Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in photos taken months before the 2000 split

Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley frolic with Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova and Valentino aboard a yacht in the Caribbean in never-before-seen photos taken months before their split in 2000

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Lounging on a luxury yacht with a glittering group of celebrity friends, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley look like the epitome of the young Hollywood power couple in these photos taken months before their breakup.

Grant, now 60, and Hurley, now 56, were photographed vacationing in the Caribbean in the early 2000s, months before they split in May.

The couple, who met in the late 80s, spent the day with supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova and Italian designer Valentino Garavani, who has a long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Hurley.

The photos were shared on Instagram by Giancarlo Giammetti, the co-founder of the fashion house and Valentino’s former lover.

Bright Young Things: Lounging on a luxury yacht, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley look like the epitome of the young Hollywood power couple in these photos taken months before their May 2000 split. The photos were shared on Instagram by Giancarlo Giammetti

Natural Beauty: Even without an ounce of makeup, Elizabeth Hurley's beauty shines through in this photo taken aboard the yacht.  She sat next to Italian designer Valentino, pictured

Natural Beauty: Even without an ounce of makeup, Elizabeth Hurley’s beauty shines through in this photo taken aboard the yacht. She sat next to Italian designer Valentino, pictured

Caught in action: In one of the photos, Grant is lying topless on the sundeck, half turned to the camera, while Hurley is captured walking on her hands and knees towards him.  The woman on the far left is thought to be supermodel Eva Herzigova

Caught in action: In one of the photos, Grant is lying topless on the sundeck, half turned to the camera, while Hurley is captured walking on her hands and knees towards him. The woman on the far left is thought to be supermodel Eva Herzigova

Giammetti, who has been friends with everyone from Andy Warhol to Liza Minnelli, is known as the “man with the most connections in fashion” and loves to share photos from his personal archive online.

The most recent selection was shared this week with the caption: ‘I’d like to share with you an album of an amazing trip to the Caribbean before the start of the year 2000! No tag.. you know who you are!’

Hurley responded to the photo to say, “Heavenly memories.”

Valentino and Giammetti have a yacht, but it is not known if this was the yacht rented for this trip.

Sunlit: Supermodel Claudia Schiffer smiles shyly at Giancarlo's camera, while Hugh Grant talks in the background.  The group enjoyed lunch on the deck of the superyacht

Sunlit: Supermodel Claudia Schiffer smiles shyly at Giancarlo’s camera, while Hugh Grant talks in the background. The group enjoyed lunch on the deck of the superyacht

Deep in conversation: Grant chats with another guest aboard the yacht, where fresh vegetables were served along with crisp cold glasses of white wine

Deep in conversation: Grant chats with another guest aboard the yacht, where fresh vegetables were served along with crisp cold glasses of white wine

Fashion power player: Valentino poses with a glamorous friend in one photo shared online

Fashion power player: Valentino poses with a glamorous friend in one photo shared online

Some of the photos were taken during a casual alfresco lunch on board the ship. Plain wooden tables were set with plain placemats and white napkins, and guests enjoyed glasses of crisp white wine.

Makeup-free Hurley, sitting next to Valentino, smiles at the camera in one of the photos, her dark brown hair blowing over her face.

The actress, then in her mid-thirties, was fresh off the success of the Austin Powers movies.

She showed off her gorgeous figure in a white bikini, which she wore under a sunshade.

Happy memories: Giancarlo shared this photo from the yacht's sundeck on Instagram

Happy memories: Giancarlo shared this photo from the yacht’s sundeck on Instagram

Meanwhile, Grant looked typically debonair in a gray t-shirt and sunglasses.

In one of the photos, Grant lies topless on the sundeck, half-turned to the camera, while Hurley is captured walking towards him on her hands and knees.

In another film, Grant smiles at Hurley as she climbs the steps of the yacht ahead.

Grant and Hurley’s 13-year relationship ended in May 2000. Speaking recently about the breakup, Grant said the “sex got a little out of hand,” but the pair remain best friends.

Giammetti made headlines last year when he shared invisible photos of Princess Diana aboard the Valentino yacht two years before her divorce.

He also shared photos of the late American fashion designer Halston on the occasion of Netflix’s release

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