Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Not much curb appeal, but stylish interiors and well-maintained grounds
Guests can’t be faulted for feeling somewhat disappointed when arriving at the Alexandra. From the outside, the property almost resembles an apartment complex due to its box-like four-story buildings with nary a distinguishing characteristic. And with the reception located in one of the property’s converted units, it’s hard to tell if you’ve come to the right spot.
Luckily, the Alexandra’s hip and colorful interiors make up for its unimpressive facade. Inside the small reception area, furnishings like an oversize black-and-white lamp, massive bamboo reeds, and a Buddha statue lend a trendy ambiance that takes guests' minds off the barren entrance.
Rooms have clearly seen a facelift or two in the last few years (most recently with a $4 million renovation in 2010), as has the rest of the property, whose grounds are crisply manicured and spacious. The pool is average for the size of the resort, and while it’s not as big as the two pools at the similarly priced Sands at Grace Bay, it’s definitely nicer, with a swim-up bar adorned with blue tiles, and arched footbridges passing over pool canals. Striped, cushioned lounge chairs and yellow umbrellas, as well as the avant-garde, artfully sculpted furniture farther away on the lawn, add style. Poolside service is available, and, as you'll find elsewhere in the resort, the staff is adequate if somewhat uninterested.
Not everything is perfectly chic, though: Modern white street lamps adorn some areas, and cheap-looking black ground lights illuminate others. Somewhat distracting are the signs advertising the Alexandra’s ownership program, which are placed at what feels like every dozen paces.
Set on a gorgeous stretch of Grace Bay, but a neighborhing resort and loud nightclub are a little too close for comfort
The Alexandra is located directly on Grace Bay, almost absurdly close to the Veranda Resort (some units are close enough to peer into the neighboring resort’s windows). Also very close is a nightclub that plays music well into the night. (On the night I stayed, I heard close to two hours straight of Michael Jackson -- including the headache-inducing extended dance scene from Black or White.) But the disturbance is probably only noticeable to light sleepers.
Nonetheless, the property’s 600-foot stretch of oceanfront is pristine and inviting with beachside towel service and guest-only umbrellas, lounge chairs, and water sport equipment. In addition to direct access to the beach, shopping, golf, and resorts are a quick drive away.
Contemporary rooms that beat out most similarly priced competition
When compared with other resorts of the same price level, Alexandra’s 115 rooms are spacious, extremely clean, and well designed. In a stark contrast with its unimpressive exterior, interiors are modern and bright, toeing the line between ultra-trendy and tropical. Some accents are overtly flashy (a taffeta green ottoman with sparkly studs in the shape of a crab), while others are discreet (opalescent tiles on bedside tables). Bathrooms are clean, and come with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Some studio views are much too close to the neighboring Veranda Resort, while others partially face the parking lot. All of them catch at least a glimpse of the ocean. Splurge for a one-bedroom suite and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with impressive views and some of the most spacious terraces in all of Turks and Caicos.
Four-pearl features for (usually) three-pearl prices
One of Providenciales’ most popular restaurants serves up affordable dishes and beautiful sunsets.
Alexandra’s International Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and Caribbean flavors, and is known throughout Turks & Caicos for its beachside dining and affordable plates (for the area). A semi-indoor section is also available as is a tiki-style bar.
This 115-room resort may not be the best in Turks and Caicos, but thanks to a 2010 renovation, it is one of the best for the price. Spacious and stylish contemporary rooms, a large free-form pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, a small spa, and one of the island’s most recommended restaurants put this upper-middle-range property a cut above.