If you have some big-spending clients who want to enjoy a luxurious vacation in the Caribbean, one where they're secluded from average travelers, recommend the Island of Mustique—the place where even the paparazzi were unable to get a single shot on property of Prince William of Wales during his recent two-week stay.
Representatives of Mustique sat down with Travel Agent to give an overview of the exclusive villas, where everyone from the Prince to Mick Jagger has stayed.
It might not be easy for the average agent to land a client willing to spend between $4,000 all the way up to $150,000 for a minimum one-week stay; indeed, representatives told us that much of their business is done with big players such as Virtuoso agents. But if you do, chances are you'll get bookings here for the rest of your career, since the majority of Mustique visitors are repeat customers.
The average villa costs about $12,000 a week, with the lowest being $4,000 and the highest in the average range coming in at about $15,000. This does not include the ultra-luxurious villas which range from $125,000 to $150,000 a week.
Regular villas offer agents a 10 percent commission; some of the more expensive options give 5 percent.
Linda Bruno, managing director for Mustique tourism, told us that the best properties to recommend are either the beachfront or hilltop villas, which range from $10,000 to $15,000 a week. In particular, Bruno recommended the following as top choices for agents.
Shogun is a five-acre villa hidden in the hilltops, about
300 feet above
This villa is also Japanese-inspired, but it's on beachfront property. Stargroves has views of the nearby L'Ansecoy Bay and includes seven pavilions surrounded by tropical landscaping. It is linked by a raised walkway bridge over a garden stream. The master bedroom and sitting room pavilion is near the ocean's edge, and there's also a nearby children's cottage with its own living room, two bedrooms and a kitchen.
This hilltop property offers views of the Caribbean and the
Booking Villas and Flights
There are several daily, nonstop flights offered from
The agent booking contact for Mustique is Shelley McLaughlin
(800-747-9214), reservations manager, at Sanctuare. To make flight arrangements
to the island, call Antoinette Gabriel, site reservations manager, at