They wanted to go unnoticed on their trip to the Costa del Sol - and they almost almost achieved it.
The Obamas (Barack, his wife Michelle and daughter Sasha) touched down at Malaga Airport on Friday afternoon, on a flight from Stockholm. They then went their separate ways with the former US president heading to Marbella and the former First Lady and their daughter heading to the luxury Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga.
There was maximum security for both convoys with the family hoping for optimal privacy during their brief stay. However, word quickly spread and when Paseo de Reding was closed, this attracted a lot of interest from the general public.
Michelle's convoy arrived later than planned and the family were taken to one of the most exclusive suites at the five-star hotel, with a private terrace overlooking the pool.
Tarpaulin and umbrellas were installed to give the family extra privacy but onlookers were still able to catch a glimpse during the couple of hours they enjoyed sunbathing.
Shortly after, Barack arrived in Marbella at the Puente Romano hotel where he was taken from the underground car park at the tennis club, to the conference room (via the kitchens) where he was giving a talk to executives and owners of the German software company, SAP.
The extreme security measures, including three police cordons, meant that none of the dozen photographers surrounding the establishment were able to capture an image.
A return on the cards
Inside the hotel before his talk, Obama met briefly with Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz. Muñoz told SUR that Obama expressed his wish to return to the town soon to take in some of the area's golf courses. Obama was also greeted by Puente Romano president Daniel Shamoon.
After these pleasantries, the former president delivered his speech at the event organised by SAP.
He was not the only speaker, however. Others included British boxer Anthony Joshua and 'born survivor' Bear Grylls. The evening was rounded off with a concert from Tom Jones.
Barack Obama didn't stay for the duration of the event and instead headed back to Malaga Airport at around 7pm. About half an hour later, he was joined again by the rest of the family.