The Private Island that was David Bowe’s Vacation Spot

20 Jan

Source: House Beautiful

There are some places in the world where us simpletons just can’t go — and the Caribbean private island of Mustique is one of them. Home to only about 80 houses, according to the Telegraph, it’s so exclusive and secluded that even the globe’s most famous faces don’t fear the paparazzi there. Even David Bowie once commissioned a sweeping, Balinese-style home he called Mandalay in Mustique (which was recently on the market again). And while we might never get to enjoy the island’s crystal clear waters or storybook houses, we can at least take a peek:

The tiny island is located in the West Indies and is actually one of many islands that make up the larger Grenadines.

An early architect on the island, Oliver Messel brought extravagant plantation style homes to Mustique — including Princess Margaret’s home. Today, design on the island has evolved, often to be eco-friendly, but charming colorful buildings can also be found, like these gingerbread-style shops.

Locals need not worry that the island ever becoming overcrowded. Lord Glenconner, (Colin Tennant) tho purchased the island in 1959, started The Mustique Company stipulating that only 120 shareholders can have a stake on the island in order to maintain the integrity of the retreat.

If you’re not one of the lucky ones who owns property on Mustique, those who can afford a luxury vacation can enjoy the island by staying at The Cotton House. The resort is surrounded by 13 acres of tropic greenland and sits on Endeavour Bay, offering up a plethora of water activities including scuba diving and sailing as well as a spa and yoga studio.


There is also a photography and artifact collection inside the Old Sugar Mill that tells the story of the island’s story from its inception.

Besides David Bowie and and his wife Iman, Paul McCartney, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton all have visited to the island – so be cool if you do get the chance to experience the royal life on the island and spy one of them on vacation.

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