Mustique is a private island owned by shareholders of The Mustique Company representing seventeen countries. A controlled development plan dictates that the island currently has one hundred private residences. It is the island’s constant warm climate, private, and unspoiled island lifestyle that attracts sophisticated international guests, many who eventually become owners.
Mustique is such a peaceful island that even during peak season, there is little traffic, congestion, or noise. Many of the roads are not paved and there is minimal signage, thus there is a very non-commercial feeling to the island. All of the power and telephone lines are underground. You may find yourself totally alone on its white sand beaches, and even renowned spots such as lovely Macaroni Beach remain tranquil and uncrowded. Your crew on your chartered yact from Taylor’d Yacht Charters can tender you into one of these beautiful secluded beaches for an afternoon.
English is the common language, but due to an international scope of owners and guests, languages such as French, Italian, German, and Dutch are often spoken.
The history of the island of Mustique goes back to the 15th century when Spanish sailors first sighted a group of islands naming them “Los Pajoros” or “the birds” as they resembled a flock of tiny birds in flight. In the 17th century the islands were renamed The Grenadines by pirates who used the sheltered bays to hide their ships and treasure. The Grenadines were later utilized by European planters to grow sugar, until the discovery in the 19th century that sugar beets would grow in Europe. Mustique’s sugar plantations were soon abandoned and eventually swallowed up by wild jungle leaving only the sugar mill at “Endeavor” and its “Cotton House”.
Mustique was eventually purchased in 1958 by Lord Glenconner (Colin Tennant) under whose guidance the island began to thrive once again. HRH The Princess Margaret accepted his generous gift of a ten-acre plot of land as a wedding present in 1960, on which she built a magnificent residence, “Les Jolies Eaux”. This lovely signature villa still exists today and has been recently featured in Architectral Digest. In 1989, Mustique island was transformed from a family estate into a community of people dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the island for generations to come.
The Government of St. Vincent and The Grenadines passed into law The Mustique Company Limited Act which appointed The Mustique Company as custodian of the island.
Today, Mustique retains its natural beauty and tranquility, protecting the environment, and offering owners and guests alike one of the most peaceful, safe, and pristine islands in the world.