Cotton House on Musique-Island
Originally an old cotton warehouse, the hotel was the first building project to be undertaken on the island.
It was designed in 1968 by Oliver Messel, a leading British theatre stage designer of the 20th century, who had developed a reputation for the flamboyant and original houses he had designed on neighbouring Barbados.Drawing on Baroque and Classical influences Messel introduced slender Greek columns, fanciful fanlights intricate lattice trelliswork, and a vast wrap around veranda. To blend the rich tropical gardens with the stark white interiors Messel lavishly applied his trademark “Messel Green” paint which can be seen throughout the hotel.
These features became the blueprint for much of the island’s Villa Collection and a style of colonial architecture was created that was to be copied throughout the region, whilst The Cotton House, favoured by Mustique’s eclectic island community became the island’s social hub.
Recently refurbished by the award winning Parisian architect Tristan Auer, the hotel has undergone a sympathetic restoration and refresh of Messel’s original style, maintaining the original features to conserve the hotel’s charm and character.
Set amongst thirteen expansive acres of tropical gardens leading down to Endeavour Bay, the Great Room and Veranda Restaurant lie at the heart of the estate, surrounded by a collection of luxurious, garden and sea facing villas, suites and cottages with private verandas and plunge pools. Facilities include a central swimming pool and sundeck, and an organic Spa & Gym located in the gardens, a short walk from the beach. The shoreside Beach Cafe & Bar offers all day refreshments whilst the island’s Watersports Centre offers a comprehensive range of activities for all ages.
Report by mustique-island.com