The Life Aquatic

Superstars Make a Splash at the Cove


Chelsea, Steven, and Liv Tyler, at The Cove Atlantis.
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Atlantis, Sol Kerzner's vast water-themed hotel complex in the Bahamas, is stocked to the gills with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays. But last weekend it played host to an exotic creature of a different stripe: the modern celebrity at play. For the opening of The Cove, a more upscale resort-within-a-resort featuring its own beach, pools, and catalog-come-to-life Vivre store, Kerzner reeled in a barrelful of movie stars (John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan), music bigs (Steven Tyler, Kanye West), and sports giants (Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson).

The extended weekend's festivities included performances by Janet Jackson and Aerosmith, a seventies-themed finale bash, a poolside fashion show where models sported Kai Milla's resort dresses and easy beach cover-ups while Tyra Banks looked on in a green bikini, and a fireworks display so massive they may have to cancel the Fourth of July for lack of supplies. For some guests, though, the highlight was the intimate birthday dinner that Milla held for her husband, Stevie Wonder, on Thursday night. From a small stage set up within Mesa Grill, Joss Stone, John Legend, Nancy Wilson, Mos Def, Indie.Arie, and others serenaded Wonder. Surrounded by his children ("I seem to have a lot of them," he said wryly), the birthday boy blew out the candles on his cake and lit up the house with an incandescent rendition of All I Do.

How much all this cost Kerzner is anyone's guess. But you get the feeling that he'll come out ahead. As bleary-eyed guests got ready to depart on Sunday morning, the rumor going around was that one of their number had dropped a cool seven figures at the Atlantis casino the previous night. It was that kind of weekend.
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