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What We Love

  • Gorgeous Mediterranean views from all over the property
  • Spain’s Andalusian culture and heritage are right at your doorstep
  • Massages with local herbs and oils
  • This area of the coast boasts more than 40 top-notch golf courses
  • Feeling adventurous? Head to Morocco — it’s an easy one-day jaunt from the hotel

What To Know

  • Small dogs are allowed by request
  • All rooms have balconies, but only those marked “Seaview” have partial or full views of the sea
  • The on-site Kempinini Kids Club is open only seasonally
  • Local restaurants serve a better selection of regional fare than the property’s restaurants

Amenities

  •  Golf Course
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Wake up to the warm Andalusian sun playing against the lemon-yellow walls of your seaside suite. Stretch languidly, enjoy fresh fruit on the deck and gaze across the Mediterranean for a glimpse of Africa in the distance. Here on the southern tip of Spain, guests are in the rare position of having two continents within easy reach. And the proximity of North Africa seeps into all corners of the hotel, from the Moorish-inspired architecture to the dark wood floors in the ample guestrooms to the dewy, subtropical gardens.

The newly renovated rooms mix contemporary style with Mediterranean influences. Seaview Rooms are worth the upgrade, if only for the balcony and water views. Bathrooms are classically European, with full marble finishes and a separate shower and tub.

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Getting wet is a daily activity. Choose from three swimming pools, including an indoor heated pool for the rare chilly days, or take a dip in the sea at the nearby beach, where squawking seagulls glide lazily overhead.

There’s good reason this area is sometimes called the Costa del Golf. More than 40 upscale golf courses fan out across the region, and the hotel offers a range of excellent golf packages. After a day on the links head to the Kempinski Spa, where the therapists use products from the Ligne St. Barth to reduce the stress of a long day of chasing a little white ball — or of just lounging poolside.

Ease into the evening at the aptly named La Brisa — “breeze” in Spanish — where Chef Jordi Bataller creates Italy-meets-Spain specialties, including spiced shrimp dishes served with crusty breads and fragrant virgin olive oil.

How to Get There

Kempinski Hotel Bahía
Carretera Nacional 340 Km. 159
Estepona, 29680 Spain

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1285 Reviews
Beautiful Resort - easy access
TWWS

This is a very nice hotel - Elegant and not crowded in October.
We were greeted by a very nice doorman within 2 mins of arrival and checked in in less than 10 mins later by a lovely front desk staff.

Positive points:

1- The room is large and comfortable with good sleep quality , nice sheets/ bed and an ocean view we booked for. The room has enough lights as well. (Bath towels and slippers quality were good.)
2-The lobby is impressive/ exotic design with 2 parrots - a couple ( although personally, I do not like to see animal in cages) . All areas outside are attractive for work, meetings, events or holiday.
3-Breakfast was outstanding - one of the best! It also opens until 11:30 which make sense for people on holiday or people who exercise in the morning then need to wash hair /bath before breakfast.
The staff at breakfast were helpful and you don’t feel the hectic rushing about of a large resort.
Food quality and choices were excellent.
Well Done!
4- All the reception staff and the general manager were very nice , friendly and kind.
5- Baltazar restaurant was great with wonderful staff despite being fully packed.(we went a few times)

Low points :

1- The bathroom which probably was very elegant in the 80s- 90s with beautiful details, is dated, though there were some attempts to fix it.
2-Although the Spa and gym were nice and newly renovated , the massage therapist although very lovely, was not quite what I expected. Paying €145 for someone to rub oil on is silly in my opinion anyway.
3- But the lowest point award goes to the Spiller Beach restaurant.
(Location wise it was very nice. )
The price of the main course were not bad for the area at €38-65 each.( plus 30% tips we gave).
But the shrimp salad with a thump size meat served with half of an empty shrimp shell was embarrassing. Better not to offer it . It lower the image of the place.
The service were quite bad, slow, and almost rude when we asked for the bill.
We also had to get up and served our own champagne. The place were not very full to justify such poor service. The food taste simply was not good.
I would recommend their Baltazar Restaurant instead.

TIP - do clarify the offers: I’m not sure what’s going on but in the reservation it said we are “invited” to a complementary dinner. It wasn’t very clear and no one explained to us. So we paid for all our meals. we assumed we would probably prefer to choose anyway.
But I wonder why they send the message about the complementary dinner at all?
So do ask them about this in case you come across this.

Would I go back my next business visit?
Yes, but not to the beach restaurant.

Perfect week
EsaP_13

We stayed 6 days in this lovely hotel. Service was excellent all the time thus they closed the pool bar during our stay. They even have own ice cream bar at the pool area. We did not use the beach club services so not able to comment those. Breakfast is a stunning occasion - selection, service and quality - big thanks. Yes it is an high end hotel and it is expected to have good quality - but I would definitely stay again there.

Luxurious and worthy of its five stars
raymondf225

The hotel well deserves its five stars. The staff is polite, professional and solicitous....from the welcoming staff at check-in, the concierge, the restaurant waiters and sommelier to the bartenders, the pool and housekeeping staff. The pool area is breathtaking, as are the views of the Mediterranean from the rooms' balconies. We didn't venture to the town of Estepona, but remained on the resort grounds, all of which are meticulously kept in first rate order. Grass is manicured finely and the variety of flowers and landscaping is of the first order. Our restaurant for dinner all five nights was Baltazar, which was excellent. As for breakfast, of all the five-star hotels in which we've stayed none have compared with the breakfast buffet of the Kempinski in Estepona. We hope to return.