Honeymoons…they are not made to be the same as a typical holiday. Few honeymooners create lists of “must see” or “must do” activities. Rather, they want to find a place that is private, low-key, beautiful and with a few nice things to enjoy if the mood strikes. Naturally, dining is something honeymooners do intend to do, and maybe some beach going or outdoor activities that both enjoy.
This is one of the primary reasons that luxurious and tropical destinations have become so popular as honeymoon destinations, and why Mustique should be at the top of your list if planning your nuptials and romantic retreat that follows.
A tiny, private island with coast along the Caribbean and Atlantic it is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but it is officially owned and operated by its shareholders (landowners). It is often described as one of the best kept secrets in the world of luxury travel, and to describe it as exclusive and unspoiled is both fair and accurate.
Dotted with stunning villas, each with private chef and personal household staff, it is a place where you might catch a glimpse of a famous super model, celebrity or member of England’s royal family. It has nine stunning beaches, each different and unique from the rest, making them the perfect “itinerary” for your visit.
Devoid of the usual crowds in more well-known areas, you can still socialize with fellow travelers (if you feel the need to do so during a honeymoon!) at the luxurious spa, the famous Basil’s Bar, the Cotton House (which is the only resort associated property on the island), or at the weekly outdoor movie night. There are also some options for sunset cruises, wine tastings, and another smaller bar (Firefly) at the island’s only guesthouse.
The activities available to visitors on the island include tennis facilities, horseback riding, guided bird watching, sailing options, tortoise-watching, and a visit to the only harbor where you can peruse the charming little shops and do a bit of boat and/or people watching.
In Your Villa
With 24 villas available, honeymooners are going to easily find the perfect choice. Most have plunge pools, gardens and an array of indoor or outdoor living spaces. Your chef is going to allow you to savor your meals wherever and whenever you prefer. If you want a picnic at one of the beaches, the chef ensures you have all you need. If you want breakfast in bed, that is also possible.
You will be able to opt for a beachfront property or a more secluded setting, and the choices typically include some villas designed by world famous architect Oliver Messel. With two or more bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living spaces, and household staff, it is a perfect retreat for the honeymooning couple.
Dining on Mustique
While you may love the opportunity to dine in your private paradise, and even ask your chef for tips on using the local ingredients, there are a few dining options on the island. Basil’s Bar offers famous cocktails on the water along with noted seafood dishes, and Firefly is a nice spot for a drink. You can also visit the Cotton House for its dining room, the Veranda, where a fantastic cellar and gourmet menu awaits. The Beach Café sits down on the sands along Endeavor Bay, and you will want to sample the island’s specialty dish “callaloo soup” whenever you choose to dine out.
Reached easily from Barbados via the island’s private flights, Mustique is the perfect honeymoon destination. The Cotton House even has special packages for newlyweds or you can simply book your villa and arrange for everything from candlelight dinners to romantic picnics on the beaches.