The big deal about Mustique is its sense of space and exclusive isolation; even when there’s full occupancy, the beautiful beaches are virtually deserted. There are just two guesthouses and 65 private villas. Long famous as a hang-out for a fast aristo/rock set – Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Noel Gallagher – it’s a slow-paced, laid-back island: a place to chill out, play some tennis, go horse-riding, snorkel, rent a yacht or muck about in a speedboat.
When to go
The Cotton House closes in September and October. It can be great to go towards the end of the season (May to August) when the rooms are more reasonably priced and you have the island almost to yourself. The weather is still fantastic.
PlanesFly British Airways (www.britishairways.com) or Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) to Barbados | then fly onwards with Grenadine Airways (www.grenadineairways.com) on a 50-minute scheduled flight | or charter a private plane with Mustique Airways (www.mustique.com) or SVG Air (www.svgair.com). Arrangements can be made through the Cotton House.
BoatsTo charter your own yacht, ring the hotel to arrange in advance – they have some 50 boats on file.
AutomobilesThe only mode of transport on Mustique is the mule – a souped-up 4x4 golf buggy | costing from $50 a day. They are very popular and there is only a limited number to go around | so book well in advance (ask the hotel). If you book the Cotton Hill Residence | your mule will be included in the rate.
TaxisNo such thing. Cotton House staff will greet you on arrival and the hotel can organise a chauffeur service for you to go anywhere you desire.