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“We Loved Island House”
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Island House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Grand Turk B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We stayed at Island House for 12 nights mid-January 2013 and were more than delighted with our choice. Situated a short distance away from the main town it’s slightly elevated location means there’s usually a cooling breeze, a welcome bonus. The views across the gardens and North Creek were stunning and the sun setting over the sea magical.

We were collected from the airport by Donna, the charming hostess who runs Island House. Even though we arrived several hours earlier than intended, within 15 minutes she was at the airport to collect us. On the short drive to Island House Donna was extremely helpful, giving us a guided tour of the bars, restaurants, dive shops, supermarkets and other local information.

Our first floor apartment had dual aspect patio doors, a feature we particularly loved, leading to balconies giving a choice of areas to relax, socialise or eat. It was air conditioned, spacious, clean, and well equipped. The kitchen has a large fridge freezer, 4 burner hob with oven and grill, and a microwave. The microwave went faulty during our stay but was immediately replaced with a brand new one. There’s plenty of clean fresh drinking water readily available meaning you don’t have to buy it from the supermarket, a real bonus. The bedroom has a ceiling fan as well as air conditioning for those warmer nights. We particularly appreciated the large comfortable bed. The apartment was cleaned daily by Millie and the beautiful gardens well tended by Arnold who is also the odd job man. The high speed WiFi worked well saving a fortune in calls to the UK as we were able to use Skype instead of mobile roaming.

A big bonus to vacations at Island House is the car included in the price. As other visitors have enthused, it gives freedom to travel around the island, not having to order taxis or be restricted to the main town.

If you fancy a change from the quiet, laid back atmosphere of the island then take a drive down to the Cruise Ship Centre on a day when there is a Cruise ship in. It’s a complete contrast to ‘sleepy’ Cockburn Town. There are lots of people and lots of retail therapy available to suit all tastes. My wife particularly liked the shop called “Dizzy Donkey”. There is a sign on the wall inside that says “Your husband called and said it’s OK to buy whatever you like”. Did he now!!

During our second week on Grand Turk we booked some scuba diving, the first time for 15 years. We chose Oasis Divers and were very pleased with their professional friendly service and the price we paid. Because it was so long since we’d last dived we needed to take a refresher lesson and John, our instructor, was patience personified. He just made it so easy for us and needless to say, under his watchful gaze, we did just fine. On subsequent dives our Dive Master “Pepper” was always determined to find the right dive site for the conditions or time of day. He was also excellent at pointing out a variety of sea life which we’d maybe have missed.

We loved Grand Turk and when we return will definitely choose to stay at Island House. We arrived there as strangers but left as friends. Thanks Donna.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Went to Grande Turk to scuba dive. Very nice clean property. Beds comfortable. Water hot. AC worked well. Kitchenette handy. Pool not in service but not important to us. Having a car was key to enjoying this property and island. Donna was a friendly, helpful manager.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank dunbarcyn
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Beautifully appointed suites that are fantastic for short or long stay. Make Island House your home away from home!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank pwiii
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

First of all, Grand Turk is a magical place - with crystal clear, turquoise water and powder sand beaches and wild horses and donkeys strolling the streets. Island house, though not on the beach, was a wonderful, modern, spacious home away from home. The kitchen was large and modern, the living room was comfy with island art on the walls, the patio was breezy with wide open views, and the bed was huge and comfortable. The best thing was our warm and welcoming hostess, Donna, who owns the place - she took great care of us by picking us up, giving us a tour, providing tips on things to do, etc. Other perks include access to washing machine, bikes, and a car (which made the fact that we were away from the beach a non-issue). Also, there's a lovely pool and patio for morning swims.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank monicamehtanyc
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Reviewed January 10, 2010

We stayed at the Island House for 8 nights in September 2009. We were met at the airport by Jerzey who gave us a tour of the important locations on the way. We were allocated a wonderful suite which overlooked North Creek. The house was undergoing some external renovation after the hurricane in 2008, but this did not spoil our stay in any way. The pool was superb and was clean and refreshing. We were provided with a car for the duration of our stay. It was just right and, in our opinion, an absolute must if you want to get the most from the Island. We visited almost all the other Hotels and B&B's on the Island and I have ti stay that we were really pleased that we were staying at the Island House. The WiFi was a great bonus which meant we could 'Skype' the family back in the UK at no cost. The house is serviced daily which we did not expect. Like someone else has said, the food prices on the Island are expensive, so take some with you if you can. We had a really good time on the Island and at Island House. We would recommend it to all.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank mrdl
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

I booked Island house as I had a business trip on Grand Turk. Donna, who owns the place was really helpful when I contacted her over the internet and did everything she could to ensure I had a smooth trip. Pick up from the airport is included.

