It's been over a week since my return from Parrot Cay and I still can't figure out exactly what it is that makes the resort and island so very special. I think you have to go to know. Yes, the resort is expensive but you know that when you book. Yes, there are mosquitoes but I never got bitten. Yes, you are on an island with two restaurants & no nightly entertainment but isn't that the point?
The magic begins flying into Provo. Turks & Caicos is breathtakingly tropical. After going through customs it was easy to spot the Parrot Cay representative. We were taken in an SUV to the dock while being entertained by the knowledgeable driver. The welcome centre was great for a quick snack & drink then onto the boat. What a fun ride. When we got to Parrot Cay the golf carts were waiting. I loved the rum punch welcome drink and would have been happy to "check-in" for longer.
We stayed in Pirate House aptly named for the pirates who once roamed the area. The 3 bedroom villa is on the highest point of the island with great views. Everything I could think of was there from flat screen TV's, bose sound systems and big comfy furniture to umbrellas, flip flops and even a book light next to the bed. We spent most of our time lounging at the infinity pool. I loved the bathroom products. Ice and fresh fruit was replenished daily. There was a kettle & tea so I called and voila, an espresso machine appeared. My son wanted some Lay's chips and voila, they picked them up from Providenciales! I could get used to this lifestyle. By day 2 I felt like I was home. We took the half board option for dinner only and paid for lunch with portions big enough to share. You can choose to dine in either the Terrance (Italian) or Lotus (Asian) and I took advantage of being able to order any meal in your room for a $5 tray charge. The Fish & Chips is my favourite but everything is fresh & delicious. Thanks to Yoga and Restu for taking care of us at Terrance.
I wish I had the words to describe the beach. It is the best I have ever seen. The sand is like white flour. Everywhere you look is picture perfect and no waiting for a lounge chair. My favourite part was the blue flag to plant in the sand for drinks and food. We visited the fitness center to look and it looked great. The bar by the main pool served up delicious cocktails and had a wonderful romantic feel at night. We enjoyed afternoon tea in the library, free WIFI everywhere you go and DVD's available to watch at "home".
After reading reviews on TripAdvisor, I committed a cardinal sin by not visiting the spa so I will, hopefully, be correcting that mistake on a future visit. To sum up my week, everything about Parrot Cay was relaxing. It got to the point where I wanted to call someone to carry me to the beach. I slept well, ate well and totally relaxed. All the staff were wonderful with Grant, the general manager stopping by the tables for a quick chat at dinner to the ladies at the front desk who had the warmest smiles. Turn down service is another treat.
When we left the island, the boat stopped so we could watch as a mother & baby dolphin swam by. It was an unforgettable Au Revoir to Parrot Cay & Turks & Caicos.