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Glamour and excitement at the first Costa del Sol Beach Polo Tournament


The first Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup at the exclusive Kempinski Hotel Bahia attracted over 2,000 spectators on the 19thand 20th of May. International polo teams battled it out over the two-day event to the delight of the spectators and VIPs sipped champagne and enjoyed 5* service in the VIP area.


This luxurious event, is due to become a fixture on the Costa del Sol calendar and provides a great start to the season for polo aficionados and tourists looking for something different to enjoy during their holiday.

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 Estepona 22 nd May 2018 – The first Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup at the exclusive Kempinski Hotel
Bahia attracted over 2,000 spectators on the 19 th and 20 th of May. International polo teams battled it
out over the two-day event to the delight of the spectators.
International players including Patrons Niclas Johansson, Veronica and Laurent Desmas, Jaspar
and Kate Kühlwein and the high level professionals Jamie Le Hardy, Santí Torreguitar and
Hernan Pieres put on an excellent show for the crowds during the two-day event.
The gripping final between Perrier Jouet and Kempinski Hotel Bahía saw both teams competing
until the final whistle, with Kempinski Hotel Bahía taking the title in this very closely fought
match. Team Perlage, followed very closely behind and all teams put on a fantastic display of beach

The winners were presented with their trophies by the Mayor of Estepona José María García
Urbano. The Mayor congratulated Isabel de Borbon and her polo events company, Polo4Ever for
being the driving force in bringing beach polo to the Costa del Sol and the principal sponsor
Kempinski Hotel Bahía for their work to bring this innovative sporting event to Estepona, which
showcased the town’s capacity to hold first class sporting events.
The large crowds agreed that this was an excellent event for both tourists and residents, attracting
both polo enthusiasts and locals who were able to enjoy the action up close. The perfect weather
conditions, well-prepared beach and backdrop of mountains and blue skies was the ideal setting for
this event and the Mayor of Estepona has committed to host the event in the municipality for many
years to come.
Following the matches there were two glamourous events at the new beachside restaurant Spiler
Beach Club, which attracted the crème de la crème of the Costa del Sol society including Countess
Gunilla von Bismarck, Princess Bea Auersperg, Princess María and Prince Pablo von Hohenlohe
with their daughters Allegra and Cecilia.
Beach polo is an innovative version of traditional polo being played on smaller size sand arenas
where the audience can appreciate the fast polo action at close range. The Costa del Sol Beach Polo
Cup is the only one of its kind in the Costa del Sol and was sponsored by Kempinski Hotel Bahía,
Bvlgari, Perrier Jouet, Scapa Sports, Perlage, Ferragamo and Pagani.
Carla Lopes General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía commented, “We are very pleased to
host and sponsor the "Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup". The timing of this event goes hand in hand
with the reopening of the hotel after an extensive redesign and it was wonderful that so many
people were able to enjoy the exciting matches and great atmosphere."
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About the Kempinski Hotel Bahía
The Kempinski Hotel Bahia opened in 1999 and the award-winning hotel was designed by one of
Andalucia’s most renowned architects, Melvin Villarroel. It is surrounded by a footprint of 40,000m 2 of
indigenous and subtropical gardens. The hotel has 128 spacious rooms and 17 luxury suites, a spa offering a
soothing luxury experience and several spacious conference rooms. The frontline beach location is a calming
oasis, located between Marbella and Gibraltar, and on the doorstep of the authentic unspoiled town of
Estepona, making it a popular choice for tourists from all over the world.

About Kempinski
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of
impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of
its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 32 countries and
continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects
the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage.

The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding
resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from
Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the
Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.