Need To Know
75, including seven Parrot Cay villas
Noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm, but flexible, subject to availability (and a fee for late check-out). Luggage can be stored for early arrivals, and showers are available prior to check-in.
Double rooms from £641.57 ($900), excluding tax at 22 per cent.
Rates include breakfast; daily afternoon tea; yoga and Pilates classes; non-motorised watersports; and a fruit plate and bottle of rum punch upon arrival. Children Under-12s stay in parents' rooms free in a cot or extra bed, with breakfast included, and many rooms have day-beds that can be converted to beds for children.
Beach toys, kites and games are available to borrow upon request.
Annually from 26 August to 31 October.
At the hotel
Two restaurants with bars, spa, private beach, swimming pool, yoga and Pilates pavilion, gym, tennis courts, game room, book and DVD library, computer stations, watersports centre and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, minibar, DVD/Blu-ray/CD players, Como Shambhala toiletries, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes, flip-flops, yoga mat upon request. Children’s flip-flops are also provided.
Our favourite rooms
Breezy and elegant, Parrot Cay’s rooms are a vision of polished wood and gauzy white drapes, each with its own private veranda. Two-Bedroom Beach Houses are ideally sized for a family, with to-die-for ocean views, direct beach access and oodles of space – and a full kitchen for all-hours snacking. If you don’t want to go all-out, similarly bright and airy Como Suites also have two bathrooms and two day-beds that convert to single beds for children.
Claim a few white-cushioned sunloungers beneath an umbrella on the pool deck surrounding the massive, heated infinity pool (note: no shallow end for beginner swimmers), open 7am to 6pm. Two larger, bed-like loungers are available to rent for an additional fee.
Serenely set in a pavilion overlooking the island’s wetlands, the Como Shambhala spa is well known for its yoga and wellness retreats; over-16s are welcome. It’s definitely worth booking a babysitter so that you can give yourself over to an Ayurvedic massage to rebalance mind, body and soul, Indonesian massage followed by a flower-filled bath or one of the long list of revitalising treatments at the nine-room spa.
The hotel’s butler service can stock your pantry in advance in rooms with kitchens.
Be sure to book your spa treatments at the acclaimed relaxation outpost as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. All activities and excursions must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Babysitting can be booked with as little as four hours’ notice.