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We stayed at the Abama in June and had the best time!. The hotel was very quiet which at first was a little disconcerting but we soon got used to having the pools and beach to ourselves!.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom ocean view suite and it was worth paying that little bit more, the accomodation was certainly luxurious, from bathrobes and slippers to Hermes shower gels!.
We tried most of the restaurants although they wern't all open (due to low season) and found the food to be good, the Mirador being our favourite.All the staff were very friendly and particularly paid a lot of attention to our 3 year old.
We certainly will be going back to the Abama perhaps at a busier time although in hindsight why would you want to share it?
This is the second time we have stayed at the Abama and it is simply fantastic. The rooms are "Dubai" quality (go for a high floor), amazing bathrooms! The main pool is great for young children as it has a very shallow area, the beach is lovely and virtually empty.
Food - breakfasts are great (sit outside if there's room). The pool and beach restaurants are great for lunch. The Italian restaurant was perfect for us (a family with 2 young children) - simple & reasonable, steak restaurant was good too. It's a shame there is no half board rate as the meals do add up - (wine is v. pricey).
Abama is perfect if you want a relaxing hotel that offers everything on site, it is expensive - but if you shop around you can get good deals.
Pleasantly surprised! Not really in to big resorts but Abama is cleverly spread out, beautifully manicured grounds, spacious rooms with elegant interiors, fab breakfast and especially loved the fish restaurant for long lazy lunches. Challenging golf course with breathtaking views, lots of activities to choose from (my 4-yr old had such fun learning how to make sushi!), great kids' club, even greater spa... the Thalgo Oxygenating Marine Facial actually made my "fine lines" disappear for days - incredible! Have recommended as easy-to-get-to destination, guaranteed sunshine, something for everyone in the family.
Amazingly beautiful place, BUT
We have just returned from a 7 night stay at Abama. This hotel is in dire need of a shake up . The positives first. The location is stunning, the hotel itself is beautiful, rooms very clean and spacious. We had a beautiful view of the ocean from our 5th floor balcony. Main pool has a lovely layout, plenty of loungers and umbrellas. The ocean down at the beach is very calm. Now for the down side . The food : Standard is OK . After 4 days we were getting bit bored , although there are are plenty places to eat , the menus are quite limited . This hotel needs to look hard at what it is offering , a nice Tapas bar would not go amiss The real PROBLEM with this place is the absolutely awful service in nearly all the restaurants . There is no Abama standard of service . We would stand and wait for ages to be greeted and eventually seated. Drinks would arrive at the end of meals, menus were taken away before ordering food , this is just odd to say the least .On one occasion my partners main course took so long to arrive, myself and daughter had finished ours. we struggled more than once to get tea and coffee at breakfast, now that really is basic stuff . 5 out of 6 Juices ran out at breakfast . i could go on and on . It go to the point that eating at Abama was actually stressfull . There was one exception ,The Kabuki japanese restaurant., we ate there twice , the staff know what good service should be and perhaps need to train the rest of the hotel, to be more like them. Finally, half the bars were closed .We spent most evenings in the lobby piano bar. This was ok but got a bit boring . The kids club was only open half days and they kept changing the programe, this was a bit annoying. On our last night we could not face the hotel food so we went out to an Indian , The Star of Asia , food was great ,service was 5 star . This was our 5th holiday this year. we travel a lot and always to exclusive resorts. This resort is letting itself down , it could be the Star of Tenerife.
Beautiful resort but not 5-star service
Having stayed at many 5-star resorts in both Europe and the US, I had high hopes for the Abama, reputedly the best hotel on Tenerife. The website promises a multitude of activities including several types of exercise class (the main reason why I chose it) and of course the spa. On arrival we learned that classes needed to be booked in advance- fair enough!
However on the first day when I tried to book a Yoga and a Stretch class I was told that the instructor was sick so classes were ALL cancelled, try again tomorrow, which I did every day of my stay! The classes were still being advertised on the daily schedule of events, thus giving the impression that there was a lot more available than there actually was. I do think that in a resort of this type it is unacceptable that if one person is sick then the activities grind to a halt - the resort is isolated and its impossible to go for a run due to the very steep slopes and lack of pavements surrounding the place as my husband discovered!
The lift to the beach worked for 1 day the whole week, service was generally erratic and there were lots of niggles that just werent acceptable in a 5-star resort - could do better!
Beautiful grounds, hotel and spa - shame about the food
My husband and I stayed at Abama in January 2007 (presumably low season).
The hotel itself was very nice and it was great to receive a glass of champagne on arrival whilst we checked in.
Our room was a standard room but with elevated ocean views.
The room itself was spacious - particularly the bathroom. Our room also had a balcony which looked out over a pool and onto the horizon. There were no tea/coffee making facilities. The room did have a couple of issues. There was a stain on our carpet and the bed cover had a couple of dirty marks on it.
Breakfast was included and it was the usual buffet but with Moet!. Very nice indeed. Most of the guests seemed to be over 60 golfers. Being in our early thirties we were the youngest there.
Lunches were also particularly nice in the surrounding cafes and in the gold club.
However, dinner was a different story. We tried most of the restaurants, including the Japanese restaurant, steak restaurant and the fish restaurant. Considering the hotel advertises that the restaurants are overseen by a Michelin star chef we had very high hopes for the food. This was not the case and they were all very bad and very expensive. The Japanese restaurant was very average and lacked finesse. Our meal at the fish restaurant had to be sent back because it was raw. The restaurant did apologise and did not charge us for our meal. The steak restaurant also was bad. The steak was tough/overcooked and had no flavour. This type of experience should not happen in a 5 star hotel.
