I will begin by saying I spent 4 nights with my wife at Parrot Cay (we are a young couple age 30) and we went because we were looking to get away to a quiet resort and just enjoy each other's company and get away from the city for a bit. Parrot Cay offered that. It was an excellent choice for what we wanted. Now for my review.
First, I will tell you what Parrot Cay is NOT. It is not a place to go party, it is not a place to be loud and pretentious. It is not loaded with constant activities. You won't find an organizer or cruise director type anywhere. There are no clubs nor is there loud music at the pool. Now I will tell you what Parrot Cay is. It is a plantation-style resort on its own island. The resort is at the northeastern tip of the island and it faces north toward the ocean. There are private homes on the island belonging to celebrities that are somewhat part of the Parrot Cay resort but if you blink you'll miss them. People go here to get away and not be bothered. The staff is helpful but not in your face. If you want something, ask and they will help. They go about their business and respect that you want to go about yours. The other guests are typically the same way. I truly believe if you rent a villa on the island, you could probably go your entire stay without encountering another guest. That said, staying in the resort rooms isn't so bad either.
The rooms are well appointed. We had an ocean view room which had a king sized bed, a seating area, a huge balcony and a large bathroom. I don't know why other reviewers complained about rust and things like that in the bathroom. Ours was just fine, and yes it's a cold hard tile floor, but it's the Caribbean. That's how things go.
When you arrive at the airport, a car will be waiting to take you about 20 minutes to a private dock where you will wait for the private ferry to take you to Parrot Cay. In all, this can take about an hour total. It's an enjoyable ride and they take care of your bags. That being said, now that you are away from civilization, you are pretty much stuck at the resort for the length of your stay, which has its pros and cons. The cons are you can't really explore Provo or any restaurants there. The pros are that you are secluded, it is quiet, and you can really unwind without having to worry too much.
You must eat at the resort. Food is expensive, but when you think about what it takes to get it there, you can understand why. But the food is very good. Do not get the meal package they offer when booking. It isn't worth it. Breakfast is included and they put out a nice spread. My wife and I enjoy our food and we didn't both eat an appetizer, entree and dessert at each meal, which is what you'd get with the meal plan. We found that the portions were large enough to even eat an appetizer or first course as a meal. I'm not a small person either, so trust me on this one. We also found it to be too hot to consume a large amount of food. There is one restaurant by the pool which is all outside and has an Asian flare to it. The inside restaurant is in the main house and is more continental. We found ourselves preferring the poolside Asian restaurant for dinner.
In all I have to say it was a great stay at Parrot Cay. I have very few minor complaints. Once, we asked to not be seated at a particular table at the restaurant and they denied our request stating they needed those other tables. Meanwhile those tables stayed empty for the rest of the night. Service was also slightly slow at times. Poolside drink service was hit or miss. It really depended on whether or not the guy felt like coming around. It's easier just to go up to the bar and get your own. Also they try to get you on the water when you eat. They ask "sparkling or still?" Still means bottled and they charge $7 for it. Just say "tap water" and you'll get it for free. There is also no iron in the room. They have an electric kettle, a full bar, a tv, blu-ray dvd player, but no iron. But I guess you could pay for their pressing service. Those are my complaints. Like I said, nothing major.
What I did like about it was that I was able to do my own thing and not be tied to schedules or event planners. Everyone is there to relax and unwind and they let you do that. Everyone is respectful of your privacy from the staff to other guests. The crowd was a mix of Americans and Europeans (Germans, Italians, French, Brits). Some South American as well. I'd say 70% American and 30% rest of world. Many people had children, although I don't really see how much fun this place would be for kids. I wouldn't recommend it since it's so secluded and kids really have to try to make their own fun. I'd say it's more geared toward adults. While it's not kid unfriendly, I just think kids would have a better time elsewhere.
You charge everything to your room, which is nice. They are quite accurate and not-forgetful when charging things to your account. If you want something, you can get it and will get it, but you will pay. Nothing is done for free. The room rate is higher than at other resorts in T&C but I think that is for a reason.
So if you're looking to relax and just unwind and enjoy the sun and beach, Parrot Cay is the right place for you. If you need constant activity or a party, spring break environment, then go somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos is the northern Caribbean’s preeminent private island. It combines nature—1000 unspoilt acres, a mile-long powdered beach—with relaxed luxury and the multi-award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat, which offers a range of holistic, Asian-inspired therapies as well as yoga and Pilates with world-class tuition. Accommodation, comprising whitewash interiors with chic teak finishing, includes beachside houses and villas. The island also features private residences, offering absolute privacy away from the main resort. The island’s two restaurants serve gourmet and easy dining as well as healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Watersports, diving and island adventures complete the Parrot Cay experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parrot Cay Providenciales
- Parrot Cay Turks Caicos