More about Alexandra Resort
Nice and Inexpensive
The Alexandra is on Grace Bay and sits right on the beach, I have stayed there twice now for abput 100.00 a night.
I stayed in a new studio with nice granit counter tops and tiled showers. They also have a small fridge, micro and toaster, flat screen tv with satelite. I think almost all the rooms have a view of the beach. On the Beach, Pool, Near all the other resorts and restaurants.
Alexandra Resort is very nice
We stayed for 10 days and were very happy with everything. Our place was more than we ever thought. What a view from our balcony,priceless. The owner we rented from was very honest and the place was better than even the pictures. We were a little nervous finding it on Viviuns web site but after talking to the owner and his help with all our questions our vacation was one of our best yet.It pays to look around for the best.Everything beach, food, our house staff and the people in the office were great. Cannot wait to go back and rent the same unit,why mess things up like most vacations.
The Alexandra - A Great Condo Complex, Not a Resort Just Yet
We stayed at the Alexandra Resort for a week in July of 2006, choosing to rent directly from a condo’s owner as opposed to reserving directly through the hotel. While the Alexandra still has a long way to go in terms of construction on a lobby and remaining condominiums, it is a great property. The stretch of Grace Bay that the resort occupies is gorgeous, very remote and quiet. There were never any problems getting umbrellas/lounge chairs as the resort was practically empty while we were there. The studio units are quite small (we were in a partial ocean view unit), but functional for two people and impeccably designed and decorated. The artwork was mesmerizing; comfortable beds and linens; granite countertops; shelving in the closet to unpack clothes; a fully-stocked kitchenette. We prefer to eat out while on vacations, but the mini-fridge was perfect for storing bottled water, fresh fruit and Coronas. I’m also not a fan of doing laundry while on vacations, but the washer/dryer in the room would be a great convenience for others. The resort’s sundeck, right on the beach, is a wonderful place for sunset cocktails. Other evenings, we would take Coronas from our room down and watch the sunset from the stairs leading down to the beach.
On the downside, the Alexandra is not a resort to go to if you want to be pampered, at least not at this point in the construction process. It is definitely not luxurious, like the Palms or Point Grace by any stretch. It is more of a condo complex than a resort. The staff (at least the bartenders) were friendly, but not too chatty, which was a bit of a disappointment – it’s always fun to talk with locals. One notable exception was Jeffrey, one of the site’s managers, who couldn’t have been more kind or helpful! And, also, John of Caicos Dream Tours, who owns and operates a touring company outside the Alexandra. A fantastic guy!
All in all, the minor downfalls aside, it was a wonderful place to stay! While we will definitely be returning to Provo, if we were to return to the Alexandra, we would wait until the construction is complete and then definitely spend the extra money and upgrade to a larger, beachfront room. However, if you are looking to rent a great condo with great deals, look no further than the Alexandra..
Great time at Alex
We spent a week at the Alex. in mid March. I had not previously been to Provo. and booked here primarily because most of the other resorts had no 2 BR. units available at the time I was going.
We stayed in one of their best units- a 2BR. luxury oceanfront condo. This proved perfect for our purposes. This building is new (or nearly new). The unit was very well appointed with nice furniture, state of the art stainless steel appliances and granite counters- very nicely done. The 2 BR unit is basically 2 interconnected units which I assume could be rented seperately as they have their own entrances. The main unit is quite spacious with a full kitchen with an adjoining dining area and living area. The master BR was equally spacious with a large (?king) bed and adjoining fairly large bathroom.
The connected secondary unit had 2 twin beds, a kitchenette and a second small balcony off of the BR. (Note that we had an end unit- only these have the 2nd small balcony.)
The best feature was the large (approx. 40 x 11 ft) main balcony, off of the back of the unit, directly overlooking the beach and bay. This was truly heaven. When we weren't on the beach or in the water we were generally on the balcony and spent very little time inside the unit itself. The balcony is nicely furnished with very comfortable/cushioned chairs and a full size table with 6 dining chairs. We were on the third floor (of4) with a great view of the beach and bay.
