For our first destination of 2017, we have chosen to take you to the fantastical island of Mustique. 1,400 acres of hilly, lush green paradise surrounded by beautiful beaches and protected reefs and home to Mandalay estate which was built for the iconic David Bowie. As January 10th saw the anniversary of the loss of the legendary man, we thought it fitting to take a look at the villa that is available to rent as a holiday destination and share a little insight into his wonderfully quirky and eccentric personality.
Mandalay was built in the late 80’s and overlooks Britannia Bay from its hilltop position. Shipping containers arrived from Indonesia, New York, Atlanta, Italy and England for the build. Bowie wanted the style of the villa to be ‘something as unlike the Caribbean as possible, because it’s a fantasy island, Mustique’
Mandalay has a main house, which surrounds koi ponds, waterfalls and an infinity pool, as well as 2 separate smaller houses, The Writer’s Cottage and The Studio. The main house consists of 5 bedrooms which can sleep 10 guests, each decorated in a different style, and all with private verandas and access to the pool.
The cottage and studio can accommodate 4 more guests. The rest of the 17,00 square feet space contains the bamboo lounge, drawing room, dining pavilion, games room with a stage, study, music rehearsal room containing all the equipment you could wish for, a library containing over 3000 books, a film library with over 2000 movies, card room, guest kitchen, 3 sun decks, the loggia which was formerly a part of an Indonesian temple and is covered in detailed Balinese carvings, and of course a tree house deck!
The gardens account for 6 acres of the estate and guests have use of a 45’ catamaran and golf buggies to travel the island. The villa is accompanied by 9 experienced staff to make your stay relaxing and indulgent, perfect for unwinding after a busy charter!
If you venture out of the estate to explore the rest of the island, there are plenty of little adventures to choose from. You could head back to the ocean for a fishing trip, a spot of sailing, or explore those incredible reefs with scuba diving or snorkelling. On dry land the island offers tennis, cricket, football and horse riding opportunities. This time of year brings music to Mustique with Basil’s bar hosting a Blues Festival from January 18th through to February 1st.
Before we say goodbye for another month…..
David Bowie originally named the villa ‘Britannia Bay House’ and this only changed when the poet Felix Dennis bought it and took inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Road to Mandalay’, to name the house ‘Mandalay’.
Felix Dennis himself wrote a poem about this exquisite estate, called ‘My Garden By The Sea’.