The best thing about Parrot Cay, a 1,000-acre private island in the Turks & Caicos, is that there is nothing going on. Sure, there are yoga classes and spa treatments, Hobie cats and kayaks, and excursions that are there for the taking. But it’s all so low-key that the place doesn’t feel like a resort at all. It’s more akin to a vacation home, but with the benefits of top-notch Ayurvedic treatments and creative dining options steps from your backyard. And the neighbors aren’t so bad, either: Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and Keith Richards, among others, have villas here, though sightings are few and far between. Everyone here keeps a low profile, ensconced in delicious privacy, and that’s the beauty of the place.
Well, that’s part of its beauty. The island, with its soft-sand beaches and impossibly turquoise water, is so idyllic that Robinson Crusoe would choose to be shipwrecked here. The private villas, which are rented when the owners are not in residence, are the accommodations of choice. Each is designed with a minimalist aesthetic and built of natural materials like sun-bleached oak and Caicos stone. With three- to five-bedroom plans, these homes away from home are ideal for couples who cherish space and ultimate privacy.
If the residences are not available—there is a limited number, after all—the next best thing is a beach house at the main resort. Situated on the water’s edge and decorated in cool white cottons and dark woods, they are what island life should be: simple and elegant. Among the joys of staying in a beach house or private villa is the private butler service, which ensures you will want for nothing. The butler is particularly good at arranging a private dinner under the stars, on your own outdoor dining pavilion. Nothing short of decadent. (649-946-7788, parrotcay.como.bz)