A luxury family hotel on the Costa Del Sol – 5 reasons to stay at the Kempinski Bahia

A luxury family hotel on the Costa Del Sol – 5 reasons to stay at the Kempinski Bahia

On a beach, with great pools and an amazing breakfast – why this Estepona hotel is a family favourite

Swimming pools

Definitely a big draw at the Kempinski Bahia, there are three outdoor pools and a small indoor one.

The largest outdoor pool is heated. It winds its way under bridges and past palm trees and we all thought it was great.

A swimming pool at Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona

It is perfectly designed for children’s games, large and varied but little ones are never too far from the side.

We spent many happy hours in there pretending to be pirates or explorers.

The rooms

We had a junior suite for the four of us with one double bed, one single and one sofa bed.

There was also a large bathroom with separate bath and shower. And a lovely balcony with great views over the pool and all the mod cons you need.

A room at Kempinski-Hotel-Bahia

A room at Kempinski Hotel Bahia

It had tasteful decor and plenty of space and the twice-a-day housekeeping service kept everything spotless.

The food

Breakfast is included and it is one of the best we have had at a hotel.

A good choice, there is even a children’s area with cereals, tiny pastries and fresh fruit. Our little ones loved choosing from their own area.

There were also fresh juices and on-demand omelettes at the egg station.

If you have any room left after breakfast there are other bars and great restaurants.

A table set for dinner at Kempinski Hotel Bahía, with the sea beyond

Dining at Kempinski Hotel Bahía at the sea front restaurant

If you stay half board, you have a set amount of Euros each day to cover your evening meal and drinks. Children aged 0 to 5​ are free and children aged six to 11, receive a 50 per cent discount.

Otherwise, the food here isn’t cheap but it is very tasty. If you want to venture beyond the hotel there is a boardwalk to half a dozen restaurants about 10 minutes walk away.

A pool and bar at Kempinski-Hotel-Bahia

The Location

The hotel is about two miles from the centre of Estepona, a charming town near Marbella.

It’s next to a busy road but also set on a beach with views stretching along the Costa Del Sol. Gibraltar is visible on a clear day.

The beach is a mix of sand and pebbles with sun loungers and sports equipment available.

Palm trees on the beach and a family playing by the sea

The beach in front of the hotel

A short wander along the beach and boardwalk brings you to Laguna Village, a small development of shops, bars and restaurants.

The services and the staff

The hotel has a tennis court, a spa with the full range of treatments available, a kids’ club which is open in peak periods and grounds you can explore.

The staff were so friendly, one man on reception even put our son’s drawings of his holiday on the lobby walls to showcase them which made his day.

It’s those little touches that make a holiday.

In conclusion

A high end, luxury hotel in a great location. It’s worth splashing out for the pool and the breakfast.

*For a full review of our holiday, read here.

For more information and rates visit the Kempinski Bahia website.

(We stayed as guests of the Kempinski Bahia, all views are our own.