Turks and Caicos
Address: Parrot Cay
Originally dubbed Pirate Cay by locals and later renamed Parrot Cay to lure visitors, this 1,000-acre atoll is home to only one resort. Parrot Cay unfolds on a mile-long strip of unspoiled beach, a 35-minute boat ride from Provo. Renowned as one of the world's most exclusive resorts – and self-billed as “the northern Caribbean’s pre-eminent private island” – the only way to see Parrot Cay is to own a home there (as Keith Richards, Bruce Willis, and Donna Karan each famously do), or to spend the night as a paying guest. Parrot Cay’s 71 rooms and villas feature four-poster beds draped in billowing cotton, private sun decks, complimentary Wi-Fi, and CD and DVD players with flat-screen satellite TVs, while the top-notch COMO Shambhala Retreat spa offers complimentary yoga and Pilates classes every day. Massages in the Retreat’s nine treatment rooms, cottages, and pavilions are so expert in their application that they should play a central (and repeated) role in any stay; the Retreat also hosts a full-time Ayurvedic doctor. Parrot Cay’s main infinity-edge pool measures 5,500-square feet, with teak sun loungers and Indonesian-style thatched bales at its ends, but you can also rent a private tiki hut off the beach for the day with waiter service – even more tempting since Parrot Cay’s beach is one of the most beautiful in the whole archipelago. Naturally, flood-lit tennis courts and a watersports center, with kayaks, Hobie Cats, catamarans, and windsurfing boards, are also part of the package. Separate from the resort, and with access to their own beach, Parrot Cay Estate also rents three-, five-, and eight-bedroom villas.
Tags: luxury | romance | smart splurge | waterfront | secluded | exclusive
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