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COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Parrot Cay
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Reviewed May 27, 2007

We stayed at a 3 bedroom villa in May, 2007 and had a wonderful time.
1.Getting to Parrot Cay is a PAIN. When you land, you have to share a van with other guests for a 30 minute ride through Providenciales....not fun especially when you have to wait for other guests to find their lost baggage!! Then, after the van ride, you have to endure a 30 minutes bumpy motor boat ride to the resort. The boat ride is also shared with other guests. Why can't they have individual rides is beyond me. This is something to be expected at other resorts---like the St. Regis at Bora Bora. There is definitely room for further customization & improvement here!!
2.We went in "low" season so it was not busy which we loved. However, given that the hotel has only 60 rooms/villas, I am sure high season is not that bad either.
3.The location is not the most beautiful I have been too. Granted that the water is a lovely turquoise etc., but say, compared to Bora Bora, this place is average pretty not breathtaking.
4.Our villa was gorgeous though. There were two of us staying in a 3 bedroom villa so it was pretty luxurious. I agree with some other reviewers that the furnishings are very minimalist (all white, basic architecture with wood and white paint) but it works well in a large villa...perhaps not in a room in the main hotel building. We had outside showers which I always love. Bring your ipod because you can play it on the ipod friendly stereo here. I also brought along some CDs of my own.
5.We spent all our free time at the private beach area in front of our villa or in the pool but the public pool area is also beautiful and seems like a nice place to spend the afternoon at.
6.We also had a 'butler" all to ourselves who was there to cater to whatever our heart desired....very decadent! He booked all spa appointments for us, made restaurant reservations, served us in the villa when we ordered in, served us in the restaurant when we ate there...it was so nice to have to work with just one knowledgeable person!
7.The resort has two restaurants and I think they both have excellent food. The one which is more casual serves Asian Fusion and is beautifully decorated. The other one serves Italian, nice too, but indoors so not as pleasant. They have a nice cigar collection at both restaurants. We ordered in breakfast and lunch most times and that was very nice.
8.Now, a word about the spa...it is the BEST! The ginger tea they serve is a must-try. We liked it so much that we had a pitcher ordered to our villa so we could drink it all the time. The treatments are all great...I had the Como Shambala massage, the Indian Head Massage, a facial and a Thai Massage. All great. Usually, I don't like resort spas because I don't find the masseuse to be as good or experienced as New York City but this place was very good.
9.The gym is very basic.....almost a disappointment. The machines were few in number and some of them (like the elliptical) are old and rickety---definitely in need of replacement. They do have daily Yoga and Pilates classes today so try those or get a private lesson.
10.The resort also sells private homes and there are a lot of star homes here. I won’t name the stars here to respect their privacy:)
11.Now, a word about the weather. It rained ALL THE TIME so be careful! I don't mind rain, in fact I quite like it but I know I am in the minority. This could be very frustrating for folks who want a lot of sun. They told us it was pretty unusual for it to rain so constantly and heavily but hey, I was talking to a friend of mine today and he told me that when he went to Turks & Caicos, it rained constantly as well so go figure!

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  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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lecco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2007

We have been at Parrot Cay for the last 4 days of our honeymoon to chill out. The beach is just fantastic, blue clear water and white sand, better than I have seen at the Maldives. Snorkelling is not worth it, not many fishes. The excursions are not many offered by the hotel, anyway out of price for what you get. The staff is very nice, most of them from Bali or Thailand and they are very helpful. Very nice the sportsteam at the beach. Also theSpa team is very nice and they offer nice services but again very expensive. The food is very good but we have the impression that they have this high prices in the restaurant as there is nowhere else to go of course, which we did not appreciate. We can afford a dinner for 200$ but not forcing people that way. We didn't had much, only one glass of wine $15, 2 main course and one desert for $180. So mainly you have to count into your budget at least $600 every day between lunch and dinner and drinks. Therefore we had room service and enjoyed our dinner on our terrace. The rooms are very nice but we had with seaview but they are not really, you can see the sea but quiet far away but that's okay. It was a very nice experience but I would choose another hotel next time or I think you can find many hotels with the same standard for less money. We paid even less at the 7star Burj in Dubai for a huge Buffet at lunch time, only $50 dollars. But again if you don't care about spending the money than Parrot is a very nice place to go.

