Puerto Banús is still the popular stop for mega-yachts

If anyone feared that Puerto Banús had lost any of its cachet with the international jet set, last month’s arrival of four international mega-yachts firmly dispelled the idea.

The four vessels, whose owners are famed for the size of their fortunes, glided into the marina for a stopover.

Italian fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli, whose creations are available to purchase in Puerto Banús, arrived from Mallorca on board ‘Freedom’, his recently purchased, 28-metre floating palace. Yacht architect Tommaso Spadolini designed the yacht, which some consider a work of art. It is made from lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium, while Cavalli put his own stamp on the interior, as could be seen from the prints of African animals used for upholstery and cushions that also appear in his fashion collections.

Billionaire Ricardo Salinas was spotted aboard the ‘Azteca’. He is owner of a leading Mexican communications company, and his 72-metre-long megayacht, complete with helipad and five decks, has been seen in Marbella’s waters before. It features a main suite of 50 square metres and four en-suite double rooms, a 100-metre terrace and several living rooms, as well as a Jacuzzi, and has a permanent crew of 20 people.

The ‘Azteca’ was joined by ‘Shaf London’, owned by the Saudi royal family. This vessel, which is 53-metres-long and has 13 cabins, is a regular visitor to Puerto Banús.

Baroness Thyssen’s ‘Mata Mua’ sailing yacht also docked in the marina for several days. It is named after a well-known painting by Paul Gauguin, a favourite of the art collector. Her well-known passion for the work of the French artist is reflected not only in the hull of the boat, but also in the interior, as the sofas in the lounge are lined with cushions decorated with images of this paintings.

Overall, if you wanted to see how the ultra-wealthy live on the ocean waves, last week in Puerto Banús was the place to view it!

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