I arrived at Malaga airport on Friday afternoon after a quick flight from London and hopped in a taxi to the 5 star Kempinski Balia hotel in Spain. The trip took about an hour, so I relaxed and enjoyed the ocean view.
After a quick check in, it was off to the pool to enjoy the last rays of the afternoon.
The hotel offers three pools, a family pool overlooking the beach, an adult-only pool, and a smaller pool.
I opted for the latter due to the warmer water temperatures (those not brave enough for a cold dip can find the warmest pool at the towel shack).
Ocean Club launch party
Feeling refreshed after a nap by the pool, I was ready to party at the Ocean Club. And what a party it was.
One of the most renowned beach clubs and restaurants, I had high expectations and the stylish performances, glamorous decor and first class services did not disappoint.
I was picked up to attend the Ocean Club launch party around 6:30pm and was quickly ushered to a VIP table upon arrival.
The event kicked off the season and had a strict white and silver dress code – something to check before heading to an event at the venue.
Even the decor matched the theme with white tablecloths and a white dance floor.
Our seat had a great view of the stage where we watched the various performances.
The stage was behind a 4,000m² turquoise saltwater pool, nicely blending club and beach aesthetics.
I snacked on canapes including sushi and fruit while sipping Veuve Clicquot champagne.
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Internationally acclaimed mixologist Mario Hofferer was behind the drinks at the party and will continue to guide resident mixologists throughout the season.
I stayed at the outdoor club for about five hours and there was a steady stream of entertainment throughout.
From acrobatic acts to live music, DJ sets and even fireworks, there was plenty to keep you entertained no matter what you fancy.
The show ended with the main act – English DJ legend Pete Tong.
I spent my time between the table and the dance floor. Many of the tables in the club also offered stunning 180 degree views of the sea.
The beach-side club, based in the trendy Puerto Banus district of Marbella, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 2022.
The next morning, I woke up to the wonderful sea-view room at the Kempinski Hotel.
The room was spacious and had a balcony overlooking the pools below and the clear blue sea.
In the bathroom there was both a separate shower and a separate bathtub.
My room included breakfast which was buffet style and available until 10am meaning there was no need to get up early.
I sat outside and enjoyed a coffee in the sun overlooking the sea, but indoor seating was available if preferred.
The buffet included various hot and cold options, an omelet station, meat and fish as well as pastries, cereals and fresh fruit.
Customers who weren’t too frail from the day before could choose from a range of fresh juices and even cava.
I spent most of the day relaxing in the warmer pool and enjoying the 25 degree heat.
Towels are available at the pool and the staff were attentive in coming and taking all drink orders.
Although I mostly enjoyed the facilities, there was plenty to do outside of the hotel, which is located in the heart of Andalucia on the Costa del Sol.
It is also a short drive from Marbella and right next to Estepona town.
The hotel also included many dining options that I didn’t try but definitely was tempted.
If you stay there, you have the option of Black Rose The Bar, which serves cocktails and snacks, Baltazar Bar & Grill, and the Spiler Beach Club, which offers lighter options such as seafood, large cuts meat and fresh fruit.
That evening we hopped in a taxi and visited Olivia’s, a restaurant and bar just outside Marbella.
With a wonderful location next to the beach, there was also live music and lots of atmosphere.
I started by sharing a bottle of Cava with my table before sipping carafes of sangria.
For food, I tucked in a starter of breaded prawns served with a salad and sweet chilli dip.
There was a lively atmosphere from the moment we arrived as large groups sang along with the live band and got up to dance as the night went on.
Even we headed to the dance floor at the end of the night and it was clear creating a fun party atmosphere was a big part of the experience.
It’s even mentioned inside the menu by owner Elliot Wright, who wrote, “At the end of the day, if you wanna get up and dance…then do it!”
The next morning, it was time to pack up and leave the luxurious destination.
The hotel had a late 12 noon check out which gave me time to enjoy another leisurely sunny breakfast before heading out.
I didn’t need to leave for a few hours, but the staff – who couldn’t have been friendlier throughout my stay – held my luggage while I enjoyed the facilities for the last time.
While I only visited the area for a few days, being back in the sun and enjoying the relaxing Ocean Club was enough to rejuvenate me.
The Ocean Club is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 2022. Bed packages are available on the website and start at 145 euros. Learn more about https://oceanclub.es/
The Kempinski Hotel Bahia offers a range of rooms and rates. Prices for the Gran Méditerranée room start at 660 euros per night. Learn more at https://www.kempinski.com/