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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%History Buffs
Member Reviews (2)
- MustiqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4Dec 11, 2013
This private island is the choice retreat of the Royal family, most recently Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The 3 x 1.5 mile island is renowned for its wild 70s hedonism, a legacy continued at world-famous Basil’s Bar.
Cotton House, the sole full-service hotel, boasts an impressive guest book of celebrity signatures. 17 suites span 13 acres, neighbouring mansions of Mick Jagger and Bryan Adams. Private golf buggies enable the few guests to whiz around 9 bewitching beaches, oozing exclusivity.Recommended for:
- MustiqueMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
A private island Caribbean paradise it may be, but what's particularly intriguing about this place is the way it operates like one of London's dusty establishment gentlemens' clubs even to this day. Indeed its visitors and residents read like a volume of Who's Who from the early 1960s - either British aristocracy (Princess Margaret was a frequent visitor) or newer money, and lots of it (David Bowie and Mick Jagger, to name but two). The island occupies just 2.2 square miles so don't expect much to see apart from beaches, birds and the occasional turtle. The island continues to be owned and managed by a private company, founded by Colin Tennant (who later became Baron Glenconner) in 1958, and today owned by its villa-owning shareholders; this does give the place the slight feeling as if you've arrived in a Caribbean version of The Village, from cult 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner'. The real attraction are the 100 houses modestly referred to as villas, but more akin to palaces. Some 74 of these are available for rental, though if you need to ask how much, chances are you won't be able to afford it. Legendary stage designer Oliver Messel conceived plans for 30 houses on the island, today 18 of these have been built. There are just two hotels on the island: The Cotton House, also the social hub for the island's villa owners, and the more intimate Firefly. Access is via a 45 minute flight from Barbados or 30 from St Lucia. NB be aware that there are neither ATMs nor a bank on the island, so bring cash or travellers' cheques for what you'll need during your stay.