Friday, April 3, 2009

The Night The Stars Flooded Cape Town, S. Africa

Celebrities flocked to Cape Town for the opening of Sol Kerzner’s 6 star luxury hotel, One&Only V&A Waterfront last night. At least 400 guests — including songbird Mariah Carey, who arrived in the city yesterday morning, supermodel Naomi Campbell and actors Sharon Stone, Thandie Newton and Robert de Niro to name a few— are in South Africa for the grand opening. Carey announced her arrival on social messaging utility Twitter earlier in the week, stirring up a fan frenzy at Cape Town international airport yesterday. The newly married Carey arrived at her hotel in a cavalcade of black limos. De Niro and Stone were milling around in the lobby, waiting for former president Nelson Mandela to arrive. Kerzner said last week that the party would be “an intimate and elegant affair. It’s more of a homecoming than an extravaganza.” The cream of Hollywood and South African bigwigs will tour the seven-storey hotel, the opening of which marks Kerzner’s return to the local hotel industry after the 1992 opening of the 300-million Palace of the Lost City, in the Pilanesberg. The cocktail party has been put together by party planner to the stars Colin Cowie. Local and international artists will perform at the disco-themed concert. Guests will be expected to travel through the reception area, visiting the hotel’s various lounges and indulging in meals prepared by British chef Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant and by Nobu, owned by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa (where I'm going for dinner tonight!!) The suites at the R1-billion hotel look out onto either the V&A Waterfront marina or panoramic views of Table Mountain. They are said to be the largest in the country, with basic suites of 63m² and the presidential suite covering 383m². Rates at the hotel, part of a string of One&Only resorts around the world, range from R6000 to R50000 a night.
Story based on article by The Times!

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