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A FAB FAREWELL TO CELERIE KEMBLE’S PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club


If I had to choose one word to describe our stay at Celerie Kemble’s most perfect Playa Grande Beach Club it would have to be “bliss!”

We savored every moment of our tropical getaway with gratitude for the glorious way life was unfolding and all the beauty that surrounded us. The luscious landscape and the immaculate architecture are an absolute feast for the senses. And while certainly there are a great number of activities one can arrange to do while there – from horseback riding, to golf and tennis, etc., we were perfectly happy to simply relax and luxuriate.

The Playa Grande Beach Club

The Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

With the days getting darker and colder back here in the city, we are longing to return to the DR!

the Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

Do book a holiday at the Playa Grande Beach Club – there are so few places of this caliber left – and If you go, please share with us here at WIJW, we’d love to hear from you!

For our farewell photo (top) I’m sporting a Prada brown and white paisley print cotton voile shirt, Tom Ford turquoise silk pants, brown leather sandals, vintage straw hat, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

WEARING DEBRA TORRES AT CELERIE KEMBLE’S PLAYA BEACH CLUB

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

When planning a trip, I always seek the most elegant of accommodations that truly capture the essence of place, and Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club absolutely delivered in spades.

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

Once I’ve sorted out a destination I immediately start to consider what to wear – what ensembles would be appropriate and what will help to create the most stunning visual narrative.

For our glorious Dominican Republic respite, I conjured up images of Oscar de la Renta in Punta Cana. My thoughts also turned to my Cuban grandfather, who always looked so chic and impossibly fresh in his freshly ironed and starched gauyabera shirts. I thought a more casual yet still rather dressed up approach for a stay at the Playa Grande Beach Club would be right on target – and the gauyabera, with its Latin chic and Caribbean glamour, simply had to be a key component to this look.

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

The brilliant Cuban born, Miami based designer Debra Torres has a wonderfully unique take on the classic gauyabera shirt – I’m particularly taken with the “David” model and it can be created in a slimmer fit. I introduced myself to Torres and we reminisced about all things Cuba – and of course I ordered some of her fine shirts. needless to say we’ve become fast friends!

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

For your own Playa Grande Beach Club getaway, do look up “La Divina” Debra Torres and order your gauyabera shirts!

For today’s image (top) I’m sporting a “David” gauyabera in lrish linen by Debra Torres paired with Tom Ford floral pants, a vintage straw hat, white braided leather sandals by Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.

CELERIE KEMBLE’S PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB (PART 3)

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

Fortuitously my birthday coincided with our holiday at Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club…and I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate!

Dining Pavilion - Playa Grande Beach Club

Dining Pavilion – Playa Grande Beach Club

This marvelous confection of a place in such dramatic tropical surrounds was a dream, and the delicious cuisine and delightful staff elevated our stay to rarely experienced heights. Our meals were created from fresh locally grown organic produce. The menu had wonderful touches of traditional Dominican cuisine, and dining was set beautifully on the veranda with views of the beach, pool, and crisply treillaged cabanas. (We chose a different location each night to enjoy cocktail hour). The staff graciously catered to our every whim and welcomed suggestions for what we might want to enjoy!

Dining Pavilion vista

Dining Pavilion vista – Playa Grande Beach Club

Club house library

Club house library – Playa Grande Beach Club

What a magical week it was. To celebrate my birthday dinner, I sported a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, lavender and white striped shirt and pale beige suede loafers, Etro pocket square, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.