Parrot Cay

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Parrot Cay by COMO
Parrot Cay logo.jpg
General information
Location Turks and Caicos islands
Opening 1998
Management COMO Hotels and Resorts
Other information
Number of rooms 61
Number of restaurants 2
Website
www.comohotels.com

Parrot Cay (styled as Parrot Cay by COMO) is a private island resort, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Parrot Cay is part of the COMO Hotels and Resorts group. The island contains about 1,000 acres of land, a mile-long beach and features a high-end beach resort with 61 rooms.[1] It is located about 575 miles south east of Miami, and can be reached by a 35 minute boat ride from Providenciales, the main island in Turks and Caicos.

History[edit]

Parrot Cay was originally created by a Kuwaiti family in 1988, who built the large structure that now functions as the resort's main building.[2] The Gulf War affected the finances of this family,[2] and it remained empty until it was bought over and remade into a resort in 1998 by Singaporean hotelier Christina Ong for her COMO Hotels and Resorts group.[3] It is said that her daughter Melissa Ong discovered the island during a diving trip.[4]

The island was originally named Pirate Cay because of a local legend that famous female pirate Anne Bonny camped here in the 1720s.[5] It was renamed Parrot Cay as to not frighten visitors.[6]

Resort[edit]

Parrot Cay's main resort contains 61 rooms, including beach houses and villas. Two restaurants are located on the island: the south-east Asian inspired Lotus and the Italian-Mediterranean Terrace.

Activities include diving, snorkeling, and wellness programs like yoga and Pilates at the COMO Shambhala retreat.

A sunset in Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos

Private homes[edit]

In addition to the resort's rooms, there is a collection of private villas and beach houses located a short distance from the resort in a location called Rocky Point.[7] The villas can be purchased from a starting price of US$10 million,[8] while the beach houses start from US$5 million.[9] Owners of private homes in Parrot Cay include Keith Richards,[10] Donna Karan,[11] and Bruce Willis.[12]

Keith Richards has been quoted as saying he'd relocate his family to his Parrot Cay retreat if he knew his death was coming, and just "hang out".[13]

Popularity[edit]

Because of its secluded location and the privacy it provides, Parrot Cay has become very popular with many celebrities. Guests have included Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, Penélope Cruz and Julia Roberts,[3][14] and it has also hosted the weddings of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2005,[15] and Bruce Willis and Emma Heming in 2009.[16]

Celebrity death hoaxes[edit]

Parrot Cay is frequently featured as the location of an ongoing celebrity death hoax on fake news site Global Associated News. The fake news report would claim that a celebrity had died after sustaining injuries in a jet-ski accident in Parrot Cay, even though there are no jet-skis in Parrot Cay. Celebrities that have supposedly died in Parrot Cay according to this hoax include Ted Nugent, Ja Rule, Chad Kroeger and Vince Vaughn.[17][18][19][20]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parrot Cay Fact Sheet". www.comohotels.com. 
  2. ^ a b Fabrikant, Geraldine (9 April 2000). "Relaxing like a celebrity". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "Fantasy Island". Forbes. 22 October 2002. 
  4. ^ Walther, Gary (30 June 2005). "Ultimate spas: Parrot Cay". nbcnews.com. 
  5. ^ "Parrot Cay". Turks & Caicos Tourism. 
  6. ^ "Parrot Cay". www.shermanstravel.com. 
  7. ^ "Villa ownership". www.comohotels.com. 
  8. ^ "Island villas". www.comohotels.com. 
  9. ^ "Beach houses". www.comohotels.com. 
  10. ^ Malle, Chloe (18 July 2012). "Anything Goes: Keith Richards and Patti Hansen". Vogue. 
  11. ^ Rotunno, Anthony; Mathews, Dana (10 August 2012). "Where I go: Donna Karen". Vanity Fair. 
  12. ^ Davidson, Carol Ann (19 January 2012). "Parrot Cay: Why it must appeal to Keith Richards, Bruce Willis, Donna Karen". Toronto Star. 
  13. ^ "Keith Richards plans to retire in the Caribbean". Toronto Sun. 17 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Where the Stars get married". AOL. 
  15. ^ "Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. 
  16. ^ Clements, Jo (25 March 2009). "Bruce Willis marries a Demi double (but 16 years younger) in Caribbean ceremony". Daily Mail. 
  17. ^ "Ja Rule victim of death hoax". www.GossipCop.com. 31 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Musician Chad Kroeger died while in a personal vacation in the Turks and Caicos". www.crazyasabagofhammers.com. 
  19. ^ "This is bullshit, right? Vince Vaughn dies". www.liveleak.com. 
  20. ^ Burrows, Jeff (15 June 2013). "Ted Nugent dead? Rocker becomes victim of Internet death hoax". www.canadasrock.ca. 

Coordinates: 21°55′56″N 72°03′29″W / 21.93222°N 72.05806°W / 21.93222; -72.05806