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Mustique is a small private island in the nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which is part of the Grenadines, a chain of islands in the West Indies. The island is located within Grenadines Parish, and the closest island is the uninhabited Petite Mustique, located 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. Ferry service is provided to the island from St. Vincent on the M/V Endeavour.[2]

The island covers 1,400 acres (5.7 km2; 2.2 sq mi) and has several coral reefs. The land fauna includes tortoises, herons, iguanas and many other species. Its year-round population of about 500 mostly live in the villages of Lovell, Britannia Bay and Dover. The population rises to 1,200 in peak season.

The island is owned by the Mustique Company, a private limited company which is in turn owned by the island's home owners. The island has around 120 private villas, many of which are let through the Mustique Company.[3] There are two hotels: The Cotton House (with twenty rooms) and Beach Café is owned by the Mustique Company, and the seven-room, privately owned guest house, Firefly, has a restaurant and a bar.[4][5] A separate restaurant, the Veranda, is also in operation.[6]

Early history[edit]

The history of European settlement of the island of Mustique, and of the Grenadines in general, dates back to the Fifteenth century, when Spanish navigators first sighted this more-or-less linear group of small rocky islands and named them "Los Pájaros" or "the birds", because they resembled a small flock scattered across the sea. During the seventeenth century the islands were renamed the Grenadines by pirates, who used the sheltered bays to hide their ships and loot.

The Islands were originally inhabited by people who probably arrived from South America around 2500 BC, subsequently by the Arawaks from 250 BC to 1000 AD, and later by the Caribs, whose simple tools can still be found.[7] The indigenous people was soon outnumbered by European planters in the 1740s, who found they could grow sugar there in abundance, using enslaved African labour. Because Europe's only sources of sugar at that time were limited quantities from the Canaries and Cyprus, the West Indies became economically significant. The Grenadines passed from France to the British in 1763; farmers Alexander Campbell and John Aitcheson bought the island of Mustique that year. The British built three forts.[7] Cotton and sugar continued to be grown until 1834.[8]

The name Mustique comes from the French moustique, "mosquito". The sugar industry lasted until the 19th century, when the cultivation of European-grown sugar beet dramatically reduced the demand for tropical sugar. Mustique's seven plantations were abandoned and eventually swallowed up by scrub, leaving remnants such as the sugar mill at "Endeavor" and its "Cotton House". The Plantation House was built in the 18th century.

The island was mostly abandoned in the 1800s[7] but in 1835 (after the abolition of slavery), two plantations were reopened after ownership of the island passed to the Hazell family. They grew crops and raised sheep and goats on two plantations; they maintained a school for the island locals.[8] In 1865 the two were merged into one estate by the family.[9]

Later history[edit]

Mustique was purchased from the Hazell family[10] in 1958 for £45,000 by The Hon.Colin Tennant, who became The 3rd Baron Glenconner in 1983. He initially planned to start farming, "sea island cotton, beef and mutton" but then decided to develop the island into an exclusive hideaway, after forming The Mustique Company in 1968.[11][12] By that time, cotton production was failing.[8]

A report details the state of the island in 1958:[8]

Apart from the villagers’ smallholdings, Mustique was a desolate island covered in jungle, scrub and cactus. It had no natural water, no roads, no jetty for landing a boat and millions of mosquitoes. There was one dilapidated building used for picking over the cotton, and the remaining villagers lived in corrugated tin shacks which desperately needed upgrading.

Significant improvements would be made over the subsequent years. According to a 2018 report, "since the 1960s, Mustique has been an exclusive sanctuary for royalty, rock stars, celebrities and heads of industry to relax in anonymity".[13]

In 1960, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, the sister of Her MajestyQueen Elizabeth II, accepted as a wedding present Colin Tennant's gift of a 10-acre (40,000 m2) plot of land, where she built a villa called Les Jolies Eaux.[12] She spent time on the island during her honeymoon. In the early 1970s, the princess often visited the island in the company of Roddy Llewellyn. Mustique, she said, "is the only place I can relax".[14] Before her death, the princess gave the property to her son David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley to avoid later payment of inheritance tax. He sold it in 1999 for a reported £2.4 million and Les Jolies Eaux was made available for rent.[15]

