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HOTEL NAME: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
BEST FOR: Short winter break for couples and young families.
ATMOSPHERE: Relaxed resort.
DESIGN: Sprawling pink sandstone with a Spanish Moorish influence.
WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST: Everything your heart could desire.
HOW ABOUT LUNCH AND DINNER: Don’t miss the catch of the day or the Michelin-starred Japanese food at Kabuki, but our favourite is having a picnic on the top of a mountain at Teide National Park, which happens to be one of the best places to see stars in the world. The guides, Juan Miguel Delporte Benitez and Javier Chirivella Costa, will take you up to the top of a volcano and set out an incredible spread while the sun sets. Once the sun is down they will give you a lesson in astronomy.
IS THERE A BAR? Several – Cubanika, the mojito bar is the best, serving 15 different versions of the drink a day.
THE SERVICES OFFERED ARE… boundless. The resort has seven pools in total. The inifity pool is adults only and the quietest of the lot. Hardly anyone knows about the Persian Garden which has the best view of the sea anywhere on the complex, (and the resort has a secluded beach, accessed by its very own cable car). There is also a fully-equipped kids club with a programme, co-designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, for the stressed-out parent and an award-winning spa featuring cult Parisian brand Cinq Mondes.
SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS? Yes, beach butlers, private yoga lessons, stargazing and a private concierge will be offered to solo travellers staying in the resort’s exclusive Tagor’ villas in 2015, plus cosy private tables for dining-solo also arranged.
WITHIN A TEN MINUTE WALK, YOU CAN FIND: Not a huge amount, the resort is fairly isolated.
A FACT: The hotel plays host to the only two Michelin-starred restaurants in the Canary Islands.
TIP: Don’t touch the prickly pears.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: If the stargazing in Tenerife is good enough for Stephen Hawking (Starmus Festival), it’s good enough for us. A perfect place to get a winter tan, eat some great food and drink lots of mojitos.
Words by Will Preston
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