Parrot Cay By COMO

By the time we arrive at the marina on the main island of Providenciales (Provo to its pals), I am wilting a bit after my escape from New York and the Winter That Will Not End—but I perk right up when I spy the private motor launch that will whisk us off to tiny, unspoiled Parrot Cay. Think Gilligan’s Island-unspoiled, except, in this case, add chic furnishings, gourmet cuisine, and attentive staff. All with a private beach that’s a mile-long stretch of finely powdered white sand. The real vacation begins on the speedboat. It’s a glorious day—all the days are glorious—as we lean into the sun, with the wind whipping all around. What immediately draws our attention is the astounding color of the clear blue water. Is it turquoise? Teal? Aquamarine? (We spend our entire time there trying to come up with just the right shade of blue with no success.) Whatever it’s called, it’s amazing—and it is crystal-clear. 

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Once on the island, The COMO Group’s vision of relaxed luxury and stylish beach living is very much in evidence in our stunning beachside villa with its airy whitewash interiors, sophisticated teak finishings, and white cotton cushioned couches. Outside, we have a charming screened porch and, beyond, a patio with our own plunge pool and teak loungers. The resort has stocked us with everything from magazines to flip-flops, so, if it were up to me, we wouldn’t budge—and I’m sure many guests hang out the “privacy” sign and do just that for their entire stay. However, I am traveling with the hubby—and for you, dear reader—so I will pull myself out of that plunge pool, towel off, and continue to venture forth. The hubby makes good use of the health center—there are tennis courts, walking paths, and water sports, as well—and I’m more into pampering, so it’s off to the COMO Shambhala Retreat, known for its Asian-inspired holistic therapies. In the evenings, we enjoy excellent repasts at the elegant Terrace restaurant or the delightful open-air Asian-inspired Lotus restaurant. 

The island caters to those looking for privacy. In addition to the famous names who vacation at the resort, there are a number of beach estate homes, many owned by the red-carpet set, including a world-famous rocker, an international supermodel, and a top fashion designer (we were sworn to secrecy). The only downside? Having to leave.

Details: Rates for the winter season start at $500 per night for a terrace room and include breakfast. Contact:


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