This belated review was a second visit to Mustique, but the first time staying actually on the island for a week instead of sailing. All correspondence with Stan prior to arrival was cordial and jolly – it emerged we had birthdays on consecutive days, so a party in the Firefly was assured!
Patrick picked us up at the tiny airfield and we made the journey of moments, just in time for a fantastic sunset viewable from the bar. We had already been told when we booked that we had the last room available, so we knew there would be no wiggle room for changing rooms if we weren't happy. No need – the Hummingbird room was exactly as it had been described. I think people do appreciate Stan and Liz's 'honesty section' of their website for what to expect. As has already been reported here, there are no doors to the bathroom, so yes it is definitely best to go with someone you already know very well.
The room was kept immaculately clean by housekeeping, and a couple of wooden easy chairs by the big windows overlooked the bay below. Although there are only a few rooms, I don't think we heard a peep out of any other rooms while we were there, so I guess there is a clever design in play. Walk in showers were great, as are the in-house fragrant smellies.
The food was OK with menus changing every 3 days-ish, only mystery was the banana shortage for some reason – virtually every day there were none available for breakfast pancakes and desserts.
When they go for it on party night, they really do – I must admit to guiltily sloping off by 10.30 on the birthday night as we were still winding into the second day of our much-needed hols – but Stan and his mates partied on! It wasn't very loud or intrusive by the way, so nothing to worry about if you are not party-minded (plenty of Abba and Beatles hits :-)
Exploring - the great selling point of the Firefly is that the electric cars are included, and we loved exploring the island. It was noticeable how much everyone looks out for each other as well – one very well-known resident of the island rocked up on a vintage motorcycle to check we were OK as we had pulled over to check a map trail, and directed us accordingly. What a very nice man.
There seemed to be one of the electric cars that was a bit 'temperamental' – which we had first, but got another one from the second day. Not sure what the problem with it is but it conks out embarrassingly on the hills!
We spent most mornings in a secluded bay with barely another soul around, and the kitchen will pack up a picnic with everything you need in a coolbox, fold up chairs etc all stashed in the back of your mule. The firefly pool is very mellow for the afternoon, with hammocks, huge double sunbeds and plenty of towels, suncreams and so on all stashed away in cubby holes down there. Just take yourselves and a good book.
Good things to know. You can get international papers on order at the bakery in Britannia Bay. The supermarket is pretty well-stocked for most things including a range of wines and spirits. The Pink House has really very beautiful stuff to wear if you've not been able to find much at home out of season. There is a brick barbecue grill down at Lagoon Bay if you want to cook fresh seafood from the fishermen, which is located by the tables and benches that you can book if you really need to. We saw a party of friends grilling split lobsters after a swim, and wished we'd had that idea!
Things we didn't do on this visit: have a meal at Basil's (only drinks), or use Ali's cafe. We also heard there was a stunningly decorated little chapel somewhere but didn't know anything else about if it was available to visit. Also want to see the Bat-Cave.
Our only niggle came at the very end – as we had booked and paid for the trip on Amex, we had no reason to believe there would be a problem settling our final bill with it. Unfortunately it seemed they had stopped taking it shortly before we arrived, so we were forced to use our British debit cards without prior warning, which could be annoying for people with a large final bill for drinks and extras.
We are heading back to the island this winter, and for the purposes of 'compare and contrast' are trying the Cotton House for this visit. It will be really interesting to see how the differences play out in things like the quality of picnics, transportation around the island, hotel dining and standard of accommodation. We'll also be attempting to set the first 'Mustique Treasure Hunt' online. Will report back in due course!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Firefly is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive boutique hotels. Perched on a hill with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea and neighbouring islands it affords the most wonderful sunset scenes from all rooms including the dining terrace and bar lounge area. Located on the private island of Mustique it offers its guests a romantic Caribbean escape. The bar and restaurant are the chic island favourite and the place to be seen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Firefly Mustique Hotel Mustique
- Firefly Mustique Hotel St. Vincent And The Grenadines