Sea, sand and sun – it’s no secret what attracts guests to the breathtaking views of the Turks and Caicos Islands. And here at COMO Parrot Cay, the blue ocean looks even bluer. The sand is even softer. The sun is shining even brighter. Every nuance, scene and sound is supercharged, applied to perfection in this northern Caribbean paradise.
Parrot Cay is 1,000 unspoilt acres of verdant nirvana and a mile-long stretch of white-sand beach. It’s hard to think of a more spectacular place to sit and relax.
Founded on a simple need – a hotel that owner Christina Ong herself would want to stay in – COMO Hotels and Resorts began in London in 1991. Ong was looking for something intimate with an elegant approach where service was intuitive, discreet and precise, and where the food was fresh and healthy. This was long before every station offered vegan and sugar-free alternatives. Where hotels offered fancy reusable glass bottles instead of plastic and large refillable toiletries instead of travel minis destined for landfills.
The concept was a success. And after London’s stylish Belgravia, came Parrot Cay, the brand’s first private island resort, in 1998. The focus on conservation and commitment to the environment and sustainability has been present since the launch of the COMO brand, with well-established programs to conserve the remarkable biodiversity. of the island and reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel.
The resort and the destination as a whole are designed for leisurely walks along the white sand beach and long sunny lunches. There’s little noise, pollution, or boat traffic and few distractions, beyond thoughtful free yoga and Pilates itineraries; free non-motorized water sports; Catamaran sailing; sailboard; kayak; paddle board; water skiing; tennis matches; bike and more.
There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the lush surroundings with resort-organized sunset cruises, snorkeling excursions, island-hopping excursions, private boat charters, and picnic lunches. on isolated islands.
Back at the resort, the spa is a dreamy retreat, offering restorative massages, acupuncture, anti-aging treatments, and Ayurvedic therapies. Beyond the well-rehearsed list of treatments, the surrounding vegetation and views of the mangroves provide an ever-increasing wow factor.
COMO Parrot Cay is a paradise. With 74 rooms, accommodations range from large private villas to beach and garden views in elegant multi-story buildings. The interiors are calm and serene, perfectly suited to the placid seaside environment.
It’s not about trying to reinvent everything all the time. Instead, classic teak and whitewashed finishes are both timeless and effortless. Spaces feel intimate but also elevated, while furnishings range from antique to bespoke, store-bought to handcrafted. And the focus is on natural ingredients: bleached wood floors, polished stone, and lightweight linens.
The villa’s bathrooms are huge, with rainfall showers, roll-top tubs, and double vanity units. Or rinse off under a canopy of green jungle leaves in the outdoor shower. And then relax in the large open dining room and lanai or dip your toes in the sand as you venture past the spacious deck and heated plunge pool.
There are bars next to each of the two restaurants — the poolside Lotus Restaurant and the more formal Terrace Restaurant. Light meals can also be served on the sun loungers that surround the lido deck facing the beach.
The dishes are elegant, healthy and memorable: fresh fish tacos served with a tangy salsa on the side, sublime sushi and fragrant coconut curries that melt in the tongue.
Drinks are mixed with fresh herbs and thick slices of lemon freshly picked from a nearby lemon tree. Food can also be served in the room, but meals are perhaps best enjoyed under the starry canopy when the tide changes and the sun turns from golden to dark. And from that point on, there is little left to do but look around and take it all in, registering that there is nowhere on earth more magical.