Ins & Outs of SVG 2019

T he oft quoted tale of ‘the aristocrat, the princess and the pop star’ giving rise to one of the most extraordinary islands in the world has never been more relevant than in 2018. As The Mustique Company celebrated its hotly anticipated 50 th anniversary in serious style it has once again showcased all that makes this unique Caribbean island one of the greatest destination success stories of all time.

A year of celebrations reaching a crescendo with a week of partying on the island last July, a ‘Golden Gala’ and the long awaited re-launch of world famous Basil’s Bar has been enjoyed by residents, staff and guests of The Mustique Company … and now those sailing around St. Vincent & the Grenadines can also enjoy their very own slice of Mustique with a visit to Basil’s. Philip Starck has overseen the total re-build of the building over the last 2 years, keeping the DNA of Basil’s fundamentally unchanged but adding a significant sparkle and style to the brand new open-sided, over- water venue… Whether it is a couple of rum punches as the sun sets and turtles bob up for air in the crystal clear waters beside you or champagne fueled all night ‘Jump Up’ parties with celebrities at play alongside the local fishermen, Basil’s has been there, done that. The gleaming open kitchens are proudly producing the mouth-watering new menu, offering a simple but delicious selection of tacos, local fish and meats, jerk chicken and flatbreads washed down by Mustique Mules… or a Hurricane David… if you dare! The legendary Basil is still at the helm and leading the charge as the season gathers momentum. It is no surprise that a pop-up Basil’s Bar was set up in London for the royal wedding in 2011, this man knows how to get a party started! At the annual two-week long Mustique Blues Festival held in late January to early February, jazz and live music pulses from the stage and across calm Caribbean waters as artists from all over the world fly in for a chance to play on this most low key but famous of stages with an audience like no other… the sun rises and sets, the music plays on and the Basil’s star is re-born… Arrive by boat or fly from St Lucia or Barbados and stay at The Cotton House Hotel or in one of the dazzling array of private villas available to rent, or make use of the beautiful selection of deep moorings available. Yachts also have the opportunity to shop at the island’s grocery store, Stanley’s famous fresh fruit and vegetable market and the fish market and bakery. You can contact the Moorings Office on Tel 1 784 488 8363 or VHF CH 68/16 to find out more about mooring facilities.

Top left and right > 50th Anniversary at Basil’s Bar The man himself, Basil Charles

Right> Calypso Rose performs at the 50th Anniversary Celebration The Cotton House Basil’s Bar Photos courtesy The Mustique Company

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