The IslandWhen Colin Tennant bought Mustique in 1958, his dream was to create a sanctuary where the fortunate few could enjoy a relaxed yet elegant lifestyle free from the stresses of the outside world. Princess Margaret built a house here because it was the one place in the world where she could kick off her shoes and be herself.
For fifty years, heads of industry, boldfaced names in art and society, and discerning travelers from around the globe have come for the same freedom. House owners from 17 countries are now shareholders of the Mustique Company that preserves and runs the island with quiet efficiency. Development is limited to 100 private residences (72 of which are available for rent), a single 17-room boutique hotel, and a 5-bedroom guesthouse.
The 1,400-acre island is wildly beautiful with rocky headlands, dramatic topography and nine white-sand beaches. Many of the roads remain purposefully unpaved. The birdlife is so prolific it has its own guidebook, and a marine conservation area surrounds the entire island. There are no traffic lights, power lines or beach vendors. And the facilities – from a dive shop and equestrian center to a spa and award-winning restaurant – are just what you would expect on an island custom-made for those accustomed to the very best.