He had been introduced to the delights of Cabo San Lucas during his relationship with former fiancee Mariah Carey and has been a regular in the resort town ever since. His great mate Karl Stefanovic had his second wedding nearby.
Packer’s slice of paradise has direct beach access and unimpeded views over the Sea of Cortez.
Aside from the adjacent public car park, public toilets and children’s playground, his Mexican neighbours also include the exclusive One & Only resort and the swanky Club 96.
Packer’s new pad is beginning to take shape and comprises several interconnected pavilions and courtyards located around the all-important infinity pool.
Palmilla is a place where he can enjoy relative anonymity, though the arrival of his giant cruiser this week did capture the attention of locals who have been busy posting pictures on social media.
The casino mogul previously told PS he would return to Sydney when his glittering new casino at Barangaroo was complete in around six months, however it appears unlikely it will be an extended stay in his home town. Packer has told friends that while he would like to return to Sydney on a more permanent basis, the constant scrutiny he attracts here is a major deterrent.
However, he will be hard to spot when he takes the keys of his new 1000-square-metre palace in the sky being built overlooking Sydney in the One Barangaroo tower, where among his neighbours will be his ever-present right-hand-man Ben Tilley, who has also snapped up a two-bedder in the skyscraper.
Packer’s $60 million-plus apartment is likely to become the most luxurious quarter acre in Sydney and is currently being fitted out under the art-deco inspired eye of Packer’s preferred decorator Blainey North.
Indeed it will be a long way from the laid-back beach chic of Palmilla.
The sun shines 350 days of the year in Cabo, and Packer was making the most of it aboard his cruiser this week.
Since his breakup with Carey in 2016 and subsequent health and personal problems, the father of three, who has been seeing New York socialite Kylie Lim, has divided his time between his homes in Aspen, Los Angeles and Argentina.
Double Bay’s playboy celebrity hairdresser Tom Cole appears to have clicked his heels and disappeared following his rather awkward outing in PS’s sister column Emerald City last Sunday.
The handsome hairdresser, who offered a firm “no comment” when PS tracked him down, is no longer working at his eponymous salon, where his now ex-wife, Mariah Rota, has been valiantly manning the fort and putting on a brave face after it was revealed her hubby had been having romantic dalliances at the nearby Intercontinental Hotel with one of the salon’s better known clients.
“It’s such a disgrace,” one of Rota’s confidante’s told PS. “Mariah is tough, she will get through this, but the price she is paying is very heavy.”
Today PS can reveal Cole’s mystery client getting a little, ahem, extra attention is Double Bay’s very own “eyebrow queen” and social pages fixture Kristin Fisher.
Fisher, a married mother of two, runs her own salon just around the corner from Cole Hair, where the likes of shoe designer Terry Biviano have their tresses tended.
Friends say Fisher was “mortified” when PS started making inquiries. Fisher declined to comment to PS, offering only that she had separated from her husband “months ago in January”.
Curiously her husband, personal trainer Chris Barnes, posted a loving tribute to his wife for Mother’s Day, calling her “the rock in our little family”, just days before Rota confronted Cole about his relationship with Fisher after discovering a trail of text messages between them.
While Fisher said her fling with Cole was over, Cole declined to be drawn on the relationship’s status.
Fashion under fire
Having worked decades building their global fashion business into one of Australia’s most successful exports, sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann have broken their silence after being engulfed by an ugly storm over claims their employee style guide was racist.
“Of course these issues are incredibly concerning for Nicky and I,” Simone told PS.
“They [accusations of racist grooming policies] go against everything we believe in as people and for our brand. We have always worked hard to create kind, joyful and positive experiences for our teams and clients.
“But we must confront the issues as a company and are firmly committed to making the necessary changes, not just in America but everywhere, to do much better.”
Influential fashion watchdog Diet Prada shared an internal company grooming guide on Instagram which was criticised for alleged racial preferencing. However, Zimmermann argued the guide was out of date and the label embraced pro-diversity policies.
Fellow Sydney designer Pip Edwards, one half of active-wear label PE Nation, experienced similar blow-back when she posted on social media her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, with critics accusing her of virtue signalling and pointing out her brand mostly uses white models.
Edwards’ spokeswoman told PS she maintained her stance in support of BLM, but that the designer would not be commenting any further on the criticism.
Gone With The Wind, Chris Lilley’s back catalogue, Little Britain: the list of films and television shows being accused of racist portrayals is growing.
But where will it end? This week television executives in Australia were going through their current playlists with a fine-tooth comb hoping to weed out any potential problems.
Yet Australia’s most beloved and successful productions could soon be in the firing line, not in the least Paul Hogan’s beloved Mick Dundee.
At least one film critic, Luke Buckmaster, has previously labelled Crocodile Dundee, which is still regularly played on free to air television, as “racist, sexist, transphobic and homophobic”.
“Take, for example, a scene from the original film, based in a pub in New York. Mick Dundee (Hogan) chats up a trans woman, before a friend pulls him aside: ‘I’ve been trying to tell you all night, that girl, she’s a guy!’ Dundee responds by sexually assaulting her. He grabs the woman in the groin area, then points and yells: ‘A guy dressed up like a sheila! Look at that!'”
Rather than horror, the pub erupts into laughter and applause.
“There are high fives and back slaps.”
Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Private Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.