Inside David Bowie’s magical Isle of Mustique holiday villa

Photo by Derry Moore

With the passing of David Bowie earlier this year, there’s no denying that the world lost one of its most talented and innovative artists.

Many still mourn the loss of his eclectic styles in music, art and film — a selection of his art collection is currently up for auction at Sotheby’s at this very moment — but it’s still nice that we can take a quick peek into his glamorous, almost otherworldly lifestyle, thanks to his former villa being put on the rental market for just $40,000 a week.

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Photo courtesy of Knight Frank

The island of Mustique was bought in its entirety, in 1958, by British aristocrat Lord Glenconner for £45,000, and has since enticed the likes of Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Tommy Hilfiger, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and kids (Wills and Kate et al). Rents can run anywhere up to $75,000 a week!

The island boasts some of the most beautiful and uncrowded beaches in the Caribbean, and the whole place is geared towards a discreet exclusivity, no doubt to avoid prying eyes and paparazzi camera lenses

Having bought the land from the Lord around 1985, Bowie began building his ‘Mandalay’ villa, basing it around a central Balinese-style theme.

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Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
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Private verandah.  Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Lower patio. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
Lower patio. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
Another bedroom. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
Another bedroom. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
Bamboo lounge. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island
Bamboo lounge. Photo courtesy of Mystique-island

The property weaves its way through lush foliage, cute lily ponds and waterfalls, with 5 bedrooms in the main house, plus an extra 2 separate houses in case ‘extra’ guests arrive unexpectedly.

The rooms all come with their own private verandas leading onto the large infinity pool overlooking the glittering Caribbean ocean, and scattered throughout the estate are dining rooms, garden pavilions, reception area, a studio (of course) and a games room.

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The infinity pool.  Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Photo courtesy of KnightFrank
One of the bedrooms.  Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Photo courtesy of KnightFrank
The Bamboo Lounge.  Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Photo courtesy of KnightFrank
Outside dining area.  Photo courtesy of Knight Frank
Drawing room. Photo courtesy of Knight Frank

Bowie sold the property some years ago, but it still retains its original integrity thanks to the new owner, eccentric millionaire poet and publisher Felix Dennis, who held the property up until his death in 2014, and kept it largely intact except for adding another bedroom.

The present owners remain undisclosed perhaps due to the islands policy on discretion.

Now where did I put my change jar?

Sources: JustLuxe, Telegraph

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