- Coastline Chic castaway shores
- Coast Life Paparazzi-free paradise
Mustique is a 1,400-acre private island, managed by the Mustique Company (in turn belonging to a conglomerate of island home-owners). To arrive here is to step into a perfect world, where the beaches and ocean are whiter/more turquoise than a dream, road signs are hand-painted, and even the grass is cut with exceptional care.
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.
Do go/Don’t 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.
- Planes Fly 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.
- Boats To charter your own yacht, ring the hotel to arrange in advance – they have some 50 boats on file.
- Automobiles The 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.
- Taxis No 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.