A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit one of the most sought after Caribbean destinations: Mustique. If you haven’t heard of it, thats because it is one of the most exclusive islands in the Caribbean, where the royals Will and Kate, the Jaggers, and other top calibre celebs go to escape.

Going Ashore

I was working on a sailing yacht, and we anchored a little way off Mustique ready to take the tender ashore. The first thing was: no phones or cameras. Will and Kate were actually there at the time, and there was a strict no gadget rule for anyone coming ashore. In fact I missed Kate driving by in a mule (golf buggy) with baby George by a millisecond.

Pastel Perfection

The first thing I noticed was how pristine the island was. It was perfection, from the neatly trimmed grass to the well tended foliage. Everything was nature at its well-kept best.

We went into one of the gift shops, a gorgeous pink building which looked like something out of a fairytale. Everything inside was pretty, and luckily there were postcards for sale so I didn’t have to worry about completely forgetting the island.

Pink House, Mustique (Image via pinkhousemustique.com)

A Singalong with Mick Jagger

We went for a drink in the waterside bar, Basil’s Bar, which has live music and a salty-dog vibe. Apparently Mick Jagger is often a regular at the bar, and is known to join in with the music and do a few numbers.

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Caribbean sunset

Top Things To Do In Mustique

  • Diving (popular dive sites include All-Awash, Pillories, Dry Rock South and Coral Glen.)
  • Swimming and snorkelling
  • Horse rides on the beach
  • Island tours by boat to see every nook and cranny
  • Spa day at the Cotton House spa
  • Visit the infamous Basil’s Bar
  • Hiking
  • Visit Macaroni beach
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Nearby island Bequia

The Cotton House

Of all the luxury resorts on the bucket list, The Cotton House is at the top. It is the perfect example of a retro island resort, from their classic tropical interiors to their gorgeous prints. Everything is tropical luxe at its best, and it is the kind of dream destination you will never forget. Perfect for a honeymoon!

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The Cotton House (image via hotels.com)

When To Visit

The most cost effective time to visit is the summer (as with all of the Caribbean winter is peak). And this time of year will most likely give you the best conditions for diving too, which is a plus. Being the tropics, there are rain showers  (June mainly) but July and August can be beautiful and price wise are the most economical.

The Cotton House also does some great promotions in the summer, including 2 nights complimentary when you book 7, and half price transfer flights from St Lucia or Barbados.

Mustique Alternatives

Take a day trip to Mustique by boat from any of the nearby islands. St. Vincent is the main island in the Grenadines and probably the most cost effective. However, if Mustique has stirred your wanderlust for a small island getaway but the bank manager says no, I recommend Bequia instead. It is another small island, so you get that remote island vibe, but it is much less expensive. Bequia Beach Hotel is divine, and has good rates based on 2-3 sharing.

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