NEW YORK, United States, Thursday December 10, 2015 – For many with the money, finding an exclusive destination to enjoy life’s luxuries in guaranteed privacy is the ultimate travel experience.
Condé Nast Traveller has scoured the globe in search of superlative private island accommodation and has curated a selection of their top picks in their January 2016 edition.
Lone Caribbean representative on the list is Parrot Cay, a luxurious private island resort in Turks and Caicos that attracts the rich and famous with its crystal-clear waters, whitewashed villas and laid-back Caribbean atmosphere, without the A-list guests having to worry about prying eyes or paparazzi.
Celebrity guests who have been lured to the idyllic spot include actor/director Ben Affleck, who wed Jennifer Garner there in 2005, and Eva Longoria, who honeymooned there with her then-husband Tony Parker in 2008.
Chart-topper Justin Bieber rang in 2015 with Hailey Baldwin on Parrot Cay, and this month, newlyweds Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello chose the island getaway for their intimate honeymoon.
Miranda Hart vacationed there in 2013, and claimed that the island’s sunsets were the best she had ever seen.
Supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne is an ardent devotee who favours the secluded Cay for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back Caribbean atmosphere, as well as the choice of amenities.
“As soon as the boat pulls up to the pier, I jump out, plant my feet in the sand and sprint into the bluest sea,” Delevingne told Conde Nast.
“It’s the sheer sense of calm, the peace, that sets this apart from other islands in the Caribbean – being able to run along the beach to the beat of Pharrell on my headphones and not see anyone for miles, just run and run with nothing but wildlife and lush island greenness.
“That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to do. We windsurf, we play tennis, we walk around the island and kayak down the river. We go out deep-sea fishing and I reel in a huge barracuda,” she enthused.
The resort boasts a beach-side swimming pool, two Balinese inspired villas, and a two-story yoga pavilion among other luxury features.
Parrot Cay is in good company among other Conde Nast picks including: Ariara, Philippines; Pulau Joyo, Indonesia; L’Ilot, Mauritius; Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi; Isleta el Espino, Nicaragua; Private Island Retreat, Greece; The Brando, French Polynesia; Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, Maine; and Dolphin Island, Fiji.
The pick of the private islands are featured in the January 2016 issue of Conde Nast Traveller.