It was difficult to know which way to turn for the biggest sign of opulence. Puerto Banús was destination of choice last weekend for the luxury playthings of four huge international fortunes.
Italian fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli arrived at the luxury Marbella marina from Mallorca aboard his recent purchase, Freedom. A 28-metre-long psychedelic yacht, dripping in pure luxury and capable of sailing up to 40 knots. The designer Tommaso Spadolini is responsible for this floating work of art, with a hull made of lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre and aluminium, while Cavalli himself put his seal on the interior, as could be seen from the leather prints of African animals used for upholstery and cushions, recurring prints in some of his fashion collections. Freedom was also seen docked in Malaga city’s Muelle Uno on Tuesday.
The designer’s boat was sharing the harbour with the Azteca, owned by billionaire Ricardo Salinas, owner of one of the most important communication groups in Mexico. This 72-metre-long megayacht, complete with helipad and five decks, was anchored majestically in its berth.
This is not the first time that Salinas has stopped in Marbella waters with this boat that turns heads just for its huge dimensions. It includes a main suite of 50-square-metres and four en-suite double rooms, a 100-metre terrace and several living rooms, among other amenities. Of course, it has a jacuzzi, a bathing deck and even a garage for more modest boats. The vessel travels the seas with a permanent crew of 20 people and stabilisers for a smooth crossing in rough sea.
These impressive yachts were joined by Shaf London, owned by the Saudi royal family. The vessel, which is 53-metres-long and has 13 cabins, is a regular in Puerto Banús.
An art theme on board
Another type of boat, in this case a sailing yacht, used and enjoyed by Carmen Cervera, Baroness Thyssen, was also docked in the marina for several days. It was the Mata Mua and it is no coincidence that the baroness’s boat bears the same name as Paul Gauguin’s painting, as it is her favourite piece of art. Her well-known passion for art, in particular, for work by 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 painting.
The aristocrat was joined in Marbella by her son, Borja, and his family, who also anchored their boat in Banús. It was a weekend to savour a striking nautical showcase and to marvel at how the other half live.