Welcome to the playground of the rich and famous, celebrities and royalty! A place where you can hang out with the glitterati. Gaze on the multi-million dollar villas. Watch the rich walk their chihuahuas and poodles and be seen by the paparazzi hunting their little bit of sleaze. Puerto Banus is the Costa del Sol’s quintessential Monte Carlo! It’s Spain’s answer to France’s St Tropez!
I fell in love with this place the day I arrived at this little haven in Marbella. Here I would just while away hours sipping a cocktail watching tourists stroll around the marina, gazing enviously at the ultra-rich, languishing in their yachts the size of cruise ships, hoping to catch a glimpse of some celebrity. The Ferraris, Bugatti Veyrons, Porshes and Lamborghinis driving by narrow roads made my eyes literally pop out in amazement. Honestly, one of my most fun activities in here was keeping a score of how many times the same car circles the waterfront showing off his hot new wheels.
This place is buzzing with life in the day and night. I simply couldn’t get over how the club-going crowd here tends to dress up in their most glamorous outfits and highest heels. Don’t be surprised if you see a reality TV star or two dancing the night away right next to you!
How to get there
The closest airport is Malaga, and the journey should cost around 80-90 Euros in a taxi. Alternatively, if you want to save your money you do have the option of a public bus from the airport
Pick a killer hotel
Puerto Banus is all about location! My personal favourites include Park Plaza Suites and Benabola Suites
Eat your heart out
Catering for the world’s rich and famous means Puerto Banus has some fantastic eateries that not only offer an extensive selection of cuisine, but also offer a brilliant night out.
Always check their calendar before making a reservation. The day I went there was a “Welcome to the Jungle Party” and it was wild and insane! The décor was like a jungle. Macaws and parrots were floating around for people to click pictures with. Live music by some fantastic performers and jungle-character dressed up artists covered the whole place. The atmosphere was electric.
This beach club is just a €30 taxi journey from Puerto Banus and represents everything cool and glamourous about beachside chilling. This is where Marbella’s exclusive crowd can be found and is universally known for their fun vibes and good food
This restaurant promises the ultimate social and dining experience day and night. The menu is extensive and the food is lip smacking.
It is one of the best and oldest restaurants at the Marina area, serving Italian and American food. It’s always packed and the queue to enter is never ending.
This is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area. It’s also right next door to Suite nightclub, so it’s the perfect starting point for a night of debauchery.
There are also a lot of Lebanese restaurants serving sheesha till wee hours of the morning.
Dance Until Dawn
In the summer months you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to party, and if you’re looking for a good few days of luxurious, hedonistic fun then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Ocean Club, its most famous for its Champagne spray parties which happen on several dates throughout the summer. People often plan their trip around this party, so if you can make it down, then this will definitely be a pool party you won’t forget.
Pangea is one of the most popular nightclubs and attracts many a yacht owner looking for the party.
Aqwa Mist sits directly under La Sala and boasts a large VIP area, including a secret VIP room out the back with it’s own hot tub (SERIOUS). It’s had visits from the likes of Eva Longoria, so you’ll definitely be in good company there.
Newscafe is also a popular place to start out for drinks.
Tibu is just a short walk from the marina and has a uber-sleek and upmarket vibe in the club, with an open-air terrace to chill when you need some space.
Sala Beach also hosts numerous day parties throughout the summer. Their Love Juice parties are a super hit. It should not to be missed and attract a celebrity crowd year after year.
Sinatra’s Bar is chilled out bar with great music
Roulette, blackjack and poker awaits you! Don’t forget your passport and dress quasi-formal or you won’t get in.
The marina front is reserved for the best shops where you will find Carolina Herrera,Tom Ford, Cartier, Dior, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari. Phew! the list is never ending that any girl can dream off. The best of brands, endless rows of boutiques and high-end designers. What amazed me was the fact that all these stores are open till 2 am during the summer.
The largest El Corte Ingles department store in Spain is right on your doorstep, as well as the Marina Banus shopping center. Just be sure to make sure you go with space in your suitcase!
This is at the main square where you can park and head up to explore the road full of little trinkets, art pieces, souvenirs and other things you normally only treat yourself to when you’re on a vacation
Things to pack
Sea sickness medicine is a must if you plan on hiring one of the luxury yachts to sail away into the sunset. The sea can get quite choppy.
This vacation to Puerto Banus may be pricey and a little pretentious but Puerto Banus is amazing for a day in beautiful sunshine, blue skies, gorgeous buildings and beaches and just feeling pretty pampered. The city is like the Monaco. The beautiful shops open all hours, the super cars and the yachts so embrace it and see this as exploring local culture because in Puerto Banus- THIS IS THE CULTURE! Either way, if you’re off to Marbella this year, one thing’s for certain – you’re definitely in for a good time.
Until next time,