You Can Now Rent David Bowie’s Former Vacation Home
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You Can Now Rent David Bowie’s Former Vacation Home

Mandalay villa
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The late singer’s tropical Mustique retreat is available for a luxurious getaway.

Renting a house in Mustique is great. Renting David Bowie’s vacation home on the island surpasses all dream vacations. The late singer’s holiday estate is now up for rent starting at $40,000 a week and comes with a ton of rock star-worthy amenities.

Known as Mandalay, the five-bedroom property built in 1989 by the legend is one of the most stunning on the Caribbean island—featuring Asian, Balinese, and Japanese design elements, still with all original fixtures, furniture, and decorations hand-picked by the artist.

Also included in the high price tag, which goes up to $60,000 a week during high season, is a Koi pond, infinity pool, game rooms, waterfalls, dining pavilion, gardens, Kawaski Mule, and a staff of 10, including a personal chef. Each bedroom comes with its own private veranda, and music fans can check out the onsite pavilion called the “The Studio,” designed to be Bowie’s island recording studio.

Ultimately, the musician got rid of the studio because he couldn’t get any work done on vacation. “The house is such a tranquil place that I have absolutely no motivation to write things when I’m there,” he told Architectural Digest in 1992.

It’s understandable: The island is popular among celebrities and royalty, including Kate Moss, Hugh Grant, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. It was during a visit to Mick Jagger’s house on the island that inspired Bowie to create a retreat of his own. “Frankly, it was quite odd. I went down to spend a couple of days with Mick [Jagger] and Jerry [Hall] in their house, and while waiting for the boat—I was going to take a trip up and down the Caribbean and it never happened because the propeller fell out or something—I was stranded,” he told Architectural Digest. “And I just went scouting one day, having nothing better to do, there being little else to do there, and I came across this area of land attached to Arne Hasselqvist’s. And we talked about it, and I thought, Why not?”

While many of Bowie’s touches still remain on the 6.2-acre compound, the singer sold the home to publisher Felix Dennis in 1995. Following Dennis’ death in 2014, Mandalay was put up for sale for $20 million, and it is rumored that the new owner is English entrepreneur Simon Dolan, who has set the current rental prices.

Curious if there are any other celebrity homes that you can rent? We’ve got a list here.

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