Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences – Own your own slice of paradise

Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences – Own your own slice of paradise

Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences

Abama is near the south-western coastal resort of Playa San Juan, in the municipality of Guia de Isora. This small corner of paradise is not only sheltered from the prevailing winds of the Atlantic Ocean, but it is also graced with year-round sunshine and very little rainfall, thus making it an ideal destination for sun-worshippers the world over.

Up until the 1950’s there was only a lime kiln, a tuna factory, and a handful of fishermen’s cottages lining the natural harbour and quaint little coves that make-up Playa San Juan -and yet despite its huge growth in popularity over the last 60 years, it has still managed to retain its reputation as one of the most beautiful and tranquil fishing villages on the island. Abama is also only a fifteen-minute drive from the magnificent resort of Los Gigantes -so named because of its towering cliffs that rise between 500 and 800 meters above sea-level. fFfteen minutes to the south of Abama is the bustling areas of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The Reina Sofia (south) airport is also less than a thirty-minute drive from Abama.

The area is most famous of course for the stunning, five star Abama Hotel, which boasts a total of 469 suites and guest rooms inestled within 400 acres of beautiful hillside landscaping.

The owners of the exclusive villa properties in Abama Resort benefit from access to the facilities of the hotel, the club room and the golf course.

 

Bellevue Villas of Abama

The ‘eight’ Bellevue villas of ABAMA, which were designed by architect’s Virgilio Luis Gutierrez and Eustaquio Martinez, are  notably distinguished by their exclusive location overlooking ABAMA’S magnificent golf course, along with affording stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera.

All of these spectacular villas, which have been decorated with the highest quality materials, such as stone and wood, come complete with landscaped gardens, a pool and a garage. Owners of these luxurious properties, along with their guests, are allowed to use all of ABAMA’S facilities, including additional luxuries on ABAMA’S secluded beach. They are also entitled to discounted prices on ABAMA’S professional tennis complex -and of course, the ABAMA Golf Course. Property management services for these stunning three and four-bedroom properties are available upon request, and they include washing, gardening, pool maintenance, catering and housekeeping.

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Thank you to experienced Tenerife estate agent, Clear Blue Skies. Please contact them for more information on Bellevue Villas of Abama.

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100 Hundred Thousand Extra Tenerife Tourists Can’t be Wrong

100 Hundred Thousand Extra Tenerife Tourists Can’t be Wrong

One Hundred Thousand Extra Tourists

Tourists to Tenerife - El Duque Beach

A great start to the year for hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions in Tenerife as it welcomes over one hundred thousand more tourists in the first quarter than it did for the same period last year. According to a story in El Dia, titled La Isla recibió cien mil turistas más en el primer trimestre de este año, the total number of visitors for the period was 1,345,607 visitors, an overall increase of 8.8%.

The UK has always been a strong market for Tenerife and this year looks to be no different with a total of 458,477 British tourists, an increase of over 19%, arriving in the first three months. The second largest group of 205,645, are domestic tourists, visiting from the mainland while Germany sent 173,726 visitors.

Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Belgium are also significant markets though Sweden showed a downward trend of -8.4%

Popular Tenerife Locations

  • Adeje 33.6%
  • Arona 28%
  • Puerto de la Cruz 15%
  • Santa Cruz less than 5%
  • La Laguna less than 1%

The South, continues to be the main destination, capturing over 77% of all visitors. That said, Nothern destinations saw the highest percentage growth. La Laguna-Bajamar-La Punta, benefited the most with an increase of  24.8% to a total of 11,613 visitors in the first quarter.

Tenerife Tourist Board Promotions

The Tenerife Tourist Board are active throughout the year promoting in different markets and segments. Their promotional videos, like the one below, do a really good job of show the island’s stunning beauty:

After seeing that it can only be a question of not if, but when, you’ll be jumping on a flight to Tenerife.

This and the tourist boards activities in promoting to segments such as sport and conventions has obviously had a highly positive impact on visitor numbers.

It has to be said however, that there is another reason behind the Tenerife tourist boom. Given recent events in Paris, Brussels, Turkey and Egypt, our quiet island is seen as a safe option. As one English visitor put it:

“We cancelled our holiday to Egypt last year after what happened to that plane and we just went to Cornwall instead but to be honest, we love our holidays abroad and Tenerife seemed like the safest option.”

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Is The Sunshine Returning To The Tenerife Property Market?

At a time when the global property sector is struggling through never-ending doom and gloom, here in Tenerife,  there does seem to be a small break in the clouds.

Many people on the island suffered through the first years of the economic crash as the crisis sank its claws into the markets of UK and Europe. As jobs were lost and belts tightened, people in the affected countries could no longer afford their annual vacation. With decreased numbers of tourists arriving on the island over the last five years and their respective “spend per head” becoming smaller and smaller too, many who had relocated here and built businesses reliant on the tourist trade faced tough decisions.

