We stayed here from Oct 10 - 15th, 2013. It was a short, but very pleasant getaway from the Canadian Fall. Overall, a very good resort where we would stay again. It was pretty much dead when we were there so there was always plenty of loungers and room both at the pool and at the beach - not sure how crowded it can become during the busy season.
We had a studio room in the Marilyn building overlooking the pool. The room is plenty big for two people sharing. It was clean (twice a day maid service!), modern and the bed was very comfortable. A/C worked well. Amazing water pressure. Plenty of fresh towels. Kitchen has the essentials including dishes, a toaster, a blender (for yummy drinks), coffee maker (with some coffee and sugar provided) and a decent-sized mini-fridge. There was also a washer/dryer which we didn't use but could be convenient. The balcony is quite large and pleasant for morning coffee or afternoon lounging.
Fairly large, not heated but water plenty warm. Comfortable loungers all around. Could probably use a better filtration system but really not a big deal. The pool bar was never busy and the staff was quite nice (a special shout out to Reginald who always had an amazing smile).
The restaurant is quite good with lots of variety. Be warned, portions are enormous! Dinner for two with a drink each ran about 110$ which is on par with other restaurants around. You have got to try the Nutty Coladas - delicious!! Mixed drinks will run out 9$ a piece but they are good quality.
Good size, plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Lots of toys for kids and such available from what we could tell. Towels tended to run out during the day but I think this is because it's low season. You don't need towel cards or to even leave your room number - works on the honor system.
Places you should go close to the resort:
We took advantage of the free bikes on a daily basis. They provided you with a bike lock at the reception - nice touch! Be warned, we did take the bikes out for dinner one night but were later told by an employee that we shouldn't have because there are no lights on the bikes thus making it illegal (oops!!). We used our iphones for light but I can see why this would be dangerous. During the day, there is no concern whatsoever driving along Grace Bay road because there are sideways on either side - very safe.
1) Thursday Fish Fry - starts at 5 pm at Bight park. You can take a cab there (10$ for two people) but you can also walk safely along the beach. If facing the water, turn left and walk maybe 15-20 min (past Coral Gardens resort). You'll hear the music. Great atmosphere, wonderful food and very cheap (20$ pp for a meal). Definitely a must.
2) Coral Gardens Reef (Bight Reef) - again easy to walk to. Well outlined area. We saw some cool things there including a sea turtle and schools of tangs.
3) Salt Mills shopping - maybe a 5 min bike ride away (turn left off princess on Grace Bay Road). The duty free shop across the road from the shopping center has great prices (best on the island).
4) Smith's Reef: A bit further out in the other direction on Grace Bay Road (about 5 KM) but easy to bike (again, there are sidewalks - avoid biking on the main highway!). The reef itself is just beyond turtle cove marina. Beautiful reef (better than Bight) with lots of marine life! Worth the trip out.
5) Gourmet Graceway groceries: Worth getting some snacks, things to make drinks. It's maybe 1km further than salt mills (turn right on Allegro from Grace Bay Road). Very easy to get to with the bikes. Groceries are VERY expensive but less expensive than dining out all the time. We were diving two days so got things for breakfast and snacks. You can also take a shuttle (9$ pp, round trip) from the resort to the main IGA but we didn't feel the need to.
Places to eat nearby (other than Mango Reef which is really good):
1) Bay Bistro: Facing the water turn right on the beach. It's at Sibonné resort (3 down, 5 min max). We had breakfast there and it's very reasonably prices with large portions. Many people told us dinner here is very good. Great views.
2) Mr. Grouper's : VERY good. Maybe a 5 min walk from resort (turn right off Princess on Grace Bay Road). The coconut crusted grouper is to die for. The drinks are cheap and stiff. Well worth the visit.
3) Hemmingway's: At the Sands resort. Good service and good food. Reasonably priced.
We also ate the Coco Bistro (well worth the expense), Bella Luna (in the new pizza garden) and Jimmy's dive bar (5$ mijoto Mondays - do it!) but these are a bit further out. If you want starbucks coffee, you can get it a green bean café close to Turtle Cove.
Overall, this resort is on the small size compared to the HUGE Beaches but it was friendly, very clean and comfortable. It's well located and the bikes make it easier to get around. We had a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room which was a nice touch. We signed up for the newsletter prior to going and received a 50$ voucher to use (paid for some of our Nutty Coladas!).
We would recommend this resort without hesitation!
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Thank you for your thorough review. You shared some great travel advice with other TripAdvisor readers. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will stay with us again in the future. Even if you visit during peak season, you will always find plenty of space and a beach lounger at the Alexandra Resort.
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