Originally Posted by WCorey
I am going to be married at The Alexandra as well as staying there with all of our guests. There doesnt seem to be much on The Alexandra so I was wondering what if any you knew about it? I heard it was not walking distance to the grocery store and "in town". Are other brides renting a car down there?
The Alexandria is about 1 mile to mile and 1/2 from Graceway Gourmet Grocery store. Graceway Gourmet is in the heart of the Grace Bay area shopping district. You could walk it in easily 20-25 minutes (that would be a slow leisurely walk), we have sidewalks all the way there or you could go on the beach to Seven Stars (tallest hotel on Island) and you're there. I am pretty certain they have bicycles available for use as well (it would be a VERY EASY bike ride). Things that are within quick walking distance: next door Regent Palms- they have a fabulous spa and some restaurants, and some great boutiques. Somerset - also have 2 restaurants (although really one of our favorites is the Alexandria's Mango Reef). You can go to Bay Bistro Restaurant on the other side of the Somerset and also in the development near Alexandria is a local favorite called Smokey's.
After Bay Bistro you have a bit of undeveloped Beach and then The Sands, some more undeveloped Beach and Point Grace..Le Vele..Regent Grand and a few others. The Regent Grand is where the heart of shopping complexes are in Grace Bay. You have the Regent Shops, The Salt Mills Plaza and then further down near the Seven Stars Resort is the Ports of Call /Caicos Cafe area and Graceway Gourmet. We do see people walking around or biking around. It depends on how much walking you want to do. Mango Reef is a big favorite among the locals and expats here and we love the beach area around the Alexandria. If you want to have dinner at Coco Bistro or Coyaba or Caicos Cafe in the evening, a car/taxi or shuttle would be better. But there are lots of options for meals near you.
If you want to make a morning of shops etc I would recommend walking on the beach early down to Seven Stars, and head to the Caicos Cafe Complex and try the Caicos Bakery for the fresh bread and Croissants (the almond croissants are heavenly) and Coffee or head to Graceway Gourmet which has a outdoor coffee area and little shop (best coffee around in my opinion). Get some ice cream at Island Scoop. I love the Salt Mills and Regent Shops for unique Island arts/crafts/clothing etc. We have some nice galleries and the FOTTAC (flavors of the turks and caicos) shop sells Rum/coffee/sea salt all from here.
We really don't have a "town" so to speak, just mainly different areas on island. While The Alexandria isn't in the Heart of Grace Bay, it certainly is within the area and isn't "Way Out" in my opinion. Just make sure if you are going to walk, take water (people dehydrate here easily because they underestimate the sun) and don't head out mid day at the sun's peak. Mind you, once you hit the beach, you won't want to do much else .
Oh yes, the Alexandria is within an easy walking distance on the opposite side (towards Beaches Resorts) to one of our more popular snorkeling reefs, by Coral Gardens. That's a great idea as well.
Here are some blog posts of weddings at the Alexandria. The Mango Reef beach deck is a great location for a reception!
Hope that helps!