COMO Parrot Cay
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best on the Beach
- Free breakfast, non-motorized water sports, bicycles, group yoga, Pilates and WiFi
- Parrot Cay by Como is all about serenity and seclusion; the island is a favorite among A-list celebs
- The staff/guest ratio is 2:1
- Don’t leave without trying the coconut sorbet from the on-site plantation
What To Know
- The resort is a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales; commercial transfers are $100 per room and can be arranged through the property (private transfers cost more)
- Restaurant menus change every three days
- Dogs 25 pounds and under are permitted at no additional cost; please notify property in advance
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Exclusive private island hideaway with two top-notch restaurants, a spa and a pristine mile-long beach
Located just a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales on the 1,000-acre private island of Parrot Cay, this eponymous resort is the crème de la crème when it comes to extravagant Caribbean living. Chauffeur-driven golf carts — the only mode of transportation on the island — putter along a labyrinth of narrow unpaved pathways that weave throughout papaya, frangipani, almond and banana plants. It’s the type of place where high-profile luminaries come to slow things down (Donna Karan owns real estate here) and escape the flash of the paparazzi.
Bed & Bath
The resort’s 75 guestrooms, villas and beach houses have four-poster beds with gauzy canopies and black-and-white photos of Parrot Cay adorning pasty walls. For more space and direct access to the azure waters, book a 1,075-square-foot One-Bedroom Beach House, which features a spacious living room and dining area with pine floors and white vaulted ceilings and exposed rafters. There’s also a conservatory with loungers, and a private sundeck with a heated plunge pool. Bathrooms pamper with separate tubs and rainfall showers, robes, slippers and Como Hotels’ Invigorate toiletries in eucalyptus, geranium, lavender and peppermint scents.
Set back from a seemingly deserted mile-long stretch of sand, Parrot Cay by Como’s sexy infinity pool is ringed with ivory-cushioned loungers and umbrellas. Sharing a portion of this sunny perch is the alfresco Lotus restaurant, which is under a shingled pavilion and specializes in Asian and Caribbean staples such as West Caicos lobster tail with fresh tomato salsa and banana ketchup. The adjacent curved stone bar shakes up crafty cocktails (we can vouch for the ginger mojito) and is one of the best spots to kick back in the evening. Inside, Terrace restaurant cooks up scrumptious Mediterranean-inspired fare in a more formal setting. Active types will enjoy the 24-hour fitness center and two floodlit tennis courts (you can even call in a pro for some pointers), while those wanting a complete respite can retreat to the spa for the signature Como Shambhala massage treatment.
In the Area
Part of Parrot Cay’s appeal is the chance to get away from it all. Go for a run on the one-and-a-half-mile path through the on-site coconut and banana plantation, splurge on a romantic beach picnic, try your hand at kayaking or strap on a snorkel and some flippers and discover the unrivaled marine life (the world’s third-largest barrier reef sits just offshore). Other activities that can be arranged include deep sea fishing, scuba diving and sunset cruises.
How to Get There
The place is amazing. The infrastructure of the hotel, from the big huge cars to pick you up on the airport, the boats, the golf cars to arrive ate the hotel, everything is amazing! You feel a VIP indeed! The room with the ocean view, big comfort bed, nice balcony, silence, big bathroom, nice amenities. There are 2 restaurants, 1 mediterranean and one asian food. The pool is gorgeous, the beach, a dream!!! They place the towel and sun shade. There is several things to do there: tennis court, bike, agua sports equipament, the pool, jacuzzi, sauna, yoga and pilates classes... Everything is beautiful.. But 1 main point, for me, doesn't make it a 5 star: part of the service of the staff. Everyone is very polite, but, the service, mainly the room service, I'd expected more. The fruits wasn't replaced, the small dih and the knife we used was leaved outside the room for 2 days. We saw glasses from the other room outside too. It seems like a lazy behavior of the staff. But, talking to other people there, it seems that this is a problem of the island, the service is done only the necessary, nothing else. But anyway, this was not comfortable, to see dirty dishes around your room. The food is good, but, sincerly for the price, not worthy. But you don't have choice, because you're in an island, and the boat don't leave/arrive at night. The other thing I have to mention is that the transfer is charged (for person). That's fair, since you're aware of that. At any momento I was informed about it. The drinks you order also don't have price, or at least, they don't give you a menu with the prices. We saw other couple complaining about it too. The check out had a very big plus amount $$ with the dinners and drinks. (be prepared) Except for that, that I think the hotel should be more transparent, the place is fabulous.!
My third Caribbean travel experience and certainly the most impressive to date. We had never stayed at a COMO property before, but this place was truly unforgettable. Even the journey there assures you're in for something special.
We wanted to truly experience Turks and Caicos, so our first week we spent at Gansevoort on Grace Bay and that was fantastic, but this provided a more remote location and greater serenity.
Here's what I loved:
1. Great location. On its own island, Como Parrot Cay is away from the fray of the "touristy" strip of Grace Bay hotels in Providenciales and the beachfront provides all the privacy and a sense of exclusiveness that defines a special place. Luxurious isolation.
2. Spectacularly designed property, both architecturally and landscaping, with all the amenities one might expect. The layout provides many opportunities to find your own space either poolside or at the beach. Great for long beach walks or a catamaran sail courtesy of COMO, or the complimentary bikes to tour this huge resort. Even a banana plantation and coconut plantation if you're interested.
