusive pool, wonderful ocean views from its top floor rooms, a high, pitched ceiling with exposed beams and a four-poster bed. Full room service and transport to any other part of the complex are available at your request.
• Tagor's Villas
Situated in lush tropical flower garden, with access to a private pool, Tagor’ Villas is a secluded paradise, where guests can experience a personalized service in complete tranquility. Villas guests can take advantage of a range of exclusive added benefits, including a villa attendant on call, perfect for honeymooning couples, or those searching for the ultimate in pampering, relaxation and escape.
24 Hour room & valet service • Twice daily maid service • Golden Sand beach • 7 Swimming pools • Fitness Club • Ritz Kids • Boutiques • Abama Experiences Daily Programme
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama’s ten restaurants range from light, simple cooking to world-class gourmet cuisine. At the top end of the scale, the two Michelin-starred M.B is the signature restaurant of world-famous Basque chef Martin Berasategui. Kabuki, also holds a Michelin star and specializes in a sublime fusion of Japanese culinary tradition and modern Western techniques. More informal dining options can be found in the Citadel’s other restaurants: the poolside Los Chozos; Pampa, for Argentinean parrilla cuisine; delicious Italian cooking at Verona; La Veranda, which serves a superb buffet breakfast; and the traditional Tapas & Wine Bar. Away from the Citadel, El Mirador serves fresh seafood and fish with magnificent cliff-top views, and the Casa Club and Beach Club offer a lighter alternative.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Abama
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Abama, offers unparalleled facilities in a unique ocean-front environment. Asian and African influences and scents of herbal flower essences complement the power of the ocean, the healing qualities of plants, the sounds of tropical birds and the warm rays of the sun in this island sanctuary dedicated to quiet repose and total indulgence. The Spa spans 2,462 m2 across three levels and features ten lavishly outfitted treatment rooms; a Garden Spa relaxation area; and additional treatment rooms for hydrotherapy, scrubs and wraps to offer a truly holistic spa experience for you to lose yourself in an oasis of well-being.
Tennis & Paddle Sánchez-Casal Academy
As Abama’s seven tennis courts are often used for professional tournaments, all are of a professional standard, with court lights and flexi-pave surfaces in the style of the US and Australian Open courts. Our centre court has capacity for 600 spectators, and the six other courts all have spectator stands. We also have four illuminated paddle tennis courts with Astroturf surfaces. The Abama Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy follows the teaching methods pioneered by famous tennis players Emilio Sánchez Vicario and Sergio Casal. Personalised lessons and intensive courses are available for tennis players of any level.
7 floodlit, flexi-pave tennis courts • 4 floodlit glass paddlecourts with artificial grass • The Academia Sanchez-Casal
Carved from the sheer volcanic rock of the cliff-face, and accessible by our own funicular, Abama’s secluded beach is a paradise for sun- and seaworshippers. Stroll along a perfect crescent of golden sand, take a reviving swim in tranquil ocean waters, or simply curl up on one of our comfortable loungers, where you can soak in the views of La Gomera island while our waiters provide you with towels and refreshments. Our ocean-front Beach Club restaurant serves freshly prepared light lunches and cocktails during lunchtime.
Sandy cove • Club Restaurant • Pier
Abama Golf Resort
• Championship Course
Dave Thomas (2004) 18 holes - 6,861 yds - Par 72
Venue of the European PGA Open de Canarias (since 2005) & LPGA Tenerife Ladies Open
Dave Thomas put more than 50 years of experience of the professional golf industry into the creation of Abama’s golf course, now widely regarded as one of his greatest achievements. Rambling over 6,271 metres of ever-changing terrain, it features 22 lakes linked by impressive waterfalls and white-sand bunkers, and 25,000 palm trees. The course reaches a high point of 315 metres above sea level, and most holes provide spectacular views of the Atlantic and the island of La Gomera. The large greens provide an infinite choice of flag positions which, combined with the wide tee areas at each hole, makes the course accessible to players with high handicaps, and a challenge even for the most experienced golfer.
• The Academy at Abama Golf
At the golf academy, less experienced golfers can develop their confidence and skills on our five-hectare practice area, or try out one of our three par-3 holes for beginners, all under the expert supervision of our highly qualified trainers. There is also a superb driving range and a putting green.
Golf in Tenerife
Tenerife has nine unique golf courses, both in the north and south of the island, although most are concentrated on the southern shores. Worth a special mention are Buenavista, a Seve Ballesteros design in the wild NW part of the island, and the vintage Royal Tenerife, laid out back in 1932 in the northernmost part of Tenerife. The South of Tenerife boasts seven of the island's nine courses, all located within a twenty kilometres radius on Costa Adeje around the seaside resort of Playa de Las Americas. The terrain on this coastal area is undulating and predominantly dry, the courses providing a welcome splash of green against the desert-like and mountainous background.
