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Alternative edens: Off-the-beaten-track marinas to moor at

Alternative edens: Off-the-beaten-track marinas to moor at

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Puerto Portals

Mallorca, Spain

Puerto Portals exudes understated expat chic while being Mallorca’s glamour spot during the summer. This is a much more grown-up choice than buzzing Puerto Banús, near Marbella, which is ever popular with the superyacht crowd. This pristine port is uber stylish and a delight to moor in. After the beauty of Mallorca’s pristine coastline and clear waters, it is the perfect haven to stop at and stroll, shop, dine and hit a salon to scrub up. And early in the mornings you see all the men scurrying off the boats with their golf clubs.

Boat notes: Housing more than 600 berths, the secure moorings and expert nautical support services are what makes the jet set moor here.

Where to eat: Lila Portals, for seafood and white sand. When night falls head to Spoon for delicious Mediterranean food or soak up the vibe at Lucy Wang and enjoy some seriously good sushi.

Hang out: Reeves or Roxy Beach is where the crowd flocks to gossip and watch the sun set.

Who goes: A chic understated crowd; men don unbranded polo shirts and chino shorts, whereas ladies look relaxed in white Capri pants. Bill Gates, Jenson Button and Paris Hilton have all been spotted here.

Hot tip: For a beach day, head to Cala Portals Nous, a small protected sandy cove. With its sunshades and loungers to rent, it’s a perfect way to pass the day.

Local classic: PuertoBanús: Often described as the Saint-Tropez of the Costa del Sol, this “millionaires’ playground” is full of cafés, designer shops and glamorous nightclubs. The summer sees a mass influx of wealthy Arabs and celebrities. With 915 berths, this modern port is a captain’s dream. Lunch at Picasso, although you may have to wait for a table in this old school pizzeria bursting with the Marbella “it” crowd. The more adventurous should cruise 10 minutes down the coast to Laguna Village and moor outside Purobeach Marbella. This fabulous getaway has a wonderful seafood restaurant. For a rocking night it’s Nobu for dinner and then La Terrasse at La Suite club at Puente Romano beach resort.

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