Island House itself is just outside the main town but as you get a car included with your room and no where is more than 5 minutes away this isn’t a problem at all. On the whole Grand Turk is quite flat but Island House sits on the raised parts of the Island and so has a wonderful view over the island.

Island House is in a hacienda type style with beautiful flowers and bushes everywhere with a really laid back Caribbean feel to it – when I arrived there were about 20 wild horses the front gate ! magical. Donna was there to greet me and was undoubtably one of the loveliest and friendliest hosts I’ve ever met. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she a source of information. As the apartments are self catering you need to get some supplies in, but Donna immediately took me out and about in the car to show me where the shops, sight and restaurants were. It was like staying with old friends.

The apartment itself was clean, spacious and modern. The bed was divine. There was air conditioning ( an essential ) and the kitchen was stocked with everything you could need to cook with. There was a bath and shower and lots of hot water. There was free wireless broad band and a flat screen TV. Outside was a private sitting / dinning area with a wonderful view.

Outside was all landscaped with a terrific pool – very peaceful and set amid tropical trees and flowers. Both the apartment and outside were cleaned everyday. The whole place was immaculate and beautiful.

All in all I can’t recommend Island House enough. Truly 5 star and if you are visiting Grand Turk – which is a lot less commercialised and Americanised than the other Islands this would be one of the best places to stay – plus with a car included it is great value for money.

I loved my stay and in a funny sort of way quite miss it now I’m home. As I say, it was like visiting old friends.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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2  Thank tennyson
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Reviewed November 11, 2009

We stayed at Island house for 7 nights as part of our annual dive trip. Package included 7 nights lodging, 6 days of 2 tank diving with Grand Turk Diving Company and 2 cars for 6 people in 3 rooms. The rooms were in various stages of being finished. One was literally completed as we checked in. All the renovation was due to the Hurricane that hit Grand Turk a year ago. The Island House has recovered very nicely with most of the rooms now available for rent.

We were met by Donna, one of the owners at the airport for pickup and a small island tour. Since we arrived as 2 groups of 4, then 2 more, she made another trip to the airport later to get the remaining 2 people. Island house has a nice fresh water pool, plus great views of North Lake. They provide fresh, clean drinking water via a 5 gallon dispenser. They left a small glass pitcher in each room, plus a larger 1 gallon container if you needed to hold more water for cooking or just went through a lot of it.

The web site claimed they had direct dial phones, Internet and cable TV. As of our visit, they were still waiting for the cable to be re-done for the island from the Hurricane and the phone system was in the same condition. We didn't need either, but it would have been nice to know they weren't quite ready. Internet worked fine, but not by the pool, which was removed from the buildings.

During our stay, there were minor things we needed, like more coffee for the mornings and extra soap here and there. Each request was met with a cheerful smile and the item appeared. Or in the case of questions about where places were or needed reservations, Donna was more than happy to make the calls and arrange things. I can't think of one request that Donna could not help us with.

Overall, it's a great island. Still recovering from the hurricane, but plenty of restaurants are now open. More hotels are re-opening and things are getting back to normal. It will still be some time before they are really 100% back, but it's a great place to visit and we would easily stay at Island House again. It was one of the friendliest places we've been to. The views are also pretty nice since they are up on a small hill.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank donutking1
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Additional Information about Island House Hotel

Address: Lighthouse Road, TKCA 1ZZ, Grand Turk
Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Grand Turk
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Turk
Price Range: $120 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All suites hotel with free cable, wireless internet and fully equipped kitchens. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Island Grand Turk
Island Hotel Grand Turk
Island House Hotel Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos

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