THE turquoise waters and soft white sands of Mustique have provided sanctuary for a select few for more than five decades.
The small Caribbean island, a former sugar plantation that is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, in the West Indies, has long been a haven for the rich and famous - a place they can relax in comfort away from the stares of the hoi polloi.
In 1958 by Colin Tennant, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, bought the 1,400-acre island for $67,500 to create a luxurious private retreat.
Three years later he gave a 10-acre plot as a wedding gift to Princess Margaret, on which she built a magnificent villa, Les Jolies Eaux.
Mustique is now owned by the Mustique Company, a group of shareholder home owners from 17 countries, which preserves and runs the island.
It has 100 private residences, 74 of which are available for rent, the 17-room Cotton House boutique hotel and a five-bedroom guesthouse, according to the Mustique island website.
Facilities include a health spa, diving sites, a golf club, an equestrian centre and a tennis club.
A wildly beautiful island, with rocky headlands and nine white beaches, Mustique is surrounded by a marine conservation area, is awash with bird life and does not have a single traffic light or power line in sight.
But for all its privacy and exclusivity, it would seem it could not keep out the prying eyes of the paparazzi - a problem that is sure to infuriate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.