Its clifftop setting, with panoramic ocean views, is not the only reason why ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort boasts an elevated status. Operated and managed by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, this west coast resort - in Guia de Isora - with its secluded golden sandy beach, is not one to do things by halves. Opting for a Moorish look, clever architecture designed to bring the outside in, combines nature and comfort particularly well in the Villa Rooms and Suites, which come complete with their own gardens and balconies. There are numerous swimming pools, providing a wide choice for families and couples alike. The three-hundred plus guest rooms in the main building keep the Moorish theme going, with terracotta-tiled floors strewn with rugs, exotic plants and dark wood furnishings.