seclusion, exclusivity and long, white sandy beaches
The very name conjures up images of mysterious beauty. Until recently, that beauty was known only to a handful of the privileged.
The home owners of this exclusive retreat are international luminaries in the fields of art, science, industry and entertainment. For them Mustique is tanned and barefooted freedom from responsibilities at home. Surrendering to the serene, leisurely pace of the Island's life has a restorative effect on all those who come here.
In deference to the storybook telling, all "improvements" to Mustique were made, and will continue to be made, with an educated concern for the land, water, and air. The Mustique Company, owner of Mustique, acts as custodian for the entire Island, fauna and flora, as well as the water surrounding the Island for 1,000 yards offshore. The people of Mustique have seen what greed and short-sighted thinking have done to other Caribbean islands. They will never sacrifice their children's future to such folly. Because of their care and perseverance, the Island does posses modern conveniences like clean water, reliable electricity and telephone, and a well-equipped clinic with a physician. But they were built, and are maintained, without mauling any of the natural resources.
For those considering a holiday on Mustique there are a number of houses scattered thoughtfully about the Island. While each reflects the dramatically different taste and sophistication of its owner, most houses open to views of clear Caribbean water and jade-green mountains from tiled or teak verandas. Welcoming household staff are included with each rental. This, and the fact that houses are spread generously apart, make them appealing to families and friends who wish to share holidays together. See our on-line catalog.
There is also the Cotton House, a 25-room West Indian inn built around an 18th century cotton barn and sugar mill. Poolside luncheons at the Cotton House are an Island tradition, as are meals and rendezvous at Basil's Bar and Restaurant overlooking the bay.
As for whiling away Mustique's balmy days, the choices are varied: nine pearly soft beaches offer conditions from Caribbean calm to seven-foot seas. Snorkeling over coral reefs will bring you within arm's length of thousands of flamboyantly coloured fish.
We offer tennis courts outlined with hibiscus and coconut trees, windsurfing and scuba diving, horseback riding on trails meandering all over this three-by-one-mile Island, and sailboats to charter for breezy excursions around Mustique or to neighbouring islands like Bequia and the Tobago Cays.
Mustique appeals to those who seek privacy, virgin Caribbean territory, and a retreat from a demanding position in civilization. Unlike other Caribbean islands, ours is a closely knit community populated by families who have lived here all their lives and by home owners who have made a financial and emotional commitment to preserving Mustique, just as it always was.
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