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The mere mention of Mustique conjures up images of fabulous
villas, European Royalty and glamorous pop-stars; certainly, this
privately owned island, originally purchased and developed by the
honourable Colin Tennant in 1958, is a playground for the rich and famous.
However, there’s a lot more to Mustique than glitz and glamour. For
starters, the three square mile island has some of the finest beaches in the
Grenadines – Macaroni Beach, on the east coast, is consistently rated as one
of the ten top beaches in the southern Caribbean with its ‘Whiter than White’
sand and its ‘Bluer than Blue’ water, and a shaded picnic area under the palms.
Although small, Mustique is fairly hilly, so walking long distances can be fairly
hard work – the best way to get around is by mule (not a donkey, but a gasoline powered
golf cart – though if you drive one you’ll know why it’s called a mule!).
For genuine equestrians, there’s also an excellent stable where you can hire
thoroughbred horses and gallop down deserted white sand beaches.
With its gently rolling hills, low-key ambience, amazing beaches and
great diving, it’s easy to see why the island is such a popular destination.
Britannia Bay, the yacht harbour, is the main focus of activity with a small fishing
village, a couple of stores and the legendary Basil’s Bar, home to the
annual Mustique Blues Festival. Cotton House Hotel, a magnificently restored
18th century plantation house, offers fine dining, as does the unique Firefly
Restaurant, a real gem with Balinese furniture and stunning views over the
bay and out to the setting sun. The building of private homes has
been limited to 140, and the island, whilst offering a complete infra-structure
of roads, water, electricity and other facilities, retains a leisurely feel and a
distinctive character of tranquil elegance that is uniquely Mustique.

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