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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 1236 Reviews
Price/quality does not match
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rooms are outdated, you have to pay 50€ to lay on a sunbed....the beach is not attractive at all, too many stones. The drinks are very expensive 7€ for a coke, food in the own restaurants is overpriced and the waiters are lazy.
Breakfast is good, a very large choice, but overall

Excellent hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment you walk in to this impressive hotel you are warmly welcomed by every single staff member. As said in reviews before the staff go out of their way to assist you. We dined in the Baltazar restaurant you couldn't fault it. The food came promptly and it was absolutely delicious. We were served by Franciso and Valentina, they deserve a special mention for their attentiveness.
Also couldn't fault the service around the pool we just had snacks at Spilers poolside lunchtime and again the team were outstanding.
We will be back

Restaurant and hotel staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Front desk staff very helpful in getting us moved to a different room and the waiter at dinner (Alesandro) as well as the sommelier were fantastic. Definitely try the octopus and burratta and don't hesitate to speak with the head chef.

Excellent hotel which could offer a little more
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hotel in a beautiful location with beautiful public areas. Sadly our expensive rooms were tucked away in a dark corner with poor views of a wall. However, they were beautifully clean and comfortable with everything you'd expect.

Front desk staff and concierge were exceptional and there was nothing they didn't know and couldn't organise for you - from restaurant reservations to a full day out with car and driver to Cadiz and Jerez to a jug of milk when the hotel ran out of those little milk capsules for my cups of tea.

Breakfast is everything you'd expect - a huge buffet with everything. Their toasters are useless though.

The two restaurants -

We ate in the Spiler Club the first night - as a vegetarian there was one thing I could eat - a broccoli pizza, mm... The Spiler is also the place to hang out during the day, on the loungers outside, and the drinks service is very slow, you can literally wait 20 minutes to get served and get your drink. The artificial grass burns your feet terribly. This could and should be so much better.

Baltazar was great. Warm, nicely lit and with a vastly better menu, lots for vegetarians and the food was delicious.

The outdoor pools are chilly (it was April)

The indoor pool in the spa is small and there are only a few loungers if you want to hang out with your children.

We had two teenagers with us and they really would have liked somewhere to go and hang out where there were games like table football, Playstation or a cinema room - after dinner there is just nowhere to go.

We went back and forth to Estepona many times. There's a lovely boardwalk all the way but at 5km you can only walk it so many times. I think the hotel could offer a shuttle for hotel guests. A taxi is about 10 euros each way.

Mixed bag....
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

2nd visit to this hotel. Bit of a mix-up with room keys not working and the opening of a connecting door between our two rooms when first arrived. This wasn't sorted as quickly as I would have liked; the reception sent up someone to fix the shower?

Weather was good, but pools freezing cold. One of the main reasons we booked was to use the heated outdoor pool. No information anywhere that it was closed for maintenance, just found out when we arrived. Big disappointment and would have booked elsewhere if we had known. Same with Spiler Beach Club - they had a 'soft' re-opening, but again no information about this. Same with ice cream outlet.

Breakfast service was good and plenty of choice. It seemed to be the only thing in the hotel that was running efficiently. Bar service in Black Rose was slow (too few staff?)

Restaurant prices were sky-high. I appreciate this is a 5-star hotel, and I expect to pay more, but same quality of food and service can be found for half the price in the Laguna Beach restaurants a 5-minute stroll down the beach.

I know we booked early season, and I fully understand that maintenance needs to be carried out at some stage, but if you want to justify the prices you charge you need to be at the top of your game all the time.