Leaving the sub-zero temperatures of Manchester behind, myself (and eleven Luxury Travel Specialists on the Europe team) took the quick flight south to Tenerife for some much-needed short-haul winter sunshine. If the 25-degree heat hitting our faces as we stepped off the plane wasn’t enough (“it’s the perfect temperature” was something we heard a lot over the weekend), we were met by a friendly staff member from The Ritz-Carlton, Abama who took us quickly by private transfer to begin our weekend of luxury.
A Warm Welcome
Upon arriving at the iconic terracotta resort that is so loved by us here at Elegant Resorts, we were quickly whisked down the hill by a golf buggy to the picturesque row of Tagor' Villas, a set of adults-only villa rooms. Nestled within lush tropical gardens and backed by birdsong, the villas feel entirely separate from the bustling main citadel. With a glass of bubbly in hand, we checked in from the comfort of the brand new, poolside Tagor' Lounge, an al fresco area with comfortable sofas and a beautiful view of the Atlantic. We were then shown to our rooms by our personal villa attendants, something that each Tagor' Villa guest benefits from. Friendly and efficient, they reminded us that beyond check in, they were on hand for anything we might need – from toiletries to dinner reservations - from 8am to 8pm daily. As for my incredible room, it was spacious and stylish, featuring contemporary artwork, stunning décor, a Nespresso coffee machine and the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in! The bathroom, again, was huge, complete with twin vanities and fabulous Asprey amenities.
Alongside a sense of tranquillity that is quite unmatched anywhere else on resort, the Tagor' Villas come with a range of exclusive benefits. The resort houses seven beautiful swimming pools, one of which is solely for the use of Tagor' guests. Despite the glorious sunshine and us visiting the week before Christmas (a popular time to visit the resort), it never once felt crowded. What’s more, the room rate includes complimentary water, soft drinks, beer and wine around the pool all day, brought with a guaranteed smile by the friendly servers. A selection of appetizers is also served four times daily – perfect for refuelling between meals.
Talking of food, this was a true highlight of my stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Every breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack were simply sensational – particularly the Wagyu beef and traditional Canarian potatoes served at El Mirador, a stunning cliff-edge restaurant with outstanding ocean views. El Mirador also offers an adults-only breakfast exclusively for villa guests over the age of thirteen. Each morning, an incredible spread of freshly-prepared food was ours to choose from, as well as a fabulous a la carte menu – of which the scrambled eggs with truffle oil and asparagus was a real favourite among the group!
Need yet another reason to choose a Tagor' Villa? Each room receives a complimentary golf buggy for the entire duration of the stay. Due to the considerable size of the resort, this was incredibly convenient (and plenty of fun!). Easy and safe to drive, the buggies were perfect for getting around – whether down to the funicular to take us to the sandy beach, or up to the 18-hole championship course designed by Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas. Even as a non-golfer, I could appreciate the sheer beauty of this course – especially from the comfort of The Club House, a laid-back lunch eatery overlooking the fairways and out towards the Atlantic. Here, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch of small plates and rosé wine, before a relaxing afternoon in the spa trying out the incredible Water Circuit, a series of pools inspired by the ancient Roman tradition of sequential thermal bathing – bliss!
Though none of us wanted to leave this amazing resort, the check-out process was flawless. We simply left our luggage outside of our villa rooms and drove the buggies up to the citadel for a final lunch at Los Chozos. Full of prawn linguine and an amazing dairy-free panna cotta (the hotel catered to my dietary requirements incredibly), we were met by our luggage and driver for the seamless transfer back to the airport.
Tranquil, exclusive and including a wealth of brilliant benefits, a Tagor' Villa is the perfect choice for an adults-only getaway. To book your luxury escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists today.