Even the most jaded jet-setter could not help but be impressed by the exotic elements the Kerzner Mazagan Beach Resort in El Jadida, Morocco had in store for the array of A-listers welcomed to its grand opening celebration on October 31, 2009.
A red carpet stretched out beneath the stars provided a path for a plethora of paparazzi magnets upon their arrival, including Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Gerard Butler, Lindsay Lohan and Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon and his wife Yasmin. The gathering of glitterati walked to the rhythm of a band of drummers, the exotic beat quickening pulses as 1,500 movie stars, musicians and models mingled among presentations of more than 300 traditional folk troops, horses garbed in national thourida costumes, snake charmers and fire breathers who, along with the glow of 10,000 candles, illuminated the famous faces as they turned their eyes heavenward and watched a fireworks display. (See the magic of the moments unfold in the video below.)
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts:
Gerard Butler, who would soon board a plane for Berlin to promote his latest flick Law Abiding Citizen, meets Moroccan singer Oum during the soiree:
Enjoying the fete family-style, Simon Le Bon attended with wife Yasmin and daughters Amber and Tallulah:
Lindsay Lohan poses for posterity during the event:
Suited up to go in search of the perfect wave, surfing champion Kelly Slater smiles for the camera outside the resort during his stay:
Photos courtesy Picapp