What We Love
- Pure relaxation: ocean air, idyllic beach
- Phenomenal spa services
- Multiple coves and beaches for snorkeling and diving
- Charming town and fishermen’s village worth exploring
What To Know
- Kawasaki Mule golf carts are available for rent for an additional cost
- There are a limited number of flights to and from Barbados, so plan strategically
- Not for nightlife lovers—the only spot is Basil’s Bar
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The innate romance and relaxation of Mustique is infused into Cotton House, and makes itself known from the word go. Despite the relaxed vibe, this isn’t the place for flip-flops and tank tops—pack Ralph Lauren pastels, white linen trousers, Tod’s moccasins and bejeweled sandals. But beyond that, there’s nothing to worry about. Mustique, and indeed Cotton House, are pictures of pure relaxation. Cotton House’s 17 rooms and suites come with private balconies and pillow menus for pure relaxation. Some accommodations have views across the gin-clear Caribbean, plus French doors that open onto private verandas dressed with dining tables and lounge chairs. Days at Cotton House begin when the morning mist gives way to that tropical sunshine, and guests make their way to breakfast on the wraparound terrace of the main house. Light lunches of grilled fish and salad are served at the waterside Beach Cafe, and you can channel a bygone-era vibe over afternoon tea in the Oliver Messel–designed Great Room. Come evening, guests don their island best for drinks at Basil’s Bar (where you might just spot Mick Jagger or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and fresh seafood fare at the Veranda Restaurant. The resort offers a beach barbecue on Saturdays, a cocktail party on Tuesdays and free wine tasting on Mondays.
In the Area
Most of the island entertainment is found on the shore or out at sea, and there are numerous beaches and coves fringed with coral reefs ideal for snorkeling or diving. Macaroni Beach is a favorite for its soft white sand and clear blue-green water. Go for a trot along the sandy beaches on a horseback ride with Mustique’s Equestrian Centre. Beyond the beaches, get outfitted with appropriately pastel island attire at Pink House, a pitched-roof boutique under tall palms stocking every style of Lotty B kaftan and unique island souvenirs. For off-island adventures, consider a day trip by boat to the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Part of a national park, divers can explore the wreck of a WWI British gun ship and Technicolor coral reefs; nature lovers can get up close to hawksbill turtles at the Baradal Turtle Sanctuary; and hikers can tackle the steep trails up to Petite Bateau and James Bay.
How to Get There
We flew in to Mustique on Sunday, for the Sunset Jazz event at Basil's Bar. So we stayed one night at the Cotton House.
We were in Guava Cottage, which was close to the main building. It was a very roomy suite, with an outside porch. Most of the plugs were of the UK type. There was an electronic safe.
The resort was spread out, and the main pool was a bit hard to find. (It is by the sugar mill). The beach was nice, once you got past the rocks, entering the clear water.
We had a tour of the island, and our driver did a good job of showing the private beaches, and the village. He answered all our questions. We stopped at Firefly for a drink and a look-see of this other hotel.
The most surprising thing about our visit (besides seeing Mick Jagger at Basil's), was the airport. Flights land right over a hill, similar to the airport at St. Bart's. So expect a bit of a thrilling landing when you arrive. We were met at the airport by people from Cotton House, and offered a big bottle of water for the surprisingly short drive to the hotel (just on the other side of the airport).
A really rather special place. The great house is just elegant and the whole property is understatedly charming
Staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful
Go on the island tour and get your bearings and venture out into the village.
The menus could do with a little more variety though - the same menu all week meant if you were a veggie you had little choice. And even a meat eater could quickly run out of combos
Fantastic breakfasts though
We recently spent 9 glorious nights at The Cotton House. From the moment we arrived, we knew that one day we would hopefully return.
Our suite was beautiful and spotlessly clean. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble.
A beautiful hotel, on a fabulous island. Oh, and tortoises roaming freely. Thank you Cotton House, can’t wait to return.
My husband and I came here for a week for our belated honeymoon. It’s simply wonderful, peaceful with the most thoughtful kind staff. I cannot understand any of the negative reviews. We stayed in the room Sunset and it was just perfect. The food was wonderful not just in The Cotton House but at The Beach Bar too. Staying on this bed island, you have to remember there isn’t a Waitrose or Walmart down the road, it’s a very unspoilt beautiful island so embrace it!
I loved this place. Such a traditional colonial hotel which has been recently renovated. We loved the drinks they put on for the island and the outdoor film night in the garden. The veranda is just divine - you can sit with a drink and listen to the birds, frogs and crickets.
The beach bar is fun - they make great fruit punches and a super pina colada!
The beach is very relaxed, well looked after and a beautiful spot to swim. We swam with turtles here and it was lovely to see their coral planting programme just 100m or so from the shore.
The service was a bit patchy. Some were rude and unhelpful and others were warm, hospitable and super helpful. To give an example, we turned up for breakfast one day at 1030 and the lady said she couldn't serve us because it was too late ... when there were several other tables having having breakfast. Fortunately we found a lovely guy who was far more friendly and at least found us some croissants!