Swimming with dolphins, Bahamian bacchanalia

My last post griped about the lack of activities under the sun during Islands of the World Fashion Week in the Bahamas, but last Friday’s day trip to the gorgeous Blue Lagoon Island where I swam with dolphins more than made up for it. I’ve jumped in the water with these mammals on my last trip to the Caribbean, but the activity never fails to elicit a giddy, child like reaction out of me. Maybe its because I find dolphins to be the cutest animals, but beyond that, they are playful and intelligent sea creatures that can perform entertaining stunts in the water.

Meanwhile, on my last night, international journalists, organizers, sponsors, designers, and models who attended the fashion week were treated to a raucous party at Peter Nygard’s Mayan and Robinson Crusoe inspired estate in Lyford Cay, the Beverly Hills of the Bahamas. For those of you who do not know Nygard, he’s a Canadian designer not only known for his charitable activities in the Bahamas, but also for his legendary parties which has earned him the designation: the Hugh Hefner of the Caribbean. The event had all the ingredients of a tropical bacchanalia—a live band, naked women who guarded the tables lined with Jello shots, exotic food, an endless supply of liquor, and a dance party in Nygard’s in-house club. While the soiree certainly lived-up to Nygard’s fun-loving reputation, his estate (dubbed the Nygard Estate) was a sight to behold for its ridiculous opulence. I’ve been to some impressive homes, but this has to be the quirkiest and architecturally marvelous abode I have ever been to. One reveler even sarcastically said, I think we can "Google Earth this!" Just check out the images. 

—Robert Cordero




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