From the tropical island location to the sense of total privacy, Cotton House checks all the right boxes. The verdant landscape, rich woodland, and dramatic cliffs that tower over the white-sand beaches and clear, deep blue ocean have attracted countless celebrity guests, from David Bowie to Tommy Hilfiger.
The eighteenth-century warehouse and sugar mill was restored by dazzling designer Oliver Messel, the uncle (by marriage) of Britain’s late Princess Margaret. There are some 13 acres (5 ha) of pristine beachside garden, and guests stay in a choice of five fully restored Georgian houses, one of three cottages, a five-room beach house, or a block of two one-bedroom duplex suites with private plunge pools. Luxuriant Egyptian cotton sheets and net canopies adorn the king-size beds (some are wrought-iron four-posters). Modern touches include flat-screen televisions and DVD players, and each room has its own balcony or patio. “The Tower,” on the upper floor of Coutinot House (the five-bedroom beach house), is a cut above the rest, but for true opulence the two-bedroom Cotton Hill is unsurpassable. A boot-shaped private swimming pool, complete with cool white surrounding flagstones and teak loungers, enables you to take a dip while idly contemplating the gardens and the sea beyond, and the bar in the original sugar mill provides colorful refreshments.
Health and beauty treatments are available in the fitness center, but with the Atlantic and the Caribbean both within reach, you may find yourself booking a sailing trip, going for a scuba dive or snorkel, or enjoying a motorboat excursion. Then again, just lounging supine on one of Mustique’s protected coves or bays may well be exertion enough.