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Hotel Highlights

  • Outdoor Jacuzzi-soaking and out-of-this-world pampering at Como Shambhala spa
  • Secluded swathes of ivory beach and aquamarine ocean
  • Global top-ten scuba site nearby

Overview

Once a wild, uninhabited island, now a shimmering whitewashed wellness retreat, Parrot Cay by Como is a colourful Caribbean feather in the Como hotel group’s cap. Destination du jour for the honeymooning A-list, this private Caicos island boutique hotel has the effortless minimalist cool you’d expect from a Como property, plus an award-winning spa and a mile of unspoilt, uninhabited and unforgettable beach…

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Parrot Cay by Como with us:

A 60-minute couple’s massage at the Como Shambhala spa and a bottle of champagne on arrival

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

70, including Parrot Cay Estates – six privately owned villas available to rent.

Check–out

Midday. Later check-out is possible, subject to availability and an additional fee.

Rates

Double rooms from $550.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast, yoga classes and non-motorised watersports.

Also

As well as indulging in the spa’s blend of Thai, Indonesian, Ayurvedic, and hot-stone massages and treatments, you can also book an ‘intuitive counsellor’ to give you semi-psychic guidance. The spa also serves a mean ginger tea.

At the hotel

Spa, his ’n’ hers Jacuzzis, yoga pavilion, Pilates hut, gym, two tennis courts, pool, table tennis, WiFi-equipped library, CD/DVD selection. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, custom-made Vidivi bed linen, Como Shambhala toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The prospect of waking up with her head on Bruce Willis’ pillow has always appealed to Mrs Smith; Mr Smith would settle for Christie Brinkley’s – at Parrot Cay by Como, you can do both, by renting one of the celebrity-owned, butler-equipped Parrot Cay Estates. The hotel’s less stalkerish lodgings in the main resort are no less glamour-drenched: white-draped four-posters, Balinese-style furniture, private sun-decks, and a peace-inducing palette of cream, terracotta, powder blue and beech wood. The six one-bedroom Beach Houses have cooling plunge pools on their hardwood verandas.

Poolside

Surrounded by white-cushioned loungers, lush vegetation and shady daybed pavilions, Parrot Cay’s breath-nabbing infinity pool is a vast shimmering square overlooking the boats perched on the beachfront.

Packing tips

Loose clothing for yoga and Pilates; tennis shoes for bashing about on the courts; super-sized sunglasses for surreptitious celeb-spotting.

Also

Minimum three-night stay. Small dogs (25lb and under) are welcome. Non-smoking rooms available on request.

Children

Under-12s can stay free, and babysitting can be arranged for $10 per hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The poolside Lotus Restaurant serves light dishes and Caribbean-inspired lunches during the day, turning into a Southeast Asian fusion eaterie by night. The octagonal Terrace Restaurant is more formal, with an Italian-leaning Mediterranean menu.

Hotel Bar

There are bars beside each of the restaurants. The signature Parrot Cay Lemon cocktail is a moreish mish-mash of lemon, lime, vodka and triple sec.

Last orders

Both restaurants stop serving at 9.30pm, but food can be served in your room until 10pm. The bars keep the cocktails shaking until the last guest leaves.

Room service

Snacks and meals can be served in rooms from 7am to 10.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Vacationing A-lister.

Top table

Poolside at the Lotus restaurant around sunset.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Private island’s mile-long beach

Parrot Cay by Como

PO Box 164, Turks & Caicos

Intro Set on a private island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, Parrot Cay hotel is a secluded tropical escape easily accessed from both Providenciales and Grand Turk.

Planes

Providenciales Airport is the main gateway to the Turks and Caicos. It has services from London Heathrow via the Bahamas with British Airways and via Miami or New York with American Airlines. Hotel staff will meet you at the airport and drive you the 15 minutes to Leewood Marina, where you’ll catch a boat for the 35-minute trip to Parrot Cay.

Automobiles

The hotel sits on a private island, so you won’t need a car for most of your stay. If you want some wheels for a day trip, the concierge is happy to arrange some for you.

Other

Note that the 50-minute car-and-boat return transfer costs US$100 per room per stay. Should you want a private speedboat transfer between Providenciales and Parrot Cay, for up to 16 people, the hotel can happily arrange that for a fee.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Kirsten Orchard , Master marketer

Thank goodness for stylish Caribbean boutique resort Parrot Cay by Como in the Turks & Caicos. It’s the second week of our honeymoon, and both Mr Smith and I feel that we need to start taking things up a notch or two on the indulgent-luxury scale. We’d spent the first week of our married life at the sort of earnest US wellness spa that had us exercising at dawn, abstaining at …
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Parrot Cay by Como

Anonymous review by Kirsten Orchard, Master marketer

Thank goodness for stylish Caribbean boutique resort Parrot Cay by Como in the Turks & Caicos. It’s the second week of our honeymoon, and both Mr Smith and I feel that we need to start taking things up a notch or two on the indulgent-luxury scale. We’d spent the first week of our married life at the sort of earnest US wellness spa that had us exercising at dawn, abstaining at lunchtime and getting pummeled by masseuses’ meaty hands by sundown. Indeed, all this had made us so tired that we’d been crawling into bed by 9pm most nights – and not even in a good, newlywed sort of way.

