Parrot Cay is a private island resort, located about a 30-minute boat ride from their dock near Leeward Marina in Providenciales. It is part of the COMO group of hotels, which offers “luxury, with a deep respect for authenticity.” When I arrived at the airport in Providenciales, I found my way over to the Parrot Cay stand outside of customs and they offered me a cold water and showed me to their waiting van. This van took me, and several others, about 15 minutes away to the private Parrot Cay dock near Leeward Marina. The indoor waiting area at the dock was very nice and air-conditioned, and I was immediately offered a cold drink (Corona for me!) Soon after, the staff had loaded up our suitcases onto the Parrot Cay boat and we took off for the private island resort in eager anticipation. Upon arrival at Parrot Cay, I was escorted to the check-in area, which was ironically at a bar. Yes, a bar. What a welcome change from a crowded desk at the front of hotels.. I was ushered to a tall chair at the bar, offered a welcome drink (I chose rum punch at the suggestion of the knowing bartender) and given my check-in paperwork to sign.
Parrot Cay is very spread out and requires golf carts (buggies) to get around in, but when you call for one, they are there within several minutes easy. I saw the entry level rooms, which consist of both garden-view and ocean-view, and both are set up near the main building and while they afford beautiful views, are not ON the beach. The layouts of those are the same, the view is just different depending on what floor you are on.
The beach houses (where I stayed) are the next category, and these are semi-detached accommodations with a screened-in porch, private plunge pool, outdoor shower, two bathrooms (one was smaller but did contain a shower), spacious living area (kids could easily sleep on the long couches built next to the wall- see photo below), and dining area. These are very large at over 1,000 square feet and would be perfect for honeymooners, or even a family of four.
The beach villas are detached, have more direct access to the beach, and contain a little kitchenette as well as living area, dining area, and bedroom. These also feature the screened-in porch, private plunge pool and outdoor showers. As well, Parrot Cay contains private homes, many of which are in the rental pool. So if you would like to stay in a private villa owned by Bruce Willis or Donna Karan, among others.. this is the place for you. Also, families are welcome (I saw several) but there is no “kids club.”
Decor at Parrot Cay is a bit island colonial with its four-poster beds accented with white linens, drapes, and walls. There are two restaurants onsite- Lotus by the pool, and The Terrace in the main building. Wifi is complimentary, as are all non-motorized water sports. And the spa… oh, the spa.. I definitely saw firsthand why it is award-winning and was 2nd best Caribbean spa per Travel + Leisure magazine this year! Before your treatment, you may rest in a chaise overlooking the lush greenery of the resort and the sea in the distance. The treatment rooms themselves (at least where I got a massage) have a glass wall on one side, so while very private, allow for an abundance of natural light and effortlessly blends in the island surroundings with the peaceful feel of the spa. By the way.. if you do go for a massage, ask for Danti for one of the best massages you will ever receive! You will thank me later!!
What else can I say? From the welcome rum punch to the delicious dinner at The Terrace, to my morning walk on the beach, to one of the best massages ever.. Parrot Cay does not disappoint. If you would like to go here, just know that it is secluded, and many guests stay on property for meals, etc. However, there is an option of going to Providenciales for dinner or shopping on certain days via the private Parrot Cay boat. Though once you settle in here and begin to enjoy the amenities.. you may find that you never want to leave!
Virtuoso amenities include: Upgrade on arrival subject to availability, daily breakfast for two, and lunch for two once during stay excluding alcohol.