photo credit: Jonathan Palmer
The mere mention of Mustique conjures up images of fabulous villas, European Royalty and glamorous pop-stars; certainly this privately owned island is a playground for the rich and famous. However, there’s a lot more to Mustique than glitz and glamour. For starters, the three square mile island has some of the finest beaches in the Grenadines, with its ‘Whiter than White’ sand and its ‘Bluer than Blue’ water.
Although small, the island is fairly hilly, so walking long distances can be fairly hard work – the best way to get around is by mule (a gasoline-powered golf cart), but there’s also an excellent stable where you can hire thoroughbred horses and gallop down deserted white sand beaches. With its low-key ambience, amazing beaches and great diving, it’s easy to see why the island is such a popular destination. Britannia Bay, the yacht harbour, is the main focus of activity with a small fishing village, a couple of stores, and the legendary Basil’s Bar, home of the annual Mustique Blues Festival.
The building of private homes has been limited to 140, and the island, whilst offering a complete infrastructure of roads, water, and all facilities, retains a leisurely feel and a distinctive character of tranquil elegance that is uniquely Mustique.