Mustique Island

Mustique’s history is similar to the rest of the Grenadines. The Arawaks, then the Caribs lived here. Numerous artifacts including burial pots dating way back to the seventh and eighth centuries have been found here. In 1835 the Hazell family bought the island and grew cotton and sugar, and it remained so until 1958.

This Grenadine island has long attracted the elite of the world, including British Royalty. The Honorable Colin Tennant purchased Mustique then from the Hazells, and began the process of turning the island into a hideaway for the rich and famous.

Cotton House, a sprawling 18th century plantation house, has been converted into this island’s only resort. The public rooms of the Main House are beautifully decorated with antiques and afternoon tea is served on the verandas.

Beautiful Macaroni beach on the island paradise of Mustique. Mustique island is approximately 3 by 1/2 miles in size, and is located eighteen miles south of St. Vincent. The island is hilly with a large grassy plain in the north, and is essentially composed of seven valleys, each with a white sand beach and wooded hills that rise to a height of 490 feet. A series of coral reefs surround Mustique, with many sandy beaches and coves providing safe swimming and snorkelling.

The only hotel, the Cotton House, and one small guest house on the island. The hotel is a twenty room West Indian Inn built around an eighteenth century cotton warehouse and sugar mill. It is a blend of tropical simplicity accented with such oddities as the shell fountain and the opulent cabinet amply impregnated with shells. The Cotton House is owned by Guy de la Houssaye, and was renovated by the late Oliver Messel.

There are currently fifty-two houses on Mustique. All are privately owned and/or available for rent. The styles vary from Moorish castles on hilltops to classical northern European on beachfronts. Princess Margaret, Raquel Welch and Mick Jagger are some of the famous who have homes on this island.

One of the main attractions here is the wreck of the French 20,000 ton ocean liner, the Antilles. It ran aground on a reef off the North shore of Mustique, and is the object of many local anecdotes. Many activities are offered here aside from enjoying one of the nine beaches, including horseback riding, tennis, and all manner of watersports.

And the local hot spot is a nice bar/restaurant on a jetty called Basil’s Bar. Owner Basil Charles has many activities that attract locals and visiting yachtsmen alike.