This Indonesian-inspired refuge on the lush island of Mustique, built in 1989 on a hillside facing Britannia Bay, was David Bowie’s tranquil getaway. “My ambition is to make music so incredibly uncompromised that I will have absolutely no audience left whatsoever and then I’ll be able to spend the entire year on the island,” he said in our September 1992 issue.

Author: Jennifer Tzeses | Photography: The Mustique Company

Architect Arne Hasselqvist designed the home as a series of Japanese/Scandinavian pavilions, Bali-based designer Linda Garland introduced Indonesian elements, and designer Robert J. Litwiller oversaw the project.

The home’s pavilions have an Indonesian-inspired aesthetic.

The compound, centered on two koi ponds, consists of a main living area, a writer’s cottage, and an artist’s studio.

Buildings are centered on two koi ponds.

The home’s dreamy entryway.

The living room opens onto the pool area.

Going in and out is a seamless experience thanks to teak walkways that join one space to the next. The inspiring teak housefronts, from a Javanese village, were also used as façades for the kitchen.

Intricately carved walkways join the living spaces.

Other standout features include an outdoor dining pavilion and a guest pavilion with a bamboo ceiling, which was designed by Michael White. The 6.2-acre grounds have intricately landscaped tropical gardens and an infinity pool.

The Javanese-style dining pavilion.

There’s an expansive outdoor terrace with a bar overlooking the ocean.

Impressive views are all around.

A look at the serene grounds and infinity pool.

Stats: 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, $40,000 per week.

Contact: The Mustique Company, 855-261-1316;