Mustique, St. Vincent and Grenadines
The private island of Mustique, which is part of the St. Vincent and Grenadines archipelago, is only a 45-minute flight from Barbados. Since 1958, when British aristocrat Lord Glenconner purchased the island, Mustique has been an exclusive escape. Princess Margaret was one of the first notable visitors—she built a villa on Mustique after receiving a plot of land as a wedding gift in 1960. To this day, celebrities like Mick Jagger and Kelly Ripa are frequent visitors, and it’s easy to see why. Mustique is naturally beautiful (boasting lush green cliffs and white-sand beaches), and every effort has been made to maintain its rustic charm—many roads are purposefully unpaved and there are no traffic lights or power lines on the island. However, there is nothing rustic about Mustique’s luxurious accommodations. At the historic Cotton House hotel, a former sugar plantation dating back to the 18th century, you’ll enjoy plush amenities and first-rate hospitality. Eleven of the 17 rooms and suites have their own decks and plunge pools, so you can lounge the day away in complete privacy, but if you feel like venturing farther afield, 13 acres of manicured grounds await (keep an eye out for tortoises!). Last but not least, a visit to Mustique isn’t complete without a trip to the legendary Basil’s Bar. This beachside hangout is a social hub, particularly on Wednesday nights when owner Basil Charles hosts his weekly barbecue with live music.