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
My husband and I just spent an incredible 5 days at Parrot Cay in an Ocean View Room. The location is amazing. To be that isolated within three hours flight of a major east coast city is pretty incredible. The pristine beach is gorgeous; you can walk on the beach and not see anyone forever; a perfect couples getaway. I'd recommend this resort to anyone looking for a quiet, secluded getaway. I want to make a few recommendations, though, so the management can keep it as a top-notch resort.
- Arrival: Welcome service was amazing - boat and golf cart top notch. In terms of first impressions, I'd suggest replacing the flowers by the front desk more often. The flowers were wilted when we arrived. Not a great first impression. No drink offered to us either upon arrival. It would be nice to offer new guests a cold drink. And the front desk staff isn't very friendly. Give them some more hospitality training.
- Facilities: The rooms and some of the outdoor furniture by the beach is starting to show their age. Our ocean view room was clean but smelled musty when the windows were closed. Some caulk in some spots in the bathroom was dirty. The outdoor porch furniture in the room was aged as well, and the seating outside the room was not very comfortable. Some more updated and comfortable seating would be a plus. A hammock, perhaps? Some of the outdoor furniture by/on the beach is also pretty worn. New wood tops for the white-base umbrella tables would be a plus. In general, at that price point, the furniture needs to be replaced more often - even with the 'casual vibe' of the resort which we all love.
- Staff: The staff at the bar and beach club were great. A few of the staff working the breakfast were not as friendly, though. I'd suggest a refresher course with them. A few seemed disgruntled which is not something anyone wants to deal with.
- Kids: My husband and I went there as a couples get away. There were a few families, which was fine, but with the new Kids Club opened last year, it's going to be more difficult to make both groups happy. I wanted nothing to do with kids during my stay there (I left my three kids home for a reason) - and I think most guests would agree with me. They don't want to deal with kids at the pool and beach - at least in the main resort areas. The challenge will be to create an environment where the your guests without families can still have a quiet romantic getaway and not feel like they are at a Beaches Resort. That's not what this resort if all about.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this resort to anyone. I do think the management needs to get on top off a few things, though, in order to keep it a 5 star resort. I hope this review is helpful to them in that regard. We hope to return next year! Take care.
The resort is exceptional! An experience like no other!!
Shout out to Aldo our guide on the Hobby Cat Wave around the island. He was awesome!! You must take advantage of his expertise in water sports even if you have no idea how to ride a Hobby Cat.
We returned to Parrot Cay last December having missed the previous tear due to the aftereffects of the hurricane which, while not causing serious damage to the resort, had delayed completion of new building work. Needless to say, it was delightful to be back and to see old friends. The completed renovations include a fabulous new gym next to the Shambala spa. It is a great space with large windows overlooking the turquoise lagoon and has a wide range of top-quality new equipment. The tennis courts have also been resurfaced and new nets fitted. Lotus Restaurant has been slightly expanded creating more space and the beach bar now has a large beach area in front with comfortable loungers and day beds making it a perfect place to spend the day.
Of course, what we love most about Parrot Cay are the staff. Always incredibly welcoming and friendly with a genuine warmth that makes this place a home away from home. Our trip on this occasion was greatly enhanced by our butler, Yuli. Her care and kindness was amazing and we shared many stories and laughs together. Her quiet presence and ability to meld into our routines was perfect and we shall never forget the special romantic Indonesian dinner she organized at our beach house.
Another fabulous week and we look forward, as always, to next year.
Wow. We stayed five nights in COMO Parrot Cay and are already planning the next jaunt there! The hotel has a counter right outside the airport customs, where the staff take you to meet your driver, who takes you to the dock where a boat takes you to paradise. The hotel is situated in Parrot Cay island, a 20 minute boat ride from the highly touristic Providenciales. When you arrive at Parrot Cay, you feel like you are really far away, in th best way possible. Upon arrival a member drives you around the property highlighting key areas and drops you off at your room.
We stayed our first three nights by the main area. Rooms have been recently remodeled, are spacious, with understated modern decor, and an outdoor balcony (i loved the balinese couch where you could lounge for days). The bathroom was just as spacious, and the toiletries continue to be my absolute fave. Because i didn't have a view in my first room, the team upgraded me for my last two nights to a one bedroom beach house, with its own plunge pool. Pure heaven.
We enjoyed the multiple activities offered by the COMO Shambala Spa, including fitness and yoga classes. The standout was the spa (i went twice) where i enjoyed deep tissue massages by the amazing Mawa. Right after massages, we were treated to fresh ginger tea. Amazing. We took advantage of the bikes provided by the hotel and spent one afternoon chasing the sunset which took us to one end of the island. Beautiful!
The hotel has two restaurants, one located in the main house which offers free buffet and a la carte breakfast. The second one is located by the pool / beach area which is more Asian themed. There is a beach bar that has snacks in the event you get hungry throughout the day. I loved the staff there, particularly Sam, who knew exactly how i liked my coffee, my preferred coffee biscuits, which drinks my boyfriend and I preferred, even how we preferred to sit at our table. Because my boyfriend is allergic to fin fish and couldn't have a dish due to the preparation, she ensured we pre-ordered lobsters for the following day. Absolutely amazing.
And that's how you know you're in a COMO property. The team service is consistently amazing. I also loved that the team was incredibly international. There were folks from Montenegro, Greece, Cambodia, Mauritius, Indonesia. It was incredible.
I would advise having sufficient mosquito repellent. The hotel offers repellent in every room but I unfortunately got unlucky and ended up with significant bites. I would also recommend more options for food in the beach area especially if the other areas are closed throughout the day.
Other than that this place is true heaven, incredibly close to home but yet made us feel like we were on the other side of the world. The staff, the views, the room, the food. Amazing.
This is an exceptional, small, and pricey hotel, but always a tremendous experience. Ozzie picks you up at the boat with his golf cart, and provides entertaining conversation during the short ride to the front desk. Shirley greets us with hugs as if we are old friends.
The staff overall is attentive and unfailingly friendly. Special recognition to the Lotus and Terrace teams, who all seemed to know our names within a day of arriving. Odean at the beach bar was a pleasure, and aside from the high prices, I'm not sure why his bar isn't jammed every evening. The restaurants are captained by Minas (Lotus) and Miroslav (Terrace). Both seem to stop by every table every few minutes for conversation while keeping things moving. I have never been downsold by a somm, but Miroslav told us to buy a different less expensive bottle of wine than the one we had chosen, and it was a great recommendation.
There are exercise, pilates and yoga classes, mostly in the early AM and late afternoon. I'm not a big massage person, but the simple Shamala massage from Hennie was really outstanding.
The special dinners are great, 2 are buffets at a fixed price ($90 USD/person) and feature lots of choices. Thursday is pick your own fish night. At about 1:30 they bring a wheelbarrow of fresh caught fish out to the bar area and you can pick one for tagging and cooking at dinner. The snapper were all too big for 2, so we got a whole sea bream, which Minas recommended we have fried (wasn't at all greasy) with a mild chili sauce. Delicious. Also, don't miss the conch fritters.
Breakfast buffet is quite filling. We tend to go a bit later and we bring trail mix with us so we skip lunch every day.
We also always book the garden view rooms, because we spend most of the day at the pool or beach anyways, Those rooms were updates 1-2 years ago and are comfortable, though not luxurious,.WIth AmEx Platinum card you can get upgraded on space-available basis. We wound up with 4 nights in our original room and 2 in a massive beach house with private pool. WOW! Thanks to Kavonnia at the front dest for helping make that happen.