Kempinski Hotel Bahía Review


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The five-star Kempinski Hotel Bahía is based in Estepona to the west of Marbella and set on a stunning coastline. Embracing an Arabic-Andalusian design that distinguishes it from other hotels on the coast, it is surrounded by luscious subtropical gardens covering an extensive area of 45,000 m².

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Only three km from the beautiful village of Estepona, 20 minutes from Marbella, and around 45 minutes (and around €80 EUR in a taxi) from Malaga Airport, this hotel is easy to get to and is an excellent luxury base.

Style & Character

The hotel’s exterior design is perfectly integrated into the surrounding nature. The vegetation has a major role in providing color and freshness to the resort. The wonderful flora creates a microclimate and a paradise for both guests and birds. Kempinski Hotel Bahía also enjoys a beachfront position, with views of the sea and majestic horizons touching the coast of Africa, while Gibraltar serves as the backdrop.


All rooms at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía offer impressive terraces and gardens, many with sea views and all with warm and welcoming decor. You can waste hours every day watching the sunrise and sunset from your terrace. The rooms are sorted into four different categories varying in view and ranging from 42 to 45 m². The hotel suites are even larger, with generous terraces and balconies with astonishing views.

Service & Facilities

An impressive free form pool weaves its way down from the main building towards the ocean. This is surrounded by plentiful palms and foliage, giving away to extensive lawns with plenty of loungers. Although the beach itself is the classic dark sand of this costa, the expansive tropical grounds give this hotel a Hawaiian feel.

Children aged 4 to 12 years can join the Kempinski Kid’s Club. Their team of professional entertainers is lots of fun. Most of the activities take place outdoors, with visits to the vegetable garden and the beach and specially selected menus for them at lunch or dinner.

The spa has been renovated recently to provide it with a modern and elegant design. The Fitness Club has the most state-of-the-art machines, which are situated in front of large windows looking onto the gardens, and offers personal trainers to help clients attain the best results within a shorter period of time. The facilities include a Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna, and an ice fountain, as well as a relaxing room for resting with views of the garden. The Bastien Gonzalez foot treatment studio is worth mentioning as it does so much more than your standard pedicure. They will literally fix your feet.

The hotel also provides the ideal backdrop for golfers. The golf concierge offers the world of golf on the Costa del Sol and a choice between over 20 golf courses within the area. It is also easy to take a day trip from the hotel to see the cultural highlights of Andalusian cities, such as Ronda, Seville, or Cordoba, or even to cross the ocean and visit the Moroccan city Tangier.

Food & Drink

The hotel’s design focuses on the importance of light, bringing it into its lounges and restaurants. The lobby is impressive with a large glass window providing access to the lobby lounge terrace, from which there is a super view over the tropical gardens. This is the perfect place to sit out in the evening and watch the sunset.

The four restaurants – Alminar Wine & Steak House, La Cabaña del Mar, El Mirador, and La Trattoria – offer a wide choice of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel’s own organic vegetable garden grows a wide variety of herbs that are handpicked daily by the keeper Alfonso and used for cooking in the four restaurants. The hotel also has a Pool Bar beside the pools, with snacks and cocktails being served all summer. The Lobby Lounge is the second bar in the hotel and has an impressive terrace with lovely views.

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