A visit to Turks & Caicos luxury resort
photographs courtesy of Como Hotels and Resorts
My husband often reminds me I don’t know how to relax. To prove him wrong, I decided to take off alone for a long weekend. On the recommendation of good friends who are regular visitors, I decided to go to Parrot Cay, a private island resort in Turks & Caicos. I was met at the Providenciales Airport and driven to a dock to catch a 35-minute boat ride to the island. Before we left, we were given towels perfumed with an indescribable scent. Within minutes, I felt those layers of stress melt away.
The whitewashed main building of the resort is set back from the white-sand beach on a gentle rise with beautiful views of turquoise water. The design of the resort puts the focus on nature with beach houses and villas neatly tucked into the brush. The pared-down, contemporary interiors, created by Keith Hobbs of United Designers in London, are a restful escape from the brilliant sun. I was most taken by Hobbs’s playful design in the bathrooms, where the delineation between indoors and outdoors was blurred with the use of windows or rooms that literally opened onto a private garden complete with shower or bath.
I stayed in one of six one-bedroom beach houses and was given the opportunity to experience a personal butler (usually reserved for the two-and three-bedroom villas). Kit, my butler, was available 24/7 and kept me on time with all of my appointments. She instantly sized me up. Instinctively, she knew when to suggest and when to fade into the background. A mention of my love of swimming resulted in Kit driving me 100 yards (!) to a beachside infinity pool and asking about my plans for lunch. Forty-five minutes of swimming laps was sheer bliss. As I climbed out of the pool and walked to the poolside restaurant, there was Kit ready to serve me a delicious spa lunch.
I didn’t need a watch, thanks to Kit. She would arrive at my room to take me to any appointment, from early morning yoga on the beach to Pilates in the studio and luxurious treatments in the Asian-inspired spa. Exiting from any activity, I would be greeted by a wide smile and a lift back to my beach house. Even for a morning sail, Kit asked my preference for lunch and ensured it was stowed onboard. Her around-the-clock service came in handy when one evening I felt the sting of a sunburn across my upper back. A quick call on a private line brought her to my door with two options of relief and help with applying the lotion!
Too soon my weekend of decadent pampering and fabulous meals alfresco, poolside or on the beach was ending, and I had to return to reality. As I walked along the beach, I witnessed a butler saying goodbye to children who had been under his care. The children broke into tears and would not let go. I have to admit I had a lump in my throat as I waved goodbye to Kit on the dock. Me? Relaxed? Don’t ask my husband. Just ask Kit.
From the moment I landed, I was immersed in a world of understated luxury. For more information, go to parrotcay.como.bz.
Scent that brings me back: Invigorate. Made from eucalyptus and geranium, lavender and peppermint essential oils, it’s produced at a single farm in the South of France.
I’m now addicted to homemade ginger tea, both hot and cold! Recipe HERE!
Under the Sea
Had fun snorkeling around a shipwreck and looking for live sand dollars in Big Water Cay.
The COMO Shambhala Massage: 75 or 90 minutes of total bliss!
Do Not Disturb
The ultra-private laid-back resort is a favorite among stars of the fashion and movie world!