The Grenadines - Recommended Hotels
Mustique - The Cotton House
The Cotton House attracts most visitors to the island of Mustique, this romantic
hotel consisting of just twenty guest rooms perched on a lush hilltop. The colonial-style interiors (think 'shabby chic')
go perfectly with the panoramic island views, whilst general resort facilities include a spa,
an infinity-edge swimming pool, an informal beach grill and elegant verandah dining.
Accommodation: 20 rooms & suites, 4 with plunge pools. Also The Cotton House Villa with swimming pool.
Children: accepted year-round, with restrictions in the restaurant.
Meal plan: breakfast included. Optional half-board.
Phone (+1) 784 456-4777, Fax (+1) 784 456-5887
Palm Island is a 135-acre island paradise with five beaches, a small
collection of island-style homes and a luxurious all-inclusive resort. The privately-owned resort is
a clever exercise in rustic elegance, with much use being made of bamboo, rattan and stone throughout
both the sprawling public areas and private accommodation.
Over half of the 37 guest rooms sit right
on the breathtaking white sand beach that fronts the resort, the remaining set in the palm-dotted gardens
just a few steps from the sands. Recreational facilities include a landscaped swimming pool, non-motorized
water sports, a fitness room, daytime tennis court and massage room. And whilst rest and relaxation are
definitely the order of the day here, walks along the marked nature trails (the land iguanas and panoramic
ocean views make the effort worthwhile), as well as day trips to the nearby Tobago Cays add a dash of
adventure to stays. The Euro-Caribbean cuisine of the beachside restaurant takes good care of the tropical
Accommodation: 37 palmview rooms, plantation suites, beachfront cottages
and island lofts. Meal plan: all-inclusive. Children: children under 16 years are not accepted 3 January
to 14 April.
This tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea lies just a coconut's throw (or 200 yards!)
from the main island of St. Vincent. Only 35-acres in size, it is a veritable profusion of tropical palms,
shrubs and fruits and is where to go when you're in a Robinson Crusoe kind of mood. Its 29-cottages are set
either near the beach or on the hillside (some quite high up with breathtaking views) and whilst not attaining
international standards of luxury, they're extremely attractive in an 'island-style' kind of way, featuring
open-air garden showers and private patios. Some beachside luxury suites even have their own private plunge
pools. The daytime focal point is usually the small stretch of beach or exotic lagoon-style swimming pool,
with many guests happy to swim out to the Coconut Bar for a thirst-quenching cocktail (served in fresh coconuts,
Accommodation: 29 superior/deluxe cottages and hillside/beachside luxury suites.
Meal plan: half-board. Children: welcome.
Petit St. Vincent
The personal creation of Haze Richardson, PSV has long ranked amongst the finest
resorts in the Grenadines. Just 113-acres in size, its natural attributes
include two miles of white sands and clear turquoise waters ideal for sailing, snorkelling and scuba-diving.
Day sails can be organized to the Tobago Cays, whilst picnic lunch excursions to nearby Petit St. Richardson
are popular options. Just 22 discreetly luxurious cottages await here, all of them built from natural
materials that include terracotta flooring, purpleheart ceilings and native blue bitch stone walls. Some
are notched into the hills and bluffs, but most lie just steps from the beach and, in keeping with the
resort's escapist ambience, don't feature room keys, TVs or telephones. However a unique characteristic
of PSV is that each cottage has its own flagpole - guests hoist the yellow flag if they want service and
the red one if they don't wish to be disturbed!
Accommodation: 22 cottages. Meal plan: full-board. Children: welcome. Closed September
Canouan Island - Raffles
Set right in the middle of the Grenadines, Canouan is just 5-square miles
in size and blessed with the breathtaking white sand beaches that characterize this part of the archipelago.
Yet what distinguishes this island from the rest is that not so very long ago it came to the attention of one
of the world's most famous hotel chains, not to mention one of its favourite billionaires. Since 2003,
Raffles International has managed the 5-star resort here, whilst none other than Donald Trump is involved
with its elegant European-style casino and 18-hole championship
golf course. At Raffles, guests can anticipate
all the facilities of an international resort, including two beaches, a full-service Amrita spa, designer
boutiques, one of the Caribbean's largest swimming pools, as well as four different dining venues, ranging
from an informal beachfront grill to a gourmet Italian restaurant.
156 rooms and suites. Meal plan: Continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
Children: welcome. Phone (+1) 784 458 8000, Fax (+1) 784 458 8885