Additionally, there are three restaurants, a handful of shops, nine beaches, and a fleet of golf carts, the only means of guest transportation. There’s no golf, but there are tennis courts, horses, hiking, diving, and snorkeling.
Yet, the true soul of the island is not in the elegant villas or the dream palaces. Rather, the soul of Mustique is in Basil’s Bar and in the story of its Vincentian owner who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2005. Perched on stilts over the Caribbean Sea, Basil’s Bar is the center of activity on the island, hosting parties and wonderful times for all.
Basil Charles, the unofficial mayor, has been working in Mustique since the early 70’s, first as a bartender at Cotton House, then as the island’s assistant manager. When Colin Tennant sold the Mustique Company in 1976, he became partners in the bar with Charles. Basil has become an iconic Vincentian figure, his charm and warmth has endeared him to locals and travelers alike over the years including celebrities and royalty.