Parrot Cay

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Parrot Cay
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Sunset at Parrot Cay
Parrot Cay is located in Turks and Caicos Islands
Parrot Cay
Parrot Cay
The location of Parrot Cay within the Turks and Caicos Islands
Parrot Cay is located in Caribbean
Parrot Cay
Parrot Cay
Parrot Cay (Caribbean)
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates21°55′56″N 72°03′29″W / 21.93222°N 72.05806°W / 21.93222; -72.05806Coordinates: 21°55′56″N 72°03′29″W / 21.93222°N 72.05806°W / 21.93222; -72.05806
ArchipelagoLucayan Archipelago
Administration
United Kingdom
British Overseas TerritoryTurks and Caicos Islands
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)
ISO codeTC
COMO Parrot Cay
COMO-Parrot-Cay-Logo.jpg
General information
LocationTurks and Caicos islands
Opening1998
ManagementCOMO Hotels and Resorts
Other information
Number of rooms74
Number of restaurants2
Website
www.comohotels.com/parrotcay

Parrot Cay is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The island contains about 1,000 acres (405 ha) of land, a mile-long beach and features a high-end beach resort with 61 rooms.[1] Parrot Cay became a private island resort in 1998. It is located about 575 mi (925 km) 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.

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, Julia Roberts and Phil Collins,[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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parrot Cay Fact Sheet" (PDF). 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. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013.
  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.

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