D
uring Abu Dhabi’s spectacular Formula One weekend, the
lavish social events are as much as an attraction as the race
itself.
This year we were particularly looking forward to the Amber Lounge
party. Many, including ourselves, regard this as the premier after party
on the Friday and Sunday nights of the Grand Prix weekend. This
year, we were especially excited to attend, as the opulent night was
returning to the stunning Yas Links Golf Club, promising an evening
of glitz, glamour and unrivalled entertainment.
The Amber Lounge is a natural environment for those who love
luxury and opulence. The original idea came fromSonia Irvine, sister
of Ferrari F1 star Eddie Irvine. The first Amber Lounge event took
place at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2003. Since then there have
been brilliant parties in Barcelona, Monaco, Shanghai, Singapore and
Valencia – as well, of course, as Abu Dhabi.
As with so many other luxurious things, the premise is a simple one:
to create a truly VIP nightlife experience that reflects the glamour
and exclusivity of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the
world. Over the years, Amber Lounge has carved a reputation as a
unique venue, where drivers, celebrities, VIPs and regular race fans
can come together to enjoy a stylish, fun night out.
We were delighted to mingle with many racing stars, as well as
talented and visionary people in other fields. Given his victory in the
Grand Prix, perhaps the most popular guest on this occasion was the
charming Kimi Räikkönen, who celebrated his win with fourteen
other F1 drivers, including Jenson Button and the legendaryMichael
Schumacher.
Over the weekend, the Amber Lounge also hosted internationally
renowned pop icons Kylie and Dannii Minogue, pop starlets Natasha
Bedingfield and Eva Simons, and footballer Michel Salgado.
Naturally, the lavish evenings were planned to perfection, right down
to every opulent detail. We were served excellent food, and drank
Gize, a unique gold-filtered luxury water. Gize has been an integral
part of the Amber Lounge in Monaco and Singapore, and we were
delighted to see it being served at the Grand Prix After-Party in Abu
Dhabi, too.
The musical entertainment was also superb. Taboo, founding
member of the Black Eyed Peas, entertained the rapturous crowd by
spinning his own amazing musical blend, and combining it with
wonderfully high energy dancing and remarkable singing. It was so
much fun to be surrounded by these talented and successful people.
There was an absolutely electric atmosphere, and the pumping music
ensured a full dance floor. The exclusive entertainment continued
until dawn – and we and the other guests still seemed enthusiastic
to carry on then!
We were thrilled that this year’s Amber Lounge party was to be held
at the amazing Yas Links. The course has been voted among the Top
10
New International Golf Courses, and even named one of the
world’s top 25. I’ve played on this brilliant course in the past. It’s a
par 72 championship course that stretches to a demanding 7,450
yards. Alongside the luxurious clubhouse, there’s also a nine-hole
par 3 academy course, and floodlit practice facilities.
We felt that Amber Lounge’s partnership with Yas Links was an
opulent blend of luxury, talent and sophistication that was
reminiscent of the spirit of Formula One itself. With sponsors of the
calibre of Gize, Audi and Coca-Cola, there was little doubt that this
was going to be the most exquisite party in town.
The 2012 Amber Lounge was not only a great finish to the Formula
One race, but also a fabulous finale to an amazing year. We can’t wait
for the 2013 event – which promises to be even more phenomenal!
Amber Lounge Abu-Dhabi - Taboo
Amber Lounge Abu-Dhabi - Eva Simons
Amber Lounge Abu-Dhabi Kimi Raikkonen and Amber Lounge CEO Sonia Irvine