When you arrive at the airport and begin your trip, you will be glad you chose this resort, especially when you pass the other resorts along Grace Bay. They all look the same and are very close together. None compare to Parrot Cay.
After a 40 min. boat ride, we arrived at PC. We left Charlotte on a direct flight at 9:30am and arrived on the island around 1:30pm. After being shuttled from the boat dock by friendly staff, we walked into the main building and were directed to the upstairs Terrace bar inside to wait for our introduction. There wasnt much of an intro - we were taken to our room, a garden view, steps from this main building. I asked for a map and they said they would give us one later. It would have been nice if there had been a better initial orientation and maybe a tour. We never felt like we had a complete idea of the whole resort/island.
We changed clothes immediately and found our way to the beautiful pool. The zero-entry, infinty pool is spectacular. We had lunch pool side, from the adjacent Lotus restaurant menu, which was delicious. Be prepared to pay much more than normal here. A coke and an orange juice approaches $16 when it is all said and done. And yes, its true, a hamburgers and fries really does cost $26. But everything is very tasty, the poolside service is terrific, the view from the pool deck is perfect -- a favorite spot the whole trip.
The resort has only two dining options: The poolside Lotus restuarant (lunch and dinner), and the Terrace Restaurant (breakfast and dinner). We ended up ordering room service dinner the first two nights because the 2 restaurant menus were so limited. The room service menu offers much of what is offered for lunch at the poolside Lotus restuarant. There isnt really enough American fare for dinner and the resort would be great with one more dining option and maybe a snack bar or night-time casual grill. WARNING. Bring any snacks your family cant live without there is NO place to buy snacks here. There is an overpriced mini-bar but it doesnt have much food in it. The dinner menus finally changed after a few days.
Breakfast at the Terrace is very good with some good choices on the menu and a small buffett of bread, fruit, and cereal. Again, there is only one lunch option (poolside at the Lotus)and the menu did not change the week we were there. It seemed like we ate a lot of fries.
The beach is gorgeous like the pool, but the water is colder compared to other places in the Caribbean, because the beach faces North and directly faces Atlantic waters. The sand is so nice and white and there is hardly anyone on the beach! Very private. There is no shortage of chairs here or on the pool deck. Upon arriving poolside, very friendly attendants bring you cold water, fresh towels and popsicles in the afternoon around 2:00. That was a nice touch.
There is NO evening entertainment and dinner menus have only a few entrees (4 or 5). Prices range from $38-60 per entree. Sides are extra. For all meals, they offer bottled water for two (7$ per split). They have free bottled water the rest of the time, and they dont recommend you drink the tap water.
The resort also features a small exercise facility, which is very near the pool and beach access. The small room contains 2 or 3 treadmills, an out of date stair climber, two stationary bikes, one eliptical, a full set of free weights, and various other pieces of equipment. An upgrade would do wonders.
The resorts fleet of boats/ferries are not on a regular schedule, particularly the "from Provo to PC" leg of the journey. These were scheduled based on arriving passengers only. We went to Provo one night and you will probably end up going to, wanting some supplies that aren't found in the meager gift shop or some variety in food. We took a 3:30 ferry, shopped in the two small shopping areas, ate 7:00 dinner at Anacaona at Grace Bay Club and left on the 9:00 ferry. Note: Most of the shops (across from the entrace to Grace Bay) on Provo close at 5:00pm. Grace Bay is also expensive but not nearly as nice as Parrot Cay.
While at PC, we really wanted to leave to get souveniers for our son and some friends. The gift shop at Parrot Cay has some overpriced resort wear and bikinis and thats it. Oh, and $18 bottles of average sunscreen. There are hardly any PC items. None of the usual things you'd find in a resort shop. This was our biggest complaint and something that should really be fixed immediately. The resort needs a shop where you can buy essentials that you forgot and souveniers to bring home with the PC logo. There is nothing for children. We bought T-shirts at Mama's at the Ports o Call shops across from the Grace Bay Club.
The spa, though also expensive is beautiful and worth a visit and a treatment. I only needed a manicure and it was worth it just to be there for a few moments.
We didnt take any snorkel or boating excursions because they seemed awfully expensive, and weren't promoted as a worthwhile experience. Much much more expensive than any other resort we have been to.
Next time we will probably book a trip with Silver Deep...they seem to be very popular and have a shop at the leeward ferry docks of Provo.
Overall, PC was great and so beautiful. We loved the pool and everything seemed so clean and well maintained. Our room was great, it doesnt seem worth it to pay for anything but a garden view....the beach villas and views are not even right on the beach. The room service is great and they come by all the time.
We missed having a great gift shop and wish there had been a few more activities and dining options. It is very peaceful and everyone was so friendly. We even saw a few big celebs :) There is a nice library and many computers with free internet to check email. You can also rent dvds and cds, also a nice touch.
As this great resort continues to mature, we would definitely come back again - and probably will soon.
- 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