The Alex. is very well located especially if you like to snorkel. It is about a 15 min. walk along the beach west to Coral Gardens where there is very nice snorkeling right off the beach. There is a reef here, literally 10 steps off shore with lots of sea life including large turtles (?loggerheads), fish and spotted eagle rays. We chased a 4-5 foot ray for 45 min. one afternoon-- they are truly magnificent and graceful to watch swim in the open water.
The alex had a nice pool with a swim-up bar. We never even tried the pool however with Grace bay beckoning only steps away.
The only real complaint I might have is that true, the Alex. is really a nicely dressed up time share condo missing some resort features.
There is a very small excercise room (basically the size of a small bedroom)with an excercise bike and a multifunction machine. There is some impending construction on site- they are going to erect a fourth building, but as of now no construction was yet underway. There is a walled off area with dirt and equipment and I don't know when constrction is slated to begin.
Also note- that when I booked they had quite a deal offerred- book 7 nights and get 2 of them free. I looked the other day and they are still offering this discount.
All in all I would definitely stay here again.
Other resorts which I saw worth a look included Grace Pointe- small but very nice and upscale and the Somerset.
The only resort we saw that I would avoid is Beaches. Their beach was very crowded with people and chairs lined up like cord wood. They must offer something that appeals to families with young children though as they often had hundreds of them on that beach at any given time.
One more nice feature of the Alex. is their proximity to Caicos dream tours- they operate out of a beach front hut immediately between the alex and the Palms. We did two seperate water tours with them and they are excellent. You leave right from the beach- no having to shuttle to the marina, a nice feature.
FINAL THOUGHT- one other poster said that Provo is all about the water. This is true.
When researching the resorts, examine your budget and stay oceanfront if you can afford it. It is worth it.
Final, Final thought- As pretty as Grace bay is, get out to the surrounding areas and cays, especially Water Cay. Their lack of development and water make them not to be missed.
Alexandra is heaven on earth
We just got back from Turks & Caicos and have to say it is the most beautiful island we have ever seen. The Alexandra was a first class establishment to stay at. The rooms are immaculate and comfortable and Sandy the resort manager could not have been nicer.We stayed in a 1bd ocean view and could not believe the room we got.,from the full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel apliances to the 12x25 foot balcony with teak furniture.There is no way this place should be ranked #15 because we saw some of the places ahead of this one and they were not as nice. Let me tell you all something, the island is not as expensive as everyone says it is. It is normal for a tourist spot but not over the top. Resteraunts were a big dissapointment with Aqua in turtle cove and Orchid Bar& Grill as the only places that we found a good meal. Stay away from Coco Bistro,2of us had to go out and get a pizza after we spent 120.00 there with no apps& only 1 drink each. The beach is incredible in front of the Alexandra and there is never a wait for beach chairs or towels. On Wed night they have all you can eat seafood buffet for 40.00 and it is by FAR the best on the island with king crab,shrimp etc. Hope this helped you so have fun and enjoy yourself.
Alexandra shaping up nicely
We returned from two weeks in April from the Alexandra very satisfied. We stayed in a Two Bedroom Ocean front unit. It was very spacious for the Six of us and very clean. The Unit had evrything you would need. We also stayed at the Alexandra last year, This year had lots of changes, positively for the better. They expanded the restaurant and redecorated it, they also have a new chief. The menu is much better. They added on a restaurant beach deck for lunches and BBQ nights, and seafood night, which are great and a good value. We only made it to the BBQ night , we are not big seafood eaters, but for those of you who are I heard it was very hummy. The breakfast was very reasonable and very good... especially the Banana Rum French toast and the Omlets
The grounds are emaculate, the trees, plants and flowers are so beautiful, I really love the work, and skill they put into this. It really paid off. The place looks beautiful
The beach----aaaahhh what can you say about that amazing color of water. The Beach was great as always. They purchased some new beach chairs that were very comfortable and stylish and more beach umbrellas. They also had beach toys like kayakes and water bikes to play with, and the Alexandra has it own excursion company right on the beach in front of the resort, very convieniant if you would like to take a trip out on a boat for snorkeling. Which we did... twice, and loved every minute of it. We have been on alot of excursions , I would have to say that this one is first class, the best. I would strongly suggest if you plan on going to this island to give it a try.