• Costa Adeje Golf Club (1998) Jose Gancedo
Costa Adeje was designed by reputed Spanish architect Jose "Pepe" Gancedo. True to his "hand made" philosophy, the architect has adapted the layout to the terrain, making the most of its natural contour and the terracing of the former banana plantation that once stood there, restoring the original stone walls and turning them into playing hazards.
• Las Americas Golf Club (1998) John Jacobs
Lying right at the outskirts of the large seaside resort of Playa de Las Americas, this course is the most residential of all courses on the southern coast of Tenerife. The layout is attractively located in a gently sloping green amphitheatre between a rugged mountain and Playa de Las Americas white and towering buildings.
• Los Palos Golf Centre (1994) Golf Design
Centro de Golf Los Palos is a nine hole, par 27 golf course and a luxuriant, colourful garden. Virtually on one level and featuring refreshing water obstacles of lakes and streams, it's perfect for beginners or for improving your short game. Designed by Integral Golf Design, José María Olazábal's company, it boasts a lovely terrace overlooking the entire golf course.
• Amarilla Golf Club (1988) Donald Steel
Amarilla extends on a large slope gently stretching down to the sea, offering spectacular views of the ocean from several of its holes, while others enjoy the backdrop of the Teide, a dormant volcano snow capped most of the winter, providing a striking contrast to the desert like surroundings of the golf course.
• Golf del Sur (1987) Jose Gancedo
The breathtaking Golf del Sur’s layout is composed of three loops which overlooking the ocean in what was previously a desolated desert landscape. The 27 holes form a green oasis bordered by palm trees and giant cacti. Fairways are wide and greens are large but the main characteristic feature of Golf del Sur are the large bunkers filled with black volcanic sands.
• Buenavista Golf Club (2003) Severiano Ballesteros
The layout at Buenavista Golf is an eighteen hole, par 72 course with an overall length of 6,150 meters from the championship tees. The course designed by Severiano Ballesteros is well balanced, with an even distribution of six holes for each par three, four and five. Five holes run right along the coast above the cliffs and the crashing waves of the Atlantic, often giving the sensation of hitting the ball almost into the ocean. There is also a scenic three tiers lake joined by waterfalls between the ninth and the eighteenth, offering a climax finish to a splendid round.
• Real Club Golf Tenerife (1932) Joaquin Laynez, Andres Alberto, Antonio Lucena & Aureliano Yanes
Tenerife Royal Golf Club’s El Peñon course is situated six hundred metres above sea level in the northern and lush part of Tenerife Island. Built in 1932, its maturity is emphasised by well established and majestic stands of Canary pines, laurels and eucalyptus, lining the fairways throughout the layout. The course was designed by four of the club’s finest players of the day but has been gradually modified over the years. The narrow fairways are kept in perfect conditions and the penncross greens are quick and undulated, with links style approach often defended by strategically placed bunkers. Narrow and deep ravines come into play on many holes and are considered “out of bounds”.
Known as the ”Fortunate Islands”, the Canary Islands enjoy a permanent spring like, subtropical climate cooled by the Ocean breeze and the Trade Winds, with warm waters and consistent swell most of the year. Off the coast of Morocco, Spanish territory and outpost of the European Union, the Canary Islands are but a two hour flight from Madrid and the mainland. The "Hawaii of the Atlantic", as the islands are referred to by surfers, this volcanic archipelago is formed by seven islands. Main surf destinations are the two major islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and the less populated islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
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 it is situated in the centre of the chain. The island territory is shared by desert landscapes on the coast, subtropical forests on the mid-slopes and summits, and volcanic areas, in particular in the Teide National Park and its volcanic cone, which is still active and, at 3,718 metres, Spain's tallest mountain. The island also boasts monumental cities with the most vanguard architecture and black sand beaches flanked by impressive cliffs.
The Canary Islands have always been present in myth and legend, like those mythical lands beyond the Pillars of Hercules in the Strait of Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mare Tenebrosum. Classical writers have placed Paradise, the Elysian Fields and the Garden of the Hesperides here, although one of the first reliable accounts of the islands we owe to Pliny the Elder, in the 1st century AD.
