Mustique holiday guide
Mustique is a private island dotted with luxury villas, and a retreat for royalty, actors, and rock stars. It lies to the north of Tobago Cays and the islet Petit Tabac, where scenes from the film Pirates of the Caribbean were shot. The island’s hilly interior leads down to white-sand beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea coasts. Mustique holidays offer relaxation and privacy, or the chance to mingle at the tennis club and weekly social events.
Beaches in Mustique
The island has nine beaches. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, the long sweep of sand at Macaroni Beach emerges from a forest of seagrape trees and is framed by bluffs. Pasture Beach to its south is ideal for a romantic stroll as its rolling surf dramatically breaks over the offshore reef. It is too rough for swimming… that is best done at Lagoon Bay, a shallow cove lined with palm trees. Its neighbour on the Caribbean Sea, Gelliceaux Beach, is backed by hills and a good jumping-off point for snorkelling.
Things to do
Charter a yacht to explore the outlying islands. Sail to Union Island or Mayreau to discover bays where you can snorkel with barracuda and angel fish. On Mustique you can horse-ride along L’Ansecoy Beach or luxuriate in the spa, where treatments include coconut and brown sugar body scrubs and aloe vera and lavender wraps.
Eating and drinking in Mustique
Whether you take afternoon tea by the lily ponds, enjoy a picnic on your favourite beach, or book a formal, candle-lit dinner, Mustique dining always has a sense of occasion. At your villa, a personal chef will prepare meals from menus combining local and international ingredients. Beef tenderloin in a mustard pepper gravy and pan-fried kingfish with smoked salmon saffron sauce are typical.
Entertainment and nightlife
On a Tuesday night you are invited to the cocktail party at the Cotton House Hotel, where residents and island guests gather for complimentary drinks and conversation. Films screened al fresco on Saturday night are followed by a barbecue, and the Wednesday ‘jump up’ beach party features live bands and dancing—a taste of the two-week Basil’s Blues Festival held each January.