We stayed at a 3 bedroom villa in May, 2007 and had a wonderful time.
1.Getting to Parrot Cay is a PAIN. When you land, you have to share a van with other guests for a 30 minute ride through Providenciales....not fun especially when you have to wait for other guests to find their lost baggage!! Then, after the van ride, you have to endure a 30 minutes bumpy motor boat ride to the resort. The boat ride is also shared with other guests. Why can't they have individual rides is beyond me. This is something to be expected at other resorts---like the St. Regis at Bora Bora. There is definitely room for further customization & improvement here!!
2.We went in "low" season so it was not busy which we loved. However, given that the hotel has only 60 rooms/villas, I am sure high season is not that bad either.
3.The location is not the most beautiful I have been too. Granted that the water is a lovely turquoise etc., but say, compared to Bora Bora, this place is average pretty not breathtaking.
4.Our villa was gorgeous though. There were two of us staying in a 3 bedroom villa so it was pretty luxurious. I agree with some other reviewers that the furnishings are very minimalist (all white, basic architecture with wood and white paint) but it works well in a large villa...perhaps not in a room in the main hotel building. We had outside showers which I always love. Bring your ipod because you can play it on the ipod friendly stereo here. I also brought along some CDs of my own.
5.We spent all our free time at the private beach area in front of our villa or in the pool but the public pool area is also beautiful and seems like a nice place to spend the afternoon at.
6.We also had a 'butler" all to ourselves who was there to cater to whatever our heart desired....very decadent! He booked all spa appointments for us, made restaurant reservations, served us in the villa when we ordered in, served us in the restaurant when we ate there...it was so nice to have to work with just one knowledgeable person!
7.The resort has two restaurants and I think they both have excellent food. The one which is more casual serves Asian Fusion and is beautifully decorated. The other one serves Italian, nice too, but indoors so not as pleasant. They have a nice cigar collection at both restaurants. We ordered in breakfast and lunch most times and that was very nice.
8.Now, a word about the spa...it is the BEST! The ginger tea they serve is a must-try. We liked it so much that we had a pitcher ordered to our villa so we could drink it all the time. The treatments are all great...I had the Como Shambala massage, the Indian Head Massage, a facial and a Thai Massage. All great. Usually, I don't like resort spas because I don't find the masseuse to be as good or experienced as New York City but this place was very good.
9.The gym is very basic.....almost a disappointment. The machines were few in number and some of them (like the elliptical) are old and rickety---definitely in need of replacement. They do have daily Yoga and Pilates classes today so try those or get a private lesson.
10.The resort also sells private homes and there are a lot of star homes here. I won’t name the stars here to respect their privacy:)
11.Now, a word about the weather. It rained ALL THE TIME so be careful! I don't mind rain, in fact I quite like it but I know I am in the minority. This could be very frustrating for folks who want a lot of sun. They told us it was pretty unusual for it to rain so constantly and heavily but hey, I was talking to a friend of mine today and he told me that when he went to Turks & Caicos, it rained constantly as well so go figure!
- 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