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Hotel Zoom-In: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

When searching for an Iberian or Iberian-adjacent vacation, people often overlook the Canary Islands for other popular Spanish isles such as Ibiza and Mallorca. The Atlantic Ocean-located archipelago has a wealth of positives to it; not only is it less crowded then other beach destinations in Spain, but it’s also warm year-round due to its proximity to the west African Coast.

On the Southwestern coast of Tenerife is 400-acre estate, The Ritz Carlton, Abama (@ritzcarltonabama) which is dressed in an eye-catching shade of orange that bodes well with the surrounding volcanic landscape and sandy beaches. The Moorish-inspired hotel’s palm tree-lined cascading walkways interweave throughout the various buildings on property, from the ocean to the entrance at the top of the hill.

When at the resort, the best way to start the day is with breakfast at clifftop, El Mirador Restaurant, followed by a morning hike to the top of Mount Teide. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can play tennis or golf at the property’s private facilities. Whether you just finished playing sports or trekking, ending activities is best segued by lounging poolside back at the hotel, a relaxation portal to soak up the nourishing sun and dry heat. Later in the day, guests can rent catamarans at Abama Beach, where they can sail crystal-clear waters that look out to La Gomera Island in the distance. We recommend sunset, when the sun recedes into the horizon, creating a mélange of yellow and orange in the sky.

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