It’s known the world over as a byword for opulence, luxury and glamorous well-heeled types. So it’s no surprise to see that Puerto Banús is also home to some of the world’s most staggeringly expensive super yachts. Competing with the likes of St Tropez and Monte Carlo, the port of Puerto Banus attracts more than five million people each year. And among the visitors are jet set types who pack the marina with a dazzling flotilla of floating palaces.
Only last week saw the arrival of the 82-metre state of the art yacht Sarafsa, which is considered to be one of the world’s finest. Owned by Saudi Prince Kahlid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, the multi-million dollar yacht certainly caused a stir upon its arrival, something that doesn’t happen very often in a place known for its abundance of luxury yachts. Other super yachts that also dropped anchor here include the 119-metre ‘A’, which cost owners Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko an eye watering 224 million euros. The “A” was anchored in the waters of Puerto Banus for many weeks last Summer (2012).
Marbella’s internationally renowned marina makes it attractive to the rich and famous? The climate is obviously a big factor given that T-shirts can be worn in Winter and shorts and flip flops from March to October. The Marina is also a jet setter’s paradise full of extraordinarily expensive cars, exclusive designer boutiques and a booming nightlife.
Puerto Banús was developed by José Banús, one of Madrid’s top property developers of the 1960s and 70s, who decided to build a glamorous marina for the town’s international elite. The idea being that the port could become a haven for those rich and famous people hounded by the press.
Today it seems that tradition is set to continue as celebrities and millionaires continue to flock to this little pearl on the Costa del Sol, so don’t be surprised if you bump into some ‘familiar’ faces there!
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