Travel Blogs from Providenciales
The strangest thing that happened on this trip was while I was swimming in the pool and another guest comes up to me and asks were I am from. After saying California, he said me to and wanted more detail. I then said OC and he said that he was also from OC and lived in Newport Coast. I said that's where I live and then he asked which community in …
... he was showing a petite Mom how to use the washing machine. Half an hour ago he hadn't got a clue now suddenly he's an expert. Just kick me as you pass. Actually, no don't because it would hurt.
I was still quite cheerful until I started writing this blog and realised I had not logged off properly from my previous Internet session and had burned 100 minutes of my Internet time (that's £50 worth, oh yes) on fresh air.
But I'm till happy, yes ...
... and a surprising Monday night live guitarist. After our 4th hand delivery Captain arrived last night we dined at what proved to be the most beautiful and best spot on the island, Opus. Perched on top of the hill above our marina we enjoyed a stunning view of the island at twilight, the crescent moon shimmed above the water for most of our meal before dipping below the horizon. The food was sensational, the wine was delicious and it couldn't have been the more perfect ...
Today was our big snorkel trip with Caicos Adventures/Island Snorkeling Adventures. We started the day with breakfast on the balcony. We had some scrumptious toast from yesterdays's trip to Caicos Bakery. Then off to the lobby to meet the shuttle van. No island time here; the shuttle arrived 5 minutes early. We did their pure snorkeling trip which leaves from the south Marina. The road there was a bit of an adventure. ...
We made it through Atlanta rush hour traffic and to the airport with time to spare (not our typical MO). But this day we had a mission... Duty free spirits to carry on. TCI allows one litter each and we've heard the prices are astronomical on the island. On this flight the window seat is prefferable to aisle. The view flying over the Bahamas was beautiful. Then, there's our ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Parrot Cay Providenciales
Loved Parrot Cay
Our recent stay at Parrot Cay was indeed a great experience. We were whisked away from the airport in a private car and then on to the hotel's very own boat to the resortl. The landscaping and the Spa facilities are amazing. I think most of the chefs come from Australia and they do an incredible job on the food. We enjoyed the Asian style food by the pool. We were disappointed to find that live music was played on Saturday nights which was unfortunately the day we departed.
We just got back from a long weekend at Parrot Cay and I would say it's pretty fabulous -- beautiful grounds and beach and room. I'm SO glad, however, that we did an off-season all inclusive package because the prices, particularly for food, were mind-boggling: $180 for dinner without wine, etc. I would not want to have paid these prices a la carte, and, from the reviews above, it appears those who went and had to pay as they went were diappointed and angry.Parrot Cay is fabulous, but it's also very secluded, so it feels a bit like a bubble (or "Fantasy Island," as we called it); you see the same people every day and have NO interaction with inhabitants. Most of the staff is Indonesian, some sometimes you feel like you're in Bali ... which is okay.Yoga: okay; Massages: B+; Food: B+/A- (lower if we had to pay for it out of pocket!! This was not top notch haute cuisine, but the prices mirrored those in New York for the real thing!)
I will start by saying that Parrot Cay is a beautiful resort. It is the ONLY thing on the island, so if you plan on staying for more than 4 or 5 days; you will have to book day excursions or many spa treatments to break up the time. The people at the resort were very nice, and the service was very good as well. The time that I was there, it rained every day for hours, but that is not normal (I am told). The food was very good, but far from amazing, and Carribean food is not even an option...there is no such thing as plain grilled fish at any capacity and after so much time in the 2 restaurants, it would be nice to have the menu change more often. I know it is the number one complaint, but there are A LOT of bugs everywhere....I got bit by a spider, and my boyfriend ended up with more bites from bugs than I have ever seen on a person. They give you a coil that you light before you go to sleep, but the bugs still bite you at dinner and at the bar. Other than that, I did not find anything wrong with this resort. It is quiet, has a nice, 30 something clientele, and offers the best spa treatments I have ever had. I would go back...in the future.
Anyone who says they had a great time at Parrot Cay either a) does not like to eat, b) enjoys mediocre-at-best service, c) needs to be around B list celebs to have fun or d) is attempting to justify the $10K they dropped on a poor excuse for a luxury resort. The beach really is nice, but everything else is not acceptable. The food is flat-out terrible at any price, let alone the train-robbing prices they charge. The resort is incredibly buggy, but they bomb it twice a day. Management attempts to reassure guests that this bug-control is "ecologically friendly." Hmmm. You should also know that you are essentially trapped at this place. Its an hour boat ride back to town, and there really is no convenient way to leave. We were there over New Years, and yes we saw Bruce and Demi. If that is your sort of thing and you can live with bad food, service and OK accomodations, this is your place.