  • Liked — The sea and the beach
  • Disliked — The price at the restaurant
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2007

If you are looking for the perfect place to decompress, this is it....especially since it is only a 3 1/2 hour flight from NY. This is a quiet place for adults (very few children and the ones that were there were very quiet) The beach is extraordinary and the resort is structured so that the buildings are hardly noticeable from the beach. It's like walking on a desert island.
You can sit on the beach or at the magnificent infinity pool or in one of the Tiki-Huts which are private shady huts, with large comfy cushions and fluffy pillows.
The spa is beautiful and the treatments are first-rate. We had 7 different treatments and all were wonderful. Don't miss a yoga class in the yoga studio with its magnificent view of the lagoon.
One of the great things about Parrot cay was that there is no thinking about where are we going to eat and how are we going to get there. At Parrot Cay there are two restaurants, One informal and the other VERY informal. We are used to eating at very fine restaurants in NYC and we found the food at parrot Cay to be extraordinarily good for a resort.
Think about what you want in a vacation. This place has no golf, minimal water sports (there are excursions, but we couldn't bear to leave the beach) and no action at all. What it does have is the most magnificent, private, calm feeling. If you really want to relax in a life-changing way over the course of a week, this is the place for you.

Stayed April 2007
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2007

Parrott Cay is not even up to a Sheraton's Standard. Service was awful as staff barely spoke english. Food was scarey bad. We paid 2600 dollars a night for a beach room that was totally average. And THEN we went to Amanyara and were absolutely blown away. For 1600 dollars we got a beach room that was out of this world with our own private beach lagoon. Only Las Ventanas is close. I never write reviews but after wasting all the money and time, I figured to help someone else out would be good travel karma.

  • Stayed April 2007
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London
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Reviewed April 3, 2007

We have just returned from a week at Parrot Cay. It is certainly a lovely place to stay, but we won't be rushing back.

Staffed mainly by Indonesians the level of service was excellent, and at no point could I have seen anything more that could be done.

The style of the resort being a cross between Caribbean and Indonesian which actually works well. We stayed in a suite which comprised of a bedroom with vaulted ceiling, with en suite bathroom, separate living room with vaulted ceiling and separate shower room, and a fab balcony along the length of the two main rooms. Both rooms quite simply finished essentially in white; very restful and spacious.

The pool is very photogenic (when it stops raining).........but unless you want to sit on the (windy) beach, there is no where to go to get away from the kids.

The food was good but not exceptional. It was expensive. A medium size (by English rather than American standards) ceasar salad with chicken was US $ 20. A small glass of white wine started at US $ 15.

The spa was fantastic, but again very pricy.

If you want to go diving, most days your only option is to leave at 7 am and you won't be back until 6 pm - for two dives.

Unfortunately it poured with rain for three of the six days we were there, to the point that paths were flooded and water was being pumped off the tennis court - despite being peak season (and peak prices). The hotel has a great DVD collection which you can select from to watch in your room, and we needed it. The gym is pretty good too.

Overall, it is a lovely place to stay, but at the price, it should be.

VL & NDW - London

  • Liked — design
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2007

I have just come back from the Parrot Cay resort and my overall feeling is that it is very overpriced. The food is average at best and incredibly expensive. The rooms were decorated to be "Caribbean Casual" but just came off cheap looking. The Staff was very SLOW and most the time we were just plain ignored (the shining exception was the staff at the pool). I have been to better spas in the US, Caribbean, Europe, AND Asia. While the Turks and Caicos is a lovely chain of islands, there are no properties there yet which compare to the Four Seasons or most Ritz Carltons. If you are an English speaker, very few of the staff speak English well. It makes for some frustrating moments.

I would have rather stayed home. Sorry.

  • Stayed March 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2007

Our expectations were very high, given Christina Ong's established sense of style and elegant simplicity, but our hopes were exceeded at every turn during our four day visit. This resort has all of the characteristics of remaining an extremely special escape for those who can afford it. Regardless of the variable selection of guests, there were very few children (mainly babies) and numerous smiley and helpful staff members, all friendly , professional and relaxed.
This resort must be unique in this part of the world; an environment where Asia meets the Caribbean. The architecture is Balinese and the atmosphere in the spa pure Zen. The spa treatments and yoga facitlities were all terrific (my wife used them all daily for her birthday treat) and restaurants served delightful asian food.
Another wonderful part of the holiday was the easy flight from NYC and fast boat transfer to the island. There were no bugs, no hassles, no screaming kids, no disasters and relatively few obnoxious bores. Don't hesitate. go!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Address: 164 Leeward Marina, Providenciales | British West Indies, Parrot Cay
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Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Parrot Cay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Parrot Cay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos 5*
Number of rooms: 75
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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