Parrot Cay Resort

Situated on the private Parrot Cay island of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Parrot Cay Resort by COMO Group is one of the most secluded and exclusive resorts in the northern Caribbean. Spread across 1000 acres and a mile-long beach, the privacy Parrot Cay offers guests has made the resort very popular among celebrities the likes of Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears and Paul McCartney.

Upon arrival at the Providenciales airport (the main airport serving Turks and Caicos), guests will be met by the Parrot Cay hotel staff and transferred to the resort by a 35-minute boat journey.

Rooms at the Parrot Cay Resort come with both ocean-facing and non-ocean facing views. The Terrace Rooms and Garden View Rooms are both 618 sq ft in area. Although these rooms may not directly face the ocean, guests will only take a three-minute walk to get to the beach. The Ocean Facing Rooms are also 618 sq ft in size, but feature views of the landscaped gardens, towards the ocean. The biggest guest rooms at the resort are the COMO Suites. At 1292 sq ft in size, each of these ocean-facing suites features a separate living room and bedroom as well as two bathrooms. French doors lead to a wooden balcony with a daybed and views over Parrot Cay’s gardens. All the rooms blend light Balinese furniture in pale colored decor and come with a four-poster bed draped in white voile.

Rates vary with season of course, but rooms at Parrot Cay Resort generally range from $500 (Terrace Room) to $1600 (COMO Suite) during high season. All rooms come with complimentary wi-fi and rates are inclusive of complimentary daily breakfast and complimentary daily Afternoon Tea.

That’s not all though. A short walk from the main resort building, Parrot Cay’s studio beach house suites and two-bedroom villas offer greater privacy at prices beginning at $2500 and up. For those with even deeper pockets and seeking the ultimate in luxury and service, six beachfront private homes offer inspiring ocean views, spectacular sunsets, private butler service and amenities designed to meet your every need.

If you have a few million dollars to spare, one can buy or build villas in Parrot Cay. Fashion designer Donna Karan already owns a villa on the island, as does Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. These villas can then be rented out. Needless to say, the villas don’t come cheap. The biggest villa on Parrot Cay can cost $30,000 a night.

With all the exclusivity on offer, it’s no wonder Parrot Cay has hosted numerous high-profile weddings, including the weddings of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2005, and Bruce Willis and Emma Heming in 2009. Parrot Cay promises a personal approach to event planning in the Turks and Caicos. The resort staff will assist in selecting venues, food, entertainment, photography and any other requirements couples may have, such as from fireworks to flowers. Parrot Cay Resort will also assist newlyweds with legal arrangements and how to book exclusive use of the island, which is possible with generous advance notice (and at a price).

All this has made the Parrot Cay Resort a popular choice not only for weddings, but also for other celebrations, including corporate events and meetings. The 1076 sq ft Pirate House is a private event space ideal for business gatherings. Celebrations can also be held at the privately owned residences that comprise Parrot Cay Estate. And if that’s not enough, the entire Parrot Cay island may be booked for exclusive use. Costs will vary depending on the arrangements and the number of guests.

Parrot Cay’s spa is the award-winning Shambala Retreat. COMO Group being a Singaporean company, the spa specializes in Asian-inspired holistic therapies. Treatments on offer include Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and Pilates to name a few. Shambala Retreat has a yoga room, a Pilates studio, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, double massage rooms and Japanese baths—all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel.

For your culinary fix, Parrot Cay Resort has two main restaurants. Lotus is an alfresco poolside spot specializing in Asian cuisine, while Terrace specializes in modern Mediterranean-inspired Turks and Caicos dining, with a particular focus on Italian cuisine. Seafood is of course popular and a wide variety of fresh catch are featured extensively in both restaurant menus daily. Besides Lotus and Terrace, the resort’s COMO Shambhala Cuisine serves organic and nutritional cuisine to guests seeking a healthy diet.

Given the space Parrot Cay Resort enjoys, the hotel staff also specialize in making private dining arrangements. From customized gourmet meals to seeking romantic and exotic locales, the staff can assist with arranging intimate dinners in the privacy of your room or on a deserted beach. Guests can reserve the beachfront Tiki Huts at an additional cost. For families, the guest services staff can put together seaside barbecues or castaway-style picnics.

Being a standalone island, if guests need to go shopping in Providenciales town or visit the other islands, the resort offers private boat charters to guests seeking to explore the Turks and Caicos. There are various sizes and styles of boats available for hire (ranging from 23ft to 30ft). Guests may hire the boats for half and full day charters.

For activities, Parrot Cay Resort offers guests exclusive castaway picnics, snorkel tours, scuba diving excursions, fishing trips and island tours. Some of the most popular island tours include a stop at Iguana Island, home of the Rock Iguanas (don’t worry, they pose no harm to humans), and a visit to Sand Dollar Island to hunt for seashells. Boat tours cost anywhere from $95 per person to upwards of $1000 for private tours.

Fishing enthusiasts can choose from Bottom Reef Fishing, Bone Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing tours. A local guide will escort guests on the tour, chose the best area depending on tide, wind direction and fishing migration. And guests needn’t bring their fish gear – all fishing tours are fully outfitted with the requisite gear. Fishing tours cost $550 for half Day (3 1/2 hours) and $975 for a full day (7 hours).

Parrot Cay Resort offers catamarans, windsurfers and kayaks to guests on a complimentary basis. For some conventional land-based sports, Parrot Cay Resort has two Omni surface tennis courts on a complimentary basis. Guests may rent a ball machine if they wish to practice their serve. Reservations are required and all activities can be booked by contacting the Guest Services desk.

With no cars on Parrot Cay, pollution is virtually non-existent. Add to that the acres of pristine white-sand beaches and lush tropical landscapes, and yet, the resort comes replete with modern comforts. Parrot Cay Resort is a rare gem among the Turks and Caicos Islands. From world-class cuisine to lavish guest accommodations, exclusivity and privacy are what sets Parrot Cay Resort apart from the other resorts in the Caribbean. Such luxury is exactly why Parrot Cay Resort was voted No.1 in The World's Top 100 resorts ranking by Condé Nast Traveler.

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