Top Celebs Ring In The New Year In Barbados

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues. Jan. 3, 2006: Several top celebrities made the island of Barbados their party stop to ring in the new year this past weekend with some doling out close to US$3,000 for a spot at one of the island’s top resort.

The island and the waters around it were the happy stomping ground for several movers and shakers in the international music industry as well as Hollywood big wigs and business magnates.

The posh Sandy Lane Hotel on the west coast, where Tiger Woods was married 15 months ago, set its New Year’s Eve rates at US$2,700 per night. And it attracted the likes of Hugh Grant, known for movies like ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Four Weddings And a Funeral,’ and Hollywood legend, Sidney Poitier, of ‘To Sir With Love’ fame. Grant was on the island with girl friend Jemima Khan.

There they reportedly feasted on lobster, suckling pig, caviar and the likes. Sandy Lane’s new chief executive, Mike Pownall, experiencing his first New Year’s night party at the property, described it as a “ fantastic night.”

R&B singing sensational Rihanna was also back home for the festivities, but not to perform her mega-hit ‘Pon De Replay.’ Instead, she was spotted club hopping on the south coast.

Meanwhile, several local Barbadians gathered around Sandy Lane beach to get close to the rich and famous. Many flocked to St Lawrence Gap for a mini Crop Over festival.

Fireworks burst above Sandy Lane at ten minutes before midnight and climaxed with a sparkling display that read: ‘2006’ and decorated the skyline. The sea of flickering color lit up the dark night and could be seen from the center and southern sides of the island.

Several luxury yachts, which were berthed north of Sandy Lane also sparked fireworks.

Loretta Smith, a 23-year-old, who was on Sandy Lane beach for the first time remarked: “Wow! This is a great way to start the year.”

She clutched a bottle of cheap champagne was joined by friends who jumped into the ocean after the clocked struck 12:01 on Sunday morning. –