In 1964, a new settlement was built, Lovell Village.[16] The original inhabitants of the island were each given a plot of land and a new home in this location.[17] Most of the island locals, who work in Mustique, (roughly 500 people) [18] live in Lovell and for years were served by a church, school, restaurant, a medical clinic, a store and a police station.[19][8] A May 2019 report indicates that other businesses are now located in the Lovell area: "a seafood market ... a food market, two stores The Purple House and The Pink House ... and a general store that advertised liquor, wine and cigars".[20] Serving locals and some tourists, the View Restaurant and Bar is located in Lovell.[21]

When The Mustique Company was formed in 1968, its new manager Hugo Money-Coutts obtained import and other tax free status in return for an annual fee. Building and sales of the villas started soon afterwards.[8]

The airport began operation in 1969. In that year, several new villas were built, and the Cotton House opened as a hotel. In the following years, roads were built (although golf carts and ATVs are the only powered mode of transport), electricity and communications became reliable, a desalination plant was built to provide potable water, and a medical clinic was opened. The costs of running the island school and medical facility are supported by an educational and medical trust. One report states that "since 1968, more than $100 million has been invested in Mustique".[9]

In 1971, the SS Antilles, referred to locally as the Antilles packboat, struck a reef not far off of the island and sank.[22]

New ownership and development[edit]

In 1976, due to financial problems, Tennant sold a controlling interest (60%) in The Mustique Company to a consortium led by Hans Neumann, a Venezuelan industrialist of Czech origin who had survived the Holocaust by hiding in plain sight in Berlin.[23] Neumann took over control of the island and, in 1979, appointed Brian Alexander to take over its management. Alexander did not retire until August 2008.[24] During Alexander's tenure, homes were built for workers on the island.[25]

Tennant remained the owner of a plot on the island until moving to St. Lucia in 1992.[14] However, by 1987, Tennant had sold his remaining shares of The Mustique Company to Hans Neumann. After 2007, major improvements were made on the island including a desalination plant, solar panels to provide electricity and the recycling of certain types of trash.[8]

In 1988 Hans Neumann set up the ownership structure as it is today and Mustique Island was transformed into a private limited company with the 104 homeowners as minority shareholders.[26] Until 2003, Hans Neumann followed by his daughter Ariana Neumann retained a seat on the board and a block of 30% of the shares, which continued to provide stability over the years as it prevented dramatic policy shifts or substantial deviations from the development plan.[27]

As of 2019, The Mustique Company is managed by Roger Pritchard, who replaced Brian Alexander. He leads a staff of 450 who oversee every aspect of island life, management of the villas and security.[28] The security and fire services are provided by a team of officers led by a former Scotland Yard chief. Every visitor must be registered with the security force.[29]

The Mustique Charitable Foundation has been funding programmes for the island locals, such as scholarships, arranging for surgeons to visit the island and literacy programmes since 2018.[30] The Mustique Charitable Trusts funds projects such as Disaster Management Education, refurbishment of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Saint Vincent, school meal programmes, some literacy projects and after-school programmes, diabetes and hypertension screening, a hospice and tree planting.[31]

Amenities and activities[edit]

Mustique Island has many notable features. One of the most notable is Basil's Bar in Britannia Bay. The Bar remains situated right on the water overlooking a striking-blue bay that provides mooring for yachts.

The business was owned by Basil Charles for over twenty years; he was previously the barman at Tennant's Cotton House Hotel. In 2017, however he had sold the operation to The Mustique Company.[14] After a renovation, the bar reopened in 2018. One report states that "the makeover of Basil’s Bar sought to pay homage to its heritage (a legendary island institution), while updating it in a chic, sophisticated and playful way. New features include the open kitchen and hide-away corners for private moments".[32] A jump-up is held every Wednesday night (as of 2019) at this restaurant/bar and on Sundays, it hosts Sunset Jazz evenings, both with live music.[33] The Mustique Blues Festival in late January and early February is held at Basil's Bar.[13]

There are no golf courses on the island[34] but the official web site describes the activities available, in addition to tennis and picnicking:[35]

...scuba diving and sailing, to tennis club and exploring the island on horseback. Try the extreme sports of kite-surfing or deep sea diving and fishing, or take a more gentle approach, with a snorkel in the many hidden coves around the island followed by a nurturing spa treatment. Children are indulged with a host of fun activities, with water sports galore, drive in cinemas for golf buggies, tennis, pony camp, beach picnics and treasure hunts, kite flying competitions and children’s menus everywhere.

