Situated right on the beach, just two kilometres outside central Estepona and 20 minutes' drive to Marbella.
All of the 132 elegant rooms and 15 luxurious suites radiate refined luxury. Following a full refurbishment in 2008, the rooms are contemporary both in furnishings and décor, with plenty of dark woods, mixed with cream and gold fabrics and interesting paintings on the walls. All have their own private balconies or terraces, the best with superb panoramic sea views.
The terracotta-coloured hotel is very much geared towards its outside spaces (beach club, pool area and gardens) and the open-plan layout and large glass doors lead you past the simply decorated reception area, which has large Balinese-style wooden chairs and massive vases of plain white lillies, straight out to the lush subtropical gardens. The gardens are, in my opinion, without a doubt, the best public areas of the Kempinski with plenty of tall mature palms and a lovely mix of three 'blue lagoon'-esque pools of differing sizes and shapes.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s various restaurants offer a range of culinary choices. Best of these has to be Alminar, which prides itself on its mostly organic, Spanish cuisine. La Cabaña beach restaurant has a good reputation, while La Brisa is a romantic al fresco affair.
There are three outdoor swimming pools (one heated) and one indoor heated pool, a fitness studio/gym, a sauna, beach volleyball (in the summer) and a tennis court. Best of all, the beach by the hotel is rarely used by the general public, perhaps because it is rather rocky, so is normally practically deserted.
Exactly what you would expect from a five-star hotel; formal and efficient.
Who stays there
A huge mix of nationalities, including plenty of Russians, Americans and Middle Eastern tourists.
Some decent deals can be had in the winter months.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Beach is largely deserted
- Halfway between Estepona and Marbella
- Beach is a bit rocky