Need To Know
70, including Parrot Cay Estates – six privately owned villas available to rent.
Midday. Later check-out is possible, subject to availability and an additional fee.
Double rooms from $700.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.
Rates include breakfast, yoga classes and non-motorised watersports.
Minimum three-night stay. Small dogs (25lb and under) are welcome. Non-smoking rooms available on request.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Under-12s can stay free, and babysitting can be arranged for $10 per hour.