Arriving at Parrot Cay by speedboat, only thirty-five minutes from Providenciales, the capital of Turks and Caicos, feels like you have just stepped into a James Bond movie. The 1,000-acre (405-ha) private Caribbean island complete with requisite powdery white beaches, azure sea, and swaying palm trees is a magnet for celebrity A-listers who adore the peace and privacy from the paparazzi.
The impeccable, discreet service whisks you quickly along the wooden boardwalk on a buggy to your accommodation. All bedrooms have private terraces, and the beachfront villas have private pools as well as fabulous open-air showers. Only a stone’s throw from the aquamarine Caribbean, the villas are the last word in understated elegance. A short walk along the sandy boardwalk brings you to the bar and restaurant area, overlooking a beautiful infinity pool, a library with Internet access, a gym, two tennis courts, and the Balinese-inspired Shambhala spa with a wide variety of treatments—all carried out in an atmosphere of Zen-like calm. The spa also has a special menu, a meditation garden, its own pool and sundeck, and separate yoga and Pilates pavilions.