El Paseo del Mar – eclectic, electric, unmissable!

We are witnessing a renaissance in the luxury hotel market on the Coast.

Already this year Nobu Hotel has opened at the Puente Romano, while work has already started on the W Marbella to the east of town. Bringing its A game to the table in an increasingly competitive market, the Kempinski Bahia Hotel, took the bold move of rebooting and revamping.

One of the best known hotels on the Coast - marking the most westerly point of the New Golden Mile - Kempinski Hotel Bahía reopened in last month with a stunning new lobby design and refreshed culinary outlets.

This week saw the hotel unveiling two new dining venues, which form part of their new restaurant concept El Paseo Del Mar, and I was invited to see the changes.

The hotel has certainly been bold in its redesign, that connects the eclectic to the exotic via the eccentric. Purple columns set off yellow sofas and the Mediterranean lies at your feet, literally, on a huge carpeted map of the Iberian peninsula and beyond. I unwittingly trampled Tangier underfoot, but many would say that’s no bad thing.

Black Rose, The Bar, is the cocktail bar and lounge located just off the lobby and designed as a meeting point, as well as the place to sample speciality cocktails, craft beers and wines alongside great snacks and light meals. The bar enjoys fabulous views of the gardens and Mediterranean by day, and is beautifully atmospheric by night too.

I ate at the Baltazár Bar & Grill, a cool poolside restaurant and steakhouse to the El Paseo Del Mar concept. With a funky interior it combines Andalusian design with a cool vibe, overlooking Kempinski Hotel Bahía’s beautiful pools and gardens. It’s an open plan design that makes great use of the space, but let’s cut to the chase here.

The food is simply sensational.

The team have used the freshest local ingredients to create a menu that utilises a Josper Grill and Tandoor oven to cook the best cuts of regional meat and fish to perfection. Superb tuna, beautiful cod, amazing steaks, plus a range of desserts that had a table of cynical Press hounds baying for more.

El Paseo del Mar has been created by the Zsidai Gastronomy Group in cooperation with Kempinski Hotel Bahía, an it is obviouslyapparent that this Hungarian group know what they are doing. Combing great food and service in a cool, classic yet casual environment, it’s a welcome new gourmet destination to the coast’s culinary scene.

Opening in time for the summer Spíler Beach Club, on the seafront, will complete the El Paseo Del Mar experience, with a cool, yet casual beach restaurant and bar right next to the Mediterranean. The menu will include favourites such as wood-fired artisan pizza and Argentinian steaks from the grill, plus amazing burgers and superfood salads.

I’m looking forward to chilling out in style, but make sure you book, because everyone else will want to as well!


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