ROOM - The Alexandra resort was great! There are many other more luxurious resorts (Palms), but also some dumpy looking places (like Beaches). It advertises as "understated luxury", which is pretty accurate. We had a 1 bedroom oceanfront, worth the extra dollars compared to the oceanviews. It was about 1500 sq. feet, 1.5 baths, full kitchen w/ stainless appliances and granite countertops. Plus a 435 sq. foot balcony - 2 sliding glass door entrances, one from the living room and 1 from the bedroom. The bed had a featherbed on top the mattress - VERY comfortable. Maid service was sporadic, but typically twice a day (one day they showed up at 2PM, then again at 5PM - only 3 hours between "morning" service and "evening" service). They seem to move at their own "island" time. Sometimes they mopped and changed sheets; other times not (the bed gets a little gritty once you've tracked sand on the floors, then get into bed). However, when we did call for specific service, it was prompt. Our battery died on our safe, maintenance came immediately. When we asked for more shampoo, we got several bottles. Bath towels seemed thick and newish, too. Even tho they said they don't replace towels if you leave them on the rack (reuse encouraged for the environment), they replenished them twice per day. Overall, grade A for the room!
The Resort - folks were very friendly. I thought Eldridge was rather annoying, making a big show of asking our names, repeating them as if to memorize them, then forgetting the next day. (There were only 34 guests in the entire place as it was off-season. And I said Guests meaning individuals, not 34 families.) He disappeared for most of the week, I'm not really sure what his job was other than to threaten me with mandatory karaoke. There was a mexican fiesta - only 8 of us went. It was ok, but too expensive, about $80 for 2. We had better and slightly less expensive food at the Palms, next door. The pool was great, especially since there were so few people there. There is a lot of construction in the area - but they are barely working on it, so not much noise. We wondered whether some of these development companies are out of money - there is a LOT of construction started, but not too many construction workers actually working.
The Beach. PERFECT.
Caicos Dream Tours - YUCK- we went on the 1/2 day snorkelling. We only got to snorkel about 25 minutes. Then another 10 minutes in shallow water to pick up some Conch. The boat did not work well, Captain Pop & his first mate kept installing steer fluid. It got all over their hands - then they cleaned conch and made conch salad. Nary a bar of soap or hand cleaner in sight - a quite unappetizing display of non-hygenic food preparation. The sky clouded up, and Pop kept saying "I don't like the look of that". Indeed, he brought us back an hour earlier than the other boat that left with us. He seemed lazy and eager to get his work day over vs. showing the tourists a good time. The Conch "dive" was right by the Conch Farm - we were probably just picking up the renegades. The Conch salad was primarily tomato & green pepper - hardly any Conch at all, I guess they did not want to clean more. Definitely would NOT go with this outfit EVER AGAIN!
CAR RENTAL - we got one for 2 days, about $90 total. Worth it to go to the grocery and see the island. Certainly don't need a car any longer. It was a teensy little car and quite an adventure to drive on the wrong side of the road. We spent about $230 on groceries for 2, yes things are pricey!! But, so is eating out. There's a nice bookstore by the IGA - the Unicorn. Check it out, lots of local books, too.
CONCH FARM - $6 gets you a tour, quite informative if you (like me) have not seen a Conch before. Try some Conch fritters or cracked Conch before you see the real thing that comes out the shell - not for the non-adventorous eaters.
DA CONCH SHACK - I thought it was a fun adventure - we had the Conch fritters here. They buy them from fisherman, not from the Conch farm - then toss the empty shells back into the ocean. I'm sure you can take a shell home if you ask!
- Also Known As:
- Alexandra Hotel
- Alexandra Resort Providenciales
- Alexandra Hotel Providenciales
- Alexandra Resort Turks Caicos
- Alexandra Turks Caicos
- Alexandra Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales
- 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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