Almost every expat resident who still lives in Tenerife knows of someone who has had to leave the island due the current global financial situation as friends, family members and work colleagues decided to cut their losses and return to UK or Ireland as a result of the ever deepening crisis.

Tenerife Property Bubble

Prior to the economy crashing worldwide, Tenerife property had been in an ever-inflating bubble. Properties that were once affordable and reasonably priced quickly became over-valued with some  experiencing a ten fold or larger increase in just a few years.  The prices being asked for modest apartments or small townhouses were unrealistic while those for more luxury properties were simply off the charts. Of course when the bubble burst in Tenerife it went with a bang. Some mortgage holders, now stuck with paper held by the bank that was worth three times more than the property,  chose simply to default.

The silver lining is that in the aftermath of the crisis, property prices in Tenerife are flattening out, with property owners now having a realistic understanding of what their property is really worth. The days of over inflated prices are well and truy over, opening the door to a new generation of property buyers who have set their sights on a new life in the sun.

Tenerife Property Market

If you imagine being stuck in the UK on a grey and rainy morning with the prospect of getting the kids to school then struggling through traffic to get to work, it is not hard to see why buying an apartment in Tenerife, with its year-round mild climate and glorious sunshine is such a popular daydream for so many Brits.

The weather gives Tenerife a great advantage over other destinations both as a holiday destination and as a place to move to to raise your family or start a business. Being located within four hours of travel, the island is far enough away to be ‘exotic’ yet close enough to make travel  easy and relatively inexpensive. Consequently,  it is one of the holiday destinations that remained  ‘do-able’ for many, even through the worst of the crisis and Tenerife is also well placed to be one of the first destinations to bounce back once the dark clouds of the economy start to drift on by.

Those who are looking to buy property in Tenerife, may be looking for a new home in the sun to raise their kids or they might be buying an apartment as an investment, one that they can let out to holiday makers and which therefore will pay for itself in rental fees. This has long been a favourite tactic with investors in Tenerife and it is still a very popular choice in 2011.

There may still be a few thunderheads on the horizon but there but there does seem to be a slight break in the gloomy clouds of global economic recession and Tenerife looks like it could be one of the first places to enjoy a long awaited ray of financial and economic growth.

Thank you to Lupain Properties S.L. for this positive report on the Tenerife property market. Please visit their website for more information on property in Tenerife and to find a wide range of properties to sell and rent on the island.

Tenerife South Airport Transfers

Tenerife South Airport Transfers

Tenerife South Airport Transfer

25% discount till May 2nd!

airport transfers

 

Hands up those who enjoy starting their holiday off by hanging around the airport waiting for a  bus or taxi? What, no-one? Okay, me neither. When I am on holiday I want to get where I am going and chill out!

Well, have I got good news for you!

From now until May 2nd you can grab yourself a whopping 25% discount on transfers from Tenerife South airport transfers to your holiday accommodation. Oh, and back to airport at the end of your holiday of course because let’s face it, if you are not keen to stand about waiting on transport at the beginning of your holiday, you are going to feel even less like dragging out the journey home, right?

Just remember to use the code SUMMER25 when you book!

Put that Book Down! Active Holidays in Tenerife

Put that Book Down! Active Holidays in Tenerife

Sometimes all you want to do on your holidays is sack out by the pool with a block-buster, sipping cocktails all day. If you have a stressful job for the rest of the year, that two weeks of bliss can even make the previous 50 seem worthwhile.

I know because I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Once upon a time a horrendous boss laid into me so badly (and unfairly) in a meeting that I quit on the spot and treated myself to a week in Koh Samui to recover. All I did was lay on the warm sand and concentrate on feelings of relaxation and peace. (And dream up painful ways for my evil ex-boss to meet her maker).

I was totally refreshed and ready for action when I got back to town and very quickly found a new job. One that had better hours, better pay and a boss that was not descended from Vlad the Impaler.

Funnily enough, I think if I was in the same position today, I would do the same. I’d go for a change of environment but instead of spending my time relaxing, I would do something more exciting, something I’d never done before, like kayaking or scuba-diving. Or I would sign up for a week’s programme of personal fitness training and really get myself in shape, the kind of activities offered by Sports School Felix on the Active Holidays Tenerife website, in fact.

Swimming lessons in TenerifeAnother thing you can do is take professional swimming lessons. Felix at Active Holidays Tenerife is a professional swimming coach among other things and will take on infants, adults and family groups. He also trains competitive swimmers in particlsu upping the game for triatheletes who need to cut seconds off their swimming time.

It occurred to me when I was looking through that website that it would be a good package deal for a bride-to-be. She could come out here with her bestie prior to the wedding and after a week of being put through her paces by Felix, she’d be looking fabulous on her big day.

Whether you are coming to Tenerife on holiday or are already entrenched here, the activites offered by Sports School Felix look interesting and good fun.  I have got Kayaking and proper swimming lessons down on my to do list … just as soon as I finish this book. 😉

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