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At the end of February, Casa de Campo was honored to be visited by His Majesty King Juan I Carlos of Spain, a close personal friend of Pepe Fanjul for more than 50 years.
Having abdicated the throne last year, HM King Juan Carlos I visited Casa de Campo on a personal trip, staying with Pepe Fanjul at the Fanjul’s Casa de Campo estate, Casa Grande.
Speaking to Pepe Fanjul about the visit of HM King Juan Carlos I, Pepe told Casa de Campo Living “I never discuss my private conversations with the King”, however he did assure us that the King thoroughly enjoyed his vacation in Casa de Campo.
During his time in Casa de Campo, HM King Juan Carlos I of Spain took the opportunity to rest and relax at Casa Grande, a magnificent oceanside property with it’s own helipad, beach and tennis courts. In addition, HM King Juan Carlos I was seen dining at Casa de Campo resort restaurants; the Beach Club by Le Cirque on Minitas Beach, as well as at La Caña by Il Circo at the Casa de Campo Hotel.
One afternoon, Pepe Fanjul hosted a lunch at Casa Grande in his honor. The open-air occasion was also attended by president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina who sat to the right side of His Majesty, while Pepe Fanjul was seated to his left.
Pepe Fanjul Jr., President Danilo Medina, King Juan Carlos I, Pepe Fanjul
Among the other distinguished guests at Casa Grande were important members of the British establishment, including Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill and his wife, Lady Sarah as well as Viscount Astor with Lady Annabel. Shooting enthusiasts, Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill and Viscount Astor have been frequent visitors of Casa de Campo over the years, where alongside Pepe they have enjoyed Casa de Campo’s impressive shooting facilities. Casa’s shooting facility boasts a Sporting Clays circuit of more than 200 stations, 2 pigeon rings with Barnaby traps, 1 Colombaire style pigeon ring and a skeet and trap facility. While a short 10 minute helicopter ride, or 25 minute drive outside of the resort lies Rancho Peligro, a private wilderness reserve for European-style Driven Bird Shooting with 6 different drive locations for showing the best possible birds.
Additional important guests included J.Pepe’s son, Pepe Fanjul Jr., Chairman of the Executive Committee of Central Romana with his wife Lourdes, as well as; Blaine Trump; photographer Jonathan Becker, most famous for his work with Vanity Fair; writer Bob Colacello, well-known for writing profiles on a wide range of public personalities, including the biography of President Ronald Regan, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Liza Minnelli, Estée Lauder, and Naomi Campbell, as well as his memoir of Andy Warhol “Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up“; Vanity Fair fashion writer, Amy Fine Collins; Countess Christina de Caraman; Earle Irving Mack, the former US Ambassador to Finland; Brian Mulroney the 18th Prime Minister of Canada; famous financiers Wilbur Ross, Wafic Said and Karl Wellner; and movie entrepreneur Peggy Siegel.
Photography by Bryan de la Cruz.
Veuve Clicquot, Stella Artois, divot stomping, brunch, Paso Fino & polo at Casa de Campo Copa Semana Santa
The elegant association of Veuve Clicquot and polo began long ago with the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup in England, later progressing to the United States with the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic… and now this classically stylish combination is coming to Casa de Campo.
Taking place on Saturday April 4th, with celebrations and activities throughout the day from 11am to 7pm, the finals of the 11th annual Casa de Campo Copa Semana Santa polo tournament hosted by CasaLife Magazine are being sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, Stella Artois, Azimut and Casa de Campo.
When: Saturday April 4th, 11am – 7pm
Where: Casa de Campo Polo Fields
11am: Red carpet opening
11am – 2pm: Live music at the CasaLife/Stella Artois Picnic Brunch (Brunch available all day), complimentary pony rides, complimentary mimosa tasting
2pm: Low goal final
3pm: Divot Stomping with Veuve Clicquot
3:30pm: Paso Fino show
4pm: High goal final
6pm: Awards ceremony
Dress Code: Whimsical chic with a touch of polo
Contact: SILGON (809) 523-2045 / [email protected]