The Best Hotels to Book in Estepona, Costa del Sol

H10 Estepona Palace has an incredible pool complex
H10 Estepona Palace has an incredible pool complex | Courtesy of H10 Estepona Palace / Booking.com
Daniel Stables

The seaside town of Estepona combines the golden beaches and perpetual sunshine of the Costa del Sol with the rich history that makes Andalucia, Spain, such an interesting place – featuring echoes of Roman, Moorish and Christian occupation. The following hotels run the gamut from five-star spa resorts to stately properties housed in domed mansions and ensure a comfortable place to stay. They’re bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Las Dunas

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Relaxation is the buzzword at this luxurious five-star spa retreat, where the wellness amenities include a Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna, a Himalayan pink salt room and an ice cave. There’s also a restaurant devoted entirely to healthy eating – fresh scallops and fruit salads are among the nutritious, delicious offerings. The spacious rooms – some have four-poster beds – ensure a good night’s sleep and have private furnished balconies or terraces overlooking the sea or the hotel gardens.

2. Ikos Andalusia

Resort

Ikos Andalusia
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Combining the sun-washed Mediterranean glamour of Marbella with the natural beauty of the Andalusian coastline, this glitzy resort sits within more than 8ha (21 acres) of gorgeous landscaped gardens. Rooms have a beachy feel that reflects the scene outside, with a neutral colour scheme and sea or pool views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The Ikos Spa has a similar aesthetic and offers a wide range of scrubs, massages and facial treatments.

3. Kempinski Hotel Bahía

Resort, Chain Hotel, Golf Hotel, Luxury

Kempinski Hotel Bahía
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Kempinski Hotels is renowned for its exquisite luxury – and this property holds the flag amply. Rooms have a classic look, with polished floors, wood-panelled walls and gorgeous marble bathrooms, and the luxurious spa has a similarly timeless look and feel. Among the several restaurants and bars is the popular Baltazár Bar and Grill, where the signature dish is succulent grilled octopus.

4. Senator Banús Spa Hotel

Spa Hotel

Senator Banús Spa Hotel
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A gleaming white steel-and-glass construction, the Senator Banús Spa Hotel has a stately feel reflected in the mid-century modern guest rooms, which feature furnished balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or gardens; some even have jacuzzis. The spa includes a hypersaline pool – great for the skin – and a hammam alongside high-tech features that include a bioclimatic thermal cabin and a thermal flotation bed. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail and some live music at the piano bar.

5. Elba Estepona Gran Hotel and Thalasso Spa

Hotel

Grand Hotel Elba Estepona
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The exotic landscaped gardens of the Elba Estepona Gran Hotel enclose a varied collection of buildings that combine to form a characterful and luxurious property. Rooms have a lovely traditional feel – decked out in rich teak and overlooking the gardens or the sea from the balconies. Golfers will take particular interest in the fact that no fewer than 35 courses are near the resort.

6. Estepona Hotel and Spa Resort

Resort, Spa Hotel

Estepona Hotel and Spa Resort
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While it’s within easy reach of the bustling resort town of Estepona, this lovely resort feels like it’s in a world of its own – thanks to its setting in palm-lined gardens. The Arroyo Vaquero beach is right on your doorstep here, overlooked by some of the rooms, which feature lovely polished marble floors and a contemporary design. Other rooms have views of the Sierra Bermeja. Don’t miss La Abacería – the buzzing on-site sports bar where snacks include exquisite Andalusian charcuterie.

7. Exe Estepona Thalasso and Spa

Spa Hotel

Exe Estepona Thalasso and Spa
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This adults-only retreat is one of the finest places in Andalucia to come for thalassotherapy, which harnesses the healing power of seawater. To that end, the spa includes a hammam, a sauna and seawater baths, as well as 35 treatment cabins. Rooms ramp up the relaxation further – with each one featuring a large terrace – and the premium suite boasts its very own spa equipment in the form of a hydromassage tub.

8. H10 Estepona Palace

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H10 Estepona Palace
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Rooms at this popular resort are bright and breezy – with a marine blue-and-white colour palette and stripy fabric headboards that mirror the patterned sun loungers on the nearby beaches. One beach lies right beside the hotel, while an outdoor pool area – shaded by palms – is an alternative place to sunbathe and take a dip. Among the several bars and restaurants is Thalassa, specialising in ocean-fresh seafood, such as white anchovies, a local speciality.

9. Iberostar Costa del Sol

Hotel

Iberostar Costa del Sol
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The longest beach in Estepona is the setting for this all-inclusive resort, which has everything you need for a classic Costa del Sol stay within one complex. Your room is a breezy, fan-cooled space decorated with the blue azulejo ceramic tiles characteristic of the Iberian Peninsula, while some feature plunge pools shared with another suite. There’s also a huge spa complex with no fewer than eight water areas for you to enjoy.

10. Silken El Pilar Andalucía

Hotel

Silken El Pilar Andalucía
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A sky blue-painted dome crests the lobby of this palatial hotel, which sits in a vast villa-style building near the beach and the historic core of Estepona. The four-star rooms have a similarly elegant, classic style; some even have hydromassage bathtubs. Just as spectacular are the views – rooms overlook the old town or the hotel’s gorgeous patio.

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