he island of Grand Turk is home to some fantastic historical locales, and the Turks Head Inne is no exception. Built in 1830, the building itself has had many different owners over the years, but none have done it justice like the current owners who have painstakingly restored it to reveal the charm of yesteryear, where it is so easily overlooked for the familiar stay on offer. This boutique hotel uniquely appeals to those searching for a luxurious, yet authentic Caribbean experience, or those travelers who may need a more budget-friendly option without skimping on quality of accommodation. From luxury suites to economy garden rooms, Turks Head Inne certainly ticks all the boxes.
Historical Cockburn Town
Located in the historical Cockburn Town district of Grand Turk, the hotel combines colonial Caribbean history with all of the necessary modern amenities to make for a comfortable visit. The white sandy Cockburn Town Beach is a quick walk across the road from the enclosed courtyard in which Turks Head Inne is situated, and finds itself within walking distance of the historical Front Street. Here you’ll find several British Colonial Bermudian-style structures dating back to the 1800s, including the Turks and Caicos Islands’ National Museum—which is certainly worth a visit for history buffs.
Suites and Bedrooms
Two spacious luxury suites on offer include king-sized beds, balcony access, and spacious en-suite bathrooms. These suites can accommodate up to three people. A roomier option, albeit without a balcony, are the executive suites. Finding inspiration from the island’s colonial past, the suites are tastefully decorated to reflect a Caribbean-chic feeling, complete with cool breezes and balmy evenings. Perfect for the single traveler or budget-conscious couple are the garden rooms. At 110 square feet, the rooms can accommodate up to two people, but guests also have access to the garden offering respite from the heat. Amenities for all rooms include daily housekeeping, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, a continental breakfast, and laundry service.
Dining and Drinks
The Turks Head Inne has an on-site restaurant that offers delicious fare for every time of day. For breakfast, you can order dishes such as coconut French toast or the Turks Head omelette (which includes lobster when it’s in season). For lunch and dinner, freshly caught fish dominates the menu, and the dishes come highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. If it is a pre-dinner tipple you’re after, their cocktail menu is not to be missed.
The Turks Head Inne makes for a romantic setting on any given day, but it is also especially popular as a wedding venue. Guests can reserve the entire property for an intimate ceremony under shady trees and glittering fairy lights. The courtyard serves as the perfect reception area, with a ready-to-go dance floor at your feet. And for those looking to encourage team building or planning a corporate retreat, the high-speed internet and indoor meeting space serves as a great change of scenery for planning a path to success.
Activities and Attractions
Guests have access to paddleboards, and boogie boards. Every now and then the waves whip up, offering the novice and more experienced water sports-enthusiasts alike a challenge out on the crystal clear waters. However if you’re interested in snorkeling instead, the third largest reef in the world is only a short swim from shore, and the hotel provides guests with snorkel gear.
If you’re visiting between January and April, you’ll have a good chance of seeing the humpback whales that call these waters home as they migrate to warmer waters for mating season. If you find yourself in Grand Turk during whale season, be sure to book an excursion with Deep Blue, which has a resident marine biologist who can offer ethical and informative trips out to view these magnificent creatures.
After landing at Providenciales International Airport (PLS), you’ll need to catch a domestic flight to the island of Grand Turk. The short 20-minute transfer can be secured on either Caicos Express Airways or interCaribbean. Rental cars or taxi transfers are easily arranged at the airport or can be arranged by hotel staff upon request.