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By Chris Boyle

COMO Hotels and resorts’ Parrot Cay in the turks & caicos is the northern caribbean’s pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring the region’s best spa.

it combines nature—1,000 unspoiled acres, a mile-long powdered beach—with relaxed luxury and the award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat, which offers a range of holistic, asian-inspired therapies including reflexology and ayurveda, as well as a fully equipped gym.

Accommodations, in whitewash with chic teak finishing, include beachside houses and villas. the island also features private residences, offering absolute privacy away from the main resort. parrot cay’s two restaurants serve gourmet cuisine as well as organic, healthful coMo shambhala fare.


  • Square footage: 17,147 (8,947 in the main house and 4,100 in each guest house)
  • Nightly rate: $36,300 (includes 21 percent tax & service charge)

Number of rooms in suite: 11 bedrooms (three bedrooms in the main house, four bedrooms in each guest house)

Number of entrances to suite: six (two in each complex)

Number of baths: 11, with an outdoor shower for master bedrooms and a steam room in the main house master bath

Suite style: indoor merges with outdoor in this east meets West space awash in a refreshing white and featuring natural materials like cedar and limestone, beautiful Balinese furniture and african artifacts, designed by Donna Karan and Malaysian architect cheong yew Kuan.

Key selling points: one of the guest houses boasts an authentic indonesian bale perfect for gatherings (a living/dining screened-in pavilion complete with a swimming pool and big movie screen). the main house has an elevated infinity pool, and beneath it, the breezeway creates a magical dining spot open to the powder-white beach and turquoise waters. enjoy second-floor master suites with 360-degree island views, king-size beds and deep-seated sofas, en-suite bathrooms throughout and an infinity pool and Jacuzzi for each house. Book the sanctuary as a whole, and enjoy the service of three dedicated butlers and two private chefs.

Number of suites in hotel: 70 rooms and villas


COMO Shambhala Retreat: at this award-winning spa, mind, body and spirit are nurtured holistically.

located in low-lying pavilions overlooking the north caicos channel and the island’s wetlands, spa facilities include a 1,300-square-foot yoga room, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a pilates studio, double massage rooms and Japanese baths.

spa Director susan allison,

(649) 946-7788

Signature treatments: coMo shambhala Massage, coMo shambhala Bath and coMo shambhala facial


Terrace Restaurant: serving breakfast and dinner in beautiful outdoor and indoor surroundings, terrace offers bakery-fresh breads, plus inventive italian-style cuisine.

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