We chose the Alexandra largely based on ratings and reviews here on TripAdvisor, and it turned out to be an excellent choice for our weeklong vacation. Our top criteria were a comfortable hotel on a great beach, to spend quiet days on the beach and in the ocean.
We stayed in a deluxe 1-bedroom oceanview suite, on the third floor of the Marilyn building, which faced west and gave us amazing afternoon sun on the large deck. While it didn't have the unobstructed view that the oceanfront buildings do, there was still a gorgeous view of the ocean, overlooking the palm trees and pool area. It appears that every room in the resort has a deck, and the 1-bedroom suites have incredibly large decks that span the living room and bedroom with screened-in sliding doors and a huge table and chairs plus lounge chairs, making for a fantastic evening cocktail hour spot to watch the sunset. We slept with the doors open every night to the cool ocean breeze and never turned on the air conditioning. The room was very new, with hip furnishings, a large bathroom (plus a half-bath), and a full kitchen. As other people have noted, the reception area is not a dramatic and spacious entry to the resort, but that wasn't an important part of the vacation, and we didn't mind.
When we checked in, we were greeted by a friendly staff, cool towels, and rum punch. Unfortunately, our room wasn't ready (it was around 1:30), but we decided to pick up some grocery supplies. We took a taxi to the Gourmet IGA -- about a 5-minute ride; $10 each way -- and stocked up. The store has a bakery, deli, wine, and most things you'd find in an upscale U.S. supermarket. The prices are more expensive, but we bought food for breakfasts and happy hour drinks/snacks, and we ended up saving a lot over what it would have cost at a restaurant.
The Alexandra's location is amazing -- centrally located on Grace Bay -- many restaurants are in walking distance in both directions. The water was incredibly clean (the one day there was even a small amount of seaweed, there was staff raking it up and burying it), and the sand was incredibly soft (and cool!). There was a strong wind all week, which actually made it feel cool at times. The staff will help set up beach chairs and umbrellas (we got down to the beach between 9 and 10 most days, and there were plenty of chairs). It puzzled us, though, that so many people put towels on chairs at the beach and pool, only to disappear all day -- there never appeared to be a need to save chairs, as neither place was very crowded, but perhaps it was a learned behavior from other resorts. We wished the Alexandra would easily address this by reminding guests when they arrive that they don't need to save chairs (and by picking up stray towels occasionally). Also, there is a spa and gym, though we never looked for them; and two tennis courts that seem rarely used (no extra charge to use them; they even provide balls and rackets). We were impressed at how uncrowded the resort felt, even in mid-March, which they said is one of the busiest times. There were people of all ages, but it never felt taken over by partiers or screaming kids.
The staff was very friendly, and although trying to be helpful, at times they gave conflicting information, and we sometimes fared better making calls and reservations on our own.
Speaking of restaurants, we really enjoyed having Mango Reef right there -- we ate several lunches and two dinners there. It has a diverse menu for seafood-lovers and non-seafood-lovers alike, and has an incredible view of the ocean. We also ate at Hemingway's (walking distance; good seafood; live music), Bay Bistro (walking distance; good salads for lunch), Somewhere (slightly longer walk -- about 20 minutes; great ocean overlook; simple bar food; cheap beer ($2.50 Turk's Head)). Two of our favorite dinner spots were Lemon Cafe (the staff says to take a cab, but we walked the 10 minutes (½ a mile), and there were even sidewalks!), which has excellent Moroccan food in a cool setting; and Coco Bistro (make reservations early in your stay -- we waited a day and had to settle for a 9:30 dinner), which has more refined food than other restaurants and a gorgeous setting under palm trees. It seemed necessary to make dinner reservations at least a night in advance at most places. We caught on pretty quickly, so it worked out OK, but it's probably good to get down there, get the lay of the land, and make a few reservations. We didn't need to make reservations at Mango Reef, though, as Alexandra guests.
We were content to spend our time on the beach and at the pool and didn't feel the need to explore Provo or the other islands, so we didn't rent a car, but taxis do get expensive once you start to venture out (even though the distances aren't that great). We're wondering if a better option would be to rent bikes to go to the grocery store and a few restaurants.
We took a half-day boat tour -- through the Caicos Dreams company that is set up right on the beach at the Alexandra -- of snorkeling (2 stops -- one on the reef, one looking for conch) and a stop at a deserted island, where we saw iguanas, swam, and enjoyed the untouched landscape. It's definitely worth getting out on the boat and seeing more of the beauty of Turks and Caicos.
Our overall conclusion: We loved the amenities and design of the Alexandra -- it felt pampered without being formal (especially compared with some of the luxury resorts we walked past). We thought the entire resort was an incredible value for what it had to offer. If we get back to TCI, we’ll definitely stay at the Alexandra.
- 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