Just returned from a week on Parrot Cay - Parrot WOW
We went as a family of 4, 2 kids Lily is 4 and Matt 7. We were a bit apprehensive flying from the UK for the 1/2 term but what a wonderful holiday. Its a long flight, but the kids were great and I'd strongly recommend the BA direct flight (Sunday to Sunday) with the 1 hour stop in the Bahamas.
Grant Noble is the GM, he met us at the the pier and he was there when we left - a fantastic and attentive host. In the evenings he was notable in the pool bar chatting to the guests, greeting them by name, ensuring everyone had a great time. With that attention to detail and setting such a great example to his team... And the team is great. Nothing is too much, nothing is too little. If grilled lobster isn't on menu, ask for it. If its hot in the afternoon, there are icicles in the cooler, and they'll bring that to your lounger. From Marley on the boat over and back home again, the staff are fantastic.
We booked into in a villa on the beach, 3 beds and a pool. The beach a few yards in front of us. A shower to the side. In the sea, wash the sand off, into the pool, and again, and again, and again.
As for the beach, the waves were perfect, the sea so warm, what's not to love. When the kids got tired of playing in the sand and swimming, we hopped on a hobbie and taught the kids how to cruise along, then back again in a repeat circuit.
We would wake up in the morning and fresh towels were laid out for us, the pool was crystal clear, loungers were in place, another day in paradise. The kids had to be restrained from the the first dip. But we could only hold them back for so long. And they were so tired they collapsed into bed at night.
Life soon settled into a great pattern - wake up, kids into the pool, a quick gym session (1 outdoor run, so hot at 7 am), breakfast then off to the beach. Lunch, pool, beach, nap, pool, beach, shower, drinks, dinner, swim and bed. The next day it was more of the same.
If you can stretch to it, try a butler. Sumantra was wonderful and you should ask for him by name. He really bonded with our Lily and weeks later they still speak fondly of him. attentive to every detail - 2 examples: When out for dinner we would have a pre-dinner drink, when called to the table the kids main was waiting for them when we sat down. Then when we had finished, he took the kids off to play hide and seek in the villa while we socialized. On another evening he took the kids off for dinner, so we had a lovely dinner alone. Anticipating every need day and night, a good person!
Another thought - We took the kids fishing for the first time. Well worth with the effort. Matt learnt to cast and boy, can he fish. He literally caught dozens of fish and is hooked. Every cast was a fish, for 2 hours! More than I did, more than the poor blokes who took us out and do it for a living! I've never seen the like of it. Of course he'll be disappointed in Cornwall this summer!
We could have spent longer and will certainly be there again. Its not all the above, which are fantastic. It's lying in the beach hut with a cool breeze wafting over you, a Red Stripe in hand, and no cars, no people, no pestering, no hassle (just turn off the blackberry). Just the occasional boat motoring past and the kids playing happily. Fantastic.
You have to give it a go, you will regret it if you don't!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos is the northern Caribbean’s preeminent private island. It combines nature—1000 unspoilt acres, a mile-long powdered beach—with relaxed luxury and the multi-award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat, which offers a range of holistic, Asian-inspired therapies as well as yoga and Pilates with world-class tuition. Accommodation, comprising whitewash interiors with chic teak finishing, includes beachside houses and villas. The island also features private residences, offering absolute privacy away from the main resort. The island’s two restaurants serve gourmet and easy dining as well as healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Watersports, diving and island adventures complete the Parrot Cay experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parrot Cay Providenciales
- Parrot Cay Turks Caicos