There are only 10 marinas/recreational ports, worldwide, who are able to hoist the certification and now Portugal is part of this ranking of marinas that distinguish themselves by receiving highly demanding clients who expect the highest levels of facilities, infrastructure and customer service.

To achieve the distinction, it was necessary to ensure some differentiating principles, which include an assessment of the marina's ambience based on construction design, facilities, accessories and other first-class features; customer service through a dedicated concierge team that attends to all needs of owners, guests and crew; and quality facilities, providing a luxury experience for guests.

Isolete Correia, Director of Vilamoura World, said that “this certification reflects the level of supply and the quality of the infrastructure, as well as the constant work and dedication of the entire team involved, whose efforts are entirely focused on providing excellent services”.

Between 2015 and 2017, Vilamoura Marina was elected, among all the marinas classified with 5 Anchors, the best international marina of the year and, for being awarded three consecutive years, in 2017 it was awarded the respective distinction: “International Marina of Distinction 2015-2017”. In 2019 it was again distinguished with the award for the best international marina of the year and named the Best in the World in 2021 and more recently, in September 2022, it was elected the Best International Marina, at the Southampton International Boat Show.