We flew into main island Providenciales, just an hour’s flight from Miami, where we were met at the airport and transferred to a speedboat, along with two other couples, for the 40-minute trip across the water to the glamorous private island. It was late when we arrived and pitch-black; the water was restless, our stomachs churned and we all looked expectantly into the darkness, keen to be delivered onto dry land. Once safely disembarked, each couple was met by a member of staff on a buggy and whisked off to their room.

We were staying in a waterside villa, with direct access to the beach, our own plunge pool and a veranda. The beach house itself boasted a large, vaulted, whitewashed sitting room and kitchen with sliding double doors opening onto the bedroom. Inside, an airy four-poster teak bed with billowing white linen added to the romantic vibe. Leading off the bedroom, Mr Smith and I discovered the bathroom, complete with luxe power shower, a generous bath, double washbasins and plenty of high-end Como Shambhala toiletries.

A welcoming bottle of champagne sat invitingly on a tray in the sitting room, alongside some homemade canapés and a tempting bowl of fruit. Mr Smith and I looked at each other excitedly, then cracked open the fizz, wolfed down the salmon blinis and jumped on the bed. Week one was totally forgotten. This is how honeymoons are meant to be.

Still hungry, we ventured out to the poolside restaurant and bar, where we arrived to find the kitchen closed but the bar luckily still open. Small and cosy, the arched space offered both great sea views and comfy sofas for couples and friends to while away the night. The cocktail list was comprehensive and the service impeccable. High on the buzz of this ultra-cool yet super-relaxed hangout, Mr Smith and I enjoyed a spot of people-watching, listened to some live guitar music and looked out contentedly onto the wonderfully lit infinity pool and dark sea beyond. It was a real wow moment and the perfect introduction to the island.

I was awoken from my reverie by a nudge from Mr Smith. ‘Darling, have you seen who’s standing next to you?’ he whispered excitedly. It was film star Bruce Willis, barefooted and smaller than I had imagined. Mr Smith, however, was gazing at the diminutive action hero with awe. ‘He’s done more for bald men than any man alive,’ my shaven-headed husband muttered excitedly, as his eyes followed Bruce’s every move around the bar area.

The next morning we began our day with a revitalising yoga class before an even more satisfying breakfast served in the Terrace Room (yoga and Pilates classes, held in Parrot Cay’s exemplary Como Shambala spa, are free for guests). On the way back we spotted the gym, a detached wooden dwelling between the main hotel and the beach villas. We peeked inside, looked at the person running on the treadmill, then turned to each other and simultaneously hissed ‘Noel Gallagher!’ before quickly shutting the doors again. Ho hum. Another day, another celebrity sighting.

Lunch revealed yet another; actress Liv Tyler, her son Milo and musician Royston Langdon, who were all staying with Bruce. A-list celebs aside, though, we found our fellow guests to be interesting, intelligent, successful, easy-going people. We found ourselves meeting many of them over the next week and spent almost every evening at the bar, talking and drinking late into the night.

The food at Parrot Cay is as excellent as the company, but it doesn’t come cheap. You’re on a private island, so the hotel’s clientele are a totally captive audience food-wise – there’s not even a supermarket on the island, and there’s no possibility of eating outside the resort’s own restaurants unless you intend to chew sand. Luckily, the Asian- and Caribbean-inspired cuisine at the poolside Lotus restaurant, where Mr Smith and I ate all of our lunches and dinners, was absolutely superb.

On our last day, Mr Smith and I decided to treat ourselves to a massage – traditional Thai for him, satisfying deep-tissue for me – in the new purpose-built Como Shambhala spa. As honeymooners, I thought it’d be a good idea to have the massages in the same room. After all, I didn’t want him to get carried away and start asking his masseuse for ‘extras’. I’m so pleased we did – if we’d opted for separate studios, I’d have never witnessed the hilarious spectacle of my betrothed squealing like a girl as his new nemesis, a five-foot Thai lady, eased the last few stress knots from his shoulders.

We loved Parrot Cay by Como. We found this private-island resort to be faultless and a welcome relief from the self-consciously stuffy ambience that you find in many of the world’s grand hotels. And half the world’s A-list, it seems, agrees with us. Bruce Willis even owns his own villa on the resort, and comes back time and time again. Old habits die hard, I guess.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Parrot Cay by Como's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the fantastic beaches and really extraordinary service. Also the food was terrific.

Don’t expect

The airport is ghastly, but that's not the fault of the hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars