Cotton House, Mustique
St. Vincent + the Grenadines
Tel: 784 456 4777
Concierge.com's insider take:
The selection of hotels on Mustique is limitedvery limited. Indeed, the venerable Cotton House is pretty much the only full-service option. Not that you'll be missing anything after you've checked into one of these 19 rooms set on 13 verdant acres anchored between the island's Caribbean and Atlantic coasts. The property inhabits the shell of what was onceas its name suggestsa cotton warehouse that's more than 300 years old. It originally became a hotel in the 1960s and was starting to show its age, but it was given a thorough makeover in 2004 by hospitality guru Grace Leo-Andrieu, famed for her quiet, sophisticated take on holiday luxury. Additions include a new swimming pool, a refreshed, colorful interior design scheme, and the introduction of a new "pillow menu" with five different varieties offered nightly (how did the jet set ever get a good night's sleep before the invention of such amenities?). Large suites include plunge pools, while the hotel's pièce de résistanceCotton Hillis a two-bedroom aerie with its own staff and full-size pool. An utterly inviting strip of powdery white sand fronting Endeavor Bay serves as the hotel's beach, while its dock makes for the perfect starting-off point for a snorkel dive into the azure sea. The small spa offers massages, body wraps, pedicures, and soothing mud masksall based on Espa or Sundari products.
Closed mid-September through October.