It has outrageously expensive boats, celebrities by the dozen and more designer shops than you can shake a Gucci bag at. Built in 1970, it’s fair to say that Puerto Banús has always been associated with a luxury lifestyle that only some Mediterranean destinations such as Saint-Tropez can pull off.
You just have to take a short stroll along the front line of the marina to notice an abundance of sports cars and well-heeled types to know you are living in an enviable part of the world. But there are plenty of other reasons for wanting to move to this bustling, melting pot of cultures on the Costa del Sol. For Puerto José Banús, to use its full name, also has some of the best nightlife and fine dining in the south of Spain.
Thanks in part to Marbella’s international population, it boasts a multitude of eateries from all corners of the world, meaning you are never at a loss for somewhere exciting to take a loved one or friends for dinner. Here at the marina you will find restaurants catering for all tastes and all budgets, and when the sun goes down you’re just a champagne cork’s distance away from some of the best and biggest nightclubs on the Costa, including Aqwa Mist, News Café and Tibu.
It’s in these spots that you will see countless British celebrities lapping up the luxury lifestyle during the summer months, in full knowledge that their photos will appear in the tabloids the following day. At this time of the year Marbella is the place to be seen, so it is par for the course.
But ironically it’s also a place where the rich and famous can pass largely unnoticed. Perhaps for this reason George Clooney decided to buy a property here only last month after a recommendation from his Hollywood pal Antonio Banderas, who also owns a beachside home in Marbella’s exclusive Los Monteros area. However, if international celebrity spotting is not your game and even these illustrious names leave you unmoved, then of course you have countless golf courses nearby, miles of enchanting sandy beaches and many modern sports and entertainment facilities. And if you are not a night owl there is a multitude of beach clubs worth a visit too, such as Ocean Club, if you enjoy sipping cocktails by the beach and relaxing in the sun.
Of course it goes without saying that the climate in Marbella is one of the best in Europe and this in itself is what brings many people here. Puerto Banús and the surrounding area also boast plenty of secluded beaches where you spend lazy summer days soaking up the sun without crowds or noise, while lovers of nature can head for the hills to hike and admire beautiful mountain scenery.
So if this lifestyle appeals to you perhaps now is a good time to take a look at some of the exclusive developments available in this glamorous part of Europe.