We returned to The Cotton House for a week in September after spending most of our Honeymoon there in 2006 and vowed to return. Mustique itself is a special place and a must for any traveller seeking the perfect Caribbean getaway without the crowds and trouble. You can only arrive by propeller plane (from Barbados) or boat...When you land at the divine airport - you know you've arrived in a very special place. The Cotton House will come and meet you with cold towels and water (perfect after the long haul flight) and whisk you to the hotel. You are shown to the terrace of The Great Room and offered a drink to help you unwind and soak up the atmosphere. We stayed in a Grenadine Suite for our honeymoon - these are truly amazing. We opted for a Cottage this year - they are very cute and the hotel Manager (Pippa) then kindly upgraded us to a Seaview Room (with plunge pool) as we had stayed before - these rooms are highly recommended and in the old Messel style.
Pool - very tranquil and perfect for a morning dip before the sun reaches your private terrace and you can swim in your own plunge pool (they are a great size).
Breakfast - can be taken in your room (lovely) or on the terrace of The Great Room (very leisurely).
Lunch - either take room service or wander down to the Beach Cafe - the view is stunning. Only slight problem is the birds that are very interested in your food - this is a shame. Great selection of international wines as well
Supper - again, either room service, The Great Room or occasional BBQ/buffet at The Beach House (assuming you don't venture out to Basils or Firefly).
The food at the hotel is not 5*quality, but perfectly acceptable - we did notice the prices had jumped up quite significantly since 2006 and the bills for supper are very expensive for the quality of food. Food at Basils and Firefly is similar in quality and price, so you are fairly restricted.
Spa - is very good and has a great boutique shop. The gym is good as well.
The staff are great and very friendly - you will be all on first name terms within a day or two.
The only method of transport around the island is the infamous Mule - you can hire these directly from the hotel for around $50/day. A must - you can ask the hotel to organise you a picnic that can either be setup by your own butler, or taken with you in your mule - all wrapped up in a large cool box - Lagoon and Macaroni are the beaches to head for.
The Mustique Company host a cocktail party every Monday in The Great Room (or the Beach Restaurant), serving free canapés and champagne. The invite is extended to all villa owners and guests, so this is a great opportunity to meet new friends and you may be fortunate enough to be invited to one of the villas for a long lunch or supper.
As it was low season, we asked if we could have a look at some of the villas. After being let down by the Rental Manager, Pippa managed to pull out all the stops and arranged for the hotel chauffer to take us. A lot of people visit Mustique for the first time (typically as newly weds) and stay in The Cotton House - after falling in love with the place, they often return with friends and take one of the gorgeous villas for a week or two.
Watersports - you can borrow snorkelling equipment form the hotel and there is a diving centre. You can arrange sailing/fishing trips as well..
For those of you who don't truly switch off - there is now free wifi everywhere - it works on the beach, by the pool and all over the hotel...
It doesn't get much better than Mustique and The Cotton House...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cotton House is as intriguing as it is beautiful. Originally an 18th century sugar plantation hidden away on the private island of Mustique, Lord Glenconner gave it a new lease of life in the early 1970s blending lush tropical beauty with plantation-style elegance and creating an exclusive retreat tailormade for visiting high flyers. Today it is owned by the Mustique Company, who’ve introduced such contemporary ‘must haves’ as a designer spa and infinity-edge pool, the romantic colonial mood remains evident throughout.The resort stands on a picturesque hilltop between the tranquil Caribbean Sea and the windswept Atlantic Ocean. Just 17 charming rooms & suites provide the accommodation dotted throughout the 13 acre grounds and thoughtfully equipped with mini-bars, CD players and private terraces or balconies. Private plunge pools are exciting new additions to eleven of the rooms, whilst a new two-bedroom villa with its own swimming pool and 24 hour butler gives a taste of the island-style living. A perfect hideaway and intimate destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cotton House Hotel Mustique
- Cotton Hotel Mustique
- The Cotton Hotel
- The Cotton House Mustique, St. Vincent And The Grenadines