Beach on the western side of the island.

The primary beach is Macaroni on the Atlantic side; large waves make it more suitable for surfing than for swimming. Lagoon Beach on the west side is calmer "but too shallow and seaweedy for swimming" according to one review. Gelliceaux, a sheltered bay, is preferable for swimming.[5]

Villas for rent (from $8,000 for one bedroom to $150,000 per week for 6+ bedrooms)[36] include the royals' Les Jolies Eaux, the Indonesian-style Mandalay (built for David Bowie), Pangolin, a seven-bedroom Balinese home, Toucan Hill with its Moroccan theme[36] and a "travertine-like palace". Boats can be chartered at Endeavor Bay.[6][37]

The Mustique Medical Clinic is open daily and there is an island pharmacy. In case of serious medical issues, evacuation can be arranged to Martinique or Miami.[38]

Residents and guests[edit]

The island has become well known for a core set of personalities whose influence created Mustique's current cachet: Lord Glenconner, Oliver Messel, Princess Margaret, Tommy Hilfiger and Mick Jagger. Immediately prior to that, the island was home to fishermen.[39]

Elizabeth II, Queen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and her late husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, made private visits to Mustique in 1966, 1977 and 1985.[40]Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holiday in Mustique often.[41]

David Bowie once owned an Indonesian-inspired multi-pavilion villa on the island, which he left, asserting that "the house was so tranquil and peaceful that he found it hard to get any work done."[42][43] Bowie then sold the estate for $5 million to business tycoon and poet Felix Dennis in 1994.[44] After the death of Felix Dennis[45] in June 2014, the Mandalay Estate was sold to entrepreneur Simon Dolan. In 1996, while on holiday at Mustique, Noel Gallagher wrote and demoed many of the songs that would later be released on Be Here Now.[46]

The British fashion designer Lotty B has been an island resident for twenty years and runs a local boutique called The Pink House.[47]

Painter Stefan Szczesny has been visiting the island since 1995 and is currently[when?] working there on his art.

UK Prime MinisterBoris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds spent Christmas 2019 on Mustique with the von Bismarck family.[48]

Other well-known individuals who have holidayed on Mustique over the years include Noel and Liam Gallagher, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Peter Lynch, Denzel Washington, Pierre Lagrange, Tom Ford, John Travolta and Bryan Adams.[36][34]

Other property owners[edit]

Several wealthy people have acquired land on Mustique, which grants them access to the island's private airline and other resources. Among them are:


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Further reading[edit]

Look up mustique in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
  • Vaughan, Roger (1994). Mustique. Arne Hasselqvist & Alfred Publishing. ISBN .
  • Stefan Szczesny: Szczesny. Mustique. teNeues Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Kempen 47906, ISBN 3-8238-5591-3
  • Stefan Szczesny: Szczesny. Best of Mustique. Szczesny Factory & Publishing & Gallery, Saint-Tropez 83990, ISBN 978-3-9813406-0-0
  • Stefan Szczesny: Szczesny. Picturebook Mustique. Colordruck Leimen, Leimen 66978, ISBN 3-00-004426-4
  • Anne Tennant, Baroness Glenconner, writing as Anne Glenconner: Murder on Mustique (thriller)

