The 1970s saw the complexion of Marbella alter radically. Jose Banus threw a gala to inaugurate his eponymous pleasure port: Puerto Banus. Banus was a visionary property developer who had stated on the road to financial success as a builder of social housing. His dream was to create an idyllic community centered around the sports of yachting and golf, with Puerto Banus as its centerpiece, providing a marina that would rival the likes of Monte Carlo and St. Tropez. Puerto Banus heralded a new era: during the 1970s Marbella was to become the world’s ultimate resort. It was the place to be and the Marbella Club was the place to stay.
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