THE ISLAND OF MUSTIQUE IS PRIVATELY OWNED
One of the remarkably unspoilt Grenadine Islands, it covers just 1,400 acres and around 500 (very lucky) people live there. It is also home to protected coral reefs, an abundance of flora and fauna and the kind of beaches that only seem to exist in movies.Over the years, it has cast its spell on everyone from royalty and dignitaries to A-list celebrities. Yet this paradise remains that way for a very good reason: private ownership means that standards are rigorously maintained and development kept on the tightest rein.
WHAT’S A RUSH HOUR?
Partly, it’s what Mustique doesn’t have that makes it so special. You won’t see a traffic light, for example, or a beach vendor. There are no ugly power or phone lines as they’re hidden underground. There are very few cars (or indeed roads or road signs). This tiny island retreat lives and thrives by doing things beautifully.
Even in its ‘busy’ times, you may find you have one of its nine white-sand beaches all to yourself. Some face the tranquil Caribbean Sea; others are fringed with rustling palms, fanned by the warm breezes of the Atlantic Ocean.
The island of Mustique is truly unique. Nowhere in the world will you find such an exceptional, private island experience, combined with the ultimate in luxury villa living, and all against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Sophisticated, yet relaxed and informal at the same time, with a fabulous sense of being part of a very special community.
Britannia Bay is the delightful focal point of this community with its fishing village, tiny fish market, Corea’s Food Store, boutiques that are housed in the prettiest pink and purple cottages, a bakery (with, arguably, the best pastries in the region), a fine goods store and last but not least, famous Basil’s Bar! Enjoy a walk along the seafront and stop for coffee or ice-creams at the quaint café.
Whilst the private villas are the hallmark of Mustique there is also just one boutique hotel, four restaurants, a range of activities including water sports, a dive centre, sailing, fishing, horse-riding, a Tennis Club with resident pro, a fitness trail and a beachfront Spa – in fact, everything one can wish for in a perfect resort environment.
THE MAN WHO BUILT MUSTIQUE
Take a drive towards the Endeavour Hills and you will find a most fitting tribute to “the man who built Mustique” – a statue of the late Lord Glenconner (Colin Tennant), whose vision to create a private holiday retreat for his wealthiest of friends and associates was started in 1958 when he purchased the island for just £45,000. Apart from two farming families who tended their small pockets of land, there was no real infrastructure on Mustique and, together with a £1 million inheritance and much determination, Colin Tennant commenced on the long road to realise his dream.
Starting with a hotel in which his invitees could stay and the initial plans to provide running water and electricity, the first of his friends arrived knowing little of what to expect. They left having been captured by the same dream – to own their corner of this paradise where they could build homes for themselves, their families and future generations to cherish and enjoy.
Presenting the late Princess Margaret with a plot of land as a wedding present in 1960, on which she built her beloved villa Les Jolies Eaux, Colin Tennant set the tone of complete exclusivity for this precious corner of the Caribbean especially for those who seek privacy and security in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
Today, the history of Mustique can be found throughout the island and is, in particular, beautifully showcased in the villas that were created by British Theatrical designer Oliver Messel, with their characteristic, fan shaped windows, cooling verandas and colonial touches.
LEAVING MUSTIQUE IS THE HARDEST PART – THE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND, CAPTIVATING AMBIENCE AND VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE MEAN OUR CLIENTS RETURN YEAR AFTER YEAR – A HOLIDAY ON MUSTIQUE IS SIMPLY PART OF THEIR LIFESTYLE