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David Bowie might be gone, but his eclectic approach to decorating lingers on a private estate in the Caribbean. The pop star’s former mansion on the island of Mustique is now available to rent for a mere $40,000 to $70,000 per week. The Mandalay Estate, as it is known, was recently purchased by British businessman and entrepreneur Simon Dolan. The rental property accommodates up to ten guests and boasts a staff of 14, including a personal chef.

Occupying 6.2 acres of a privately owned island, Mandalay is outfitted in Balinese style decor. “It’s a whim personified,” said David Bowie in an interview with Architectural Digest in 1992. “I love a good cliché, and this house for me is just the most delightful cliché.” While it’s not an exact replica of the Bowie days — he sold it to Felix Dennis in 1995, before it was purchased for $20 million by Dolan in 2014 — nearly all the original fixtures are intact and there are numerous design elements that were selected by Bowie.

Built in 1989, the villa features five bedrooms, all of which have their own ensuite dressing room, bathroom and private veranda. Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living, Mandalay boasts several open-air spaces, like the games room, which offers a wet bar, lounge area and stage. The house encircles koi ponds, tropical gardens and an infinity edge pool. There’s also a writer’s cottage and an artist’s studio, each containing a king-sized bed, balcony and kitchen.

The private island is a popular vacation destination for British celebrities such as Mick Jagger, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Moss and Jeremy Clarkson. Even if you haven’t got thousands of dollars to spend on a week’s vacation, you can still enjoy these photos of Bowie’s tropical oasis.





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