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private moorings,’ says Pritchard. ‘It’s probably the most secure place in the world.’ With guaranteed seclusion, it’s unsurprising that the residents take the opportunity to let loose. In the words of

With love fromMustique

As themost exclusive private island in the world celebrates its 50th year underMustique Companymanagement, we reflect on its luxury and very secret appeal

By Georgie Lane-Godfrey

riotous with people dancing on the tables until 5am – it depends on the crowd. It’s colourful, it’s glamorous and it has the capacity to get out of control.’ As to what exactly those riotous escapades entail, you’ll be hard pressed to find out. ‘The saying ‘What happens in Mustique stays in 5ustiYue¼ deÅnitela holds true,¼ says Pritchard, who is tight-lipped on the subject. Thankfully, not all the guests are quite as discreet. According to Jeremy Clarkson,

Opposite: one of Mustique’s secluded beaches. This page, from top: Mick and Bianca Jagger, at the gold themed 50th birthday party of Hon Colin Tennant on Mustique in 1976; a gingerbread style house nestled on Mustique’s Endeavor Hills for sale through Knight Frank; Roger Pritchard, managing director of the Mustique Company

F or an island of less than six square kilometres, Mustique has an incongruously giant reputation. Say the name anywhere around the world, and you’ll instantly conjure up images of the rich and famous partying together at the most exclusive island on earth. It turns out that there’s good reason for this characterisation. 7^er the aears, hiOhXroÅle hoUeo_ners have included royalty and rock stars, artists and aristocracy, as well as a few fashionistas, socialites and billionaires. And _ith iKoniK naUes suKh as 5iKS 2aOOer,

Barths or Barbados,’ explains Pritchard. ‘That’s where people will take photos of you that will appear in glossy magazines. But people come here really to get away from that; to have a rest rather than to self-promote. We’re very well-placed for that.’ Instead of glitz, the focus remains on complete privacy and absolute discretion – particularly when it comes to the press. ‘Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun throwing them o ٺ the island _hen thea tra to sneaS in,¼ adds 8ritKhard. ‘We had one Spanish photographer who had come to the island to capture a celebrity wedding, but was caught with photos of other celebrities on his camera. He tried to claim we had no right to check his photos, but we have our own jurisdiction here. He was promptly booked on to the next plane out.’ Of course, the ability to retain this level of anonymity unlike anywhere else in the world comes from a mutual understanding – everyone here knows and respects the faKt that thea are all eYualla hiOh XroÅle. *ut the Ueasures taken on Mustique to respect that privacy undoubtedly help. ‘We’re surrounded by the sea, we have our own private airport with private plane to collect you and

drunkenly driving a dune buggy (known as a ‘mule’ and Mustique’s only form of transport) around the island at 30mph is far more exciting than driving a Ferrari down the M4 at 140mph. Meanwhile, it has been known for the teenage sons and daughters of guests to have a nude race along the runway at 3am on New Year’s Eve. But while the focus might primarily fall on the island’s secret revelries, the island has garnered a more wholesome image in recent years. Today, the busiest time on the island falls during school holidays and the parties often come with a purpose – namely to raise funds. The Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) was set up to help disadvantaged communities and individuals in St Vincent, in areas from education to health care, diabetes clinics to pediatric support. So far, the charity has raised over $10 million to support the local community, providing invaluable aid for the recent storm damage. The 50th anniversary of the Mustique Company this year is set to be another big fundraiser, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of when



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