When we think of dream homes, most of us would be wildly content with a small, charming cottage and a secluded stretch of beach on a Caribbean island few people know. Located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mustique would certainly fit the latter part of that description, but there is nothing small about the spectacular property that was recently listed by Knight Frank. Known as The Terraces, this home is nothing short of extraordinary.
Valued at $200 million, this is the most expensive Caribbean home to ever be publicly listed. Prince’s vacation compound? Bruce Willis’s family retreat? They might as well be studio apartments compared to the largest property on an island with a reputation for being the preferred getaway for the ultra-famous. On three occasions, Queen Elizabeth II journeyed to the island, and she was probably inspired by her sister, Princess Margaret, who originally built the Les Jolies Eaux villa that is available for rent.
“Mustique is an island where incredibly high-profile people go for incredibly low-profile holidays—and don’t post about it on social media,” explains Edward de Mallet Morgan of Knight Frank. “The paparazzi is banned on Mustique and the easy, relaxed interaction of royal families, rock stars, celebrities, business moguls and entrepreneurs is really unique to Mustique. The essence of Mustique has to be experienced to be understood.”
Nobody loves Mustique quite like rock stars, as David Bowie also owned a villa on the island, and superstars like Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, and Mick Jagger were known to vacation here as well. In a fun bit of bar trivia, Noel Gallagher wrote most of Oasis’s third album “Be Here Now” while visiting, and a 2016 re-release featured “The Mustique Sessions,” which some fans (points to self) will insist was better than the initial effort.
Enough about musicians, though—it’s time to daydream.
For decades, Mustique has had a reputation of being one of the most exclusive communities in the entire Caribbean, there are approximately 100 homes set across 1,400 acres. The Terraces was built on a little more than 17 acres, making it the largest property on the island, and its setting atop Endeavour Hill is the cherry on top for this modern tribute to classic palaces.
With everything this home offers, it’s impossible not to compare it some of the region’s finest resorts. The size of the nine principal suites will have residents and guests feeling as if they’re in a home within a home, while the separate villa will cause jaws to drop and monocles to shatter. In all, there are 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, so absolutely no one in the entourage will be able to complain about a lack of privacy.
The main home features two pools, both of which would be instant contenders for Best Pools in the Caribbean, if ever there was an awards show with such a category. And the guest villa also has its own infinity pool, because you simply can’t be too spoiled on such a beautiful island.
“If Mustique is the quintessential, private island paradise, The Terraces, being the largest and most visually prominent property on the island is not just one of the Caribbeans foremost houses, but arguably one of the world’s foremost homes,” Edward de Mallet Morgan said.
Whomever buys this sprawling property must promise to regularly entertain friends and family, because there’s more than enough living space to give each room its own theme. The Terraces offers the most space for entertaining of any property on the island, so don’t be surprised if you hear “Wonderwall” as you pass by on a boat.
Although, it would be understandable if guests would rather stand in silence as to admire the marvelous décor—inspired by palladium and Venetian styles—and murals, which were painted by French artist Jean-Claude Adenin.
When not entertaining, hosts can simply enjoy the amazing views of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic for longer than any timepiece can keep track. The beautiful grounds and gardens are begging to be explored, and there’s even a tennis court that is, to the surprise of no one, also the nicest in Mustique.