Mustique is a 1,400 acre island located in the Southern Caribbean. This private island is owned and operated by the Mustique Company. This is an organisation which comprises of shareholders from 17 countries whose aim is to preserve the natural beauty and tranquility of the island.
We flew direct to Mustique from St Vincent and I understand there are flights from other East Caribbean Islands including St Lucia and Grenada. The airport in Mustique is tiny and comprises of nothing more than a couple of small concrete runways and a wooden shack. This airport cannot cope with large aircraft and the only way of landing on this island is in very small charter planes and helicopter. Our flight to Mustique was on a plane that could carry 7 passengers and during landing we nearly overshot the runway. Despite its size Mustique airport is very pretty, like all of the island as I was to find out during my visit.
The island comprises of several, very large and even more expensive, villas available to rent to tourists. Think of a Sandals resort and then give it a proper 5 star make over and you are getting somewhere near to how exclusive this island is. Many celebrities have properties on the island including Mick Jagger, The Late Princess Anne, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain and Tommy Hilfiger amongst many others. What’s more is that nearly all of the celebrities’ properties are available to let for a holiday. The properties are let with all staff (maids, chefs, drivers etc), a small vehicle for getting around on and access to all areas. It is exceptionally expensive though with prices costing tens of thousands of US dollars per week. During our trip to Mustique we could have rented Shania Twains oriental themed pad for around $35,000 for the week, and whilst it is an amazing property, “it didn’t impress me much”, it is one of the smaller and cheaper ones available. As most of the island is privately-owned, there are few places that day-trippers can actually go to.
Activities for those staying on the island include horse riding, fishing, cycling, tennis, squash, bowls, swimming, sailing, yachting, boat trips, spas, golf, relaxing etc. etc. However, none of these are available to the day-tripper and the range is much more limited and consists of a day at the beach or a visit to Basil’s Bar only, which is a bit of a shame.
That said, we did mange to get a guided tour of the island, on a small open backed vehicle, by one of the locals taxi drivers. For a small fare, he drove us around the island, pointed out all the celebrity houses and gave us a bit of history and information about the island. After the tour, we were dropped off at Macaroni Beach where we enjoyed the rest of the day in the sun before heading over to the famous Basil’s Bar for a spot of food and finally catching our flight to St Vincent.
During the tour of the island, I noticed there were no power cables or telephone cables anywhere. I wondered how power and telecommunications were supplied to the island, after all this is an exclusive island that must have such things.