"A private hilltop estate with sea views, set in the heavenly Mustique Island"

Need to know

    • 7 bedrooms
    • Mustique, Caribbean
    • Price from $40,000 per week (all rates subject to 11% government tax and a 10% island fee.)

We love

  • The magnificent sea views from the villa
  • The gardens with exotic species, and numerous sculptures
  • The service of the on-site team of 9 staff

Top Secret

Guests of the Mandalay Estate have the use of the catamaran moored in Britannia Bay and the mule to explore the island

Origins

The property, originally named 'Britannia Bay House', was originally built in 1989 for rock legend David Bowie in collaboration with renowned architects Arne Hassiqvist and New York designer Robert Litwiller. After moving in to the villa, Bowie had a small recording studio built in the grounds that is today a separate bedroom suite. David Bowie then sold the estate to business tycoon, billionaire and poet Felix Dennis in 1994 who renamed the villa 'Mandalay'. Dennis was keen to preserve the villa as Bowie had intended but added numerous details reflecting his own style through the years. Today, English entrepreneur Simon Dolan owns Mandalay. Dolan is a passionate Bowie fan so couldn’t resist buying Mandalay when it was put up for sale and now rents out the property for the first time in its history.

The Review

Mandalay is a beautiful hill top estate on the Caribbean island of Mustique which was built in the late 1980’s for the British rock legend David Bowie, in collaboration with renowned architects Arne Hasslqvist – known as ‘The man who built Mustique’ – and Robert Litwiller.

Built around a split-level koi pond, waterfalls, and an infinity pool – which seemingly link the property to the Caribbean Sea – the estate offers guests the exclusive use of five generous bedroom suites, each with their own private veranda which lead straight to the infinity pool.  The property also offers several impressive reception rooms, a dining pavilion, games room, study, as well as a number of private garden decks which are perfect for sunbathing, dining or relaxing.

In addition to the main property, Mandalay also offers guests the opportunity to utilise The Writer’s Cottage and The Studio, both of which provide guests with first-class self-contained, open plan accommodation away from the main house.

It’s impossible for guests to escape the history of Mandalay with the fingerprints of previous owners throughout the property.  The Studio was originally David Bowie’s recording studio which he built when he first moved in to Mandalay, and The Writer’s Cottage was used regularly by poet and publisher Felix Dennis who wrote many of his most well-known pieces of work including “How to get rich” and “A glass half full” in the cottage.

Mandalay offers a team of nine on-site staff who are available to guests for their entire stay and will provide all meals, refreshments, housekeeping and also advise on activities on the island. Mandalay’s on-site chef is able to cater for any dietary wants and needs, ensuring guests have the perfect, personalised experience.

Location

Mandalay Estate

  • Address: Mandalay Estate, Mustique, St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Travel info: 1.4 km from Mustique Airport

Key Features

  • Free Wifi

  • Private Dining

  • Stunning Views

  • Pool