Las Terrazas de Abama
What We Love
- A stylish, spacious suite at an iconic, five-star golf resort on the tranquil coast of TenerifeStaying in a chic suite between the first and second holes of the lush golf course
- Teeing off at the famous Abama Golf Course, overlooking the island of La Gomera
- Lazing the afternoons away on a comfortable sun lounger by the gorgeous outdoor pool
What To Know
- There are 12 onsite restaurants and bars including the two Michelin-starred M.B restaurant and one Michelin-starred Japanese-fusion Kabuki restaurant
- Hotel boutiques sell luxury brands like Burberry, Miu Miu, D&G, Piaget, and Omega
- There are kids-only and adult-only pools
For state-of-the-art comfort and Atlantic views that seem to go on forever, this five-star spot in Guía de Isora is a real game changer. And for those seeking fun on the fairways, it’s just steps away from the world-famous Abama Golf Course – a 6,858-yard stretch of challenging terrain that features 22 lakes linked by waterfalls, white-sand bunkers and 25,000 palm trees.
Add to the mix a gorgeous outdoor pool and the use of a divine spa at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton Abama, and it’s easy to see why this decidedly swanky apartment complex ticks all the boxes. Days can be spent playing tennis, strolling around the stunning grounds, sinking a few cocktails at the lovely pool bar and venturing to the chic harbor and promenade at Playa San Juan.
There’s no shortage of designer touches in the chic suites, either. Superbly set in whitewashed buildings between the first and second holes of the golf course, all assure open-plan dining and living areas, sea-facing private terraces, fully equipped kitchens and all the mod cons you’ll need for a truly luxurious self-catering stay.
Set in whitewashed buildings surrounded by gorgeous gardens, all of the open-plan suites feature elegant and inviting décor, with soothing color accents, tiled flooring and high-end furnishings. Both the Classic Two Bedroom Sea View suite (sleeps four) and the larger Superior Three Bedroom Sea View suite with outdoor Jacuzzi (sleeps six) have a dining area, a separate living space, a well-equipped kitchen and a lovely outdoor terrace.
As this is a self-catering stay, there is no restaurant in the complex, although the neighboring Ritz-Carlton Abama offers gourmet dining for you to enjoy. There’s also an on-site bar – perfect for drinks at sunset.
You’ll be able to book treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Abama Spa – a sublime space with a lovely garden and an inviting cabana. Choose from massages (hot-stone, sports, deep-muscle), body wraps, customized facials, manicures, pedicures and more.
You’ll be staying in Guía de Isora, a gorgeous town on Tenerife’s western coast that’s celebrated for its old-school charm and sweeping Atlantic views. Must-dos include hitting the chic harbor and promenade at Playa San Juan, watching the windsurfers in action in Alcala and marveling at the supersized volcanic crater at Mount Teide National Park. We also recommend visiting the quaint villages of Chio and Chirche, getting up close with parrots, penguins and dolphins at Loro Parque and taking the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain at 12,198 feet. It’s also worth visiting the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for its quirky boutiques, art galleries and huge Sunday flea market.
How to Get There
I'm a little nervous about reviewing Las Terrazas. We have propably the most relaxing, quiet and lovely holiday we have ever had, and I don't want the place to change, I'd like it to be 'our' place. But also, they deserve the news to get out, so I'll do my duty.
When I told my sister we were going to Tenerife, she was skeptical. She couldn't see us strolling up and down the Playa looking for a 24 hour fried breakfast spot, and she was right. So we invited her along to try out Las Terrazas de Abama. We originally thought about staying at the Ritz Carlton Abama, but we prefer a self-catering option as a whole holiday on hotel food is brutal.
We had a 2 bedroom apartment. Clean and tidy, an extensive pillow menu and a bed that my wife and I happily spent a week on (normally we are desperate to get back to our own bed, complaining of aches and pains). All Neff applicances in the kitchen - I'll wager they had never been used.
It was only half-full when we were there (mid July) and we popped down to the 'glamourous' Ritz Carlton Abama 500m down the road, and soon came right back to escape the clamour. There is a small beach down by the Ritz Carlton and Las Terraces offer a free shuttle to and fro. Good food at the beach and a small funicular railway (a bit redundant really).
