COMO Parrot Cay
The beauty of this 1,000-acre, 74-room private island resort is that you don’t feel like you’re in the Caribbean, but rather, some magical world unto itself—which is why A-listers like Donna Karan and Christie Brinkley choose to call it their home away from home. The experience begins with your arrival at Parrot’s private dock—where adults are greeted with cold towels and coconut cake, babies with fruit squeeze pouches—on the main island of Providenciales. From there, it’s a 30-minute powerboat ride over aquamarine waters to the resort. Upon arrival, you’re whisked by buggy to your room, where the décor perfectly suits the beach: think whitewashed walls, terracotta floors, wooden furniture, and bright blue-tiled baths, with heavenly eucalyptus-scented amenities from the resort’s parent company COMO Hotels. The 46 rooms in the main hotel are near the plantation-style great house, so you have easy access to the breakfast room, which transforms into an elegant restaurant in the evening. (Don’t miss the Italian buffet on Wednesday night.) But nothing beats the suites and villas that line the mile-long main beach, and are steps from the infinity pool and beach club. Up at the spa, a Zen-like facility with nine treatment rooms overlooking marshland, the therapists—many of whom trained in Bali—are second to none. Free yoga and Pilates take place in a studio next door, and are a nice compliment to the resort’s healthful COMO Shambala cuisine, which guests can order from anywhere in the hotel. Standout dishes include the sesame-crusted chicken and kale salad, and the grilled prawn salad with fresh coconut and coriander chutney.