Magical Mustique Island
The first moment I stepped onto this beautiful island of pure white sand and turquoise waters, I knew that out of the 20 or so islands I’ve visited so far in my lifetime, this one was going to be a tough one to beat.
Mustique is a private paradise frequented by many celebrities and royalty alike (Wills and Kate apparently stayed in our villa and Beyonce and Jay Z were on the island just a week before we arrived). One of the pull factors for celebrities and royalty is the privacy that this island offers. No paparazzi allowed and to in order for any pap get a snap they would need to get a boat and take pics from afar!
Mustique is a tiny private island covering only just 5.7km and is located in St Vincent and the Grenadines. It takes approximately 25mins to drive around the entire island so this is not a place for major explorers or those that bore easily! I flew from London to St Vincent and then took a tiny (rather bumpy) plane to Mustique. On the way home I transferred in barbados.
We stayed in an incredibly beautiful villa situated on top of a cliff edge called serenity bay. Being on the cliff edge meant we had an infinity pool with views to die for!
We had our very own chef, butler and housekeeper who catered to our every need and who were exceptional and very friendly. The villa also came with a courtesy little buggy so we could explore the island with ease.
The villa, along with most of the other villas in Mustique are fully open, meaning all doors and windows making it appear as if there are no walls! At night it’s stunning. Some of my best memories include sipping Pinot Noir inside the open terrace while watching the sunset 🙂
The most famous beach on Mustique is Macaroni Beach situated just a few steps from The Cotton House Hotel (the only hotel on the island). As it’s very popular and also right outside the Cotton House hotel it is one of the busier beaches. However, it does offer watersports and activities which we took advantage of.
Our chef at the villa prepared a lovely little picnic to take to Macaroni Beach packed full of fresh fruits, home made delights and plenty of wine! We set up in a quaint little picnic area on Macaroni Beach. All was delightful until I got bitten relentlessly by fire ants! My friend however did not get bitten at all. It’s nothing new for me though, I seem to get bitten everywhere I go!
As much as Macaroni Beach was very beautiful and good for those who enjoy water sports, I was more taken by the quieter beaches off the beaten track that we stumbled across whilst driving around in our buggy.
Basils Bar – The Best Bar in The World
One of the landmarks on Mustique island is Basils Bar. Despite it’s modest no frills aesthetics, it’s known by many as the best bar in the world!
We spent many early evenings here for sunset cocktails as well as lunch as it’s also a restaurant serving incredible food. Spending much time here, we got to know the barman pretty well. He shared lots of stories about celebrities that came on the island as well as Kate and Wills and the reasons that they choose Mustique over anywhere else. Purely for the privacy.
The bar itself albeit basic, has a fantastic fun ambience in the traditional caribbean island setting. Made out of wood and timber and situated on stilts in the ocean, overlooking the yachts and boats, this is a very charming feel good place that makes you feel like you’re really in the Caribbean. I think I can say I enjoyed spending time here more than some of the high end lounge bars that I usually enjoy.
I absolutely love this place!
Mustique is the epitome of luxury and paradise and makes for a perfect honeymoon destination. It’s very small and can be explored fully in a day or two therefore it’s a place for total R&R and indulgence.
I would recommend renting one of the many villas situated on the island as they are not only stunning but fully serviced with a chef, housekeepers and personal butler. The villa’s are expensive but in my view worth every penny and will make any special trip that bit extra special.
Alternatively there is the Cotton Hose Hotel which I visited during the daytime and also one evening for a private concert. The Cotton House is also a very beautiful and romantic boutique hotel. The alternative to a villa or The Cotton House is Firefly Guest House which I didn’t get a chance to visit but you can find a link below.
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Have you been to Mustique or anywhere in the Caribbean? Which is your favourite island?! Comment below 🙂