Private Island luxury, service and relaxation epitomized in Turks and Caicos
Part of the north Caribbean archipelago of the Turks and Caicos, Parrot Cay was once a refuge for a notorious duo of female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Reid. Nearly 300 years later, tranquility prevails over the private island, covering 1,000 acres of nature, sand and surf. Our recent vacation at the Parrot Cay Resort provided an ideal setting for a luxurious and relaxed getaway.
The trip begins with a flight to Providenciales, Grand Turk, which is served by direct flights from Miami (under two hours) and New York City (under four hours). You are taken by car to the resort's private marina, and upon entering the dock house immediately begin the transition. Once the bags are loaded you (and any other arriving guests) are escorted to one of the resort's boats for the 25 minute trip to the island. This ride is not only scenic and beautiful, it completes your transition from stressville to relaxation. You are greeted at the dock Fantasy Island-style, and whisked away by golf cart to your room, villa or private home.
Accommodations at the 50-acre property include a total of around 60 rooms ranging from garden- and ocean-facing guest rooms in the Colonial-style hotel, sunny beach villas and stately private homes. With interiors designed by Keith Hobbs of London's United Designers, each is simply but luxuriously appointed with four-poster beds and teak furniture—and depending on the room—features airy suites, secluded sundecks, private heated swimming pools and butler service. Our beach-side villa was such an oasis in its own right that we didn't often leave.
Having traveled extensively in the Caribbean we were most impressed by the food, which hands down is some of the best we've had in the region and can hold its own in any major city. The resort shops for local and organic ingredients in Miami several times a week and flies the food in the resort's cargo plane, supplementing with local fish and produce whenever possible. Its two restaurants, Lotus and Terrace, serve Caribbean-, Asian- and Mediterranean-inflected dishes as well as a special Spa menu, which includes Vegetarian, Vegan and raw options. Room service with an extensive menu is also available, and every Saturday Lotus holds a barbecue.
Part of the resort's allure is the COMO Shambhala Retreat. The spa pavilions command views of Parrot Cay's wetlands—home to many of the island's 175 bird species—and the North Caicos Channel. Amenities include Japanese baths, massage rooms, Asian and Ayurvedic therapies, yoga and pilates studios, and private spaces for couples treatments or romantic meals.
When not enjoying the spa or one of two infinity pools, the mile long staffed beach provides ample space as well as a full menu of water sport options, and those seeking more adventurous diversions, can schedule diving, bonefishing, windsurfing and kayaking. Expeditions to nearby islands are also available.
Rates at Parrot Cay are seasonal, starting at $696 in the summer and $938 in the winter. Many packages are available with special offers, discounts for multiple night stays, integrated spa services and food packages. You can check out their rooms, special offers and rates, and book your reservation online. You can book through the resort' s reservation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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