Parrot Cay boat arrives into the Providenciales dock station.
Parrot Cay is said to have been the hideaway in the 1720's for two infamous female pirates, Mary Reid and Anne Bonny. Now called Parrot Cay, the island was once called "Pirate Cay", and it is now a Turks & Caicos Islands hideaway for the rich and famous. Parrot Cay offers privacy to those who stay at the luxurious Parrot Cay Resort, or those who own private homes on its white sandy shores. Celebrities from around the world have marveled at Parrot Cay's beaches, and those wishing for a more permanent relationship with the Cay have their own private homes, including Keith Richards, Donna Karan, and Bruce Willis to name a few.
Getting to Parrot Cay is just a boat ride from Providenciales! Once visitors have landed at the Providenciales (the tourist hub of the Turks and Caicos) International Airport, Parrot Cay staff will be there to drive guests (a 20 to 25 minute ride) to the "Parrot Cay boat dock." This is followed with a pleasant 35 minute boat ride complimentary of the Parrot Cay Resort, to Parrot Cay. Private speed boat arrangements can also be scheduled.
The Cay is 1000 acres of pure beach front, tucked away between Fort George Cay and North Caicos, bordered by mangrove wetlands to the south, and white sandy beach to the north.
Parrot Cay Resort offers hotel accommodation on Parrot Cay. The resort has rentals for garden and ocean view rooms, their COMO suites, a range of various villas, and some privately owned but Parrot Cay managed homes.
There is a poolside and ocean view casual eatery as well as a more formal inside/outside restaurant, located in the main resort building overlooking the beach and ocean. The pool side eatery, Lotus, is casual dining with a menu specializing in fresh seafood. The restaurant, Terrace, is also fairly casual with a menu inspired by Italian cuisine.
For those staying at the resort or at one of the resort managed homes on Parrot Cay, the preferred activity on the Island is to do nothing more than relax, soak up the sun, and listen to the waves. For those who prefer a little more adrenalin there is sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and there is a lot of opportunity for some good adventure during your stay. The Parrot Cay Resort is particularly well known for its yoga programmes, with frequent guests instructors that are among the most sought after in the world.
Aside from its breath taking beaches, Parrot Cay is home to an award winning spa, the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Treatments there include Asian-inspired treatments in massage, emotionally rebalancing holistic techniques, facials for restorative skincare and authentic Ayurvedic therapies. The spa also offers the latest in non-surgical facial treatments. Brands include Dr Hauschka's all-natural skin products, Guinot and COMO Shambhala's PURIFY products, designed in exclusive collaboration with COMO Shambhala.
For those who wish to experience a taste of luxury, Parrot Cay is the ultimate contender.
Pine Cay is a private Island that can best be described as a sanctuary.
Archeological sites dating back to the 11th century yield evidence of former Tanio Indian settlements on the Island, but the Island was otherwise uninhabited until the Meridian Club Resort was constructed in the 1970's.
Pine Cay is 800 acres, a little under a mile wide, and approximately two miles long. It is a flat island with sandy beaches on the north side, dotted with large native pine trees, from which the Island derives its name. The island has a laid back but luxurious feel, and is very peaceful. In the winter the temperature is cooled to a comfortable 80 degrees by 14 mph easterly trade winds, and a low humidity of around 60%. In the summer, the temperature rises to approximately 90 degrees.
There are 35 private homes on the Cay along with The Meridian Club resort. The resort offers accommodation for those who may wish to vacation on Pine Cay, with a range of rental properties. If you are looking to rent a home The Meridian Club acts as agent for anyone interested in renting one of the private homes on the Cay, the Club manages its own cottages, of which it calls the Sand Dollar Cottages, and it has a number of beachfront clubrooms. Visitors will receive twice-weekly house cleaning and enjoy a fully equipped kitchen. Children under the age of twelve are not accepted at Meridian Club, but an alternative to this would be renting a privately owned house from a Pine Cay resident.
Dining on Pine Cay is a casual affair. The Meridian Club Resort has a restaurant and bar with a fresh seafood menu. For those who don't care for seafood, other dishes are available at the restaurant.
The community on Pine Cay consists of a mixture of Turks & Caicos natives that have moved to the Island from North and Middle Caicos, Meridian Club Resort staff, and foreigners who have chosen to buy private homes on the Cay, but who generally visit seasonally. Bicycles and golf carts are how residents get around on a day-to-day basis as cars are prohibited. As a place of ultimate relaxation, TV's and telephones are also banned from the island as well!
A true place for nature, Pine Cay is home to more than 100 varieties of plant, such as the Ancient Mahogany and several types of wild Orchid (a visitor's favorite). A large variety of birds also flourish on Pine Cay, making it an ideal Island for anyone that enjoy bird watching. Visitors to the Island are usually intrigued by the Bahamas Wood Star Humming Bird and the Indigo Bunting, to name just two.
Pine Cay is also known for its diving and snorkeling. With a community that is small and exclusive, the water and reefs around Pine Cay are virtually untouched! Other activities include fishing, sailing, windsurfing, biking, bird watching, and tennis.
Apart from its incredible beachfront and the rare solitude that the Island offers, the most amazing natural feature on Pine Cay is an underground fresh water lens. The shape and pore size of the limestone rock from which the Island is formed allows rainfall to be absorbed and stored underground. As fresh water is lighter that salt water, it floats above the underlying salt water, creating an underground lens-formed layer of fresh water, as deep as 40 feet.
To get to Pine Cay, guests must first fly to Providenciales. From the Providenciales International Airport, it is a 20-25 minute taxi ride to the "Pine Cay boat dock", followed by a ten minute pleasant boat ride to Pine Cay. Taxi arrangements are normally made for guests of the Meridian Club Resort, who arrange the transportation. For guests that are renting a private home, the visitor must pay the taxi fare from the airport to the dock (about US$35.00 dollars, per person, one way) and for the boat ride over to Pine Cay (US$200.00 dollars each way). Other forms of transportation include private boat charters, or a private plane as Pine Cay conveniently has a small landing strip.
An island of nature, luxury and privacy, Pine Cay is a one of a kind experience!