The Alexandra: Provinciales, Turks and Caicos

April 14, 2014

After two very good flights on USAir (the long international one with WiFi), we arrived in Provinciales— referred to as Provo by those in the know.  The airport is tiny, but they take themselves very seriously for an island.  A very expensive ride to anywhere on the island seems somehow like a downscale Orlando.  You’re there, so you are screwed.  The currency of choice is US dollars.  Bring lots.

We spent one night at the Alexanda, about 15 minutes from the airport and right on the ocean.  This is resort style living, replete with palm trees, bad landscaping, tall buildings, and overpriced food.  Nice, but certainly not what I am looking for on a tropical island.  It is beautiful of course, but about as touristy as, say, Disney.  Equally pretend.

A mixup with the room category was straightened out fairly quickly once it became clear we were going to hold our own.  We ended up in 4205, which is for sale BTW in case anybody needs a Disneyfied condo in paradise.



The suite is nicely appointed and could be most anywhere in the world.  Net is free and decent.


Double wide balcony off the living room and bedroom.


The bed is very comfortable.


The shower is not plastic.



The kitchen is workaday, and there is a washer/dryer combo unit.


There is a resort pool and several very bad bars.  An attempt to create an El Presidente cocktail was a dismal and complete failure.  The restaurant, mango reef, is way overpriced and low to middling.  Service is attentive if not clueless.  Food needs work. There is espresso in the morning, however, not to mention fresh OJ, and the wine list is ok.

For the record, here is how to make an El Presidente:
1.5 oz aged rum (mt gaye eclipse for example)
0.75 oz dry vermouth
0.75 oz Cointreau
1/2 t grenadine
orange peel twist for garnish
stir down. serve up in a cocktail glass.

One whole night layover before flying Caicos Express to our real destination was just fine.  Four showerheads and some mouse ears for the Alexandra. 

The beach at the Alexandra.  Provo, Turks and Caicos.

The beach at the Alexandra. Provo, Turks and Caicos.

The beach is very nice indeed.


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