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Mustique: William and Kate discover the Caribbean's hidden gem

 William and Kate have jetted off to the secluded sanctuary of Mustique for a touch of rest and relaxation before their baby arrives and they are swept up in the wonders of first-time parenthood.

Comprising an endless haven of deserted sands, cerulean waters and lavish cottages, the tiny Caribbean island is as famed for its unspoiled exotic beauty as for its impressive list of celebrity visitors – think David Bowie and design star Tommy Hilfiger.

This upscale hideaway has long been a favourite holiday destination for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and was first given the royal seal of approval by William's great-aunt, the late Princess Margaret, who constructed the villa Les Jolies Eaux which still stands majestically in the hilltop vistas.

While the parents-to-be bask in privacy and peace, HELLO! Online profiles their little spot of paradise, and explores just what William and Kate could be up to during their first class getaway. It's all here: from snorkelling and sunbathing, to five star dining under the balmy skies.


Bought by Colin Tenant in 1958, the 1,400 acre island stands as part of a series called St Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies. Mustique has become something of a favourite for William and Kate, who have travelled there at least four times together. Their most recent trip was in January 2012 when the Cambridges and the Middletons joined forces to celebrate Carole's 57th birthday, renting out the £11,500-a-week Aurora House 

It may only be one of two hotels in the Mustique island, but the Cotton House Hotel is synonymous with the exclusivity that the island is so famous for and is recognised as one of the most luxurious stays in the Caribbean islands. If the royal couple so desired, they could take a break from their exclusive £19,000-a-week villa and profit from this hotel's services which include everything from a butlered picnic to a speedboat service out to the breathtaking Tobago Cays 

Should William and Kate want to lounge on the island's sun-kissed beaches, there is none more bewitching than Macaroni beach which boasts azure waters and scattered thatched palm huts. Sheltered from prying eyes, the Duke and Duchess will be able to take in the tranquil atmosphere of the secluded strip with complete peace of mind 

It's not just William and Kate who enjoy the peace and privacy of Mustique. The island is second home to Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger and David Bowie, whose house is pictured here. Security is so strict on the island that when the royals arrive, the retreat employs heightened measures, to ensure there is no repeat of the events which overshadowed William and Kate's last holiday together in France 

Mustique was originally made famous by William's great-aunt, the late Princess Margaret who was given Les Jolies Eaux – an exquisite neo-Georgian bungalow – as a wedding present by Lord Glenconner – the man who originally bought and developed the island. Towards the end of her life, however, her son Viscount Linley sold the villa and it has since turned into one of the Caribbean's most luxurious holiday cottages 

Whether it's the exclusive isolation or raw beauty of the island that has taken to royal fancy, one thing is for sure, Mustique has been tailor-made for those accustomed to the very best in everything they do. On a luxury getaway to Mustique, you can hire a yacht for the day or enjoy a scenic horseback ride on the golden sands 

Thriving with aquatic wildlife, the royal couple could embark on a scuba diving expedition in the deep blue waters of the Caribbean sea during their break 

Perched on stilts overlooking the Caribbean sea, we can see why William and Kate might want to pay a little visit to the luxurious Basil's Beach Bar. The ocean-side restaurant offers up feasts of the finest seafood, all served against a magical backdrop.  

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