On its own 18-hole championship golf course, on a headland above the up and coming resort of Playa de San Juan on Tenerife’s sunniest west coast. The hotel is somewhat isolated, with the resort of San Juan a 15-minute cliff top walk or a 5-minute drive away.
You might expect to get the best of everything if you’re paying in excess of 300 euros a night for your room - and the Abama doesn’t disappoint. Sheets are 100% Egyptian cotton or linen; beds are of the feather variety, WiFi connection is fast and free and there’s a pillow menu to select from just in case the six that come as standard aren’t quite what your coddled head is used to. Even the humblest of double rooms have 50 square metres of floor space to revel in; suites have more. Walls and tiles are uniformly and plainly vanilla; beds are king sized and furniture is Canarian pine or oak and period style. Soft furnishings are in the hotel’s trademark terracotta or vermilion.
The Abama is a Moorish styled, stone turreted resort the size of a small town, so you get whizzed around from hotel to beach to rooms in a golf buggie – great fun. The hotel sits on its headland surrounded by the rolling greens of its golf course. Vaulted ceilings the height of your average cathedral and acres of empty floor maximise light and space while intimate corners filled with Kentia palms and tranquil courtyards abound. The hotel even has its own beach, accessed by a lift in the cliff face. Although under Spanish law all beaches are public, the inaccessibility of this one lends it exclusivity. When I was there in February the beach had been washed away by an over zealous winter tide, but it’s back now.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is in La Veranda and is served until the civilised holiday breakfast hour of 11am. It hardly does it justice to describe it as buffet style, as the standard of Tenerife hotel buffets can vary considerably, but the choice will send the indecisive into therapy. Everything from the fruit smoothies to the sausages is yummy. There are 10 restaurants on site including: the Michelin-starred, gourmet MB; the Kabuki Japanese restaurant; and the Pampa Verona Italian with its more-ish pastas and sauces.
This is where the Abama really comes into its own. The Dave Thomas-designed, par 72, championship golf course is gaining a reputation as one of the finest in Spain. The tennis academy is used for professional tournaments and features seven professional hard courts, including a centre court with seating for 600 spectators. In the leisure department, nine swimming pools include a canal which meanders the entire length of the hotel, an adults-only pool with poolside massage, and a glorious infinity pool on the cliff’s edge. And don’t even get me started on the spa for which I would consider selling my house and moving in until funds run dry.
Impeccable. Formal dining in the evenings. Staff are excellent with children.
Who stays there
Discerning holiday makers not on a budget; golfers and tennis players, visiting dignitaries and celebs.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Every aspect is top of the range
- Top notch golf course
- World class service
- Big and not in keeping with surroundings
- Extremely pricey