Most of the staff are very nice, some are very shy, I found that you have to make the first move with opening up to them and once you do, they are very friendly and talkative. The staff at the Alexandra are great with children they joked and teased my children all week long, the kids loved teasing them back and when it came time to leave they had lots of hugs to give.
The pool is a very nice piece to the lanscaping with little bridges and an island with a little kidde pool and flowers everywhere. The pool is very large with plenty of umbrellas and chairs and palm trees for shade.
Very realxing stay at the Alexandra
My wife and I stayed for six nights at the Alexandra in an oceanfront one-bedroom condo-style room. The resort was completely full the first few days of our stay and it seemed as if nobody was around. There are plenty of chairs on the beautiful beach, with great shading umbrellas. The huge, beautifully landscaped pool was practically empty most of the time. There are many chairs and umbrellas there also. The flowers and gardens were being tended every single day of our stay. Our room had a huge living room, nice balcony overlooking the ocean, and a small simple kitchen area that met our needs. The bedroom and bathroom were functional. The bed was one of the hardest most uncomfortable we've experienced in our many, many travels around the world.
Ours was the oldest of the buildings but very well kept. Being the oldest, the room did not have a washer/dryer or highspeed internet access. If you are going to stay at this resort, it is important to work with your travel agent and make sure you get a room with the features you need. There is a newer building with rooms far more modern and attractive, but the view is not nearly as nice. However, these rooms do have w/d, large modern kitchens, and internet access. The staff, especially Paulett, are helpful and friendly. The restaurant on site is quite good and the seafood buffet night and barbecue night were very good values. Service for the restaurant and beachside deck is not particularly attentive or friendly though, compared to the other restaurants we visited. The restaurant management should take some cues from the wonderful and lively service at Hemingway's down the beach. This beachfront resort is very restful and quiet. The beach shack for water tours is highly recommended.
We do have a few negative comments. First, we were just about the only tourists arriving on our flight who were not picked up by a van from the resort. It seems this is common on the island but the Alexandra does not offer the service. We took a taxi. Next, there is virtually nothing you can walk to from the resort. The small store they had on property is closed. We wanted postcards and one of us had to walk a dirt path to get to the hotel next door, where the postcard display turned out to be minimal at best. If you do not want to walk on the beach itself, you must taxi or drive to other restaurants. We strongly suggest renting a car for your stay if you have any intention of getting around the island. Taxis are not reliable - ours dropped us off at the market so we could buy food for our kitchen, and never showed up again at the appointed pick up time. We eventually had the manager of the market call us a taxi as our frozen foods melted in the sun. Taking the Gecko shuttle may be fun but it is a long, tiring ride to get where you want to go and back...and they do not keep to the schedule. Lastly, on our check-out day we requested a check out 1 1/2 hours later than posted because of our flight schedule. Although our room was not rented for the night and was rarely made up until mid to late afternoon, the front desk insisted on a $75 late check-out fee. We understand such a policy helps a hotel to keep to its room cleaning and check-in schedule, but we do feel a little flexibility in a competitive resort market goes a long way. In the end, we were allowed to check-out one hour late without paying the fee and just spent the extra time sitting in the airport.