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Tenerife, the island was divided into nine small kingdoms. The Guanches, were the pre-colonial inhabitants of the island. The conquest of the archipelago officially began in 1402 and Tenerife was the last island to be conquered, and did not fall until 1495. Tenerife has always been close to America, being an obligatory stopover for ships travelling to the New World. The people of the Canary Islands have played an active role, as colonists, in the birth of new cities and nations. The discovery of America and the sea traffic from Europe into the Indian Ocean via the western coast of Africa made the Canary Islands a crossroads for sea routes and a new-found wealth.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The island´s capital. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a cosmopolitan, lively and bright city. It looks out onto the sea, is full of interesting sites and has a marked island character. The city is ideal for taking a stroll and relaxing along its avenues and pedestrian streets. Santa Cruz is above all a vibrant city, offering great cultural and leisure activities and a pedestrian shopping area. It has a port of great importance, a crossroad between Europe, Africa and America, visited by ships and cruise vessels of every nationality.
The capital is also an exceptional example of how tradition and modernity can merge to create a clearly rich architectural mix, given that you may find very close to one another streets of a typical Canarian style, next to modern buildings. The cultural and leisure potential of Santa Cruz is extremely varied. Museums, art exhibitions and different types of shows take place throughout the year. Some of its gardens, squares and avenues are home to permanent sculpture exhibitions considered to be among the best in the world.
La Laguna - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The archipelago's first capital city, San Cristóbal de La Laguna has an exceptional, universal value due to the concept of its town plan. This historical site is the archetype of city-territory. It is the first example of a non-fortified town, conceived and built according to a plan inspired by navigation, the science of the time. Its layout is based on peaceful new social order, inspired by the religious doctrine of the millennium of the year 1500.
The town map can actually be read as a "stellar map" in which the dots indicate particular points in the city and the links between these points and the town as a whole. It has a symbolic meaning and should be interpreted as a marine map or a map of the constellations of the time. The characteristics of the city of La Laguna, set the tone for the new cities in America. The city is home to approximately six hundred well-preserved original Mudejar buildings and is a living example of the exchange between European and American culture, a culture the city has maintained strong ties with over the centuries.
Teide National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Canary Islands and Tenerife's most visible landmark, Mt Teide, have been a point of reference for those who sailed between the Straight and the Atlantic coast since antiquity. On a world-wide level, the park is one of the island's few volcanic areas featuring ecosystem zones above the timberline, giving rise to unique ecosystems such as the alpine broom, and alpine ecosystems.
The use of plant species, water and snow as well as the extraction of minerals for diverse purposes marked a period of exploitation of the area's natural resources which came to an end when the area was declared a National Park in 1954. The area consists of a large oval-shaped caldera with a 14 kilometre diameter. Although various suggestions have been made as to the origin of this caldera, the most widely accepted theory is that it was formed following a collapse of substrate as a result of an emptying of the magma chamber.
Located in the north of Tenerife, in a valley of extraordinary natural beauty, this popular tourist area is made up of the districts of Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava and Los Realejos. Puerto de la Cruz, one of the pioneers of tourism in Spain, has a great range of hotels and is a lively, cosmopolitan town, ideal for strolling around and shopping.
Overlooked by the peak of nearby Mount Teide, the Orotava Valley descends towards the sea amidst a spectacular landscape of green palm groves, black volcanic soil, and the deep blue of the ocean. The Orotava Valley, also known as the Taoro Valley, a name which the Guanches gave to this region, is a wide depression in the north of the island of Tenerife which has the Teide at its back and the ocean at its feet. It contains three towns – La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, and Los Realejos – which share this geological, scenic, and agricultural area. The banana industry and wine cultivation have left their unmistakable mark on the landscape of the Orotava Valley.
A few miles south of Abama lies the tourist resorts of south Tenerife, the greatest concentration of hotels on the island. This area is best known for its many hours of sunshine and its attractive and accessible beaches boasting many facilities. In Tenerife South the leisure options are outstanding, both during the day and at night. There are also a number of quality shopping centres selling designer goods. Playa de los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, Costa Adeje, Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago, Las Galletas and El Médano are some of the key places to visit. From many of these places boat excursions depart in search of another of this area’s great attractions: whale-watching among the colonies that inhabit the waters off the south coast.
Address & Contact
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
Ctra. Gral TF-47, km-9
Playa de San Juan
38687 Guía de Isora (Tenerife)
Tel: +34 / 902 126 000
Fax: +34 / 922 126 621
Guía de Isora, SW Tenerife coast, 16 km. N of Playa de Las Americas
Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia (TFS), 33 km.
Tenerife Norte Los Rodeos (TFN), 97 km.
All year (Golf & Hotel)
Subtropical, with warm winters and summers cooled by the ocean breeze