Vacationing in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, is the busiest and most developed island in the chain. It is home to the 12-mile stretch, Grace Bay Beach, deemed the world’s best beach for years by Trip Advisor Travelers Choice and publications such as Condé Nast. One look at Grace Bay’s white sandy beaches’ stunning turquoise waters and vibrant coral reef, and you will agree.
Turks and Caicos is a group of 47 islands and cays located in the Caribbean, seven of which you can vacation on. These vacation islands are home to world-class luxury hotels and spas.
My husband, Eddie, and I visited the family-friendly Providenciales, or “Provo” as it is locally called, and fell in love. Provo is located on the west side of Turks and Caicos and is a major tourist destination; this is in large part due to the quick hour flight from the Miami airport. Turks and Caicos are located in the Caribbean’s Hurricane Alley, though Provo has not had any unfavorable weather in decades.
Magical Scenery And A Stellar Resort
Eddie and I began our visit to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, at the Alexandra Resort, a perfect getaway destination for those wanting beachfront accommodations. We were welcomed by the resort’s friendly staff and given an overview of the property. The Alexandra Resort is comprised of four buildings, all named after orchids. Eddie and I stayed in the Lady Rose building, which I thought was the perfect location for oceanfront views.
Our incredibly spacious suite had chic island furniture featuring oversized chairs and a couch, all sporting lovely fabrics. The kitchen was fully stocked with pristine stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. As a bonus, a washer and dryer were in the side closet. Our dining options were a six-person table in the dining room or an outdoor table on the patio. I could have easily made this suite my main living quarters.
The bedroom had a very comfortable bed topped with tasteful Egyptian cotton linens. A large flatscreen TV, in both the living room and bedroom, offered plenty of cable channels. Inside the bathroom, a spacious double sink, glass-enclosed shower, and deep tub were well-received and utilized. Being a product fan, I appreciated that the Alexandra Resort offered H20 toiletries.
Special Touches Did Not Go Unnoticed
Several special touches and attention to detail set the Alexandra Resort apart from typical hotels. For instance, our room had a selection of magazines and books, both hard and paperback, to enjoy and even umbrellas in the closet for inclement weather. A Bose stereo provided us with island music to enhance our vacation.
My favorite part of our room was the oversized balcony. It afforded Eddie and me fabulous views of the ocean as well as two big chairs that were perfect for blogging and watching the spectacular sunsets. Large sliding doors in both the bedroom and living room gave us exceptional views of the water and sky all day long.
The cleanliness of the entire resort was noteworthy, as were the perfectly landscaped grounds. Property-wide high-speed Wifi, 24-hour lobby service, and $15 per adult daily breakfast credit were other thumbs up features.
Exemplary Staff and Amenities
Alexandra Resort’s staff was the nicest that we have ever encountered. They helped make our vacation even more memorable.
Asu on the Beach, the onsite restaurant, had oceanfront dining and an indoor air-conditioned restaurant option with a bar and TVs. The outdoor bar was always full of guests enjoying friendly conversation and cocktails with the bartenders. Asu on the Beach has a fantastic ambiance with cool twinkling hanging wicker lanterns dangling from the sky.
Outdoor activities are plentiful on the Alexandra Resort property, including:
- banana boat rides
- fishing tours
- paddle boarding
- jet skis
- exercise room
- tennis court
The large swimming pool offered a nice refreshing getaway from the intense Turks and Caicos sun. Upon arrival at the Alexandra Resort, guests are given a towel card that can be traded in for two towels per person at either the pool or beach access location. Attendants gladly serve lunch and cocktails to both pool and beach guests.
The front desk staff is available to organize tours for you off the property as well as taxi services available all day, costing $6 per person to ride into town.
Asu on the Beach
Eddie and I ate at Asu on the Beach at the Alexandra Resort for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I had the Avocado Toast (Benedict style) one day and Mexican Eggs another. Both were really good.Eddie opted for the American Breakfast with bacon, sausage, two eggs, toast, and grits.
For lunch, we tried Chicken Cobb and Caesar Salads, both tasty choices with large amounts of chicken.
Dinner at Asu on the Beach was remarkable. At night, the restaurant was magically transformed with illuminated baskets swaying in the breeze and flaming tiki torches in the sand. Tasteful white lights outlined the perimeter of the restaurant.
Jumbo Coconut Shrimp tantalized our taste buds before dinner. Later, we enjoyed Jerk Grouper on rice with veggie couscous and Mahi Mahi with curry sauce, paired with mashed potatoes and coleslaw. Petrona (our server) took extra good care of us, including offering suggestions for pairing the entrée with appropriate sauces. We finished our evening sharing a slice of heavenly Key Lime Pie.
Free Shuttle to Sister Properties
Guests can utilize the free shuttle service at Alexandra Resort to explore the other two resorts in the Turks and Caicos Collection group; Beach House and Blue Haven. For a nice change of scenery, take the shuttle and dine at a new location without having to pay to get there.
Eddie and I did just that to Beach House Hotel for dinner at Kitchen 218. We began with original hand-crafted cocktails and the spicy Conch Chowder, an excellent choice and local specialty. Though the drinks were pricey, they were worth every cent.
Our entrées were the Beef Tenderloin (with mushrooms, potatoes, and vegetables) and Mahi-Mahi (with a vegetable tart and ginger white cream). Kitchen 218 is one of the most gorgeous and romantic restaurants I have ever been to! We were treated like royalty all evening by the attentive and professional staff.
The meals, service, and experience were all a “10”, start to finish.
A High-End Resort In A Remote Location
Eddie and I transferred to the Blue Haven Resort, located at the end of the island and home to the only marina on family-friendly Providenciales. This ideal location offered the most convenient access to watersport excursions on the island. You can walk from the resort to the Island Group Yachting (IGY) Marina boats used for diving, fishing, sailing, and kayaking.
