By Amiee White Beazley
With all of the hype surrounding the island of Mustique – its prince and princesses and celebrity visitors – I was afraid I was being set up for disappointment. Far from it. The West Indies island is as close to the definition of paradise one can find in the Caribbean, and far exceeded my expectations.
Held privately by the Mustique Island Company, the island is both remote enough to deflect the casual island hopper, private enough to attract only the discerning traveler, and yet rich enough in Caribbean culture to satisfy those pursuing an authentic experience.
One of the ways Mustique remains so exclusive is its limited accommodation. If renting one of Mustique’s 100 villas doesn’t suit (74 available to let), there is only one resort on the island in which to stay – the five-star Cotton House.
What was once a cotton warehouse and adjacent landmark sugar mill, Cotton House was built during French occupation during the 18th century and then converted to an inn by the island’s owners in 1962. The resort itself is comprised of various cottages housing 17 rooms and suites, as well as the separate Cotton Hill Residence, which has its own butler. Many have plunge pools and every room offers views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
The Cotton House is a piece of Caribbean colonial architecture captured in time with the Great Room’s deep, dark mahogany floors, exposed trusses and island-inspired interiors accented in bright hues of corals and turquoise, all framed by a clapboard and stone exterior.
Every Tuesday evening, Cotton House is center stage for island visitors when villa owners and hotel guests gather in the Great Room to mingle over Champagne and canapés.
I can only count the days until my return.
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Amiee White Beazley is the editor of edibleASPEN, founding contributor of Aspen Peak magazine and food columnist for the Aspen Daily News. Her food and travel writing has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Coastal Living, 5280, Aspen Magazine and The Providence Journal among others. A mother of two, her first children’s book, Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure was published by People’s Press in 2011. www.awbeazley.com