A private island refuge in Turks and Caicos
42 Rooms / 4 Suites / 29 Houses and Villas
Roughly a 35-minute ferry ride from the airport, COMO Parrot Cay is a secluded, l,000-acre retreat on one of the 40 Turks and Caicos Islands that make up this British Colony just south of the Bahamas. Rich with marine life, vegetation and, probably its best asset for wearied travelers, amble tranquility, the 1998-built property consists of guest rooms and beachside villas, a hilltop Como Shambala Retreat (whose name is Sanskrit for "center of peace and harmony”), two restaurants, white-sand beaches and natural landscapes.
Parrot Cay not only attracts those looking for a quiet, reflective vacation —the resort’s spa specializes in Eastern-inspired therapies and holds several yoga camps each year— but also welcomes some of Hollywood’s elite, including Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Charlize Theron and Zac Efron who appreciate “paparazzi-proof villas” on the property that are hidden by dense tropical foliage.
COMO Parrot Cay’s offers rooms, suites, villas and houses that face the sea or the island’s manicured landscape. Villas and houses have their own private pools, and many have direct beach access, as well as the 24-hour butler service. Rooms feature Balinese furniture, four-poster beds and large dining tables. Airy bathrooms have ceramic baths, separate showers and double vanity units. Most of the otherwise rustic, minimalistic rooms are about a three-minute walk from the beach.
One-bedroom and two-bedroom beach villas have living rooms with sofas and dining areas in addition to private sundecks with heated plunge pools and light-flooded conservatories. The en-suite bathrooms feature ceramic baths, separate showers, double vanity units and outdoor shower gardens.
The property also has Parrot Cay Estate, which is a five-minute drive from the resort in a part of the island known as Rocky Point Villas. Here, the privately owned three- and five-bedroom houses, as well as larger compounds with multiple homes, are available for rental. Houses come with private sundecks, heated swimming pools, sun loungers and outside dining tables. Butler services are also included.
Parrot Cay’s Como Shambhala Retreat includes yoga and Pilates studios, a pavilion overlooking the island’s wetlands and Asian-inspired holistic therapies, administered by international health consultants such as an in-house Ayurvedic doctor, an acupuncturist and an intuitive counselor. Nine treatment and massage rooms comprise some of the spa’s space. Treatments include traditional deep tissue and Thai massages as well as acupuncture and shiatsu therapies, reflexology, Reiki, and body wraps. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care facials are also available.
Guests at COMO Parrot Cay have two main dining options: the poolside Lotus restaurant serves light Caribbean-inspired dishes during the day and contemporary Asian at night; the Terrace restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare such as sautéed freshwater shrimp scampi, pine nuts, raisins and marjoram brown butter, or the risotto with braised porcini mushrooms, wild rice and truffle oil. The resort also offers an extensive room-service menu for in-room dining or a private beach picnic, and a nutritious Como Shambhala Cuisine menu with highlights like corn tacos with romaine, tomato and lime salsa, guacamole and mock “sour cream”; and the red rice maki rolls with avocado, marinated shiitakes, asparagus and broccoli.
COMO Parrot Cay can arrange several half- or full-day excursions, including a private boat ride to Little Water Cay, home of the Turks and Caicos rock iguanas. This protected island is the residence to the only remaining population of the reptile in the world. A boardwalk allows visitors the opportunity to experience the habitat without being disruptive. Guided tours are provided, too. The resort can also set up a private Tiki hut lunch, and snorkeling and diving trips to the shallow reefs of the Turks and Caicos.