This is my first Tripadvisor trip report, my wife has been writing the travel posts and reviews, now I have decided to get on the band wagon and start contributing too. It’s a bit long so you might want to make a coffee and get comfortable.
Getting flights from Canada that arrived early enough in St. Lucia to make our connection to Mustique was a challenge. The Cotton House reservations people were helpful and flexible, they made the bookings with Mustique Airways. The lowest price room at The Cotton House (Garden Cottage) was not available for our one week stay so they upgraded us for 2 nights which was much appreciated! The Fall special (pay for 5 night stay for 7 and including the flights from St. Lucia to Mustique) made the price more affordable.
Saturday. Fortunately our flight from Canada to St. Lucia was on time, allowing us to make our connection to Mustique. Customs in St. Lucia and the transfer to the Mustique Airways flight (on a Twin Otter) was easy with the help of the ground handlers, it was like having our own personal assistants. The 30 minute flight to Mustique was scenic with a view of St Vincent and the steep approach into the short runway was rather sporting. On arrival in Mustique we were greeted and brought to the resort (a short 5 min drive) for a complimentary drink, orientation and tour. Our upgraded room (Deluxe Garden Suite) was spectacular, a one bedroom with ensuite bathroom, living room, powder room a private plunge pool (which we waisted no time getting in) on our deck. There were some delicious treats in our living room to snack on. Room was clean and beautifully decorated, the linens were high end. We took advantage of the pillow menu to try some speciality pillows. Dinner was a BBQ special by the pool with lobster and many courses offered, including sushi appetizers.
Unfortunately it was one price for everything and we didn’t eat all that was offered, after a huge day of travel we would have preferred the option of a smaller meal.
Sunday our first breakfast at the Veranda was very good, the menu is extensive with lots of variety for a week, hot and cold items even a delicious smoothie! For coffee lovers (us!) they offer French press or cappuccinos (yum!). With full stomachs we pickup up the key to our Mule (gas powered cart) which had already been delivered to the resort and we started exploring the Island. They provided an excellent map with all the roads, beaches, Villas, Points of Interest and Hiking Trails. But we quickly found out that there are no street names and no signs on the Island, so good map reading skills come in handy, but even then, getting lost a few times is part of the experience. We visited Macaroni and Pasture Bay beaches, both with big waves, we swam at Marconi but had to be careful, Pasture Bay was even wilder, so we just walked on that one. Dinner was at the Veranda, high end food and service, here too there was plenty of different menu items to keep us going for a week.
Monday was move day (back to reality!), out of our upgraded room and into the room we booked, a Garden Cottage, the staff was very helpful doing most everything for us. We were surprised just how nice a room this is, more than we expected. Main difference is no separate living room, no powder room and no pool on the deck. But everything else is just as nice, the sitting area is roomy, the deck is very big and there are lots of windows.
Today we took a hiking trail (Windward Beaches) that goes through Simplicity Bay (a lovely small beach that backs onto a few Villas) on a rock path along the shore. We loved it but found it too hot and headed back before completing the loop. The sun and heat are very strong for us Northerners! That evening we drove up to The Firefly for drinks, sunset and dinner (we were originally planning to stay at The Firefly, but at the time of booking it was more affordable to stay at The Cotton House). We had drinks in the bar and then on the balcony watching the sun go down, what a view. Food and drinks were good but not quite up the the same standards as The Cotton House.
Tuesday we explored Old Plantation and Lagoon Bay beaches, beautiful, picturesque stretches of sand, the water is very calm here and almost too shallow for swimming. We tried to find Gelliceaux Bay but no luck. We also visited “town” a fun place to walk around, it has a couple of shops, a grocery store and Basil’s bar (which is currently under construction and looks to be almost ready) Basil’s has a pop up bar and a tented area on the beach for live music. All this is directly on the water on Britannia Bay where the visiting boats moor, so it’s a good place to get a glimpse of the sailing life. Local fishermen and the ferry also come and go from here.
Tuesday night is the weekly Cotton House Cocktail Party in the Great Room for Villa owners, Villa guests and guests of the Cotton House. We were surprised how many people were there (about 200 we are told), some dressed formally but most smart casual. We got to talk with a few guests and Villa owners, all were very nice. You could see that there is a real community relationship between owners. There was one celebrity attending that we recognized, I introduced myself and we had a good conversation.
Wednesday we found Gelliceaux Bay after getting some help from a local worker, there is a rock path along the shore from Lagoon Bay, a bit slippery in places, that takes you over to the next Bay. This is the most beautiful beach on the Island, secluded, crescent shaped with steep lush hills rising above. Soft sand and very easy for all levels of swimmers.
Thursday we returned our Mule this morning after driving to Gelliceaux Bay for a last swim, again we were the only ones on the beach. We’ll spend the next 2 days on the property enjoying our beach, pool and balcony. We had room service for dinner, yum and great way to enjoy our room too.
Friday we slept in and enjoyed coffee on our balcony while planning our day. The Nespresso machine in our room is well used! They replenish the coffee and supplies every day. It’s the first morning with a lot of cloud and showers, but it clears up in the afternoon with a refreshing breeze. We swam at the resorts beach and lounged taking in the activity. Then up to the pool for a fresh water rinse, we decided to have lunch at the pool, there is a phone to call the Beach Bar and place your order then someone walks your order up. Tonight is the Hour and a Half Happy Hour, with half price drinks and pizza, which was a very economical way to celebrate our last night in paradise.
Saturday after enjoying our last breakfast we said our good byes to all that have served us so well. The resort did our paperwork for departure and brought us to the airport, handling everything. The flight to St. Lucia was on time and uneventful (apart form the short field take off and climb out!). Luckily our flight back to Canada was on time, so back to reality we went.
For us this was a ‘bucket list’ type of trip, much more than we normally spend for a week away! Even with the Fall Special, it’s still expensive and eating on Mustique is also expensive. But we have no regrets, it’s a wonderful Island, everyone was very nice to us and the staff at the Cotton House were truly professional and attentive, rarely have we received this level of service anywhere else. Will we do it again? Likely, but not soon, we have other special destinations on our list to check off first.