With balmy temperatures all year round and an array of festive offerings, this year guests may head to Marbella – Estepona for a Mediterranean Christmas, where Kempinski Hotel Bahia has partnered with celebrity designer Debbie Wingham to reveal a festive showstopper; the beachfront escape is housing the world’s most extravagant Christmas Tree, worth a total of £11.9 million and nothing short of spectacular. Fashioned from high-value stones, the tree is peppered with pink, red, white and black diamonds, edible treats and traditional decorations.
Guests and locals alike gathered in the hotel’s recently refurbished lobby, enjoying traditional music and sipping on champagne, before the tree was unveiled on the 30 of November by the Hotel General Manager Axel Bethke, the Mayor of Estepona José Maria García Urbano and the Haute Couture Designer Debbie Wingham at Kempinski Hotel Bahia at the Christmas Market an annual event which combined in a single day, luxury, art, charity and local community in line with the Kempinski core values. The tree, glittered with stunning handmade decorations encrusted with diamonds and precious jewels all flawlessly cut and ethically sourced, decorations include 3crt pink diamonds, 4crt sapphire, oval red diamonds, black and white diamonds, and a mixture of remastered, expertly upcycled jewellery from the likes of Bvulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chanel.
Inspired by the verdant feathers of a peacock and the modernist art-deco era, the tree features unique martini glasses, feathers, perfume bottles and even 3D printed chocolate peacocks. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without tradition, and guests can still expect to find classic decorations such as snowflakes, fairies, nutcrackers and beautifully decorated baubles, carefully curated with a mixture of materials, from diamond dust and 24 carat gold to emu and ostrich eggs.
Not solely a feature for the tree, those heading to Marbella during this festive season may also join the hotel’s Diamond and Champagne Night on December 28. On December 28th guests will have the chance to indulge in a decadently curated cocktail dining experience by Executive Chef David Fernandez and take home a diamond valued at €2,000. The indulgent cocktail dinner with a twist will see guests sip on Perrier Jouet as they each have the chance to select a key and attempt to unlock a box containing the valuable treasure, whoever’s key fits the lock will take home the dazzling diamond.
Kempinski Hotel Bahia is situated a stone’s throw from the palm tree-lined promenade of Estepona – Marbella. With landscaped gardens, expansive swimming pools, terracotta towers lined with luxurious rooms and suites and newly refurbished restaurants and bars, the property has become a favourite escape for families, couples and adventurers alike.