Celebs fete Dominican's posh marina

Time of article published Apr 30, 2007

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Children of US billionaire Donald Trump, the singer Julio Iglesias and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta were among the stars who gathered on Saturday in the Dominican Republic's Cap Cana to inaugurate a luxury marina, organisers said.

Touted as the "most complete and modern marina in the Caribbean," organisers said in a statement that the facility will, once finished, be able to accommodate 1 000 yachts as well as mega-yachts.

At the festivities on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Eric and Ivanka Trump, whose father is one of the investors in the complex, rubbed shoulders with 3 000 guests including Iglesias, Dominican-born de la Renta and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The inaugural bash was also to feature appearances by President Leonel Fernandez, Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra, the Santo Domingo Philharmonic and performers from Canada's Cirque de Soleil.

The complex is to stretch over 120 square kilometers and cost a total of two billion dollars.

It will include three golf courses designed by ex-champion Jack Niklaus's company as well as four luxury hotels, a shopping centre and a Venice-like canal featuring seaview villas.

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