We returned from 4 days in Mustique at the Cotton House last week and think that we may have found a new favorite island in the Caribbean and a top notch resort to go along with it. The Cotton House staff was friendly and very helpful throughout the booking and planning process, from the girls that work at the front desk to the food and beverage manager that was greatly helpful in working with me to plan a special dinner, to the new GM who was a very welcoming guy.
The experience really begins at the airport in Barbados, when you’re met by a Cotton House representative and ushered through the process of checking into your small plane transfer to Mustique. While waiting in line to board the plane we were giving bottles of water, towels to refresh our hands with, and a nice letter from the GM. Only people going to Cotton House received this and it’s a nice little touch. We were met at the airport by more Cotton House staff and transferred to the resort, which was literally about 2-3 minutes from the airport.
Check-in was great, easy and stress-free. There is an interim (I believe interim) GM there now (Jon) who was terrific and spent some time chatting with us while we sat on one of their comfy couches in the great room and had a nice fruity cocktail. Then it was on to the room. We stayed in a sea-front master room with plunge pool. The room was great, with a very comfortable bed. I loved the pillow menu. We liked the bathroom with its indoor/outdoor shower, as I would describe it. There was a small flat screen TV in the room that we didn’t turn on once during our stay. The room had a great view of the ocean which wasn’t far away, and provided nightly sunset views. The plunge pool was nice; we ended up only using it once though. Nice to jump in and cool down if the sun is beating down, though.
I really liked the resort’s main pool, there was hardly anybody there whenever I used it and it was great to swim around in and the area got really good sun exposure all day long (though there were lots of clouds the weekend we were there). We didn’t ever use the resort’s beach chairs which are setup near their beach café, but saw that these were generally being used by guests each day and seemed a popular spot.
The food at Cotton House was generally pretty good, and we have high standards like I’m sure many do on this site or that visit this type of place. We did room service for breakfast each morning. The fruit selection was good, smoked salmon was fresh and we loved the banana bread. Scrambled eggs weren’t quite cooked all the way to my liking, but I did have a pretty good omelet one morning. We had lunch at the beach café one day and had a really delicious blue marlin sandwich - really tasty. We had dinner in the main dining room on our last night and were pleased. I’m a big steak fan, and have been lucky enough to eat at all the best steak houses in New York City, and let me tell you, they cooked a killer tenderloin that my girlfriend had. It was fabulous. They also had a really delicious ravioli appetizer.
We also used the gym and spa and found the place to be comfortable and well run. I think there were 4 or 5 treatment rooms at the spa, and both of us had very relaxing massages. The gym is more suited to getting a cardio workout in, as the free weight selection is very limited, but there is one universal type machine that you can use if you want to lift weights.
In general we really liked the resort’s grounds; it is well laid out and not cramped at all. We liked the wide open field of grass which led to the spa. We did get off the resort a few times to explore the island, and really fell in love with the place. We rented one of their “mules”, which is basically a golf cart, to get around the island. We spent one day at Macaroni beach, which seems to be the most popular on the island. That said, it wasn’t crowded at all. It was a very nice beach, but I think most would probably find another beach or two in the Caribbean they’ve been to that they would like more. We had the Cotton House deliver a picnic lunch to us while we were there, and be forewarned, there was a ton of food. We ended up throwing half of it away.
We also went to Basil’s Bar twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. The place was hopping for dinner, but we unfortunately we seated next to some very loud, drunk and obnoxious yachtsmen that kind of ruined the night for us, but we did have pretty good food which saved the evening. Try the Mustique Blues which is some type of lobster preparation that I really liked. The Bar is in a great spot though, right out over the water with great views.
We had drinks at Firefly one night and ate dinner there another night. Speaking of views, their views of the setting sun are phenomenal. Get there half an hour or an hour early to claim a choice spot to get your sunset pics, as it seems like a popular thing to do. The bar staff and waiters there were fantastic, very personable and friendly. I thought the food was hit or miss though. I had a seafood curry that was very bland and forgettable. But do make sure you check this place out though, very cool and comfortable bar scene, and great staff as I mentioned.
In an effort to balance this review since I have so many positives, let me point out a couple of areas for improvement. The Cotton House has a bunch of cats that roam the property and beg food if you happen to be eating outside of your room. We’re guilty in that we fed a couple of cats, but the problem was they were incredibly loud on a couple of different nights while we were sleeping. I think part of it was due to mating, though, and may not happen every night. If you’ve ever heard cats mate it’s loud enough to wake the dead, but hopefully this isn’t an every night occurrence and you may not even notice or hear it on your visit. Another thing that I wish was different is they don’t serve food at the pool or at the beach chairs. You have to get up and get it from the Beach Café. It would have been nice to have food delivered right to the pool, I’m not sure why they don’t do that. I mentioned the gym before, and it would be nice if there selection of dumbbells went over 30 pounds.
These are all very minor points, though. All in all we loved Cotton House and Mustique. Perhaps there is something to be said for the experience being fresh in our minds, but we both agreed upon returning last week that this has for the time being become our new favorite spot in the Caribbean. The island was so quaint and laid back and easy to explore that you immediately feel at home with it. The Cotton House was fantastic. We’re already thinking about a return visit because we enjoyed ourselves so much.
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