David Bowie had a thing for Bali, the rock legend had a Bali-inspired vacation home on private island Mustique

David Bowie was known for his visionary contribution to rock and his electrifying performances, but a lesser known fact about the Thin White Duke was his stylistic connection with Bali.

The rockstar had a Balinese-inspired vacation home built on the private Caribbean island of Mustique, complete with Javanese and Balinese architectural features (and apparently even touches from the Indonesian island of Sumbawa!).

Photo: Knight Frank Real Estate

Dubbed ‘Mandalay,’ Bowie and wife Iman’s former vacation home was featured in the September 1992 issue of Architectural Digest, where Ziggy can even be seen sporting a sarong (pictured at top).

“I wanted something as unlike the Caribbean as possible,” said Bowie in the 80s, explaining the property’s Indonesian touches. “It’s a whim personified. I love a good cliché, and this house, for me, is just the most delightful cliché. What you have to realize is that Mustique is a fantasy island.”

Photo: Knight Frank Real Estate

But Bowie was not the only famous owner of the $20 million mansion—he had previously sold the property (with his cat included) to millionaire publisher Felix Dennis (who died last year) for $5 million.

Following Bowie’s heartbreaking death, Mandalay was revisited by the Telegraph, which reported that the home is currently on the market at a guide price of $20 million with Knight Frank Estate Agents, but the real estate agency lists the property as “under offer” on their website, so if you’re a high flyer and want to keep a piece of Bowie’s legacy for yourself, you better swoop in there soon!

Now, as we mourn the death of such a visionary legend, take a moment to enjoy Bowie singing in Bahasa, fierce as ever.


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