The hideaway holiday retreat on the tiny Carribean island of Mustique built by legendery performer David Bowie has been sold. The property was built in the late 1980s, just prior to when the star married supermodel Iman. The interior furnishings and garden were organised by Australian born, Balinese based landscape designer, Made Wijaya. It was sold for around $20M.
On why he chose Mustique, Bowie added: ‘Frankly, it was quite odd. I went down to spend a couple of days with Mick [Jagger] and Jerry [Hall] in their house, and while waiting for the boat — I was going to take a trip up and down the Caribbean and it never happened because the propeller fell out or something — I was stranded.
‘And I just went scouting one day, having nothing better to do, there being little else to do there, and I came across this area of land attached to Arne Hasselqvist’s. And we talked about it, and I thought, Why not? The only problem is the house is such a tranquil place that I have absolutely no motivation to write things when I’m there.’
The villa was built in 1989 on a sandy outcrop, measuring three miles by one-and-a-half miles, that had been bought by British aristocrat Lord Glenconner for £45,000 in 1958. It features a card room decorated with mussel shells, a studio with bamboo ceiling (once used by Bowie to record in), and a stage for musical performances. There is also a veranda from which there are views of the sea and what estate agents call ‘the mesmerising Mustique sunsets’.
Other celebrities attracted to Mustique, where there are only around 80 houses and you can pay up to $75,000 a week to rent a place, include Mick Jagger, Jeremy Clarkson and, more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple visited the tiny island on a babymoon in 2013 – a holiday taken shortly before Prince George was born.