Como Parrot Cay – Turks and Caicos
On an island that enjoys 350 days of sunshine, and has an A lister guest list, COMO Parrot Cay is a destination that transports you from the every day and promises top notch barefoot luxury. It’s 1,000 acres of winding pathways, long stretches of pure white sand, azure waters, all wrapped in a serene and laid back vibe. This is the place to come for quietness, contemplation and seclusion, and not surprisingly, it is consistently rated as one of the very best places to stay in the Turks and Caicos.
From the moment you arrive and breathe in the sea air, you feel a million miles from anywhere. And that’s before you’ve experienced the COMO wellness treatments.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its getting totally away from it all feel and seclusion.
Style:Breezy white washed chic.
Location:On a private island, east of Providenciales – a 15 minute drive to Leeward Marina, then a scenic 35 minute boat transfer.
Rooms:Cool and elegant rooms, suites, villas and beach houses, some with plunge pools and others right on the beach.
Swimming:An infinity pool and the warm waters of the Caribbean – a swimmer’s paradise.
Children:For families who love being surrounded by nature.
Accessibility:There are no facilities for guests with limited mobility.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly price from £11,110 per room.
All white washed and understatedly elegant, with four poster beds draped in voile, teak Balinese furniture and spacious verandas and balconies, the rooms, suites and villas are the epitome of beach living. Garden Rooms are set back from the beach, whilst Ocean Rooms have a view towards the water. Spacious and set in the gardens, the Como Suites can sleep up to three. The vast Beachfront Suites come with their own pool, large decks and open straight out onto the ocean.
The Beach Houses and two and three bedroom Family Beach Houses are secluded and very private, with pools and direct beach access, as well as the added bonus of a personal butler. Or choose one of the privately owned villas that can sleep between six and ten, where your family really can kick off their shoes and relax.
Guests have a choice of three restaurants, all serving utterly delicious cuisine. Begin each day at the Terrace, overlooking the Caribbean with large bowls of fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juices and eggs cooked any way you like. Lotus – the property’s signature Asian restaurant has a food market style evening each Saturday. And the cool Como Beach Club will serve you light lunches, with achingly beautiful views. For a romantic evening, your own private chef in your villa or in a quiet spot on the island, is the only way forward.
There’s not much to do on Parrot Cay other than feel the sand between your toes – which is precisely the point. But if you begin to feel a little restless, you can fill your days. The surrounding waters are the perfect playground, with some of the best dive spots just a short boat trip away, and a wealth of marine life from rays to turtles and all manner of tropical fish. If you’ve never dived before, there are certification courses you can take.
Or if you’d rather just see everything from the surface, the snorkelling is fabulous. Take a kayak (with a guide if you like) and explore the mangroves), or venture further out on a deep sea fishing trip or yacht charter. Back on land, the resort has a fleet of bikes for cycling the beach trails that weave their way around the island, or take a boat over to one of the neighbouring islands and explore further. Take advantage of the exceptional wellness facilities, the daily yoga classes, or the tennis courts with its resident coach. Then head back to your lounger to take a well-earned rest.
A playground for families, COMO Parrot Cay welcomes children of all ages. There’s a dedicated space – Play by COMO for guests between four and 12, with a weekly programme of fun and educational activities, from sport to wilderness crafts and discovering the secrets of the island. Children under the age of 12 can eat for free from the kid’s menu, and many of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed. There’s also a babysitting service.
COMO sees itself as a custodian of the island and respects the ecosystem in which it is located. Water and energy consumption is carefully managed, with several initiatives in place, and the resort has created its own banana and coconut plantations, where their younger guests can plant their own trees and explore the native flora and fauna.
Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
On a private island, east of Providenciales – a 15 minute drive to Leeward Marina, then a scenic 35 minute boat transfer.