The Best Insider Tips for the Beautiful Caribbean Island of Mustique
Princess Margaret enjoyed to retreat to Mustique - apparently, the island was the only place where she was able to relax. Unsurprisingly, Mustique is a private island with gorgeous celebrity villas for rent.
13 March 2023
Mustique sounds like a kingdom straight out of an Arabian Nights fairy tale - but the island really exists. It's located in the Caribbean Sea and is part of the Grenadines. Why, at least to us, is it largely unknown? It has been privately owned for more than 50 years and is a hideaway for the rich and beautiful.
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There are about 110 private villas on the island, most of which can be rented; but there's also traditional accommodation: the "Cotton House" was the first hotel on the island. Meanwhile, a second hotel has been built. Despite the high density of celebrities, Mustique is not a classic jet-set hotspot: the idea is to keep to oneself here - there are other destinations for seeing and being seen. The celebrities retreat to their villas on Mustique, and day tourists are only allowed to enter certain areas. Drones are prohibited to guarantee privacy. Only in "Basil's Bar," an institution on Mustique, does everyone get together - of course, there is a strict ban on cell phones there.
Where to stay
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Tommy Hilfiger's villa was influenced by Oliver Messel's architectual designs and built in British colonial style. Two smaller houses on the palm-fringed estate provide privacy for larger groups.
L'Ansecoy Bay, Mustique
Price: From € 70,000 per week.
This extraordinary property was designed in the 1980s for British rock legend David Bowie. Here Balinese style blends with modern elements and Caribbean flair.
Mandalay Estate, Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Price:From € 90,000 per week.
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The coral-colored boutique hotel combines Caribbean elements with the architecture of the French Antilles. Every Tuesday, it becomes a social hub: Champagne and canapés tempt guests in the ''Great Room Bar''.
Mustique, Mustique Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Price:doubles from € 730,-
Where to eat
Visitors of the island have been meeting to party in Basil Charles' bar since 1976. Here chances are high to enjoy your rum punch next to stars like Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger or Bryan Adams.
The dinner menu's dishes have their origins in the cuisine of the West Indies: here ribeye steak is rubbed with homemade spice mixtures, and homemade marinades round off the food's flavor.
Every Saturday, at the relaxed event "Cook on the Sand," a large bonfire is built in front of guests on the beach, over which chefs prepare fresh fish and other Caribbean delicacies.
Text: Karin Cerny and Katharina Kotrba
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Winter 2022/23.