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
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!
From the moment we arrived , we were greeted by a friendly and helpful doorman to the friendly and warm reception from the front desk with a glass of cava this hotel has it all! Yes, our room was not huge but very comfortable and with great turndown service nightly. The breakfasts were delicious and the bar and veranda services wonderful! We enjoyed the pool after a day of exploring Barcelona. The history and beauty this hotel has made our stay wonderful and it was close to many of the things we chose to explore in Barcelona. I would highly recommend and would chose again if I am back in this beautiful city. This hotel does everything right!
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!
Lovely old world British decor, the Veranda and the hotel's great room where the bar lounge is located are magnificent and dignified. We came to the bar lounge first, of course, and sampled some inventive and tasty cocktails before dinner. There is plenty of comfortable large-cushioned furniture, as well as a horseshoe-shaped bar with lots of seating. But we spent a lot of the cocktail hour wandering around the great room looking at all the interesting and strange items and displays on the walls and taking pictures. We got a couple of nice pics posing at the front door too.
This was the first time back here for my husband and our sailing companions in over 20 years. They remembered the Cotton House as a high-end hotel and restaurant and were happy to see it had not changed much. We were seated at a roomy table with big comfortable chairs on the veranda for dinner. The menu had many tempting dishes and we had a tough time deciding (even with recommendations we got from the chef earlier in the day). We enjoyed the steak and short rib, the lamb, the pasta (one sometimes vegetarian on board) and fish entrees. There was a good wine list with quite a range of prices, but something for everyone's taste and budget. Everything was delicious, and the portions were large. We barely had room for dessert, but the list was irresistible with both chocolate and fruity options, so of course we ordered several anyway and shared them. We had a wonderful dinner and really enjoyed the time we spent here.
We came here a while ago to be fair so as of 2018 there may have been big changes.....
The hotel was average in terms of accommodation. Food really hit and miss the best at lunchtime, the chef having worked in a uk Michelin star top end restaurant but quite frankly living on the career coat tails that once was. In the evenings the food left a lot to be desired and the sommelier was quite frankly a bulls****er who lived on theatricals than knowing his stuff. Beach not paradise. The beach attendants brilliant.
A hotel living on the romance of a historical island. A very long way to go for a very average holiday. Cannot recommend.