Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor
Just like the '50s and '60s, destination Jamaica is back and the international rich and famous are all jetting in.
Oh my word, what a simply fabulous year destination Jamaica has had! And talk about ending the season with a bang! My dears, it simply does not get any better than this as, indeed, not only was Jamaica the preferred getaway for the über classes, it was the place to party and be seen for the Yuletide and New Year's Eve celebrations, from Port Antonio, to Negril as, indeed, the rich, the famous, the quoted and oft misquoted, and blue bloods, all made it destination Jamaica, and partied up a storm!
Dears, from the über rich Michael Lee-Chin, who saw in the New Year with a shortlist of friends at the Trident Resort over there in Port Antonio, to Chris Blackwell - who hosted the likes of the Karl von Habsburg, he being the current heir to the Austrian throne and the de facto head of the exiled Austro-Hungarian Imperial family, and his fabulous wife, Francesca von Habsburg, she being the daughter and heiress of Swiss industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza, and one of the largest art collections in the World, which has seen her dubbed in some quarters as the 'Queen of Arts' - and their children - at his New Year's celebration over at his ultra-fab GoldenEye Boutique resort in Boscobel, St Mary. Also heating up the scene was the Jamaica-born, international sensation - songstress, actress, diva and vamp - the daahling Grace Jones; and her sibling Chris Jones.
At the fab Round Hill - where the reigning glitterati and glamourzons were in attendance, headed by Ralph and Ricky Lauren - you know we are talking nothing but peaches and crème here!
And then there was the sighting of P-Diddy over in Negril; Mark Hart birthday celebrations at the Caves, in Negril, which saw a number of international jet-setters flying in for the do, you know we are talking one fabulous party season here!
Dears, it was like that and then some as, indeed, just like the '50s and '60s, destination Jamaica is back and the international rich and famous are all jetting in to have their party in the sun, and pumpkins, how!
And then my dears, there was the party of parties at Hedonism II, over in Negril, which saw a number of assorted millionaires and the fabulous wealthy in attendance, but incognito no less as they, too, opted for variety as they partied like rock stars to see out the season.
My dears, all be told, Jamaica was rocking from Negril to Morant Point and every nook and cranny in between, and it made for a simply fabulously marvellous holiday season.
And speaking of the fabulous, and birthdays: Belated birthday greetings to Michael Lee-Chin, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, Thursday, the 3rd. corporate attorney Glen Watson, who celebrated on January 1.
Celebrating today are: Dr Marjorie Vassell; socialite and art dealer the very charming Dian Watson; Kamal Morrison; the lovely Taieke Haughton; Che Ingleton, now in Florida; and the fabulous Ann Taylor, in Toronto, Canada.
Celebrating tomorrow, Saturday, the 5th, are: Soprano and songbird Dahlia-Dawn Fuller-Phillips; Ian Wilkinson; businessman-turned-singer David Minott; the lovely Kai Wakeling; the fab Jacqui Melville; the lovely Simone Hall; Horace Bather, formerly of Linstead, St Catherine, now resident of Connecticut, in the US; Gail Mills, now in North Bay, Ontario, Canada; the fabulous Louise Finnegan, formerly of Digicel, Jamaica, now in Arizona, but is back in the UK to celebrate and was in for a surprise party to be thrown in her honour, later today, UK time; and Michael Conally, also in the UK.
On Sunday, the 6th, those sharing birthday honours will include: the fabulous Noella Eldridge; the charming Tracy McArdle; the lovely Nicole Hayles, over in Montego Bay; Michael C. Lyn, in Florida; the fab Tracy Nottingham Gibson, in Duncan, Oklahoma; and the lovely Jacinth Allen Donaldson, now in Boston.
And come the 7th, the first Monday of 2013, among those celebrating will be: Media personality Derrick Wilks; the charmingly lovely Therese Edwards; the lovely Leonine Fearon; the fab Yasmin Salmon-Russell; Dashara Plummer-Hall, over in Mandeville; the charming Florence Apollon, now in Maplewood, New Jersey; Michael Denton, now in New York; Rupert Francis, formerly of Ocho Rios, now in California; and Bancroft Mapp, formerly of Linstead, St Catherine, now in the UK.
Next Tuesday, the 8th it will be all about: the dapper corporate attorney Stephen Johnson; Colin Reid, of Grosvenor Gallery fame, now a celebrated photographer; Lynval Harrison; the lovely Yanique Smith; Akeem Williams; Kurt Campbell; Dane Williams, over in Spanish Town, St Catherine; Courtney Hay, now in Green Acres, Florida; and the fab Jacqueline Ricketts, in New York; who will be among the birthday celebrants.
And, come Wednesday, the 9th: the partiers will include: The simply fabulous NDTC prima dancer Marisa Benain; the dapper Elfe Poleon-Henry; the stunning Tracey Moses; the fab Tashanna Yanique Hylton; Leroy Codlin, in Wesley Chapel, Florida; the charming Donna-Marie Hamilton-Ross, also in Florida; and the fab Latoya Jackson, now in Peoria, Illinois.
And it's about celebrating the fabulous next Thursday, the 10th, as among those celebrating are: the fabulous Julianne Lee-Samuels; the charming Pamela Redwood from the Office of the Prime Minister: the fab Dr Danielle Menzies-Toman; the lovely Wendy Sproul; the fabulous Heidi Hassler, wife of the former Deputy Chief of Mission of the Argentinean Embassy in Kingston, now in Armenia; the fab Jacqueline Robotham, now in Queens, New York; internationally celebrated journalist and writer Elena Oumano; Glen Miller, formerly of Montego Bay, St James, now in Toronto, Canada; and the fab Tanya Chambers, also of Montego Bay, St James, now in Seoul, South Korea.
Many happy returns y'all, and very best wishes for your new year, with champagne toasts and beluga treats.