For centuries, the orchid has been a symbol of love, luxury and beauty – some of the same characteristics often attributed to the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s only fitting that orchids grow wild here and complement the destination’s reputation for romance, luxury and beauty.
The Alexandra Resort pays homage to the symbolism of the orchid and its connection to the Turks & Caicos Islands as well. Each accommodation building at the resort is named after Turks and Caicos wild orchids; Marilyn, Chelsea, Lady Rose and Prima Donna.
Whether you are a devoted botanist or simply enjoy exploring the beauty of the islands, take time on your visit to discover these gorgeous blooms in their natural environment. Have fun determining if the ancient Greeks were right in their belief that the orchid represented virility, or if, as the Chinese suggested, orchids are, “the plant of the king’s fragrance.” Or perhaps orchid fans from the Middle Ages were right, and the local flowers are actually an aphrodisiac that can be used in love potions. Whatever you conclude, your research will help you see yet another beautiful part of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
For more information on orchids in the Turks and Caicos Islands, contact the Turks & Caicos Museum at www.tcmuseum.org. The museum hosts an orchid “living collection” every December and January, and also offers additional information and resources to learn more about the flora on the islands.