The Marvel of Mustique

Mustique Beaches

Mustique can harken a vision of PYTs at play—a paradise of luxe, as defined by the elite. The 1,400-acre island has evolved since it was established in the 1960s–1970s, but its allure as a destination that dazzles starts with its heritage:

Mustique was purchased in 1959 by Colin Tennant, an eccentric from Scotland who was known as Lord Glenconner. He proceeded to honor the wedding of his friend Princess Margaret to Antony Armstrong-Jones by presenting the couple with a home on the island, which was named “Les Jolies Eaux,” or “the pretty waters.” (Quest was thrilled to be hosted in this villa, which is as storied as the island given its position by Lord Glenconner’s “Beach House.”)

Mustique flourished with the attention that accompanied the monarchy, and Lord Glenconner evolved the island into a destination to attract David Bowie, David Frost, Carolina Herrera, and Mick Jagger as well as a flock of aristocrats. Photographers like Slim Aarons, Harry Benson, Patrick Lichfield, and Robert Mapplethorpe were there to document—and to participate—in the throng.

The center of the spectacle, perhaps, was the occasion of Lord Glenconner’s 50th in 1976, when he was crowned the “king” of Mustique by Princess Margaret. The affair was lavish, a swirl of guests who effervesced in gold. Oliver Messel boogied with Carolina Herrera as Bianca and Mick Jagger canoodled under the shimmer of the stars (and a gilded parasol).

David Bowie explained his attraction to Mustique, saying, “I wanted something as unlike the Caribbean as possible, because it’s a fantasy island, Mustique. Everybody just builds a getaway from it all so they can get there and see the same people they see all around, but in a holiday situation.”

And that is the charm of the destination, which exists among St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mustique is owned by its residents: those with the means and the sophistication to purchase on the island—and the clout to socialize with its tribe. They can mix at the famed Basil’s Bar and the Cotton House (which features two excellent, world-class eateries: Beach Café and Veranda Restaurant), but Mustique is intimate. Entertainment is centered around conversation and, OK, a couple of cocktails. Because when in paradise, right?

Mustique is the destination for the discerning—an exclusive, one-of-a-kind retreat where even the most experienced of travelers will marvel at their discovery. Visitors are invited to rent from the collection of villas (which range from $5,000 to $150,000 per week and include a staff with a chef) and explore the island through a variety of activities, including horseback riding and scuba diving. It offers the trappings of a premier resort in paradise (including a first-rate spa) blended with the iconic vibe of the 1960s–1970s. Mustique is truly a treasure to be relished by the chicest, most astute of the jet set. And, hey, there’s a chance to see and be seen with the likes of Mick Jagger so, maybe, you can always get what you want. 

For more information or to book a villa on Mustique, call 855.261.1316 or visit mustique-island.com.