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Sans Souci celebrates with night of enchantment

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMNashauna Lalah
From left: Robert Hoehener of Arosa Limited, Pierrre Battaglia, general manager of Couples Sans Souci, and John Bailey at the 12th anniversary celebrations of Couples Sans Souci.
Shelly-Ann Simpson shares lens with Michael Lake as they celebrate Sans Souci’s ‘Enchanted’.
From left: Raquel Parke; Paul Issa, deputy chairman of Couples Resorts; Alex Ghisays Thomson, director of PR, Couples Resorts; and Oriente Issa.
The fabulous duo of Martine Fontaine (left) and Jeanine Tribley celebrating with Couples Sans Souci.
The Ocho Rios posse of (from left) Sienna Creasy of Jewel Grande Spa, General Manager of Jamaica Inn Kyle Mais, and Sabrina and Alexi Russell, national sales director of Dolphin Cove.
Evita’s Eva Myers (left) and Michelle Bovell sticking to the all-white dress code like a pro at Sans Souci ‘Enchanted’-themed anniversary party.
Couples Sans Souci’s entertainment coordinator Nicola Barker cuts the anniversary cake with the resort group’s CEO, Glen Lawrence.
Queen of fashion Michelle Bovell (left) shares lens with Louise Adelstrand.
From left: Deputy Chairman of Couples Resorts Paul Issa his wife Oriente, Chris Blackwell, Shirine Saad and Alex Masucci at Couples Tower Isle’s 40th anniversary party.
The fun-loving bunch of (from left) Belinda Morrow, Jan Polack, Singe Coughlan, Sarah Todd, and Caroline Coughlan (stooping).
Stephen Facey sandwiched by Jamie Schiff-Collier (left) and Judy Salms.
Founder of London’s Legendary Comedy Store, Peter Rosengard (left), greets veteran Jamaican musician Ernie Smith.
COK’s Aloun Assamba and her son, Domonic Strachan.
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s Clifton Reader and wife Anna, of the Tourism Product Development Company.
Suzanne Issa (left) and Boston native Linda Sherman, who has been visiting Couples Tower Isle for the past 35 years.

The night was rainy and there was a slight chill in the air, providing the perfect setting for 'Enchanted', the themed 12th anniversary celebration of Couples Sans Souci, held on Friday, January 12.

The grounds of the lush St Ann property were decorated with white crystal beads and lights aplenty. The all-white dress code kept the mood magical, and the violinist who greeted guests at the cocktail reception added sweet melodies to the grand affair.

As guests mingled, they sipped on delightful creations concocted at dedicated martini bars. The melon martini was particularly popular, and finger foods, featuring cheese, chocolate, rabbit risotto, and seafood, teased palates in just the right way.

Later, at dinner, while the exceptional feast prepared by Couples Resorts' masterful Executive Chef Stefan Spath and his team kept guests happy, singer Ana Strachan sang local favourites such as Emanuel Road and Evening Time with her beautiful soprano voice floating across the expansive grounds.

After Strachan, the resort's entertainment team took over with classic hit songs, which had some dancing the night away, completely enchanted by the auspicious occasion.


Tower Isle - One party, 40 years to celebrate


On the night of Saturday, January 13, Couples Tower Isle, the historic and grand resort in Tower Isle, St Mary, marked the extraordinary achievement of 40 years of operation.

The effort that went into every element of the night's celebration was obvious. Oysters and sushi were the order of the day, as sparkling wine and myriad martinis got things started at cocktail hour, inside the hotel's main lobby. The chatter played background to the outstanding Jessica Yap on violin.

At dinner, Karen Smith did what she does best, and reeled off hit after hit with her unmistakable voice. Then, it was time for Ernie Smith, the great Jamaican singer, to take the poolside stage. That Smith, who appeared in a white three-piece suit, has seen his 70th birthday come and go, is hard to believe. With the energy of a 30-year-old, he rocked the rainy venue, clearly still enjoying what he has been doing for more than 50 years. Smith performed his big hits such as Duppy Or Gunman and Pitta Patta, while borrowing from his contemporaries such as Pluto Shervington, with Ram Goat Liver, and even Neil Diamond, with Sweet Caroline.

The reggae star performed for close to an hour, never showing signs of being tired. It was a fitting performance to celebrate a resort that, 40 years in, is also just getting started.