My husband and I spent a beautiful, lazy week sitting on the beach at Parrot Cay. The past two years we have spent our winter vacation in Anguilla (Cuisinart/Cap Juluca) but decided this year to try somewhere different. I am glad we did.(My review will highlight some of the differences between the two islands--realize we LOVE Anguilla, but our hotel was under renovation-hence the switch).
We had an easy 3 hour flight from NY and were met at Turks airport and whisked away in mini van to an air-conditioned luxury 'waiting- cottage' Water, beer, snacks were available to us as we waited for the private launch. The waterview was beautiful and we were being addressed by name by the staff--already. Our luggage was loaded and we set off on a good size boat with tables and inside area--one could sit up top if desired, but it looked rough to me, so we sat inside. (Trip to Anguilla is on a smaller boat-maybe 8 people tops, open air and our trips were scary--rough, rocking and rolling!) Dropped us off directly at Parrot Cay dock, loaded in golf carts and away we went! (Entering Anguilla is a process of hostility, slow passport examination and generally indifference--leaving is same bs---score PC).
After welcoming rum punch we were taken to our room. We were in room 508-garden view with slice of ocean view if you craned your neck. So quiet. So peaceful. Our room had a canopied king sized bed which was super comfortable. All decorations at the resort are white and natural. The flowers, orchids and ocean are the stars. Bathroom does need update as others have stated-but it was adequate. We spent minimal time in our room, but loved the daybed on the porch/deck. We kept the sliding doors shut-and did not have any trouble with bugs in our room.
The food was much better than expected. Breakfast buffet had beautiful fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice etc. Breakfast menu was varied as expected, and is included with package. Dinner menus were changed every 3 days and food was fine. We alternated dinner locations and did not get too bored (On Anguilla we went out to the fabulous restaurants every night and I did miss that--going off site).But beware- Wine and liquor prices are RIDICULOUS/expensive-- a vodka and club at the pool was $18--mediocre wine $14 a glass, bottle of Turks (local) Beer-$9. PC is not a party place, and everyone is tucked in tight by 10:00 pm or so (us included)--but we like to have a beer or two at the beach, which we still did, but seriously? As my husband says, you don't go on vacation to save $$, but I thought some of the prices/fees/service charges were just silly.
The spa is lovely. I had two massages and enjoyed them both very much. There is a ladies whirlpool; open air and secluded with orchids surrounding it. The spa is a gem. Be sure to check it out and enjoy the pools and natural environment. Very special. Worth it. Bonus-kids are not allowed. (Yoga but no spa at Cap Juluca)
Two important things I want to mention--there are a lot of stairs without handrails and the pathways are very dark. I commented to my husband that it would have been very difficult to bring our parents there as the paths are steep and uneven. Wear flat sandals or flipflops .
We also heard that the resort is trying to become more of a family/child friendly resort, which would ruin it. There were a few well-behaved little girls there, but they were in the minority, and their parents were extremely attentive. The beach and pool are fabulous, but all of the adults I saw were reading, relaxing, beachcombing couples. Many honeymooners and older couples. Most of the adults obviously spent alot of money to come and relax and either left their children home or sent them on Spring Break somewhere more child appropriate like Atlantis. There is nothing for the kids to do. (Kids were not an issue in Anguilla--I love kids. We have 3. We vacation WITH kids and WITHOUT kids).
We enjoyed our Parrot Cay vacation. We will be back. Next time I'd love to check out a beach cottage-which I heard was fabulous. The water is so blue and the stars are so bright. Very special place which will remain with us for a long time.
Unless they institute a kiddie club--then we are out of there!