Blue Haven is a 51 unit boutique style resort with a much different landscape than the Alexandra Resort. The four-story pastel buildings were an exquisite Caribbean choice for our next two nights. Front desk manager Beryl welcomed us with open arms to her gorgeous and private resort and showed us to our incredible one bedroom/bath suite, room 403.
Our views at Blue Haven overlooked yachts, boaters, mangroves, and the hotel’s infinity pool.
I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
Blue Haven’s accommodations were highly stylish and modern, with state of the art fixtures and decor. This made it hard to leave the comfort and elegance of our room. Our kitchen was a dream come true, and all I could think about was remodeling my house after seeing how functional and lovely it was.
The hotel room also had a large dining and living room, functional bar, tasteful decor, powder room, and washer/dryer unit. A beautiful white living room teased us with an incredibly comfortable oversized couch with double ottomans and flat-screen TVs in both the living room and bedroom. The pillow-top mattresses allowed us to sleep like babies.
A balcony with a chaise lounge, four-seat table, and chairs gave us space to enjoy the outdoors without leaving our room. From here, we could see the abundance of yachts to the left and the property’s small beach area to the right.
Blue Haven’s pool had a designated roped off area for swimming and chairs with umbrellas for relaxing. Outdoor floats and toys were available for the guests, as well as dozens of hammocks located throughout the property.
Blue Haven Resort Offerings
Other fun additions at the Blue Haven were the life-size chess game, horseshoe courts, water trampoline, beach volleyball, and ping-pong tables. Bicycles were available near the lobby, which is open 24-hours a day. For anything else you may need, Blue Haven’s staff will help you plan or organize your vacation dreams. Family-friendly vacations are their goal.
The Blue Haven Resort is an ecotourism resort and offers any water activity that your heart desires. There are two onsite restaurants, Fire and Ice (the premier restaurant which also serves breakfast) and Salt Bar & Grill, (the marina restaurant).
Across the street from the property is a gourmet market where you can stock up on snacks, prepared foods, beer, drinks, and incidentals. Beware, as the prices are not for the faint of heart. Though I did not try it, a high-end spa is located beside the market, and the services looked wonderful; it piqued my interest.
The Blue Haven property also boasts two bars, one swim-up at the pool that always pleasantly crowded, and one between the restaurants. Cocktails were worth the price, as the drink pours were heavy.
The infinity swimming pool was my favorite feature at the Blue Haven. I spent most of my time in the calm waters adorned with mermaidish sparkly tiles.
A Casual Eatery At The Marina
Dinner at Salt Bar & Grill was relaxing and casual. Heads up, the bugs are in full force around all those trees and the marina. Be sure to come sprayed with repellent or ask the staff as they have bug spray available to use. The restaurant’s guests are mostly locals mixed with marina guests and crew. Views from the outdoor seating area include swaying palm trees, fragrant plumerias, and jaw-dropping yachts. I loved the navy and white decor, dotted with red accents, which fit the nautical theme perfectly.
Eddie and I started our meal at Salt Bar & Grill with the Conch Balls. These little beauties were served with a zesty island sauce and tasted excellent. Conch is a local favorite at Turks and Caicos and served in a variety of recipes; be sure to try it.
I had the Jumbo Shrimp Diablo for dinner. Though it was not as spicy as I would have liked, it did offer plenty of tasty shrimp. Eddie chose fried Chicken Wings with Thai chili sauce. All in all, our experience at Salt Bar & Grill was comfortable and very laid-back with terrific service. This was the first place on our trip where our server refilled our drinks without us having to ask.
Blue Haven’s Premier Restaurant
Blue Haven offers the same $15 per-person credit per-adult guest as Alexandra Resort does, which covers most breakfast choices. Eddie and I tried the breakfast buffet at Fire and Ice, Blue Haven’s onsite restaurant, one day and ate our favorite, Eggs Benedict, the next. The buffet includes made-to-order eggs, bacon and sausage, pancakes, a yogurt/granola bar, fresh fruit, juice, and pastries. We had a Beef Quesadilla and a Chicken Caesar salad at the pool bar for lunch and both were good choices.
Eddie and I concluded our Providenciales, Turks and Caicos stay with the best dinner of all. Fire and Ice offers tabletop charcoal BBQ option, so we chose the Wagyu Beef Flank Steak and Pork Tenderloin as our meat choices and began the tabletop grilling experience.
A small, odorless charcoal grill and a beautiful platter of marinated meats and mushrooms were placed on our table. Waffle fries, two sauces, and grilled vegetables accompanied our meal.
For the next hour, Eddie grilled our entrees for us, which were so tender and flavorful. The meats melted in our mouths. The grill does smoke, so be sure that you are sitting in the opposite direction of the wind. I cannot tell you how much fun and how delicious this dining option was.
Fire and Ice offers a wide selection of cocktails and wines, which we indulged in. My words do not do this restaurant justice; it was extraordinary. Best of all, the portions were so large that I was able to share the meats with the staff so they could also try them. Our dining experience ended with Creme Brûlée and Mango Pana Cotta. Eddie and I left in smiles.
Dreams Come True in Provo
The Turks and Caicos islands are my favorite and the most beautiful Caribbean islands. I am glad to have been afforded this opportunity to see a new island in the chain. Fun, famous, and family-friendly Providenciales delivered a trip of a lifetime. I am thankful to have been hosted on this incredible vacation, and I would recommend vacationing in Turks and Caicos to anyone that asks.
Alexandria Resort and Grace Bay Photo Gallery
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Thanks to Alexandra Resort and Blue Haven for hosting us for meals and accommodations. As always, opinions and comments are my own and unbiased.