The Turks and Caicos are located in the northern Caribbean positioned some 925km south east of Miami, which is a 70 minute flight away followed by a 35 minute speedboat ride from the main island, Providenciales. Much of the island remains undeveloped, given over to cactus and thickly entwined scrub. The turquoise ocean is warm, and beaches softly shelving. Tides are weak and shore-side currents are gentle.
COMO Parrot Cay itself is made up of a central building – whitewash with coral-pink roofing – set back from the beach on raised ground where the reception and concierge is located, resort shop, bar, Terrace restaurant, library, a pool table and private veranda. On one side lies the tennis court; on the other lies an accommodation wing housing 14 Ocean Facing rooms, 4 COMO Suites and 25 Garden View rooms which open out on to a gently sloped lawn area – all have terraces and are generously sized.
Some 200m closer to the beach are the Beach Villas and Houses. They comprise 6 one-bedroom beach houses and 3 one-bedroom villas all of which have plunge pools, 2 two-bedroom Beach Houses, 2 two-bedroom Beach Villas and 1 three-bedroom Beach Villa. These are low buildings, steps from the sand, with weathered wood cladding and decking.
The interior aesthetic is by Keith Hobbs from United Designers. The warm, contemporary look with a colonial-style finish is achieved with soft white cottons covering chairs, cushions and four-poster beds. Further design motifs include teak furnishing, terracotta tiles and Indonesian loungers. Windows are shuttered, and bathrooms are white tongue-and-groove with wooden surfaces.
Guests can choose between air-conditioning and overhead ceiling fans. Beds are dressed in the finest Italian linens. Other facilities include flat screen TV’s with satellite channels, DVD, CD, minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi.
COMO Parrot Cay Estates complements the resort’s main accommodation. This project is a collaboration between COMO Parrot Cay and private owners, who place their properties, which are designed and built by COMO Parrot Cay, in a rental pool. They are landscaped to maximise privacy, and have commanding views of the leeward lagoon. Each is configured around a pool and has substantial private decks. Interiors share a pared down aesthetic, combining the neutral colours of sun-bleached oak and pale Caicos stone with white cottons. Guests have full access to the main resort and its two restaurants.
The resort’s main infinity pool is behind the beach, flanked by cream teak sun loungers and two Indonesian-style thatched bales at each extremity. Lotus is an easygoing al fresco poolside eatery with open kitchens serving lunch and dinner. Terrace, with outdoor and indoor tables, is the gourmet restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. An All Day Dining menu is also available.
In addition, guests can benefit from COMO Shambhala Cuisine, designed to maximise energy and wellbeing with the use of raw foods rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals. This special menu features little salt, no dairy, avoids fats and uses unprocessed honey in place of sweeteners. Fish is nearly always steamed, and the only meat that appears on the menu is organic chicken.
The award-winning spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat, overlooks mangroves and wetlands rich with birdlife. There are 175 species, including ruby-throated hummingbirds. Offering yoga, Pilates and related treatments, the retreat buildings incorporate nature into the spa experience making it a supremely peaceful location. Facilities include an infinity pool, a yoga room aired by natural breezes, nine treatment rooms, two double massage rooms and Japanese baths, an outdoor jacuzzi garden for women only, and two yoga and Pilates studios that guests can take over for one-on-one tuition. Asian-based therapies range from shiatsu to Ayurvedic detox programs.
For the outward bound, the islands’ warm and unpolluted waters promise some of the world’s best off-site diving, with PADI instructors available through two local companies. Snorkelling, beach drop-offs and fishing trips are popular, and visits to Provo Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Karl Litten with lush fairways, rugged limestone outcropping and freshwater lakes. Family activities are manifold, and are supported by an experienced team of activity leaders and babysitters.
From its personalised service and sophisticated cuisine to its distinctive design and island beach, COMO Parrot Cay works hard to tailor its Caribbean experience to your every need.
COMO Parrot Cay | 164 Leeward Marina | Providenciales | Turks and Caicos Islands |
British West Indies | Caribbean
Telephone: +1 649 946 7788 | Fax: +1 649 946 7789
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