Death Wish film director lets loose on “bizarre saga” of Four Seasons Resort and a lot more
There can be no dispute that our old friend Michael Winner loves Barbados – and not just the West Coast / Sandy Lane crowd either. We’ve seen him pass through places like er, Grape Hall, and he’s usually smiling away in the passenger seat like he’s just had a tonic and gin… or five. Sometimes he waves at folks in much the same manner as Queen Elizabeth in a motorcade. We wave back. Like we said, Michael Winner loves Barbados and we get a kick out of him too.
Mr. Winner has been following what he describes as the “bizarre saga” of the on-again, off-again Four Seasons / Paradise Beach development and has just published a tell-all about the project in the Telegraph. It’s a wonderful and fun read with a few secrets and private quotes thrown in here and there.
Here’s a list of some of the folks he talks about…
Barbados Free Press 🙂
Sir Michael Caine
Sir Philip Green
“Fantasy enveloped everyone in charge.”
Then there’s the X-Factor: Simon Cowell. Simon, who I introduced to Barbados in 2000 when he was so unknown even his mother didn’t recognise him, has paid up for a sea-front villa. He’s too famous to reside in public. Every tourist ship disgorging 2-4,000 people onto the quayside in Bridgetown will be besieged by local taxi drivers saying: “Do you want to see Simon Cowell’s house?”
There are no private beaches in Barbados. Even at Sandy Lane I face revellers lying in front of my sun lounger. Villa owners may find their beach filled with ten-deep rows of tourists ogling Simon’s house, the sea full of others swimming with turtles. Paradise Beach needs a marine expert to tempt the little darlings away and a massive bribe to coax Simon away, who could buy the whole place ten times over. Not much chance there.
… read the entire Telegraph article – Michael Winner: Bother on Paradise Beach
Does the Barbados Government’s guarantee make everything fine now?
Avinash Persaud is quoted in today’s Nation News as saying that everything is okay with the Four Seasons project since the Barbados government issued a guarantee for $120 million – except that’s not enough money and the project needs more.
I wonder how much the good folks of Barbados will end up subsidizing homes for the rich and famous? Oh well, in for a penny and all that.
Here’s the start of the Nation article…
THE $120 MILLION GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE that has kick-started the stalled Four Seasons project is not enough to complete the mammoth luxury facility. It was enough, however, to get the buy-in of confidence-shaken villa owners and creditors, said Professor Avinash Persaud.
… from The Nation article 120 million not enough
I don’t think that at the time of his interview Mr. Persaud had read Mr. Winner’s article. It would be interesting if some of the Barbados press re-interviewed Mr. Persaud on the Winner’s statements and observations, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.