Breakfasts were outstanding - especially if you like eggs. Every day there was a small, fresh buffet, a fixed menu of hot items, and then a different theme for other specials- Asian breakfast (Ramen, Noodles, etc), American Breakfast (Waffles, Pancakes, etc), European Breakfast (Croque Monsieur, Crepes, etc) - all served up by the amazing chefs and the lovely Melania, who is easily the friendliest and sweetest person on the planet. Our catalogue of allergies and intolerances were noted once and handled expertly every day without a single humph or batted eyelid.
The restaurant transforms into a very swish affair in the evenings - really great, but not for kids. If there is one thing I would add it would be a second, simpler, more 'family' eating option on site. There is a pool bar during the day with way above average pool bar cuisine (take note Pine Cliffs) and the draughty beer is COLD - frozen glasses, the lot. Blissful.
Stocking up at the supermarket is easy, choose the Lidl and the Mercadona just outside of Adeje, rather than the sparse Alteza in Guia be Isora. Car Hire was super cheap, I went with TopCar because InterRent are easily the worst car hire company in existence, and Avis are 3x more.
Lots of TV channels, with Netflix and Amazon Prime apps installed - but remember to log out of the apps properly when you leave, unlike the Dutch family that forgot to do so obviously so long ago that all of their kids cartoon heavy Netflix profiles had been adulterated by action movies and horror films. Yes, we logged out. I'm not telling you what we watched before we did though.
Service all round was exemplary. Las Terrazas beats Four Seasons, Pine Cliffs and Martinhal into a cocked hat.
The apartment we stayed in was spacious, modern and extremely well equipped. There was a dedicated laundry room in the apartment with washer and separate dryer which is a godsend with small kids. No extortion by itemised laundry bill here. In fact the service and set-up is thoughtful throughout and seems focused on the guests' convenience and completely unconcerned with extracting payment for extras. For example, they'll deliver your grocery shopping and recommend local restaurants that deliver to your door.
WiFi was fast with a good signal everywhere. Smart TV in both bedrooms and lounge so you can login to your own Netflix/prime/now tv account etc and have access to your regular TV packages.
Breakfast was excellent (if not a little fussy with a buffet/menu hybrid system).
It's a little far from the local town (you'll need a car) which has a range of reasonable restaurants. They'll take you to the beach which is about 8 mins away by car (a very pleasant secluded yellow sand beach, calm and clear waters protected by cliffs and a wave-break, pricey loungers and parasols to hire) and pick you up promptly on request. You can't park next to the beach in your own car.
Pools were apparently heated but not noticeably- time-to-shivering for our 19 month-old was about 5 mins. It was quite windy by the upper pools. The longest pool (tier 2) is also irritatingly bendy and lacks a straight and long segment so no opportunity for lap swimming. The protected sea swimming by the beach compensates for this, if you can acclimatise to the even more refreshing 19 degree water...
Our 6 year old loved the kids club - we didn't see much of him on two of the days.
Staff were consistently friendly and helpful.
This resort is incredible. We had a three bedroom apartment with garden and we have honestly never experienced such luxury. It was beautifully furnished, spacious, spotlessly clean and fully serviced. The kitchen is very high spec and has everything you could possibly need. The garden has loungers, dining table and a comfortable seating area which can be accessed by 2 of the bedrooms or the main living area.
The apartment complex area is peaceful. There is a choice of 3 pools, all of which are the most stunning infinity pools, of varying size. One pool is heated whilst another has the main bar and restaurant. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed with no rush for loungers at any point in the day. There is no bad position, no bad view.
The apartments are a short buggy ride away from the main hotel, or a slightly longer ride away from the beach. There are plenty of free and frequent shuttle services so this is not an issue. The beach is a beautiful sand beach with calm sea enclave.
The main thing that sets this resort apart for us is the exceptional level of service. And whilst you would expect this from a 5 star resort, we truly tested it on our holiday. With a few technical issues with our apartment at the start of our stay, we were having to contact reception a lot. A special thank you to Alex who handled all our requests with professionalism, good humour and got everything sorted.
Also, as we travel with severe food allergies, eating out is always difficult. In every restaurant we tried the kitchen team and front of house staff were knowledgeable and confident. Without any doubt this is a 10/10 level – which we have never experienced before. Particular mentions go to Melania in Melvins who organised everything so that we didn’t have to keep repeating our allergies. Also, a huge thank you to Felipe in Verona and the supervisor in The Mirador who took exceptional care with our order.
Thank you Abama for giving us a real break!