Holidays in Puerto Banus, Spain

Puerto Banus is the playground of the famous and is very close in destination to its other rich cousin Marbella. The port was built and designed by Jose Banus, an intimate friend of the former Spanish dictator. Until ten years ago this resort area was exclusive to the rich and famous. The marina still aesthetically displays this austerity with huge yachts, some belonging to royalty, berthed or recently visited.The wealth does not just stop there, fashion shops with the latest designs and must-have labels pamper to the affluent shoppers wanting the latest in-thing. After a busy day’s retail therapy there are many excellent restaurants: Asian exquisites such as Thai, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese; authentic traditional Spanish fare, ‘al dente’ Italian pasta and hot Mexican ‘muchas gracias’.Fine grey sanded beaches stretch like red carpets underfoot each with their own unique personality: Pedro’s Beach offers a Caribbean style vibe with recently caught fresh fish dishes and smooth cocktails to lull; Buddha Beach – a boutique beach with close affinities to Far Eastern influences where you can relax to a massage or chill in the spa; Mistral Beach is more active with its Italian manna and Spanish sangria, it also offers a water sport centre where you can hire equipment such as jet skis, wake boards and other vessels to course through the coastal waters. There is also the Ocean Club that simply has one of the largest swimming pools in Europe; it also offers exclusivity too with champagne parties for VIP’s. The Muelle Rivera is ideal for evening entertainment with its cocktail and wine bars and attracts many revellers and celebrities.Besides the polished exterior of the port, the latest acquisition of the in-fashion and the preening of the palate, there is also more relaxing activities and notably so is the game of golf. There are over 50 champion golf courses in the area of Andalucia and Puerto Banus specifically pays good homage to this sport. The quality of the courses, facilities, and the stunning surroundings ensure regular visitors. All the enthusiast has to bring besides themselves is appropriate attire and a golfing certificate (as some courses require them). Of course, clothing can be bought locally, equipment too, but there are hire facilities available and buggies to hire.Like Marbella, the microclimate offers an annual average temperature of 17°C. It rarely falls below double figures in the winter and in the warmer seasons it is usually in the late 20’s or early 30’s. So it is ideal for nearly all these activities all the year round. Malaga is the nearest airport and it is well provisioned with transfers. Shuttle services and car hire and private limousine travel arrangements should be booked in advance. Puerto Banus is nearly an hour’s drive so taxis may work out expensive. There are car rental desks at the airport but ensure you arrive at opening times.

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