- Style Coral stone colonial
- Setting The champagne set’s private island
A bubble of inviolable luxury in an azure ocean, the private Grenadine island of Mustique is home to the Cotton House, a coral-white boutique hotel that combines French West Indies architecture with Caribbean trimmings. It’s the social hub of the island, too – every Tuesday, the super-rich neighbourhood villa owners flock to the Great Room bar for champagne and canapés.
Need to know
- Rooms 20, including three cottages, seven suites and one two-bedroom villa.
- Rates Double rooms from $650.00. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Breakfast and dinner can be included for a half-board supplement of US$100 each a day.
- Facilities Spa, gym, tennis courts, fitness trail, library, DVD/CD selection, boutique, WiFi throughout. In-rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, Contemporel toiletries.
- Poolside Surrounded by smooth white flagstones and teak loungers built for lazing, the boot-shaped pool looks out across the manicured hotel gardens to the Caribbean sea. The bar – the island’s original sugar mill – provides poolside pick-me-ups.
- Check–out 4pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Children Under-threes stay free; four- to 12-year-olds are $120 a night. Babysitting can be arranged for $11 an hour (plus 15 per cent VAT). Because Mustique’s entirely private, it’s one of the safest places to bring your kids in the world.
- Hotel closed September and October.
- Also There are no roads as such on Mustique – it’s navigated by ‘mule’, essentially a souped-up golf cart.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Flamboyant in Coutinot house grabbed our attention with 180-degree views from the corner overlooking the ocean; Allamanda next door is a little larger, and also promises panoramic lookouts. Upstairs, the Sunset suite’s terrace is the best spot on the property for cocktails at dusk. Booking the two-bed Cotton Hill residence on the hilltop bags you a private pool, views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean, personal butler and use of the swankiest mule on the island (sports tyres and an extra gear).
- Packing tips If you have a drop-dead gorgeous, obscenely wealthy other half, make sure you bring them along. If not, you may well find one here.
- Also The waters around Mustique are one giant tropical aquarium – take advantage of the Cotton House’s dive centre and free-to-use snorkelling gear.
Food and drink at Cotton House
- Hotel restaurant Three. Designed by theatrical visonary Oliver Messel, the Great Room is a neocolonial gathering point for afternoon tea. The Veranda is modern and fresh with a leaning toward Italian/Caribbean fine dining. The Beach Café is an easygoing lunch spot.
- Dress code On-trend Armani or Temperley for dinner; Manolo Blahnik sandals and Missoni bikinis for lunch.
- Top table Ask for a sea-view spot at the Veranda; or dine privately in your room.
- Last orders Evening dining ends at 9.30pm in the Veranda. The bar keeps serving until the last guest leaves.
- Room service 7am–11pm.
- Hotel bar It doesn’t get more glam than Tuesday nights in the Great Room. Perch on a stool at the art deco oval bar, sipping on a dirty martini, while, all around, the island’s well-heeled and well-oiled villa owners gather for their weekly champagne mingle.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details