This 20-room hotel on the private island of Mustique is always booked with boldface names, yet it retains a refreshingly laid-back vibe. At the Cotton House, casual elegance reigns; the interior is filled with loads of comfortable white-upholstered furniture, dark woods, and flowing curtains. Originally an 18th-century coral warehouse and sugar mill, it sits between two beaches and is just a “mule”-ride (island-speak for golf cart) away from five additional ones. The hotel recently upgraded most of its suites with private plunge pools and built a two-bedroom hilltop house, the Cotton Hill Residence, which has a dedicated staff and its own pool, with views to the sea.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.