Hotels in Mustique Island

Top Rated Mustique Island Hotels

FireFly Hotel Mustique
Guests staying at FireFly Hotel Mustique enjoy an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include a terrace, a porter/bellhop, and a garden.
Sunset Shores Beach Hotel
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The price is $113 per night$113
Sunset Shores Beach Hotel features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 30.00 per vehicle one-way. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and tours or tickets. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a business center, a computer station, and a terrace.
Bequia Beach Hotel Luxury Resort & Spa
Guests of Bequia Beach Hotel Luxury Resort & Spa have access to a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a gym. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) for USD 35 per vehicle. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this beach resort include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center.
Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina
The price is $112 per night$112
At Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina, guests enjoy a marina, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour gym. You can take advantage of free extended parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 25.00 per room one-way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a business center.
Cobblestone Inn
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19.33 mi from city center
The price is $79 per night$79
At Cobblestone Inn, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, and provide local restaurant recommendations.
Mariners Hotel
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17.72 mi from city center
The price is $125 per night$125
Guests of Mariners Hotel enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a terrace. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Front-desk staff can assist with securing valuables, dry cleaning/laundry, and concierge services. Other amenities at this beach hotel include laundry facilities and a garden.
Bequia Beachfront Villa Hotel
The price is $145 per night$145
At Bequia Beachfront Villa Hotel, guests have access to free use of bicycles, a terrace, and barbecue grills. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) for USD 20 per room. Staff members are on hand to provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk. This beach resort also has a garden.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
14.84 mi from city center
The price is $1,040 per night$1,040
Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Canouan have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with luggage storage, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a children's pool, a 24-hour gym, and 9 spa tubs.
Skyblue Beach Apartments
18.17 mi from city center
Guests staying at this apartment enjoy free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and a garden. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Helpful staff is there to provide tour or ticket assistance, as well as offer insight about the area.
Bequia Plantation Hotel
10.03 mi from city center
The price is $153 per night$153
Guests of Bequia Plantation Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. You can take advantage of onsite parking for a fee, along with an airport shuttle for a fee. Helpful staff can provide concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a reception hall, a garden, and wedding services.
Grenadine House
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The price is $124 per night$124
At Grenadine House, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a gym. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 42 per person one-way. Front-desk staff can assist with securing valuables, dry cleaning/laundry, and tours or tickets. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a terrace.
Beachcombers Hotel
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18.03 mi from city center
The price is $121 per night$121
At Beachcombers Hotel, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a sauna. If you drive, put free valet parking to good use. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage, dry cleaning/laundry, and concierge services. Other amenities at this beach resort include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a computer station.
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Enjoy a day by the water at the beach, 1 mi from central Mustique Island. Here are some of the top hotels near Cotton House Beach:

  • FireFly Hotel Mustique: Located 0.7 mi away, this 4-star hotel features free breakfast, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool.
  • Bequia Beach Hotel Luxury Resort & Spa: Located 7.9 mi away, this 5-star resort features 2 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants.
  • Bequia Beachfront Villa Hotel: Located 7.9 mi away, this 3.5-star resort features a restaurant, free WiFi, and free parking.

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Mustique Island currently has no Travelocity-registered accommodation options within close range. But, we offer at least 12 places to rest and relax that are within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) drive.

The closest Travelocity-listed hotel is the Bequia Beachfront Villa Hotel, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, located 9 miles (14 kilometers) from the central area of Mustique Island. That said, have a look at the Sugar Reef Bequia, located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which is 11 miles (17 kilometers) from the downtown area.

The Canouan Resort at Carenage Bay - The Grenadines is around 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the middle of Mustique Island. Or, alternatively, the Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club can be found 16 miles (25 kilometers) away. Alternative places to stay include the Bequia Beach Hotel and the Island inn Apartments.

Want more to do? Consider spending a day or two enjoying Friendship Bay Beach, Princess Margaret Beach and Port of Port Elizabeth, in Bequia Island, 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the northwest of Mustique Island. A few Travelocity-recommended Bequia Island hotel establishments include the Firefly Plantation Bequia and Sadewa Villa. For another option, head to [name of second nearby city or town (sibling)], 20 miles (33 kilometers) to the north of Mustique Island, where you have the options of the Murray Heights Hotel and Paradise Beach Hotel. The Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte and Argyle Beach are a couple of the more frequented points of interest to explore in [name of second nearby city or town (sibling)].

For the modern traveler arriving or departing through E.T. Joshua Airport, you can book Travelocity-listed rooms at Murray Heights Hotel, or Paradise Beach Hotel, which can both be found a short drive away.

