and became overgrown by the encroaching
jungle leaving only the sugar mill at Endeavour and its
cotton house. The island was eventually purchased
in 1958 by Lord Glenconner (the Honourable Colin
Tennant) under whose guidance the island began
to flourish again. Mustique remained relatively
quiet although its reputation as an idyllic getaway
was growing. In 1960, HRH The Princess Margaret
accepted a 10-acre plot of land as a wedding gift
from Colin Tennant and a new era began.
The Mustique Company was formed in 1968 and
the airport opened the following year. It was around
this time that the first new villas (mainly designed by
Oliver Messel and Arne Hasselqvist) were built and
the Cotton House opened as an inn. Improvements
continued, including new roads, reliable electricity
and communications, a desalination plant, a medical
clinic and air transport services. An educational trust
provides local children with schooling and a medical
trust provides all islanders with medical insurance.
The Mustique Company acts as custodian for
the entire island and its mandate is to protect the
environment and retain the privacy and tranquillity
that has made Mustique the ideal, peaceful and
secure Caribbean hideaway.
Mustique is such a peaceful island you may find
yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches;
even renowned spots such as lovely Macaroni Beach
remain tranquil and uncrowded. Apart from a large
plain in the north, the island is essentially composed
of seven valleys, each with a white sand beach and
wooded hills that rise to a height of 495 feet.
The only anchorage in Mustique is Britannia Bay,
which is also where the public jetty and wharf are
located. There is a Mooring Fee of EC$200 (US$75)
for up to three nights. Mustique is a port of entry to
St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Customs and
Immigration are located at the airport. Mustique
Moorings (call VHF 16/68) control the 28 moorings.
Vessels carrying more than 25 people are prohibited.
Rental jeeps, ‘mules’ (heavy-duty golf carts),
motorbikes and mountain bikes are available from
Mustique Mechanical Services. There are a few taxis
available in Lovell Village and at the airport.
Nature walking and equestrian trails are in
abundance and a great way to experience the island
at your leisure. The Equestrian Centre has horses to
suit every riding level and offers treks up into the hills,
or rides through the surf on a white sand beach.
There is a clinic across from the airport with an on-
call doctor available (Tel: 488-8353).
With a harbour front focal point, Lovell Village is
the commercial heart of the island. Fresh fruit and
vegetables can be purchased from Stanley Junior’s
stall on the waterfront and groceries can be bought at
Corea’s Food Store and the Mustique General Store.
The famous Basil’s Bar & Restaurant is just across
the road. Now in its 22nd year, the annual Mustique
Blues Festival is held every year in late January/early
February at Basil’s. The only hotels on the island are
the exquisite Cotton House & Spa, and Firefly, a small,
exclusive, privately-owned boutique hotel with just six
intimate fantasy rooms. The Firefly bar is a wonderful
spot to enjoy their famous cocktails while taking in
– Although rather choppy, Britannia Bay is the
only suitable anchorage in Mustique. The water is sparkling clear
and is wonderful for snorkeling and swimming. Take care entering
by boat as the Montezuma Shoal (just west of the bay) is quite
hazardous. There is a red and black beacon on the reef, stay at
least quarter of a mile away.
– If you follow the southward road out of the village
and then the shoreline path, you will happen upon this delightful
beach with perfect swimming conditions.
– This is one of the ten marine conservation
areas in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. These areas are important
marine habitats set aside for special management. The snorkeling
here is sublime.
– One of the most spectacular beaches on the
island, which also makes it one of the most popular. There is a
covered picnic area here and the swimming is delightful.
– This wide beach is located at the north end
of the island. Offshore lies the jutting hulk of the French liner,
Antilles, which went aground in 1971.
– Ideal conditions for picnicking, swimming,
paddle boarding and snorkeling.
Beaches & Anchorages