Why not retreat to a quiet corner of the forgotten Caribbean. Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring the region's best spa and haute cuisine. It combines nature - 1,000 unspoilt acres, including a mile-long powdered beach - with understated style and cosseting service.
The accommodation at Parrot Cay includes standalone villas on the beach, within 100ft of the sea, and hotel-style rooms on slightly raised ground (a two- to five-minute walk to the sand). Interiors come in whitewash with chic teak finishing. The aesthetic is pared down but unerringly sleek, featuring four-posters wrapped in soft cottons that billow with the breeze.
Some guests find their own stretch of beach; others prefer to relax around the resort's main swimming pool. There is a watersports centre and two floodlit tennis courts, a fully equipped gym, a 5000 sq ft infinity pool, as well as trails snaking through the undeveloped back country. The library has a formidable book collection, as well as pool tables, Internet terminals, a satellite television and Playstation consoles.
Parrot Cay has made its own mark in the Caribbean, with its innovative Asian, Mediterranean and COMO Shambhala spa cuisines. Lotus serves light meals with the inclusion of local Caribbean inspired dishes for lunch. In the evening it is a contemporary Asian restaurant with its focus on Thai and Japanese influences. The Terrace restaurant specializes in a more modern approach to Mediterranean styles of cookery with a strong Italian influence.
PO Box 164ProvidencialesTurks and CaicosBritish West Indies