I relied heavily on the reviews on tripadvisor to choose to stay at the Alexandra, which is certainly somewhat under the radar, and a hidden gem of the island. We were thrilled with our stay, and recommend the Alexandra very highly!!
We arrived on a nice sunny day, and we took a cab van with some other travelers to the Alexandra, which was only about a 10 minute ride. All the cab drivers and everyone on the island are incredibly nice, respectful and welcoming. This is not an island where you feel unsafe leaving your hotel. Because we were only there for 5 days, we didn’t get the chance to travel around to the other islands, but we look forward to coming back.
As for dining, we went to Mango Reef, Bay Bistro, Coco Bistro, and Caicos Café for our four nights. I will write separate reviews for them on each of their pages, but overall, we found that Mango Reef, Coco Bistro, and Caicos Café were all very delicious and pleasant (Caicos Café and Coco Bistro were both 5* in our book). We were a little disappointed with Bay Bistro and probably will not return back next time we are on the island.
We were greeted with cold towels and a choice of fruit punch and rum. From the outside, the reviews are accurate that the reception area is quite non-descript, but don’t let this trick you. Check-in was a breeze, only took about 5-10 minutes, and Arnold escorted us to our room which was on the third floor (of 5 floors) of the Marilyn building. The Marilyn building is the same building that the reception is in, as well as the gym and spa. We stayed in a deluxe ocean view one bedroom, and we loved our location in the Marilyn building, especially because of the great afternoon sun we got on our enormous patio from about 3:00 until sunset. Even the oceanfront suites didn’t get the sun that we got on our patio. The gym has 1 treadmill, 1 elliptical, and one bike with a separate area with weight machines and free weights. While it was small, all of the equipment was new and very nice.
The room itself was wonderful. Immaculately clean, and the kitchen is truly a full kitchen—GE Profile stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, just wonderful. When we arrived, we took a taxi to Graceway Gourmet (probably 5-7 minutes away), which is a new supermarket that is an upscale version of the original IGA. It’s also closer. The taxi was $25 roundtrip including the time that the driver waited for us to shop for a half hour. We stocked up on a ton of produce (which was very nice) and some staples. Warning—the food at the grocery store is expensive, but given that we would have spent $15/person/day on breakfast, it ended up saving money. It was also very convenient to be able to wake up and have our own breakfast every morning. We asked the cab driver, and apparently, the prices at Graceway Gourmet are the same as at the original IGA. They carried all the upscale brands—Horizon organic milk, Kashi, etc.
Another great thing about the room was that it had 1.5 bathrooms, which was so convenient. The master bathroom had a walk in shower, 2 sinks, and a separate bathtub. There were entrances to the patio from the bedroom as well as the living room. The patio had a big cedar table with chairs and 2 chaise chairs and ottomans. It was really wonderful, and we often came up to the patio for a mid-day break from the sun. The beds were by no means luxurious, but I never particularly notice bedding in hotels.
The hotel is very peaceful and quiet, without the hustle bustle that we’ve experienced at other hotels on other islands. No waking up at 5:00am to get chairs. We even came down to the beach at 10:30 one day, and the staff found us three chairs and an umbrella. Though we prefer the beach, the pool area was very nice as well. A few pool toys for kids, but this hotel is not for the family that is looking for constant activities and entertainment for children.
The restaurant, Mango Reef, at the Alexandra was delicious. We ate dinner there the first night, and the lobster was fabulous—better than we had at other highly-rated restaurants. Lunch was also at Mango Reef on a big open air deck right on the beach. Big menu, with a lot of yummy choices.
The only problem we had with the accommodations was that the air conditioning in our room didn’t seem to be working. Fortunately, we didn’t have a problem with it, because we enjoyed the sea breeze leaving our patio doors open every night. I could see how it might be a problem on the lower floors (given that we were on the third floor).
All in all, we enjoyed our vacation very much, and would certainly recommend The Alexandra for anyone who wants a relaxing, comfortable, and accommodating vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Grace Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, The Alexandra offers the dream vacation of a lifetime; luxurious accommodations, warm friendly service, amazing oceanfront dining and a bevy of exciting activities. Understated luxury with a delightful Caribbean atmosphere, fantastic ocean views, powder white sand, international cuisine with island flair and so much more await you at this magnificent Turks and Caicos resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexandra Resort Providenciales
- Alexandra Hotel Providenciales
- Alexandra Resort Turks Caicos
- Alexandra Turks Caicos
- Alexandra Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales