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Typing this while sitting in the deserted Turks & Caicos airport terminal. Seems 2 hrs arrival before a flight is completely unnecessary on the islands. 15 mins would suffice. Anyway, gives me time to reflect on my all too short time here in this beautiful place.
My flight did not leave Cancun until 1:45pm, so had some time to wonder …
... and all of our little band of brothers left at least something behind on every course.
Speaking of a "band of brothers" I had completely missed the significance of Maryann and Charlie wearing police uniform shirts and Maryann carrying a small united sites flag on a tiny pole at the meal. Min reminded me later that it was 9/11 yesterday and they were commemorating the event in their own, quiet way.
The theatre show after the meal came ...
... other sorts of beautiful colored fish were hanging around the coral. Steve got my attention but had trouble getting me to notice at first, suddenly I saw what he was pointing out, a 4 foot barracuda was hanging in between two large coral rocks. The biggest, ugliest barracuda I've ever seen did not seem too impressed with us invading his space. Hours disappeared as we explored the waters, finally climbing back on board the tender in time for a cold beer and beautiful ...
... rest on the first 6 off because it's the middle of the day and you're too excited, then you're on for another 6 in the pitch dark and of course on our next 6 off the swells had picked up so much we were getting air off the bed! No sleep and then back on for the next 6! I was so tired I thought I'd puke!
Great decision by Steve to anchor the second night off a little dot of land, Norman's Cay, all the crew was wiped and ...
... shackle snapped and we spent 30 mins going nowhere before we repaired that, then the starboard cockpit screen took a massive slap from the genoa sheet and shattered, but as ever we struggled on and phil went down and replaced the broken belt on the engine and we just in time to anchor we started the starboard engine and left the waves and crept around into Sapodillo bay on “Provo” and anchored in 2m water in calm with the seas ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Alexandra Resort Providenciales
We stayed at the Alex from June 5-11. The area is going through a huge growth spurt.
Be warned, this place is terrible. Not only is it simply a condo unit/timeshare they tried to book my credit card the full stay before I even got there!!
Its a timeshare
I was not a huge fan of the Alexandra. I expected so much more for the billing of this resort. Perhaps for those in to timeshares, it was ok, but was not thrilled. Everything just seemed a tad too ordinary for what I was looking for. The spa was mediocre, as were the rooms. Service was just ok.
We stayed at the Alexandra the week after Christmas (2004). It was our family's first visit and I was very concerned about finding a location that would suit all of our needs - great beach, some seclusion but proximity to activities and other people, and an ocean front condo. The Alexandra greatly surpassed all of our expectations. They were able to put us in one of the new condos (not timeshare) that fronted the beach - it was extremely tasteful (teak and grantite, etc.), comfortable and had a wonderful patio that was a few steps from the beach. The beach lived up to its reputation - soft, white sand and beautiful aqua water. We really liked the pool area with bar/restaurant and got to know several of the staff (who were great). The weather was a little windy and cloudy, so we had to cancel snuba and deep sea fishing. But when we were finally able to go on the sailing trip with Sail Provo, it was perfect and we also got in some parasailing the last day of our visit. My (college aged) sons were able to go to Club Med (within walking distance, altho I would recommend more for the 25+ crowd) and walk the beach to other resorts, etc. or take a cab to Ports of Call or the village area. My husband and I walked the entire length of the beach - wonderful! We went to the marina area which was old-style carribean, stopped at some of the beach vendors at Beaches and some of the other resorts.
My wife and I just returned from a week at the Alexandra on TCI. The condo development is new, clean and well run. The only complaint I have about the Alexandra is the construction noise next door during daylight hours. The good news is that you really can not hear the noise on the beach due to the breeze off the bay. All of the rooms have an ocean view of Grace Bay and the beach is awesome. It is very quiet at night though.
We have been to so many islands now that we've lost track. We've stayed at almost every 5 star resort in Hawaii, all over the Caribbean and Mexico but we've been the most impressed with the Alexandra Resort in the Turks & Caicos.
This place is heaven on earth - we have found the ultimate beach location! I am an experienced traveller, there are very few places my husband I have NOT been to. We love the caribbean, and after 20 years of frequent vacationing in the caribbean - nothing beats the Turks and Caicos and nothing beats the Alexandra Resort (my second visit to the resort!) Someone mentioned construction being nearby and yes there is, but that is true of the whole island! And the construction did not bother me or my family at all. The beach is increadible. White powdery sand, aquamarine waters that is as calm as a swimming pool - and the best thing about it all is that the VIEW from the spacious rooms is stunning!!!! The economy is great here, no harrassment and US$ currency is convenient albeit a little more expensive but worth it! The retaurants here are wonderfula nd worth it - no more expensive than eating out in NY.
Great Location, friendly staff, big rooms, fantastick beach
We just returned from 3 nights at the Alexandra. Overall, we had a great time. The Alexandra is definitely a work in progress. Right now, it is a 32 room hotel/timeshare, and they are building 3 condo buildings and the spa as well. The noise is constant. Not necessarily terrible, but constant. If you want someplace really quiet, look elsewhere until they finish (looks like another year til done). The room was great though. All rooms are oceanfront, and for $129/night, this was the best deal on Grace Bay. The pool was incredible as well, with a nice swim up bar and good cafe for lunch (no dinner yet). The staff were very nice as well. They also have snorkle gear and kayaks for guests, along with umbrellas on the beach.
The Alexandra is the best.
I visited the resort in Dec. In fact had a wonderful Christmas Buffet at the Orchid Bar and Grill. The staff is excellent and they really try to please. The swim up bar is great and one of the nicest pools on the Island. The rooms are large and spacious and the resort sits on the best beach I have even been to. We will be back. GSH