Congratulations to the management and staff at Parrot Cay for showing me a wonderful stay at your resort!! I needed a quick getaway from Orlando, FL so I made reservations for a long weekend at Parrot Cay. Upon my arrival, I was greeted at the airport and taken to the boat dock where I was anxious to see this much applauded resort. I was not disappointed.It is a high class charming resort. The staff treated me like gold. They were courteous and kind and actually enjoyed taking care of my requests. I loved the quiet, uncrowded beach where I walked out into the water forever and could still see the bottom. The pool and pool bar were very popular and friendly. The pool restaurant served a delicious Sunday lunch and the cocktail lounge and dining room within the main building were my favorite places in the evening. As a solo traveler, I always felt comfortable, safe and well taken care of. Parrot Cay was exactly what I needed and I plan to return sometime in 2003!!Parrot Cay Resort is a very special vacation destination!!
When can I go back?
I've just read the reviews here and can't believe you could come back from Parrot Cay without being over the moon. The chance to spend time in such beautiful simplicity is priceless. The beach is amazing, the pool was pristine, all the meals we had there were of very high standard, indeed some of them were truly excellent and we found the staff to be extremely friendly, helpful and caring. I have never enjoyed a trip to the Caribbean as much as I enjoyed this one.
The Worst Luxury Retreat in the Carribean
My husband and I went to Parrot-Cay during the week before Easter 2003. Upon arrival, we were taken to a dirty room with a water leak which left a pool of brown water on the floor. It took us threatening to leave before our room was changed. During our seven day stay the service was terrrible. The cable didn't work in our room and after three requests was never fixed. The pool was dirty and there was virtually no poolside refreshment service. Every couple we met at the resort complained about the terrible service and overpriced food. We spent over $1500 on just dinner and lunch for two people (no wine) over seven days. I would discourage anyone from visiting this resort.
The greatest benefit to a Parrot Cay visit is its privacy and tranquility...fewer rooms than other resorts, less noisy children, no "Caribbean music", more room at the pool, about 10 people on the beach at any one time. Most impressive is the care with which everything is maintained and its cleanliness. Terrific staff. The downside? We were there for 10 days, but had to leave the resort a couple evenings, to get some decent food. One night we had chicken that was good, two nights later we were served chicken that was "turning". Other than fruits and vegetables, food didn't seem fresh--packaged salmon, frozen shrimp and hamburger patties? Lobster was like shoeleather until we told the chef and she prepared it a special way. Although this was provided free, why did we have to ask for well-prepared food for entrees close to $40. Ordering lunch and dinner became a crap shoot. My wife was also disappointed that Pilates instruction was not available since it was advertised. The instructor was on maternity leave, but the expected event should not have been a surprise to anyone and they could have planned for a "back up" instructor. Shambala Spa services were great, however. We would love to return for the tranquility, but only if we start to see some reviews indicating the food has improved. Otherwise, we'll stick to Four Seasons or Relais & Chateux.
yes, its beautiful and secluded. yes, celebrites flock there for that reason. no, you shouldn't. our $1300/night ocean view suite was great. the beach was great. but, for the price point, i expect better food and service, and parrot cay's was not even average. we went for the yoga at shambala. the instructor was the worst i've experienced in my seven years of practice. the five of us in the room the one day we went (we couldn't bear to go again) were all mystified. yes, christy turlington goes, but she brings her own instructor. i'd guess that the celebrities that go also bring their own chef for their private villa. the food wasn't even average. more often than not it was missing ingredients, bland, lukewarm, or just plain wrong. and this is at $20+ for entrees in the pool restaurant and $30+ in the main. we went to order a hamburger one day and was told we could get it medium well or well done only. why? here's the direct quote "its not fresh meat." i could go on. just investigate and don't rely on magazine articles where the writer was comped.
Stop looking. There is no where else in the Caribbean that can compare. If you are looking for that relaxing (few or no kids constantly wondering where everyone is), ultra-high end resort experience (think Las Ventanas / Hotel Cipriani), look no further. Positives: A very good asian inspired dining experience (does not even pretend that Creole cooking is actually good), extremely luxurious and comfortable bedding, the friendliest and best service experince possible in the caribbean (around 80% of the staff is imported from Southeast Asia), breathtaking natural beauty (soft sand, endless undeveloped horizons, blisteringly blue water/sky), unprecedently high quality full service spa (i.e. not just a room with a massage table and an occasional therepist with two days advance notice), easy to get to from most US cities (less than 4 hours from New York via direct flights). Negatives: Hummmm...the price is a bit stiff but having spent the same amount on supposedly equal or better properties in the Caribbean I can tell you that nothing is in the same league as this place. When spending this kind of money I always ask myself is it worth the extra couple hundred a night. On very rare occasions can I say that it is. I can honestly say "YES"! At this price point there is nothing even close. This is high end travelling for Dummies (i.e. you can not go wrong). This place has all the ingredients it and uses them to perfection.