"Mustique"--if you'd tried to come up with a name appropriate for an island crawling with celebrities, it would have been hard to do better, don't you think? Yes, this is that glamland you've read about in Us Weekly and People Magazine. Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger call it home for part of the year (both are villa owners here), Kate and William chose it for their latest romp several weeks ago, and in the past few months the island has hosted the likes of Bill Gates, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington.
Why do these bold-faced named choose Mustique? No doubt part of the reason is its intolerance towards paparazzi. They simply aren't allowed on the island. The island's two hotels and villa rental association won't take their calls, not that many would be able to convince their editors to pay the high nightly rates on the island.
|Basil Charles at his indoor/outdoor bar|
Charles also filled me in on the other reason the 1% loves this place and that has to do with a well-timed gift back in the 1960's. Colin Tennant (aka the Baron of Glenconner) was then the owner of the island, and he decided to give his old flame Princess Margaret a plot of land as a wedding gift. It was a major marketing coup. The cachet of having a royal in residence soon persuaded other wealthy types to come, and bingo! In no time at all, the creation and expansion of mansions was giving full-time work to a cadre of 500 construction workers.
Beyond the usual beach combing, swimming, and snorkeling, visitors to the island play tennis, ride horses, visit the small museum at the Cotton House hotel (formerly a Cotton Plantation; the museum holds artifacts from both Mustique's Carib and colonial past), get wonderful treatments at the spa (I indulged in a "Complete Luxury Coconut treatment that may well have been the most relaxing spa experience I've ever had) and tan, tan, tan.
More to come tomorrow.