Originally an old cotton warehouse, the hotel was the first building project to be undertaken on the island. It was designed in 1968 by Oliver Messel, a leading British theatre stage designer of the 20th century, who had developed a reputation for the flamboyant and original houses he had designed on neighbouring Barbados.
Drawing on Baroque and Classical influences Messel introduced slender Greek columns, fanciful fanlights intricate lattice trelliswork, and a vast wrap around veranda. To blend the rich tropical gardens with the stark white interiors Messel lavishly applied his trademark “Messel Green” paint which can be seen throughout the hotel.
These features became the blueprint for much of the island’s Villa Collection and a style of colonial architecture was created that was to be copied throughout the region, whilst The Cotton House, favoured by Mustique’s eclectic island community became the island’s social hub.
Recently refurbished by the award winning Parisian architect Tristan Auer, the hotel has undergone a sympathetic restoration and refresh of Messel’s original style, maintaining the original features to conserve the hotel’s charm and character.
Set amongst thirteen expansive acres of tropical gardens leading down to Endeavour Bay, the Great Room and Veranda Restaurant lie at the heart of the estate, surrounded by a collection of luxurious, garden and sea facing villas, suites and cottages with private verandas and plunge pools.
Facilities include a central swimming pool and sundeck, and an organic Spa & Gym located in the gardens, a short walk from the beach. The shoreside Beach Cafe & Bar offers all day refreshments whilst the island’s Watersports Centre offers a comprehensive range of activities for all ages.
The Cotton House has a collection of fifteen luxurious, light and airy bedrooms, suites and cottages with private verandas and plunge pools, all set in the tropical gardens of the estate. Each room is individually furnished with four poster beds draped with billowing white muslin nets, traditional rattan chairs and elegant objets d’art, whilst luxurious bed linen and a pillow menu ensure a restful night’s sleep.
With the suites and cottages spaciously situated through the hotel’s extensive grounds guests are assured of complete privacy, and yet the beach and the restaurants are still just a few minute’s walk away.
Tucked away on its own hilltop is the Residence, the much sought after presidential suite boasting its own swimming pool and personal butler & maid service, a sanctuary for those seeking complete privacy.
The Residence offers two spacious en suite bedrooms and a generous sitting and dining room with outdoor gazebo, set around a large private swimming pool. The master bedroom set apart in a small pavilion, boasts an outdoor shower with commanding views across the Atlantic.
The Cotton House Spa & Wellness Centre offers a a comprehensive choice of spa treatments and wellness classes from yoga and meditation to personal training and fitness.
An indulgent range of bespoke treatments designed by the organic spa range ila, can be enjoyed in the spa where dedicated treatment rooms and a relaxation room with stunning sea views provides the perfect place to unwind after an indulgent and restorative treatment.
Use of the hotel’s gym is complimentary to all hotel guests, whilst some visitors prefer to keep fit exploring the island’s numerous fitness and hiking routes, joining early morning walks with our resident nature guide, or following the running and cycling trails.
From barefoot barbecues to formal a la carte dining, there are many different ways to enjoy the island’s natural hospitality.
The Veranda Restaurant offers a sophisticated menu, using locally sourced fresh fish and seafood, and our extensive award winning wine list, notably Wine Spectator 2013, will keep even the most enthusiastic oenologist happy.
Guests can enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner at The Great Room Bar which with its cooling fans, lime washed woods and West Indian artefacts, elegantly decorated in Messels’ signature colonial style. The weekly Mustique Company cocktail party is held here giving guests the opportunity to mingle with resident homeowners and catch up on island news.
For those seeking something a little less formal the Beach Café situated on Endeavour Bay is a relaxed fish restaurant with a Beach Bar for evening cocktails at sundown, and a dedicated Ice Cream Parlour, serving a delicious range of homemade ice’s and smoothies.
Further afield Basil’s Bar located in Britannia Bay has been hosting an international crowd for over 25 years. In season, Wednesday night is party night with a barbecue buffet and the famous ‘Jump Up’ with live music. More serious ‘groupies’ return in late January, when A-list musicians participate in the Mustique Blues Festival.
Please note due to urgent structural work the Bar will be relocated to the Summer Pop Up next door until Spring 2018.