24-Hour Room Service: The Cotton House, Mustique

SPREAD OUT in the remaining buildings and landscaped grounds of what was once a plantation estate (there are just 20 rooms in 13 acres), this hotel is definitely up there with the highest of the upmarket hotels.

Due to its situation on one of the most glamorous Caribbean islands, it's a dream destination. The rooms, suites and cottages all include stylish touches, and the effect is that, despite all the glamour, it is a genuinely inviting place to stay and many of the guests are families.

One of the best things is the pool, a cool blue puddle at the top of the gardens overlooking the sea, with an elegant bar and a canopied folly. The Cotton House's beachside neighbours include Tommy Hilfiger and Mick Jagger. Apparently, Mick likes to take a dip in the pool (by torchlight in the evenings) and a whole cast of famous characters regularly drops by for a rum punch at The Great Room's bar.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The Cotton House, Mustique, The Grenadines, West Indies (00 1 784 456 4777, fax 001 784 456 5887; www.cottonhouse.net; e-mail: cottonhouse@caribsurf.com). Set beside an idyllic East Caribbean beach in the Grenadine islands, the hotel is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

TRANSPORT

The island is small enough to stroll around but, in the strong Caribbean sunshine, most guests prefer to hire a mule to get down to the trendy Basil's Bar. For those not in the know, this is not an animal but a golf buggy.

TIME TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The most popular way to get to the island is to fly in on the 40-minute Mustique Airlines flights that connect with direct flights to Barbados from London (BA or Virgin). The little airfield is next door to the hotel but they still send an air-conditioned bus.

However, most guests are on package trips (such as Caribbean Connections, 01244 341131).

ARE YOU LYING COMFORTABLY?

The rooms are peace on a plate. All are air-conditioned and, as you arrive, music from the chic ministereo (it comes with a CD library) quietly welcomes you. The decor is all simple, neutral colours, and the beds are enormous. You choose your pillow from the pillow "menu", which includes "snorestoppers" and maternity pillows. The open-air sandstone bathrooms are the highlight. If you do make it out of the door, scuba-diving, horse-riding, windsurfing, snorkelling and sailing trips can all be arranged and there are two tennis courts, croquet and putting equipment and a minispa.

FREEBIES

The Floris toiletries are soon to be swapped for the luxury French range, Contemporel, designed especially for the hotel.

WHAT TO BOOK

Most popular are the poolside cottages (which have fantastic views) but each room has its advantages. I liked the romantic Frangipani room with its sexy outdoor shower and ocean view.

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Rooms have stereos and phones and, on request, TVs and videos. Fax and Internet at reception.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Double rooms cost $500 (pounds 320) to $1,000, depending on room and time of year. This includes a la carte dinner and breakfast, tea, cocktails and use of all facilities.

I'M NOT PAYING THAT

Between now and 14 December you can book a seven-night Mustique Retreat (call GLA on 00 33 1 40 49 02 34) for two people for $3,639. This includes all the above plus a picnic on a private beach, three days mule hire, and your clothes being unpacked and pressed on arrival.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Life and Style
tech

Company reveals $542m investment in start-up building 'a rocket ship for the mind'

News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004
music

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
football

News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    IT Project Manager

    Competitive: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsford a...

    Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

    £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

    Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

    £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

    IT Manager

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

    Day In a Page

    Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

    Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

    Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
    British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

    British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

    Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
    Let's talk about loss

    We need to talk about loss

    Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
    Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

    Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

    Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
    Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

    'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

    If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
    James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

    The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

    Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
    Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

    Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

    Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
    Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

    Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

    Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
    How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

    How to dress with authority

    Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
    New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

    New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

    'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
    Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

    Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

    The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
    Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

    Tim Minchin interview

    For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
    Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

    Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

    Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

    Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

    Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album