Member Amanda Benchley recently visited Indagare Adored property Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos. Here she recounts her blissful impressions.
About an hour after we arrived at our one-bedroom bungalow in Parrot Cay, I no longer recognized my husband. His tightly wound, overworked body had melted seamlessly into the settee on the screened-in porch. He ended up spending the rest of our three-day weekend alternating naps there with dips in the ocean, all with the half-lidded, lazy smile so often seen on the face of the young honeymooners wandering resort grounds.
That is the beauty of Parrot Cay, especially for those shrouded away in the private bungalows. Upon arrival, a staffer greets you at the boat, whisks you to your own piece of paradise with its open, all-white living room, plunge pool and private beach, and then disappears. And yet, whenever you need something – coffee in the morning, a mid-afternoon coconut milk smoothie, or an extra robe, someone magically appears within moments and poof – vanishes again. Aside from occasional meals in the Lotus restaurant, we hardly saw a soul.
So much has been written about the beauty of Parrot Cay – its flat, scrubby terrain, the endless turquoise sea, sandbars the length of a football field, and the Balinese aesthetic. It’s all true, but the real appeal is the vibe – the relaxed mindlessness is equal to the after-affects of meditation or yoga, which also happens to be available. The spa program is justly famous for its complimentary yoga classes in its tree house-like studio or on the soft sandy beach. I deeply enjoyed a fabulous 90-minute massages each day, took a gentle yoga class as well and a New York–worthy private Pilates lesson, all of which justified more lazing around the cottage.
You can do everything at Parrot Cay (snorkeling, tennis, exercise) or you can do nothing at all. The food, including the healthful spa menu, is divine and prompt, the sunken tiki bar is festive and offers a delightful array of healthy cocktails. But all that is beside the point – nowhere else does such a transformation into Zen-like calm and tranquility happen so quickly, easily and stylishly. A sense that was felt for days after our New York re-entry…no easy feat.