Packer snaps up new play­ground

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - AN­NETTE SHARP

James Packer and Mariah Carey may never again know the warmth of each other’s bo­som — but they’ll al­ways have Cabo. Just weeks af­ter Packer was dis­charged from a Bos­ton re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre comes word the bil­lion­aire has pur­chased land in Cabo San Lu­cas, a re­sort play­ground in the Mex­i­can state of Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur, one of Carey’s pre­ferred hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to close friends, the casino owner plans to build him­self a lux­ury new villa over­look­ing the Sea of Cortez which will be­come his per­ma­nent new home base.

It was songbird Carey who in­tro­duced Packer to the de­lights of Cabo dur­ing their 18-month re­la­tion­ship in 2015 and ’16 say in­sid­ers. Last year Packer moored his yacht, Arc­tic P, off Cabo’s rugged coast­line and worked on his tan while wait­ing to be in­ter­viewed by po­lice in con­nec­tion with the Israeli in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Israeli prime min­is­ter Benjamin Netanyahu. Packer is not sus­pected of any wrong­do­ing.

The sun shines 350 days of the year in Cabo, a town renowned for its night-life and beaches.

While the busi­ness­man’s empty Bondi apart­ment has been look­ing in­creas­ingly un­tended in re­cent years, the bil­lion­aire has di­vided his time mainly be­tween his homes in Aspen and Ar­gentina.

It was to Ar­gentina and his polo prop­erty Eller­stina, lo­cated an hour’s drive from Buenos Aires, that Packer re­treated fol­low­ing the break­down of his re­la­tion­ship with Carey in 2016.

But friends now say the months of iso­la­tion in Ar­gentina did noth­ing for the reclu­sive bil­lion­aire’s health and con­trib­uted to the prob­lems that saw his ad­mis­sion to a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity in Bos­ton in March.

Packer’s reps have said he is suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues.

His re­cov­ery plan is un­der­stood to urge re­con­nec­tion with fam­ily.

Cabo is only a two-hour flight from Los An­ge­les where his ex-wife Erica lives with the cou­ple’s three young chil­dren — a far eas­ier trip than the 14-hour flight to Ar­gentina.

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