That select set you read about and love had bundles of fun recently escaping New York’s cold weather, jetting or yachting to the beautiful resort Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. A mishmash of glamorous sun-lovers were lured by the wonderful weather, the new marina, any number of restaurants on the plaza, and Pete Dye’s newest 18-hole masterpiece, cunningly called “Dye Fore.”
The festivities kicked off with the Fanjul charity auction — the Fanjuls own Casa de Campo — held at the family’s breathtakingly beautiful villa on the beach, called Casa Grande. The party, sponsored by Cartier USA, attracted more than 500 people, who bid like pros, and the live auction was conducted by none other than sun-kissed George Hamilton, who was staying at his paradise retreat at the resort with his ex-wife and best pal, Alana Stewart. As for the party of the week, it was hosted at the beach by Pepe Fanjul Jr. and his sister, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler. At least 80 people sat down to dinner, and another 200 arrived for dancing at Casa Grande’s private beach.
Everywhere you looked you saw such as billionaire shopping tycoon Mel Simon and his wife, Bren; designer Kenneth Cole with his family; director Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw (Spielberg is researching the Dominican Republic as a location for a new movie about Cuba); producer Brett Ratner; Lana Forstmann and her children, and Carol and George McFadden, who hosted a birthday bash at the marina’s Bellini Restaurant.
The ever-elegant couple Minnie and Dru Montagu came all the way from London to occupy their house and, from Caracas, Patty and Gustavo Cisneros of the Venezuelan billions also entertained a group of family and friends at their magnificent compound, Casa Bonita. Maria Luisa and Eugenio Mendoza were there, too, preparing for their daughter, Maria Luisa’s wedding this April in Caracas. Of course there were fireworks everywhere, Latin rhythms and nonstop dancing until daybreak. That’s Casa de Campo for you, folks.
Everyone there was thrilled to see the resort’s new luxury residences, called Los Altos de Chavon, located in the quiet little village by the same name. So guests arrived from New York, Miami and Palm Beach to check it out. Later that day, there was a golf tournament and those who didn’t do that shot, rode horses, played tennis or took a helicopter tour of the island. At dinner at the Pepperoni Bar, Alex Rodriguez, pride of the Yankees, was spotted having dinner with his wife. He, George Hamilton and Alana Stewart were all on hand for the cocktail party at Los Altos, which overlooks the Chavon River. Among the others enjoying the view were Peter Som, Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, Alfie Fanjul, Alexandra Lind Rose, Bettina Zilkha, and Miss Universe, Amelia Vega.