Would we stay at the Alexandra again. Well, the island is not one of our favorites. The beach is fantastic, as is the snorkeling. If you want to relax on a beautiful beach and enjoy snorkeling and/or diving, Provo may be for you. The rest of the island is not particularly attractive and there is very little of interest to do or see (we did find the conch farm very interesting but that's a very small attraction). The resort will soon be starting on a large construction project adding additional towers, another pool, restaurant and beautiful new lobby area. We would love to see the property when it is completed. However, during this construction I recommend you check if the peace and quiet of the pool, restaurant and balconies will be affected by the necessary noise of this construction project.
A wonderful place to relax!
We stayed at the Alexandra for 6 nights. We didn't go through the resort but chose instead to go through a friend of a friend who offers his unit directly (www.Alex3303.com). Here's our review of the resort.
It's a studio on the 3rd floor in the Prima Donna building. Everything was new and very clean. It is elegantly furnished with all the commodities.
The kitchenette has a fridge, blender, toaster, coffee-machine, microwave
which is also a convection oven (therefore, you can bake things). It was
very convenient since we would have most breakfasts and lunches in our room.
There's also a washer/dryer in the room so it's perfect if you need to do
laundry. I really liked the view on the balcony. It's so relaxing to just sit there and watch the beach and/or the sunset. Though it is not exactly a beachfront studio, you can see both the pool and the beach.
In my opinion, the resort is well located in the sense that it's in the
middle of Grace Bay. Therefore, almost everything is accessible by walking on the beach. We walked up to the Club Med on one side and it took us 50mins.
Another day, we had lunch at the Tiki Hut at the other end of Grace Bay (at Turtle Cove Marina) and it took us 1h.
Of course, you don't need to walk that far to find a restaurant. For
example, Hemingway's and Bay Bistro are only 10-min walk and Coral Gardens (the snorkeling reef) are a 15-min walk.
Lots of plants and flowers everywhere. The pool is very big compared to
other resorts. Barely crowded. There's a small gym where you can exercise and 2 tennis courts. You can borrow racquets and balls at the reception. They are supposed to build another building in the resort but while we were there, there was no construction so the noise was not a factor.
The Orchid restaurant:
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was good. Prices were like everywhere else on the island i.e. expensive. The staff was very friendly though still inexperienced. They have theme nights a few times a week. Btw, they have a complimentary orientation breakfast on Sunday and a fruit punch party on Monday.
The Alexandra and the Palms have one of the best sections of the beach. The water is so blue... You wish you never go back home. It's just amazing! There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas at any hour.
Our general opinion of the resort:
It's an excellent value since you get a very nice studio/resort for a
moderate price. We walked to other "luxury" resorts like the Palms,
Somerset, Point Grace and they don't seem more upscale though they are more expensive. Also, the resort is not crowded which was really relaxing.
A Great Stay at the Alexandra
My family (13 people) stayed at the Alexandra for 12 days this month (June 2006). We had persons ranging in age from 6 years - 83 years. A wonderful time was had by all! We had 3 condos in the Beachfront Lady Rose building. The Alexandra staff made sure that all of our condos were on the same floor (4th) which was very nice and convenient. We had the only 4 bedroom unit in the resort as well as a 2 bedroom and a 1 bedroom unit. The condos were beautiful and very well stocked. All units had a washer and dryer which is very nice. The housekeeping staff were pleasant and kept our units very tidy and were extremely agreeable as to what time of day was convenient for cleaning.
The pool is beautiful and large and the chairs and umbrellas are plentiful. The same applies for the beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach itself is clean and beautiful and the water is GORGEOUS and so peaceful!
We booked snorkeling and diving trips ourself before our arrival with Provo Turtle Divers. They were extremely easy to work with and safety and comfort were priorities with them.
We will definitely return to Provo and stay at the Alexandra again.
I am planing to go to Palms in June with my wife. Any idea about the resort? How would be the weather in June over there? Thanks.
Re: The Palms
The Palms is beautiful. It is bit high class for my taste but we did go for a drink one night and to watch the sun set. The pool area is really spectacular!
We stayed next door at the Alexandra resort last year. The weather should be perfect at this time of year! Good luck and hope you have a wonderful time!