Everyone knows, summer is better with a trip to the beach. The sun is hot, the water cool, and the sand oh so inviting. Luckily for all those island lovers out there, the Turks and Caicos provide an ideal escape for every season. And I’m going to give you an inside glimpse into one these islands’ most luxurious spots: Parrot Cay by COMO.
You’ll want to fly in to Providenciales. From there, you are able to check in inside the terminal for your transport to the docks, and wait comfortably while your captain comes for your transfer to the resort. Parrot Cay is a private island, and only accessible by boat. The 35 minute ride is just a taste of the tropical beauty awaiting you upon arrival to the resort.
The resort offers a range of room categories, suites, villas and houses. The decor is Caribbean luxe in style, taking advantage of the ample natural light and seaside views. My advice, book at least a two-bedroom beach house - from this level and up a private butler is included! Anyl, our knight in shining armor during our stay, kept everything running smoothly, from spa appointments to dinner reservations. He deserves all the credit for us enjoying all the resort offers instead of just lounging by our private pool!
There are two restaurants on property - Lotus by the pool, and the Terrace in the main building. The first Asian inspired, the second Italian. Both are equally good. I recommend the braised wagyu beef rendang curry with tumeric coconut at Lotus. And for dessert, don’t miss the mango and passionfruit mousse! They do change the dishes from time to time, so keep an eye out for these dishes on the room service menu as well.
Breakfast is served at the Terrace, featuring a beautiful buffet and healthy options from their signature COMO Shambala menu. Wednesday nights mark Mediterranean night at the Terrace, and Saturdays a barbecue at Lotus. All meals can also be enjoyed in your room or villa.
Activities abound both onsite and around the islands. Paddle boards, windsurfing, and other non-motorized water sports are available at the beach, but to really explore, you’ll need something a bit more powerful. Take a boat through water that is 100 shades of blue, and so inviting. And the local reef – the third largest in the world – makes an ideal spot for snorkeling.
Don’t worry if action isn’t your thing. Parrot Cay has plenty of options for those looking to relax and rejuvenate. The COMO Shambala Retreat includes a pilates studio and a yoga pavilion, as well as nine treatment rooms. If a massage sounds ideal, make sure to request Netra as your therapist. He has magic hands! Afterwards, relax further at the adult-only pool.
No trip to the Turks and Caicos is complete without a visit to JoJo. Maybe the most famous local, JoJo is a wild dolphin who lives in Pine Cay that has become fond of humans. Legend has it that JoJo returns to the same spot to see a diver he befriended named Dean. The man and dolphin have formed a tight friendship, and spurred the formation of the JoJo Project, a conservation initiative. Though you can’t intentionally seek out JoJo for commercial interest, the now internationally recognized wild dolphin is regularly found splashing in the local waters and interacting with boats and beaches.