Parrot Cay had many of the characteristics we enjoyed at Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island off the coast of Australia. The colonial architecture is married with a sense of minimal modernism and the grounds are spectacularly immaculate.
3. The all-inclusive breakfast was generous and delicious. A wonderful part of every morning to relax and start the day slow. Great views from the dining balcony. I appreciated being accommodated most mornings with a hot bowl of fresh grits and the specials of the day. Nice to eat without worry of the final bill.
4. Great service – the people were lovely, especially those servicing guests day in and out. Harry was extraordinary poolside, a great ambassador for the COMO brand. As was Miroslav the Maitre d' and his assistant Minas, excellent hosts who worked very hard to make it special for every guest and Pande.
5. Excellent and large fitness gym on premises, which I used most days.
It was a delight to spend a week in such a remarkable place and we're very grateful for this world-class experience.
For my Canadian friends, a couple of cautionary notes.
1. It wouldn't be completely honest if i didn't address the "joy-stealer" for us, first as Canadians and also as tourists. We travel extensively and have visited some of the finest places in the world, but the shocking cost to visit Turks and Caicos was insane.
I take responsibility for this as I failed to do the math research in advance of this trip and was blindsided by the small print extras published online. So if you're a Canadian and planning to go, remember 34% to 36% US exchange currently for Canadians + 12% sales tax + a 10% service charge on absolutely everything. For example our room cost an additional $154.00 USD (over $200.00 CDN) a night in service charges and tax.
2. The food was very good at COMO Parrot Cay, but not extraordinary, with a few exceptions. Beyond breakfast you're on the tab and everything is very expensive for the level of cuisine being offered. They shine on seafood, but beyond that not so remarkable. My wife and I moderated our drinking and eating because we hadn't anticipated the outrageous cost of dining in our travel budget.
The upside was we both lost weight fasting on lunches and carefully participating in the evening menu. This was true both at COMO and Gansevoort. One felt hostage to this craziness, and in spite of our best attempts to refrain the final tally was still shocking. The last day we were chatting with an American gentlemen from San Diego and he was remarking how outrageous the cost of food was on the property. I assured him he was doing much better than us on our Canadian dollar.
3. In chatting with staff I found out that the minimum wage is slightly around $6.25 USD. We had conversations with a few of them about how the "service charges" on everything are confusing for visitors. That already feels like a compulsory tip. There is much debate among the workers on the fairness of this system, as they don't realize much return for this common purse collection called a "service charge".
It squashes the fun when you feel you need to refrain from eating and drinking throughout the holiday. Again we are very grateful for the experience overall, but will likely not return for the reasons mentioned.
3. Last mention, bring allergy pills and bug spray as the sand flies are sneaky and pervasive everywhere. You'll go home covered in welts. I stopped counting after 30 bites. The medication is limited and expensive on the island, so bring your own.
A great resort with great staff and amenities. It is a resort for healthy eating and activities. I would say not for children (although there is a PLAY area for kids) and 95% of the guests were adults - mostly slim, fit, outdoor types. Unlike me. There is only one restaurant for lunch (Lotus) and bar snacks. In the evening, dinner alternates between the Lotus and the Terrace. So, on any given evening there is only one restaurant (although I understand both are open in high season). However, the food is excellent. The staff are so attentive and friendly, especially Miloslav, Meenus and Sam. Many of the F&B staff are from Bali and could not be more polite and helpful.
The best rooms are the beachside villas with private plunge pools but the COMO suites are nice (suite 207 has a great view over the gardens).
The resort is isolated and a 30 minute boat journey to Providentiales. So, no popping out for an evening meal or a bit of shopping - US$850 for a private one-way boat journey. But it does provide peace and tranquility.
Given its isloation and restaurant options, I would say 7 days is the maximum you would want to be there and indeed it seemed many guests were there for 4 or 5 days only. Nonetheless, if lazing by the pool with occasional spa treatments and scenic walks is for you then a month is too short at this idyllic spot.
Tip - there is a great second pool at the back and below the gym - and it is heated (see photo). There are 6 sunbeds and a great view - and hardly anybody goes there!
We have stayed in several caribbean resorts, and the service at this one was unlike any we had ever experienced. We were so lucky to get an upgrade which came with a personal butler! I would recommend this if you are able, because he took care of everything! The trip would have still been outstanding because the grounds are gorgeous as is the setting on a private island. The additional attention we received was unexpected, but it made us feel so special! Our butler Pema served all of our meals (even in the restaurant). He thought of every detail and was available to transport us, serve meals or even bring food or drink to the room at a moments notice. The food here was also the best we've had. Everything was healthy and fresh. The breakfast was included, and it was amazing. We were given so much food at breakfast, we never needed lunch! Pema also knew the property, so we were made familiar with everything the resort offered on the first day. The spa was peaceful and gorgeous and the staff did an amazing job there as well. Everything was first class at Parrot Cay. We hope to return!
From the boat ride to the private island, to the grounds onsite, its exclusive.. they had special notes and food in our room for our honeymoon. ALL of the staff treats you like you're gold, and the service out by the main pool is incredible. Spa was the best SPA experience we've ever had. The FOOD... we are big foodies so we were very curious, yes its expensive but WORTH IT. The food was soooooo good. uh!
We will be back!!!!!! Thank you Como!