Hotel Casa Don Sancho By Mustique en Cartagena de Indias

Reviewed by Nigel Tisdall

What's the deal here?
The only hotel on the island, and yet still punching above its weight class. This colonial breezy institution is, for want of more elegant phrasing, the best way in to access the absurdly spoiling exclusivity of this private enclave. So what makes the hotel so special?
The eccentric Scottish aristocrat Colin Tennant (later Lord Glenconner) bought Mustique in 1958 for £45,000 (US$56,492) without stepping ashore. He gradually developed it into one of the most famous hideaway islands in the world, a favorite retreat for rock stars (Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bryan Adams) and royalty (Princess Margaret, Prince William and Kate Middleton). Today Mustique is home to around 100 fabulous villas, as well as The Cotton House hotel, and is still privately owned. How are the rooms? Any standout details to make our stay more comfortable?
Ceiling fans, Ortigia Sicilia in the bathroom, complimentary beach bag. Regulars have a soft spot for the cottages, the smallest and most affordable option, but cozily charming with a four-poster king-size bed and a veranda at the back—you spend most of your time outdoors anyway. Are there any good food options on site?
Breakfast is included. Toy water-guns are provided for those wishing to keep the birds away from their smoked mahi-mahi bagel or brioche French toast with caramelized bananas and guava jam. Sushi, lobster kebab, and pizzas with a Caribbean twist in the beach club. Dinner can be rather quiet, with dishes ranging from soy-glazed kingfish to lamb and aubergine with goat’s cheese mash. How's the service?
Most of the staff are from the nearby island of St. Vincent and have long-term positions. They are polite and friendly but at times can seem to be going through the motions. Who are you likely to find booking the neighboring room
The sort who know this isn't the real Caribbean and are happy with that. No bling or global labels. But how nice it would be if some clued-up teenager filled their smartphones with something other than Maroon 5 and Amy Winehouse. What's the surrounding area like?
The island has one other hotel, the smaller and less costly Firefly Mustique, which has good food and drinks but is more enclosed with lots of steps. In Britannia Bay there is also Basil's Bar, plus the fish market and fruit stall. Is there anything else we should be sure to check out while staying here?
In 2015 a large chunk of an Ariane space rocket washed ashore, which now stands beside Basil's Bar. The Mustique Company launched a coral restoration project the same year that has done very well—the waters here are one of the best places in The Grenadines to see turtles. Okay, it all sounds great, but is there anything you wish would get an upgrade?
There is a small museum in the Sugar Mill that's sadly neglected, with terrible mosquitos. So why would you recommend this hotel (and, by extension, a vacation in Mustique)?
Ignore Mustique's reputation as a celebrity getaway—the key reason for its enduring appeal is down to the happy fact that it's a truly beautiful, super-safe, and assiduously maintained island with dream beaches and a hassle-free atmosphere.

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Mustique has plenty of mystique! A stunning private island paradise, it is dotted with some of the world's most luxurious holiday accommodation. Once thought of as reserved for royalty, film stars and oligarchs some of the best places to stay in Mustique are now more affordable, in a special occasion kind of a way.

Part of the St Vincent and Grenadines group of islands, it's a tiny little place, not much more than two square miles in total. Mustique's beauty extends from the reefs off shore, to the nine perfect beaches complete with soft, white sand and swaying palms. The scrub is home to herons and tortoises.

Since the eighties, the island, and the majority of villas and two hotels, have been owned by the Mustique Company which in turn is owned by the island's home owners. This means that we don't currently feature any properties on the island and can't make any recommendations but if you aren't fixed on staying on Mustique have a look at our other properties in St Vincent and the Grenadines - not necessarily so exclusive but certainly enjoying the same beautiful weather.

Travel information

  • Mustique has its own airport, served by domestic flights. The nearest international airport is at Barbados.
  • Best time to visit - December through April is the most popular time to visit Mustique. The island has a tropical climate and the weather changes very little during the year. However, you can expect showers during the rainy season, which occurs from May through November. And of course tourists tend to avoid hurricane season which runs from June to November.

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