The Kempinski Hotel Bahia, in southern Spain, displays a perfect balance between nature and development.
March 2013 - The Hotel's architect, Melvin Villarroel, was born in Chile but spent many years in Marbella and knows the environment of Andalusia very well. Villarroel took advantage of the hotel’s 45,000 sqm plot, wrapping the building in exotic vegetation and forming a microclimate and paradise for not only visitors but for birds as well. The property boasts modern Moorish Mediterranean architecture and includes 132 deluxe rooms and 15 luxurious suites, all with a private balcony or terrace. The views over the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and the African coastline are breathtaking and unforgettable. The building is a terracotta colour, which combined with the exotic vegetation and the blue of the sea makes this project seem even more magical.
When choosing the plants to decorate the lush tropical gardens, the landscape gardener Miguel Gil selected flowers which would bloom throughout different seasons. Because of this, the gardens of the Kempinski Hotel Bahia are always colourful. After opening in 1999, the hotel received the "Best Garden of a New Company" award from the Spanish government. The Spanish Gran Hotel Magazine also awarded the hotel with the "Best Architecture" award in the Luxury Resort Hotels category and named the property the "Best Leisure Hotel". In the centre of the gardens, Villarroel planted three large swimming pools. The top pool, located near the open-air restaurant La Brisa, is heated during the few cool winter days. Other dining options in the hotel include the beach restaurant, La Cabaña del Mar, Spanish fine-dining restaurant Alminar and a daily breakfast buffet served at El Mirador Restaurant. The culinary creations of the Spanish chefs are enhanced by the hotel’s organic garden, which provides a year-long supply of organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.
During the construction of the hotel, Melvin Villarroel was accompanied by Stefan Szczesny. With the motto "The Kempinski Art Project Estepona", the German artist decorated the interior and the gardens of the hotel. His love for Andalusian colours and shapes is reflected in the facades, artwork and ceramics all around the Kempinski Hotel Bahia. What Szczesny himself saw as a "tremendous challenge" resulted in 137 ceramic pictures, several large works on canvas, numerous graphics, ceramic vases and art work in the form of glass etchings and paintings on terracotta containers. The Kempinski Art Project Estepona was realised in an extremely short period of time. Szczesny produced his works in the summer on 1998 at his studio on the Cote d'Azur, as well as on site during the construction of the hotel.
"Hotels are places of dialogue and relaxation", said Szczesny during the Kempinski Art Project. "People converge here to make contact with one another in an elevated, sometimes euphoric atmosphere. The ambiance of the hotel - and the art too, which is such a fundamental aspect of this in the Kempinski Hotel Bahia - plays a significant role, because it can have the effect of making people feel happy." Szczesny extends his message about the pleasures of life into every corner of the 5-star luxury hotel. This year, 14 years after the opening of the hotel, Szczesny returns to the Kempinski Hotel Bahia with a special art exhibition of shadow sculptures and his latest paintings.
Art, architecture, ambiance, design and exquisite gastronomic delights merge into a unique work of art. Staying at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia becomes a creative experience, an artistic event and a feast of stimulation for the senses. First impressions are substantial, and when designing the entrance to the beachfront property Villarroel planned with extra care. Passing through the revolving doors into the lobby, hotel guests seem to forget their worries and leave their stress outside. They are greeted by the view through the gigantic glass front of the azure Mediterranean Sea and swaying palm trees. The work of Stefan Szczesny also contributes to the paradise image when arriving to the hotel. A bounteous vase with a beautiful flower arrangement sits beneath the wrought iron chandelier and a large ceramic picture with three Eve figures dancing gives guests a carefree feeling. His largest work in the hotel is displayed in the reception area, where a 12 m x 6 m silkscreen picture shows Szczesny's signature cosmos celebrating the pleasures of life, and includes Eve figures, flowers, palm leaves, minarets beneath a half moon and the silhouette of the hotel with a palm and waves. The image has been selected by the hotel as its logo.
Marta Solis · Director of Public Relations · Kempinski Hotel Bahía
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