Mikhail Baryshnikov: it’s very simple. it goes back to oscar de la Renta. in 1998 he asked me to perform at a benefit for the orphanage he built in La Romana. i was in Puerto Rico at the time, and he sent a plane to pick me up. i arrived at his home in Punta Cana in the middle of the night and fell right asleep. i opened my eyes in the morning and looked around at the gorgeous house and the water outside, and i was totally smitten. oscar [who died in 2014] and his wife Annette are people of such extraordinary taste in everything they do—gardening, furniture, food. You can’t imagine the beauty of the place. Lisa Rinehart: i remember you called that morning. MB: i said, “Lisa, i’m in eden!” LR: Misha never calls from anywhere just to talk about how nice it is. For him to say that meant quite a bit. MB: That morning oscar was heading somewhere, but before he left he said, “Misha, do you think you could have lunch with Julio?” LR: That’s when this whole house thing started. Julio seduced him! or, i should say, Julio completed the seduction. MB: i had met Julio [iglesias] before and knew he was very charming. At lunchtime we headed over to his property, which looks like a Balinese village with bungalows surrounding a swimming pool. Julio’s father and a few friends were there, and we all sat down outside. in the Dominican Republic, i learned, you can easily spend three or four hours at lunch. There was incredible food and this and that. oscar and Julio were such great friends they used to break out into duets together. We were happily drunk by the time the sun started to get low, and then oscar, who had returned, said, “We would like to help you. We were just dividing properties.” He explained that there would be a community of homes called Corales built inside Puntacana Resort & Club and that he and Julio had been two of the first to build. “it will be very few people,” they told me. “And we will give you a very good price.” And indeed the price was extremely generous. i said yes.