One of the most exclusive islands in the world, Mustique lies in the southern Caribbean, south of St Vincent. Its lush, rolling landscape is cooled by gentle trade winds, while pristine beaches and aquamarine waters seduce even the most jaded making it an ideal yacht charter destination.
'Mustique is the island of dreams, from where the troubles of the world seem few and far away,' say the owners of Victoria of Strathearn.
What to do in paradise
Charterers arriving at Britannia Bay feel their spirits rise at the sight of Mustique's quaint gingerbread houses. A tranquil and unspoilt island paradise awaits them, with nine beautiful beaches, 20 world-renowned dive sites, a vibrant coral reef teeming with tropical fish and mangrove forests.
Macaroni Beach may be the most popular on the island, but it is still tranquil and uncrowded, while other Mustique aficionados swear by Endeavour, Lagoon, L'Ansecoy or Simplicity. The island is a secure place for families and young children to enjoy themselves, whether on horseback, on a tennis court, or swimming in the sea it is never too busy but never boring.
Covering only 567 hectares, the island is dotted with 100 stylish and very private villas, the majority of which are available for rent by visitors. Architectural styles range from Caribbean Gingerbread, Tuscan and Balinese to Moroccan and Palladian, reflecting the style and taste of their owners.
Thirteen of the villas are the work of the late British theatrical designer Oliver Messel, and are some of the most sought-after holiday homes on Mustique. All have breathtaking views of islands, reefs and the endlessly changing patterns and colours of the sea.
The Cotton House
Other visitors prefer the beautiful surroundings and understated hospitality of The Cotton House, located on the beach overlooking the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and the only luxury boutique hotel on the island.
Originally a cotton warehouse and sugar mill, many of its original features were restored by Messel in the 1960s, and it has since been completely refurbished. Each Tuesday evening, villa owners, villa guests and hotel guests congregate in the Great Room for a cocktail reception, a great opportunity for Mustique-lovers to socialise.
Of course, no stay on Mustique would be complete without a visit to the legendary Basil's Bar & Restaurant, presided over by one of the island's best-known residents, Basil Charles. Sitting on stilts at the water's edge, Basil's is the perfect setting for viewing the sunset. The bar also hosts the Annual Blues Festival and a weekly Jump Up & Barbecue with live music.
The Firefly cocktail bar, home to the infamous Mustique Martini Club, is another favourite gathering place. By day, it offers stunning views over Britannia Bay; and at night, dinner at candlelit tables on the balcony.