Staying at the Ritz Carlton Abama Resort in Canary Islands, Spain
If you need a salty, sun splashed vacation that offers breathtaking views from every angle, the Ritz Carlton Abama more than delivers. The resort is glamorous and huge- 7 pools, 10 restaurants, 2 bars, a championship golf course, a state of the art spa, golf carts for villas, a funicular car to a secluded beach, and even a train.
I was so excited for my stay, and reality was so much better. I had never been to the Canary Islands, but visiting out of the way gorgeous islands are pretty much at the top of the my list of favorite things. The Canary Islands are owned by Spain, and the main city of Tenerife has 2 airports serviced by many major airlines. There are plenty of taxis available on the island or the Ritz Carlton Abama offers a private sedan transfer option.
I arrived excited and jet lagged and was immediately given a glass of champagne and welcomed like I was long lost family. I was given the key to my villa (amazing!) and a golf cart buggy for the use of my stay. After checking in, I made a beeline to the spa for the signature Earth, Wind, and Fire Treatment. I am a firm believer in the emergency massage, and it was definitely a game changer.
The spa is in a separate building of the Ritz Carlton Abama and is oh so delicious. It is multi level, contains a garden, balcony with chairs in the sun, café, water and tea bar, a giant infinity pool with multi massage options, heated loungers with speakers, a polar plunge pool, and a sauna. Can you tell I loved it and spent some time here?! The Earth, Wind, and Fire treatment is definite #spagoals. First it’s a luxurious full body lava scrub, a relaxing shower, then a decadent full body massage including heated stones. It was so great I went back the next day for a relaxing massage. As my dad used to say, I was so relaxed you could put me in a mayonnaise jar.
I stayed in a villa suite which was quite large with a sitting room, dining area, a large double vanity bathroom, and multiple patio entrances. It was huge and big enough for an entire family, or a fab girlfriend getaway. If you are staying in a villa you will have access to a private buggy (if you want) and exclusive access to breakfast at El Mirador and the infinity pool there. Also, villas have their own private pool on site steps from the back patio doors.
A bottle of champagne and beach bags were an especially nice touch.
There are 10 restaurants at Ritz Carlton Abama, two of them have the coveted Michelin star. All of them are amazing. I think all I did was lay in sun, drink, and eat my weight in amazing food and I’m not mad about it. MB is the signature Basque restaurant experience and brainchild of celebrity check Martin Berasategui, and Michelin star recipient. Abama Kabuki is a Japanese fusion sushi restaurant (also Michelin starred) located at the golf clubhouse on a beautiful hill and is the best place in the resort to view the sunset. The inventive cocktails and comfy couches facing the ocean just add to the ambiance. If you want any sort of food, the Ritz Carlton Abama has it for you. Try not miss the gazpacho soup in Los Chozos at lunch or the over the top breakfast buffet at El Mirador.
The Ritz Carlton Abama is great for families and for adults. They do a great job of making kid friendly areas as well as adults only areas. There were several adults only pools and areas so if I want to have a pitcher (or three) of sangria with my girlfriends and nap in the sun, then we can do it in peace without having to worry about kiddos.
If You Ask Me
This resort was truly spectacular. I was blown away by the customer service, the food, and the views. Not only would I stay here again, but I would MOVE here if they let me. This is perfect resort for family vacations, or like I did a girlfriend trip. It will be at the top of my list for future girlfriend getaways and I cant wait to come back!