A Closer Look at the Abama Golf Resort and Spa in Playa San Juan

Wed, October 30th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

My opinion: Like a palatial Moorish citadel sitting proudly above Playa San Juan, the Abama Golf Resort and Spa has a reverse Tardus effect when you step through its North African styled portal. Inside it feels smaller to the point of being almost intimate. It is extremely friendly with a refreshing family atmosphere. The staff are professional but not aloofly so. The Abama is full of secret corners and the attention to detail throughout had me nodding in appreciation at African designs on canes lining the underside of bridges. I had thought of the Abama as a sophisticated hotel for couples. It is, but it’s also family friendly, offering chic, five-star luxury without pretentiousness.

 

Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

Location, location: This part of the south west coast is probably the sunniest spot on Tenerife. It  boasts some of the best sunsets with the island of La Gomera on the horizon an added bonus. The immediate area is surprisingly verdant thanks to banana plantations fronting the hotel.

 

Villas, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

Although sitting on a headland on its own, a few Euros in a taxi (available at the entrance) takes you to Playa San Juan, one of the nicest towns on the south coast, where there are some excellent restaurants.

Rooms and Grounds: Bedrooms are large with a fresh modern design that makes the most of the sun streaming through the window. They have comfortable seating areas as well as huge marshmallow beds that swallow you up. All have flat screen TVs, hair-dryers, mini bars and loads of wardrobe space. Bathrooms are big and sexy. Basic wifi is free but hi-speed is also available at a cost. The basic speed was perfectly good for me.
The balcony is spacious and very private. Sitting there at night watching the lights from the area’s fishing fleet and the twinkling street lights from San Sebastián on La Gomera is magical.

 

Bedroom, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

The top notch place to stay is in one of the Abama’s villas set in botanical surroundings with the Tagor’ villas being the cream of the crop.

 

Koi Pool, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

It’s an interesting hotel  to explore. A central koi pool is mesmerising and has some seriously big carp. However, wander around and there are stylish areas for a glass of wine, pools that cater for families or adults only, viewpoints, an art gallery and a Persian garden which has a replica of a fountain from Granada’s Alhambra.

 

Beach, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

The real crowd pleaser is the Abama’s golden beach tucked away at the foot of the cliffs.

Facilities: The Abama has a superb golf course designed by Dave Thomas. It also has a tennis and padel academy. The spa is something else, spread over three floors with exquisitely designed steam rooms as well as an intriguing snow cabin. There’s also a new innovative and fun children’s club.

 

Small swimming pool, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

There are plenty of bars ranging from poolside, stylish courtyard bars and an American style pub to catch the best sporting action.

Food: A foodie’s paradise, there are two Michelin star restaurants; Martín Berasategui’s M.B. and Kabuki where chef Ricardo Sanz creates a fusion of Japanese/Western sensations. Apart from that there are tapas, Canarian, Argentinian and poolside restaurants. Nobody is going to go hungry at the Abama.

 

Lubina, Abama Hotel, Playa San Juan, Tenerife

Ultimately, staying at the Abama is a little bit special. It is simply one of the best hotels, if not the best, on Tenerife.

Posted : Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:15 am
Category : accommodation
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