In the Summer of 2011, my wife and I had a chance to get away for a week and after much research, settled on Parrot Cay. From the outset, let me be perfectly clear: this is NOT an inexpensive hotel nor vacation. On top of fairly expensive rooms, you will pay for very expensive meals. The one caveat is that a fabulous, healthy breakfast is included with the price of the room. In the week we were there, we never tired of the selections for breakfast and often opted for one of the "spa" meals which are low fat, low sodium, low calorie, but very delicious. (We ate well througout the vacation, and actually came home having lost several pounds.) If you go, expect to pay at least $100/person for dinner with a glass of wine. Of all the dinners we ate, only the first (on barbeque night) was disappointing and not worth the cost. Once you get past sticker shock and accept your fate (since it's somewhat laborious getting off the island and into Provenciales and back for dinner), the dinners were quite good. Normally, we don't eat lunch, and didn't while at the resort, so I can't vouch for quality, though I would expect the cost to be proportionately high. In all fairness, EVERYTHING must be imported -- not only to Parrot Cay (it's own private island), but to Turks and Caicos in general.
The rooms themselves were good, but nothing special - white with (unneeded) mosquito netting around the bed. Our room did have a wonderful, full-length soaking tub, and the provided bath amenities were sensational. Though overpriced (of course), we bought shampoo and soap to bring home. We also made use of some of the free spa activities (like beginner's yoga) and the kayaks to paddle around the bay side. I used, twice, the massage and acupuncture and acupressure services and can say the therapists were absolutely first class. (I suffer from a number of back issues and frequently get massages as one of the few things that gives me relief.)
We also made use of their free ferry service which took us across to Middle Caicos so we could rent a car to drive through Middle and Lower Caicos Islands (a micro review in itself). However, "car rental" is a very loose term. We rented a Jeep (highly recommended), but it was obviously "rented" from "John" for the day. I.E. - I believe most of the rental vehicles actually belong to someone else who they call and say "Hey John I've got some tourists who want a Jeep. Let me rent your Jeep for the day. I'll give you half." It was an adventure, but we made it there and back in one piece. In the course of the drive, you can see first hand the over-speculated development in parts of the islands where the construction just stopped or the "streets" are laid out, but nothing is there.
I've saved the best for last. Service. The service at the hotel is the best I've seen almost anywhere in the world and probably really rates 6-stars -- from the Assistant General Manager with whom we had the pleasure to speak on a number of occasions to housekeeping. Our particular housekeeper in enquired frequently if we were having a good time and wanted to know if there was anything she could do. She said "this is my country and I am proud of it and want you to leave with a good feeling so you will come back". The wait staff in the dining areas is particularly good, and are mostly from Bali, Indonesia and Thailand -- areas with a sterling reputation in hotel service.
Finally, the beach is quiet, long (though not terribly deep) and very clean with excellent service (again). And don't be surprised if you happen to see some Hollywood celeb taking a quick break. We nodded hello to Laurence Fishburn on one of our evening beach strolls.
- 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