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AT THE ROCKY POINT OF PARROT CAY BY COMO, IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, LOCATED 550 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MIAMI, COMO HOTELS AND RESORTS HAVE CREATED A TOE-IN-THE-SAND LUXURY ESCAPE. Here, the renowned COMO Shambhala Retreat brings the finest Eastern body practices of massage and yoga to the Caribbean, while exquisite cuisine restores well-being from within. But head along the beach, away from this already exclusive resort, and you’ll discover a retreat beyond the retreat. Cocooned among trees and embracing its own stretch of white sand, is a beautiful, otherworldly beach home, designed and owned by Donna Karan. The owner’s vision of balance and harmony with nature has resulted in a fusion of natural materials and light, a stunning combination of Eastern spirit with Western comfort. Her love of travel reflects throughout The Sanctuary, from the African artwork on the walls, to the Balinese pavilion that flanks the infinity pool. Full height windows blur the distinction between indoors and out, while the latest technology offers fingertip control of the ambient temperature, light levels and soundscape. Oversized divans and soft beanbag chairs invite total relaxation, and your private beach is only a few steps away. This spacious and elegant property lends itself to both sociability and privacy for up to 22 people. There are two sumptuous four-bedroom guest houses, each with its own pool (and butler); the main house features two master bedrooms with breathtaking sea views, a further guest bedroom and ample living space, including a dining room for 20. Additional facilities include a screening room with projector and a well equipped gym. The Sanctuary is fully staffed, including a private chef. Two further three-bedroom ‘island villas’ within the grounds make this an ideal venue for a larger group of friends or family celebration. Guests are welcome to use Parrot Cay’s other amenities, including the COMO Shambhala Retreat (many treatments can be provided within The Sanctuary), restaurants and bars, watersports facilities, gym and tennis courts. Turks and Caicos rank among the world’s top ten best dive destinations and private scuba services are easily arranged. For golfers, the 18 hole, par 72 course at Provo Golf and Country Club is among the Caribbean’s finest. Created as a space in which to unwind, leave the world behind and reconnect with those closest to you, and with yourself, The Sanctuary provides exactly what it promises: the ultimate retreat. ADD TO SUPERYACHT CHARTER Why not extend your Bahamas or Caribbean superyacht charter with a stay in this magnificent property? While most cruising itineraries do not routinely incorporate Turks & Caicos, your Burgess charter broker can co-ordinate a suitable programme, including private air transfers from other islands. Or if the size of your group cannot be accommodated aboard a superyacht, The Sanctuary offers a completely unique shore-based solution. Contact the Burgess charter team for ideas. { 77 } Superyacht Living & Style Magazine 2013


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