Yep! I discovered my favourite Marina – Port Adriano, Palma, Mallorca – Lyssiemay Annoh
Spain has some of the World’s best Marinas but my favourite so far is Port Adriano in Mallorca. Whether you choose to discover Mallorca by land, sea or air, Port Adriano certainly has a lot to offer.
Port Adriano is sailor’s Paradise, where one is immediately captivated by the clever architectural design of the Marina as you arrive. This modern and very well-equipped marina was designed Frenchman, Philippe Starck. Starck’s concept of Port Adriano is a simple exquisite design that suits the lifestyle of both the ardent sailor and the non-sailor. The marina has everything you would need in a destination; sun, sea, shops, restaurants, activities, berths, maintenance facilities and I could also go as far as say that it is one of the best in the World. After all, a Marina is only as good as the pleasure that it gives to its users and visitors.
Formerly a small fishing port, Port Adriano has been extensively rebuilt in the last 15 years providing modern facilities in an attractive setting. It is comfortably located within the El Toro, Calvià town boundary, 9km from the City of Palma, South-West of the bay of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands.
With divine neighbours of four golf courses and the new Port Adriano Hotel, the port is only 13km by sea from the main bay of Palma and offers all the regular marine services, social facilities include bars and restaurants, a yacht school and scuba diving.
The marina accommodates super yachts between 6 and 110 metres long and serves as an ideal base to explore the incredible offer of the Mediterranean – in particular the unique characteristics of three main Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza/ Formentera.
How to live it up in Port Adriano
Bearing in mind the fabulous weather, picturesque ports, stunning views and all the pizazz of Port Adriano, you know that you are in for a treat. Throughout the beginning of July until the first week of September, the Port holds a wide range of cultural and sporting activities to celebrate the launch, including concerts, regattas and the Port’s special Fun Parade – a fantastic initiative consisting of a series of 20 performing artists taking place at sunset. There is also the annual Silver Bollard Classic boat race; a must see event for all boat race lovers. Various concerts also take place at the Barcelo Formentor Hotel Gardens besides the Sea.
Arriving in Style
If you’re flash with your cash (and if you’re going to Port Adriano, there’s a good chance you will be) there are only two acceptable ways to arrive: by chopper or by boat. Port Adriano is home to Mallorca’s exclusive private heliport so you should have no problems making a suitably grand entrance. However, if you are the type who likes to arrive on four wheels, nearby Palma airport is served by several airlines from across the world and Port Adriano is only about 35 minutes drive away. Take direction Palma city and then take exit 11A of Ponent highway to Andratx direction keep on the highway until exit 14 para Magaluf / El Toro.
If you arrive by boat, try to make it in a yacht for maximum impact. Berths and mooring start from between 6 and 110 metres long. You can anchor for a month from about 160 – 300 euros per boat, depending on size. Additional services such as water, electricity and taxes are extra. Be aware that these must be paid in advance.
The port has 25.000 square meters of berths, 82 moorings for yachts and super yachts in between 20 and 80 metres long meters all year around and 100-110 meters in summer, 10.000 square meters of technical area with a shipyard adapted for a large size yachts.
What to do
One of the main draws to Port Adriano is the many leisure services available to visitors. You see, Port Adriano is not only a Port. The Marina has a very large commercial area with prestigious international brands of nautical affairs, shipyards and brokers of luxury yachts. It is also has a very high quality selection of restaurants and bars, fashion, jewellery and services such as banks. You can even find an estate agent if you are tempted to stay or invest together with schools and an art gallery.
What to drink
There is clearly only one drink to be seen with in Port Adriano, and that’s champagne – but do not worry all the bars and restaurants stock drinks for all taste buds. The level of the extravagance here and humility here is mind-boggling. The wealthy can drink and spend at leisure as they party while there is room to manoeuvre for the other happy ones too.
What to Wear
As you may expect, image is important in Port Adriano, and being dressed appropriately denotes that you understand the etiquette, i.e. you belong there. While casual attire is fine for sightseeing in and around the streets of Port Adriano, bear in mind you may want to dress the upper end of causal. A plain white shirt and jeans should be fine for the day – but, of course, you should make sure they fit the trend.
If you have received a formal invitation in the evening then a suit or dress is almost always required; usually cocktail dresses at the very least and ladies should remember that the streets of Port Adriano are steep, so it’s often advisable to relinquish the high heels – although you can always counter this problem by making sure you are taken from marble floor directly to the red carpet by your chauffeur or personal limo driver! A complimentary service from Hotel Port Adriano.