Ritz-Carlton expands European portfolio

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company has added an eighth location to its portfolio
of European properties when it assumes management of Abama, a cliff-top resort in Tenerife, Spain.The expansive grounds of the resort, located in Guia de Isora on the
west coast of Tenerife, includes lavishly decorated rooms and suites, as
well as private villas with swimming pools. Recreational features range
from a championship-designed golf course, beach club, spa, eight
swimming pools, tennis club, ten restaurants, and extensive meeting and
special event venues. With 300 rooms and suites housed in The Citadel,
and 50 secluded villas, with terraces overlooking the water, Abama
offers guests a retreat whose design blends subtropical architecture
with a pristine natural setting.

“We are very excited about adding Abama to our collection of exceptional
resorts from Bali to the Chinese island of Sanya (opening 2008). Abama
has already earned a reputation as of one of Europe’s most desirable and
unique locations. Adding The Ritz-Carlton reputation for service to the
spectacular surroundings should transform Abama into one of the world’s
most sought after places to visit,” said Simon F. Cooper, president and
chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

For golfers, Abama features a Dave Thomas-designed course that can be
played throughout the year. Lakes, waterfalls, and lush landscaping,
combined with the views of the Atlantic Ocean, provide a golfer’s
paradise, as well as a teaching academy to perfect their game. Tennis
fans will appreciate the seven flexi-plan courts at the Academia Sanchez
Casal. A 26,500 square foot / 2,462 square meter wellness and spa centre
offers a relaxing retreat with treatments inspired by Tenerife’s
location close to the coast of North Africa. A tepedarium, African
sauna, herbal steam bath, snow cabin and spa garden make The Abama Spa a
memorable and pampering experience. Sun lovers can catch the tropical
rays from the privacy of the Beach Club with its natural swimming pools,
ocean views and La Gomera Island in the distance.

For meetings and special events, The Abama Conference and Meeting
Centres provide a variety of venues for every occasion from business
groups to destination weddings. With 16,200 square feet / 1,500 square
meters of both indoor and outdoor space, the resort has a choice of ten
meeting rooms, all equipped with technological advances, including
wireless access and teleconferencing. Many of the rooms include ocean
views for the added enjoyment of guests.

Dining at Abama is overseen by renowned Michelin Three Star chef Martin
Berasategui. Whether it is hearty Mediterranean cuisine served at Los
Chozos or La Pampa, or the best sushi dishes at Kabuki, diners have an
array of ten restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as ten bars
including The Morocco Jazz Club and Tanganika Cocktail Bar.


The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa was recently named Bahrain’s Leading Hotel at the inaugural regional World Travel Awards,  Middle East & Africa ceremony, that took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.