We met a lovely lady one night at The Cotton House who told me that coming to Mustique would change our lives forever. She was spookily right as it happens but thats another story.
As a non famous, non celebrity, non ultra rich Josephine Average, I like to think that Mustique is a magical place and i can tell you this. If you are lucky enough to go there, treasure the experience and pray you can return one day once you've left.
It is so far removed from any UK city that it doesn't feel real at all. There is a feeling that you might be in an episode of Lost or Fantasy Island (ze plane, ze plane is coming!) or on a private tour of a Florida theme park where everywhere looks a bit too perfect, man made and well kept that it cant be real. Strange but lovely. I loved the tortoise roaming around everywhere and the fact you felt really safe.
There are 2 hotels on the island and as we quickly discovered, you are either Team Firefly or Team Cotton House. The Cotton House is the best place to stay if you are after a relaxing, secluded and private experience as we were. The Firefly is more sociable and will suit if you are looking for late nights sat drinking and chatting at the bar with the host and his lovely wife.
We enjoyed the Firefly for a change of scene but couldn't wait to get back to The Cotton House.
We were upgraded to a suite called Tamarind which was perfect for us. It has it's own plunge pool and everything honeymooners could ask for. We even had a ginger cat visit us for some cheeky milk. We found out it belonged to lovely Simonique, who looked after us throughout our stay. She showed us some of the other rooms but we were very happy with the room we had.
Great pool, great beach, a stones throw from the hotel with diving and snorkelling gear available.
The food in the hotel's restaurant is very good and also the Beach Cafe where most people come from around to have the catch of the day and a cold beer.
The staff at the Cotton House are wonderful. Jason was very friendly and helpful.
The general manager was, and is a lovely young man who is a credit to the owners of the hotel, and his mother. He always had time for us and made us feel welcome.
The spa is very nice too. I had my usual pedicure which i use as a measure of how good a spa is. It was a caribbean style pedicure. Relaxed, and that was just the therapist. No..kidding. It was lovely, what else could it be?
Tips- Hire a mule( golf buggy), get a map and drive round the island. It doesn't take long to get round and you get to see some lovely villas and beaches. The village and Basil's Bar, which everyone goes to, is 5 minutes away from hotel by mule.
Take advantage of the picnic on the beach. You can choose which beach you want your picnic delivered , and when. Then as you relax on your chosen beach, someone from the Cotton House drives to the beach and delivers a big cool box full of goodies. Wonderful.
Everyone knows everyone on Mustique and, what everyone is doing. Its a very sociable island with private parties and social events happening in private villas and on the beaches every day.The Cotton House hosts some of these events and as guests, you get invited. Its very interesting meeting the Mustiquians and hearing all about the history of Mustique. I have always had a bit of an interest in Princess Margaret and was delighted to see pictures of her villa there and read about her part in the development of the island.
It is an extraordinarily expensive island if you are not a millionaire so if you are one of those travellers who enjoys moaning about the cost of everything, stay in Barbados!
Be prepared to pay a lot for food and drinks. Everything has to be brought in from St Vincent which inflates the prices but it is an exclusive island for a reason. Just try not to think about it too much while you are there. When you get back home, you'll think everything is really cheap in your local shops and restaurants!
All in all, The Cotton House is stunning, Mustique is stunning. A perfect honeymoon.
- 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