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March 30, 2010

The Caribbean: Parrot Cay

Seclusion in the Turks and Caicos

New Age: Om Shanti, Parrot Cay
It's not often that you get to read an entire book in a weekend. But the hypnotically tranquil Beach Houses on Parrot Cay are a place to set your mind on idle. In fact, the toughest decision on this secluded Turks and Caicos island 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales, is where to read: on the Balinese daybed on the screened porch, the teak chaise by the plunge pool, in the white-linen-draped bed, in a thatch-roof hut by the infinity pool, or on the three miles of white-sand beach. That is, unless you are a yogi; in this case, you're in luck. On December 7-12, Rodney Yee from Piedmont Yoga Studio in California (for those who care, he's Demi Moore's teacher) will lead a five-day yoga retreat at the resort's Shambhala center, offering five hours of yoga a day. Rooms, $560-$3,850; 877-754-0726, 649-946-7788; www.parrot-cay.com.

—Caroline Haberfeld

Villa to Rent: Bruce Willis Lives Here
Until the rest of Hollywood snaps up the lots next door, The Residence, Bruce's house on Parrot Cay, is the best place to hide out in Turks and Caicos. There is a main villa along with two smaller ones, which you can take together or separately, steps from the beach. Each has an infinity pool and sleek interiors (pale whites, pale teaks, soft billowing cottons). You get the best of the resort about a mile down the beach—spa treatments, cuisine, and service—without seeing a soul. Rates, $3,680-$4,100; 877-754-0726; www.parrot-cay.com.

—Sophy Roberts

Member of Fine Hotels & Resorts