Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Mustique is a secluded 1,400 acre island located 18 miles south of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean. The island, surrounded by a cluster of nine white sand beaches, is home to quaint hotels and villas that range from two-bedroom hideaways to luxurious five-bedroom mansions.
The island, originally created by Scottish baron Colin Tennant, has a long history with royalty and rock stars alike. In the 1960s, Princess Margaret received a ten-acre plot of land as a wedding present, and went on to build an opulent residence, named ‘Les Jolies Eaux,’ lined with mini-Versailles gardens and a private beach. More recently, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the charming island during their ‘babymoon’ break, renting out a five-bedroom villa with its own army of staff, private cinema and 64ft infinity pool.
There are two hotels on the island – 17-room Cotton House and five-room Firefly Mystique – both located on prime pieces of real estate. The Cotton House overlooks the Atlantic and Caribbean Ocean, while Firefly is perched atop a hill, and boasts an esteemed guest list which includes Prince William’s cousin Zara Phillips and his in-laws, the Middletons. You can reach Mustique by air through Barbados, St. Vincent, Canouan, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico or Trinidad.
FAMOUS VISITORS: The Royals, Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez
DID YOU KNOW?
Mustique is probably the only celebrity heaven on earth where you will not find any paparazzi. Why? The island’s entry requirements are rigorous and strict to say the least. If you can’t afford to rent a plush $30,000-a-week villa, you can forget about snooping around those who can
Princess Margaret’s ‘Les Jolies Eaux’ mansion was designed by Oliver Messel, one of the most noted stage designers of the 20th century.
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