Need to know
75, including Parrot Cay Estates – seven privately owned villas available to rent.
Noon; earliest check-in is 4pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability (and an additional fee for late check-out).
Double rooms from $550.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.
Rates include breakfast, daily yoga or pilates classes, and non-motorised watersports.
Annually from 26 August to 31 October.
At the hotel
Spa, his ’n’ hers Jacuzzis, yoga pavilion, Pilates hut, gym, two tennis courts, pool, table tennis, running trail, waterway, WiFi-equipped library, CD/DVD selection. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, 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 Como Parrot Cay, 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.
Surrounded by white-cushioned loungers, lush vegetation and shady daybed pavilions, and a beach bar, Parrot Cay’s breath-nabbing infinity pool is a vast shimmering square overlooking the boats perched on the beachfront.
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.
Loose clothing for yoga and Pilates (but leave your mat at home – the hotel have several to loan); tennis shoes for bashing about on the courts; super-sized sunglasses for surreptitious celeb-spotting.
Non-smoking rooms available on request.
Under-12s can stay free, and babysitting can be arranged for $10 an hour.