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Why Puerto Banús is still the jewel in the Costa del Sol’s crown

Puerto Banús the jewel in the Costa del Sol’s crown

Why Puerto Banús is still the jewel in the Costa del Sol’s crown

If you’re considering buying luxury property for sale on Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol, you’ll most likely be looking around one of the world’s most famous marinas – Puerto Banús.

The mere mention of Puerto Banús conjures glamourous images of sandy beaches, super yachts, champagne, designer stores, lively nightlife and million-dollar mansions. This is hardly surprising, as the ‘port’ or ‘Banús’ as it is affectionately known, was designed in the 1970s as a playground for the world’s rich and famous, more specifically to tempt them away from St. Tropez.

Beverley Hills Bling

It is a little-known fact that the architect Noldi Schrek, who worked on the world-famous Marbella Club Hotel with Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe, also played a role in shaping the character of Puerto Banús.  Schrek, already renowned for creating the celebrity enclave of Beverley Hills in the US, advised José Banús (the eponymous architect of the marina) that high-rise apartments wouldn’t attract the big money, instead a beautiful Andalusian style white village with a spectacular marina at the heart would have the wow factor to entice wealthy investors and visitors.

Puerto Banús launched with 17,000 guests

Does it attract the rich and famous? You bet! The marina was launched as it meant to go on, with over 22 million kilos of Beluga Caviar consumed. The guest list for the inaugural party read like a ‘Who is Who’ of Hollywood movers and shakers and European royalty, including the likes of Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his Hollywood Princess Grace Kelly.  Today’s marina sees around 5 million visitors per year (not counting the pandemic period) and although not quite as much caviar is required, the appetite for luxury living endures.

Hard Rock Hotel

If any further persuasion is required to convince you of the continued pull of Puerto Banús, look no further than the imminent arrival of the Hard Rock Hotel, which is soon to open its latest luxury establishment on the site of the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, the first hotel to open in Puerto Banús.

Hard Rock International is a global brand with a presence in 68 countries, including Spain having already opened a hotel in Madrid. The Senior VP Development was recently quoted as saying that the company has  wanted to open in Marbella for a long time and that the Hard Rock Hotel Marbella will be a jewel in their crown. The new complex is expected to open in June 2022, with 50 suites and 384 rooms, six restaurants, a roof terrace and that all-important VIP bars with a roof-top infinity pool.

Puerto Banús Costa del Sol

Luxury property in Puerto Banús Costa del Sol


High demand, short supply

Anyone familiar with the range of luxury property for sale in Nueva Andalucia, the residential enclave directly above Puerto Banús or the pretty white properties overlooking the marina, will know that there is a much higher demand than supply of luxury houses for sale in this area. Puerto Banús is located in the Golden Triangle which comprises the Municipalities of Marbella, Benahavís and Estepona. Together these areas are considered to be the most coveted locations for luxury real estate started with a flash of glitz and glamour and the number of superyachts moored in the marina, suggest that today it still retains it crown.

If you would like more information about the relaxed Andalusian lifestyle or assistance with finding the best luxury homes for sale in Marbella, Puerto Banús or the wider Costa del Sol, contact Myriam.


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