Turks Head Mansion

Although many of bigger resorts on the Turks and Caicos Islands are situated in Providenciales, if you are seeking a Turk and Caicos experience deeply rooted in history, the Grand Turk Island is where you need to be. And for accommodation, you canít ask for greater heritage than at the Turks Head Mansion, the very first hotel in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Located right in the heart of Cockburn Town, the capital city of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Turks Head Mansion was built circa 1830 as the original home of the Islands Salt overseer and later served as the British Governor's guest house and the American Consulate. First opened as a hotel in 1840 under the name Turks Head Hotel, the guesthouse was later renamed the Turks Head Mansion.

Beautifully restored in 2010, the Turks Head Mansion now houses eight en-suite bedrooms, a gourmet restaurant, a classy bar and lush tropical garden and courtyard. All of which are a short fifty feet away from the sandy beach on the West Coast of the Grand Turk island. The rooms at the Turks Head Mansion retain the classic Bermudian design but feature all the modern comforts a guest expects, such as satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet access, bathrooms and air conditioning. The Upstairs Rooms cost $150 per night during the off season and go up to $175 during the peak season. The Garden Room cost $125 in the off season and $150 during the peak season. The cheapest rooms at the Turks Head Mansion are the Coachman's Quarters, coming in at $85 per night all year round. (All rates are excluding taxes).

Many of the Mansionís rooms have a private balcony with a sea view or a private garden patio. The hotelís Caribbean-style walled garden is lush with exotic plants such as the Flame Cordia Tree, Bougainvillea, and the local Turks Head cactus. Turks Head Mansion has also carefully preserved genuine antiques in keeping with the hotelís prestigious history in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

The restaurant at Turks Head Mansion offers guests a unique menu featuring not only the expected Caribbean seafood fare, but also specialties from Zimbabwe and South Africa Ė courtesy of the hotelís present owners and executive chef. The highly trained staff at the Mansion can even customize menus to meet any dietary needs, and guests can be served in the dining room, at the bar or on the garden patio. Turks Head Mansion also provides discrete concierge and maid service.

Turks Head Mansion is located on the idyllic and tree shaded Front Street, making the hotel within walking distance from the beach and close to virtually all of the island's famous dive centers and attractions such as the Turks and Caicos National Museum. Guests can easily walk to the Cockburn Town center, stroll through the village streets and enjoy horse-ride tours around town. For golf enthusiasts, guests staying at the Turks Head Mansion have access to the famed British Governor's private golf course.

The Grand Turk Island is a lot more than just beautiful beaches. It is also a diver's paradise, and the breathtaking Grand Turk's Wall is listed as one of the top dive locations in the world for scuba diving. The island is filled with history -- from pirate shipwrecks, old salt farms, to famous movie locations and historical landmarks. Turks Head Mansionís concierge staff can help arrange various daytime activities such as island-hopping tours, snorkeling, water sports, fishing tours, whale watching and a lot more.

To get to Turks Head Mansion, international visitors will most likely fly into Providenciales International Airport first and then hop on a charter flight to JAGS McCartney International Airport, the main airport serving the Grand Turk Island. The flight to Grand Turk from Providenciales barely takes 20 minutes. Turks Head Mansion can make arrangements for your pick up and arrival.

Turks Head Mansion promises a Caribbean hideaway for couples, singles and families who wish for something unique and rich in heritage. This historic hotel has the right amount of comfort and lacks none of the essential modern amenities to ensure guests experience a comfortable holiday during their stay on the Grand Turk Island. Whatever Turks Head Mansion lacks compared to the bigger resorts, the hotel makes up for in affordability and location, making it one of the most beautiful settings for a budget traveler to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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