However, a lot of money has obviously been spent on the hotel itself and it is a beautiful hotel. The spa is one of the best I have been to and has a beautiful pool and many different types of saunas and steam rooms. However, the treatments were average and whilst receiving a massage I could hear doors slamming and staff chatting loudly. Not very relaxing.
The golf restaurant was very good for lunch and the golf course beautiful. We also played tennis on the courts with ocean views. The beach was pleasant and easy to get to by way of golf buggy and then tram down to the beach itself.
The restaurant down at the beach for lunch was very good.
On a whole the food let this hotel down. And the food was pretty expensive ie London prices. However, the food at breakfast and lunch was pretty good. It could have been a case of us going in low season and the hotel not having the usual staff but the meals at dinner were very very average.
I would go back to Abama if I could get a discounted price as I would like to give this hotel one more chance.
A good, large hotel
We have just returned from a week at the Abama Hotel. We were reluctant to book it as it seemed so big, especially over the Easter period, but our Travel Operator persuaded us to give it a go!
We had a one bedroom suite which was away from the main hotel. We were really pleased about this as the main hotel was VERY busy and a little bit manic, as it was full. The villas/suites had their own pools and they were very tranquil. The main hotel pool seemed crowded - but if you like peace and quiet and were in the main hotel, there was no reason why you couldn't go to a villa/suite pool area, which is good!
Food was OK - we tried most restuarants (the Mirador being our favourite). Overall, it was not really fab food, but then they were catering for big numbers. We avoided La Veranda restaurant which seemed a bit Butlins like! i.e. mass catering/buffet etc.
To us, the restuarant and wine prices were OK - in fact quite reasonable compared to London.
Gardens and grounds were lovely and it is amazing that the hotel has only been open over a year - you would never know.
Would we return - yes, but not in main hotel. And only for a week. It was a little remote.
Overall a good holiday for us Brits that like sun in the winter and don't want to travel too far!
Lovely clean, welcoming hotel
I have just returned from the Abama Hotel and had a most wonderful time. As the previous writer, I believe some people make hard work for themselves, I think half of them should stay at home!
I was in a group of 13 for the half term week, and the hotel was very busy.
On arrival you are greeted with a glass of Moet Champagne, given an itinery of the hotels activities for the week (which has cost/prices for anything you have to pay extra for) and are shown a map and the receptionist helped us and circled places of interest. If you loose your itinery it is displayed in the reception.
Your luggage is taken care of and taken to your rooms. The rooms...they were very clean, comfortable and spacious. The wardrobe has plenty of hangers and draw space. The bathroom is well stocked with everything from toothbrushes, combs, cotton wool, bath mitt, shaving razor etc. You have a bathrobe each, yes even one for our 6 year old Daughter. In the room you have a bottle of water each and this is replenished free every day. Somebody mentioned paying for water...you can always get in a taxi outside the main doors of the hotel goto the nearest town 5 min away which will cost 3.50 euros and get what you want!
We ate in the hotel most nights. The Argentinian restaurant (La Pampa) was very nice, average meal 15/20 euros, for steak. The Italian (Verona) was good, spaghetti carbonara 10 euros. The seafood restaurant (El Mirador) was good, little more expensive, average price pp 25/30 euros. This restaurant had mixed reports while we were there but our large party had no problems. The breakfast buffet was open for evening buffets while we were there (La Veranda), good selection of seafood and meats. Different the two nights we went in there. 40 euros pp. Didn't go in Kabuki, Japanese or El Patio, gourmet restaurants. The wine list in the hotel limited???? I saw a very good selection of wines, I wouldn't say it was limited. We had a good red every night it was 20 euros, yes cheap to buy in supermarket but I was in a 5 star hotel! Cocktails average price 5/8 euros. Don't be put off by Moroccan jazz club, had some good nights in there, played dance music, slow, 70's, 80's, ask the DJ! Good shows in there at night, ballet and spanish dancing.
Swimming pools areas, large main one yes gets busy, but we still had plenty of space and the kids were fine when we were there. If you want peace & quiet go and find the Persian Garden, lovely quiet pool. Large pool needs more waiters not enough walking around to take your orders.
If you can't or don't want to walk a golf buggy will take/bring you back from the finikular (not sure of spelling)!! Its the lift down to the beach!
Don't know about Golf, would suggest however that you book before you go as we heard it was quite busy for tee off times, again hotel was full.
I hope this helps somebody? (Sorry for long msg)! The staff were very nice and not over pretentious as you find in a lot of 5 star hotels! I would go back to this hotel.
Superb and only 4 hours from the UK
We were wary about Tenerife, it has a reputation for cheap package holidays and even though the hotel was a five star, we were ready to be disappointed. Not the case, this is a fantastic resort. We had a villa room, beautifully appointed, linen sheets, marble bathroom with Hermes stuff, fluffy robes and slippers and our own private patio overlooking the gardens and the sea. The gardens are gorgeous, superbly kept and add a sense of completeness to a resort that has only been open for 18 months. Lots of spanish people here, along with French, Danish and a few brits; no sign of the nationality that is famous for leaving towels on loungers by the pool. Each row of villa rooms has its own pool, and there were never more than 10 people at ours at any point. The golf course and tennis club offer the sporting option if so inclined, and the golf clubhouse restaurant was a great place for lunch with stunning view. We rented a golf cart to get around as it is very hilly, and only left the resort once in the week we were there. We were told it has just been bought by the Ritz Carlton - let's hope that standards are maintained.
Wonderful hotel which lived up to our expectations-superb villa room with breathtaking views. Grounds were immaculate and the service was excellent-a week wasn't enough!