Parrot Cay enjoys all the modern conveniences while maintaining a protected and pristine island free from cars and noise pollution. It’s away from the frenetic pace of the outside world. At night, visitors can enjoy the full range of stars in the sky, free from the light pollution found in cities. Return to a simpler time governed by the rhythm of the sun and moon, with fresh, organic cuisine, unsurpassed beauty and a dedication to wellness.
Sprawl by the pool or on the beach to enjoy the sunshine, snorkel in the clear water or paddle a kayak past lush stretches of protected wetlands and get away from it all. Parrot Cay is perfect for couples and families alike, the epitome the luxury of the Turks and Caicos hotels.
Accommodation type: 5-star
No. of Rooms and Suites: 74
Pricing: starts at $636 for single rooms, at $1,782 for suites, at $3,526 for villas
High season: December to May
Nearest airport: Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
Suitable for: couples, honeymooners, families
- Five Star Alliance’s Best Spa Resorts, 2014
- US News and World Report’s Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos, 2014
- Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards: Best Overseas Holiday Hotel in The Americas and Caribbean, 2013
This private island, nearly 1,000 acres in size, compromises of protected wetlands, nature reserves and the historic ruins of a plantation. Accommodations range from suites to private villas, placed along the coast. They take advantage of the unparalleled natural beauty and sea views. The pool, gym, bar and tennis courts form a cluster around the main building area for ease of access.
Legend has it that a female pirate, Anne Bonny, once used the island as a refuge in the early 1700s. Therefore, for many years, it was known as Pirate Cay. In 1988, the main building was finished and used as a residence. In 1998, new owners transformed the island into an exclusive resort area. Musician Keith Richards and actor Bruce Willis have homes on the island.
- Lotus Restaurant – Taking a cue from the relaxed vibe of the islands, this restaurant still manages to maintain an air of sleek sophistication. The Parrot Cay menu focuses heavily on traditional Caribbean favorites, incorporating fresh seafood in its innovative interpretation. Dinner offerings take on an imaginative Asian flair in both presentation and inspiration.
- Terrace Restaurant – It offers a broad range of breakfast items you can serve either indoor or alfresco. The Italian menu items characterize dinner fare and theme nights take advantage of the local fresh catch. Additionally, they get an on-site, wood-fired oven to present a truly memorable dining experience.
- Shambhala Retreat – Dedicated to wellness, this spa offers a range of treatments that include massage and aromatherapy. The facilities overlook the island’s wetlands and the beautiful blue Caribbean beyond.
- Rooms and villas – They the simplicity of the landscape as inspiration. Thus, the rooms feature a minimalist style, with cool blues and stark whites providing a calming, unobtrusive background. Furniture is traditional teak, and expert use of natural lighting gives the feeling of indoor-outdoor living in all guest quarters.
There are pilates or yoga classes offered in the gym six days a week for guests to enjoy. They also have use of kayaks and paddleboards, so the adventure never ends. In addition, Parrot Cay has guides for tours around the many inlets that characterize this private island. The staff includes instructors to teach guests how to use all watercraft, as well as the necessary flotation devices and other gear required. Guests also have free use of the Plantation jogging trail that winds for more than a mile through the lush island vegetation.
Guests who stay four nights at the Parrot Cay resorts may be entitled to extra nights for free. Many tours include complimentary activities or meals as part of the package offerings. Everything you have is on par with Turks and Caicos luxury resorts.
The primary airport used by travelers to the islands is Providenciales International Airport. Parrot Cay provides private transfer service right from the airport to its resort. After clearing customs, look for the Parrot Cay by COMO desk, where guests will embark on a 15-minute car ride to the marina in Leeward. From there, a half-hour boat ride allows them to enjoy the beauty of Turks and Caicos’s turquoise water and coastline. Once arriving at Parrot Cay, golf carts will ferry guests and their luggage right to the resort’s front door.
For touring around the islands, there is an official taxi service, with friendly drivers who can also act as guides for those who are intent on seeing the sights. Rental cars are also available, and it’s possible to rent bicycles for touring the islands.
Main Attractions Around Parrot Cay
Grace Bay Beach
There’s no shortage of beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos, but Grace Bay is a favorite of visitors for its calm blue waters and a long stretch of clean white sand. The lovely location has none of the craggy rocks often found on other beaches. A reef just offshore protects the bay from large wave swells, making it perfect for swimming. In addition, it’s a perfect practicing area for those just learning how to kayak on the ocean. There are also eateries and places to buy a drink conveniently nearby.
Wade’s Green Plantation
One of the best preserved historical sites in the islands, this 1798-era plantation once grew cotton. While the remains lie in ruins, it still provides valuable information for scholars of that period. The foundations of a great house, separate kitchen, slave quarters and outbuildings can still be clearly seen. The area is also of interest for visitors intent on spying some of the indigenous birds and reptiles of the islands. In the lush undergrowth, there may also be sisal and cotton plants, as well as papaya trees. All are remnants of plantings from the bygone era.
Conch Bar Caves
The limestone formation underpinning much of Turks and Caicos formed an intricate cave system. Now, visitors can explore thanks to a well-marked pathway and dedicated guide. There are many impressive features, such as stalactites and stalagmites, pools governed by the tides and graffiti dating from the first World War. Visitors may also spy the crustaceans or bats who make the cave their home. It’s advisable to make reservations before visiting the cave. The co-op in Conch Bar Village has all the relevant information. Visitors can expect the tour to take around an hour.
Parrot Cay is a refuge from the modern world, a place where simple beauty, delicious cuisine, fun activities and ample time to spend with loved ones and friends. If you’ve had a chance to visit the pristine beauty of Turks and Caicos, let us know your favorite impressions of the islands in the comments below. If Parrot Cay is not for you, though, you can always try the Grace Bay Club. It has all of Turks and Caicos beauty.