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
Having first come to The Grenadines 30 years ago and having been a frequent visitor to the Caribbean over that time it has been wonderful to finally arrive in Mustique at The Cotton House together with my daughter for a short break.
The first thing to comment on is the really brilliant transfer from St Lucia. We were met in arrivals and taken through immigration and our bags collected straight onto the plane to Mustique. Such an enormous contrast from the queues in other airports especially Antigua. This was the best start to our holiday after a long flight from Gatwick which had been delayed by two hours.
You have to see the airport to believe it with flags hanging outside representing every nation in the world that has ever visited Nevis.
A short drive and we arrived at this immensely charming hotel to be greeted by the General manager Jaques Brouchier who really does know his job. His professional but relaxed manner is reflected in his entire team who run this very special place.
We felt instantly at home. Our delightful garden room is spacious and light. The housekeeping has been excellent. I love being able to wake early and take an expresso coffee onto our big verandah and lie on the sun lounger listening to the crickets going to bed as the birds wake up and listen to the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the island crashing on the beach.
Breakfast served in the restaurant is a really enjoyable way to start the day... having already had fun hiking around the island for an hour and a half first.
The beach here is really lovely with silky coral sand. Staff at the beach bar are great as were the salad options for lunch.
Less keen on dinner here but have so enjoyed going out to The View and Firefly which both serve very good food.
There is no question we will return.
Enjoy the sun, sea, hospitality as well as the tortoises who share the grounds.
By far the best island I’ve visited in the Caribbean.
So peaceful and unspoilt, the beach was empty each time we visited - it’s like you have your own private Island.
The staff couldn’t do enough to help, a truly magical place to go and unwind.
Came here for a night for business, quite a lovely & beautiful place, very clean & pleasant room (Stayed in Mango Cottage) food, staff and views all amazing! Quiet and exclusive but worth a visit if one can!
The Cotton House is THE Mystique Island Hotel. The Beach of the small boutique hotel is lovely with great service comfortable sun beds and turquoise waters . The Cotton House main building with the restaurant is beautiful with views across the lawn towards the sea . The service is impeccable, both in the restaurant, the Beach Cafe and the Beach and Spa. The only drawback really is that the cuisine leaves to be desired. The chef tries hard and wants to create a gourmet experience however he fails to do so in taste and composition. Mustique is a unique holiday destination. Not everybody may enjoy the British Country Club feeling of the entire island . It is an island of extraordinary beauty, very well kept with marvelous villas all different in size and style , great nature trails for walking, dinner parties and cocktails in the villas in high season (you get invited even by people you had never met before) Itt is not a classic beach destination although the island has wonderful beaches. If you enjoy a quiet stay in a beautiful house, pampered by your staff, go for nature walks, sit and read, meet old and new friends, go for a swim or spend a few hours at the Cotton House Beach (the only serviced beach on the island) , have long naps before you have a drink on your terrace, at Basil´s Bar or at a Cocktail Party then this is your kind of place.
The Cotton House's rooms are spread out over gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea, we stayed in one with excellent sea views and a private sun deck and plunge pool which added to the overall sense of peace and privacy. Staff are very helpful, and the hotel can create and deliver picnics to your choice of beach picnic spot and can arrange the connecting flights from St Lucia in our case. Red-footed tortoises roam the whole island including the grounds outside the rooms. The only drawback is the price of everything (rooms, restaurant etc), but then, that's not a surprise given the location. The beach is the only one with a bar by it, so is popular with other residents on the island as well as guests, but other deserted beaches are an easy walk or drive away.