Dreaming of Parrot Cay – A Holistic Retreat

Happy Rainy Monday to you!!

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend.  For today I was contemplating between two topics, however when I woke up to this grey rain, I thought sharing this slice of paradise would bring you some inspiration on a grey day.

As you know by now, I love to travel and have been lucky enough to have done a great deal both for business and pleasure. Out of all of my travels one trip still stands out in my mind the most; My trip to COMO Shambhala | Parrot Cay. I dream of going back all the time, it was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered after an incredibly stressful year and an experience of a lifetime.

The hotel is situated on a private island off of Turks and Caicos, and it is the only resort on the Island so it’s very private.  I am not sure how familiar you are with COMO Shambhala, but they have locations around the world.  They are owned by the COMO Group out of Singapore and they have an estate location in Bali Indonesia {high on my list of places to go next}.

What I love about COMO Shambhala is that they ‘advocate proactive holistic wellness by combining modern science with ancient healing. They accomplish this by offering a team of experts, spa therapies, products, yoga, and energy-giving cuisine’.

The holistic piece is what I appreciated.  It was not only the stunning facility and the second to none spa treatments {best massages of my life} but the healthy cuisine was to die for!  They have an eclectic menu with raw meal options, excellent juices and an endless amount of ginger honey tea {recipe below}.  To me if you are going to for a mind and body cleanse, an enormous part of that is what you put into your body.

The rooms are zen, and minimalistic…

With beautiful patios and ocean views.

This is the walkway leading to the beach {talk about a scenic route}

The beach is stunning.  A long stretch of white sand & clear water.  We took walks every morning to soak up the scenery {where we often came across washed up coral, sand dollars & star fish}.

Beach yoga was offered daily, probably the best view I’ve ever had for a yoga class.

The spa is incredibly well designed with a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, relaxation areas and it’s own spa pool with a view over the lagoon and the services match the environment like no other spa I’ve experienced before.

And the food!  They use organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals.  They substitute sweeteners with unprocessed honey and, olive oil for butter.  They don’t focus on calorie counting, but more about serving whole, nutritious foods.

Their menu ranges from a raw soup of the day, to a Young Coconut Noodle, Almond and Chili Pad Thai Salad {that’s correct, the noodles are made of young coconut instead of eggs and flour}, to Organic Curry Chicken with Lentils and Spa Mango Yogurt, and for dessert my favorite was the live raspberry carob torte.

As I mentioned above,  ginger tea was available at all times.  It was a delicious treat with a perfect balance of ginger flavor and sweetness with a dash of citrus.  With a day like today {for those of us in Boston}, I thought it was a perfect recipe to share with you.

Sweet Ginger Tea
Ingredients:
2 litres of water
200g of ginger roots
200ml of organic wild flower honey
100ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation Method:
Wash the ginger and bruise in a mortar and pestle. Place in a pot with the water and bring to the boil, simmer gently for 2 hours. Strain through a fine sieve. This ginger water may be kept in the fridge for several days. Reheat and add the lemon and honey and adjust to taste.  Do not re-boil once the honey and lemon is added.

If you are contemplating a warm holistic escape, I highly recommend the Parrot Cay experience.  In addition to being an incredible way to escape and take a break, this destination is also ideal for an executive retreat, corporate incentive trip or destination wedding.  While I believe in always trying new places, this is one place I plan on going back to. It was really that special.

Have a great start to your week!
~Emmanuelle

*Photos and recipe courtesy of Como Shambhala.

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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One Response to Dreaming of Parrot Cay – A Holistic Retreat

  1. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your website.|

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