Aqua House, Unit 1, is an ideal get-away for families, dive groups, honeymooners, lovers, friends, and people who are just plain tired out. Grand Turk is uniquely special in that it can be quiet or raucous, settled or busy, and it will offer you a lot to do or nothing to do. It's completely your choice! Aqua House is located directly on the beach just steps from the ocean's edge where there is sandy-bottom swimming or, only a few feet away, spectacular shallow reef snorkeling and diving. There are so few people on the beach--frequently nobody!--that it seems to be yours alone. In addition to the magnificent beach, Aqua House also boasts all the amenities of home. It has two air-conditioned bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower level. Each bedroom has private access to its own bathroom. A private, covered deck on which you can read, or nap, or look at the sea is attached to the master bedroom through French doors. The upper level comprises a completely appointed kitchen including a washer and dryer, a large dining area, and a spacious living area connected to a private, covered balcony through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. From this high vantage point, you can enjoy overlooking the beach and the sea while dining, libating, or merely relaxing and enjoying your amazing lot in life. When the horizon is clear, you WILL see the Green Flash!!
A mere 20 minute flight from the relative hustle-bustle of Providenciales (Provo to us) lies the ultra laid-back island of Grand Turk--our home sweet paradise. This very small island--not quite 9 square miles--is surrounded by soft, white sand beaches set in an unbelievably breathtakingly beautiful turquoise-blue sea. In front of Aqua House--and clearly visible from all the east-side windows--is a salina (salt pond) that is populated by myriad varieties of seabirds. There are land birds as well--ospreys, warblers, hummingbirds, etc.--making Grand Turk a Mecca for birders and photographers. Approximately 200 yards off the Grand Turk shoreline, lies the third largest barrier reef in the world which guarantees spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling year round. The three local dive shops operate small boats and take groups of eight or fewer diving and/or snorkeling, and only one boat is permitted on each dive site buoy. So, like the uncrowded beach, the ocean is similarly uncrowded--by people, that is. It's FULL of marine life! The dive shops also offer excursions to nearby islands to play with the rays, picnic, snorkel, and swim. Furthermore, fishing on the island or from small fishing boats is available as is horseback riding. Aqua House provides six bicycles for island transportation and/or touring.
Our ultimate gift to you, our dear guests, is the absolute disappearance of all the tension and the stress you brought with you. You will NOT be taking any of that home along with your beach and sea treasures!
I became a SCUBA diver in 1993; thereafter, I began to travel to glorious diving sites worldwide. My first trip to Grand Turk was in 1997, and I have been returning every year since then and staying longer each time. In fact, I live in three countries--the Turks and Caicos, England, and the USA--the country of my birth. This is why I have a friend/manager for Aqua House--I can't do it myself at present. However, since I love the laid-back life and the people who live in Grand Turk so very much, I hope to become a legal resident of the Turks and Caicos and live in Grand Turk myself.
DALE BARKER purchased this condo in 2001
In 2001, I toured Aqua House as a prospective buyer. The three units were being refurbished with soaring white ceilings over magnificent hardwood floors imported from Guyana, and enormous windows overlooking the ocean in the back and a salt pond full of birds in the front. To put it mildly, I was besotted with a building! I managed to buy two of the three condominiums and love them even more now. When the airplane taking me to Grand Turk lands at the airport, all the built-up stress and tension dissolves away almost instantly. I drop my bags at Aqua House and walk to Duke Street where most of the bars and restaurants and dive shops are. I reconnect with my local buddies for a couple of months of heaven on earth. I walk on the beach, dive, snorkel, collect beachy treasures that I make into jewelry or mirror frames, and read voraciously. I dance to the Caribbean music of the local live bands and even sip a brew or two. I watch whales and play with dolphins. When it's time to go, I'm never ready to leave. Coming to Grand Turk is like stepping back a few decades in time, and it suits me. It's truly a place where, 'Don't worry, be happy' seems to be the law of the land. When YOU come to Grand Turk, be prepared to experience the most relaxing, stress-free vacation you have ever had!
Aqua House is larger than the other beach-front rentals on Grand Turk. When I bought Aqua House, I was thinking of how comfortable my family and I would be if several of them came to visit at the same time. The bedrooms are large enough to add a roll-away bed or two, and each bedroom has its own full bathroom. The spacious kitchen is fully equipped to prepare meals of any size. There are a dishwasher and a clothes washer and dryer in the kitchen. Four or five people can live very comfortably together in this condo. The privacy of the upper-level covered balcony and the lower-level covered deck allows additional room for eating, reading, napping, dreaming.............
Just returned from Grand Turk and staying at this condo. The ocean is RIGHT out your patio and wonderful views and sounds of the ocean. We loved having breakfast and grilling off of living room patio set and then during the afternoon and evenings outside on the lower level out of bedroom with the lounge chairs. Make sure at night you put on bug spray going outside or you will get bit!! We had wonderful neighbors next door that were there from Canada and enjoyed some visits with them. The bikes work just fine but are old- neighbors had some issues with chains coming off..but I think they fixed it up and were on the go again. We rented a golf cart for a day and got to see more of the island in the hill areas- beautiful homes! We had no issues IN the house with bugs bites at all so we didn't use the netting around the beds at all. The condo had everything we could want. The cooling is ONLY in the bedrooms downstairs there is nothing upstairs at all just so you know. So it cooled okay but just got a little muggy and warm in the house overall. The appliances all worked just fine but are a little rusted and worn. Wonderful that they pick you up at the airport and take you to the liquor store and the grocery store and back to the airport when you depart. They don't have much of a selection at the grocery stores compared to USA but we found some things. The liquor/beer IS expensive. We did Turk Head light in the cans - a case is like $35.00 compared to imported USA beer of $87.00 a case or so. It wasn't bad beer at all. Wine is spendy and liquor. The island is very small...very friendly people and very safe. But after about 4 days we had seen every inch of the island and wasn't much more to do or see. Fun to see the potcakes, the donkeys and horses all running wild. Even had a horse up by our balcony lower level when we left- he stepped in the water buck for feet and cracked it but he just was thirsty :) We went to the Osprey hotel for dinner one night - nice but again prices are more than I was used to seeing. Jacks was our favorite spot and the Jerk Chicken was delicious!!! We enjoyed the condo and all the accessories you could want. We were just two people and had LOTS of room - extra bathroom and extra bedroom. I would recommend it without hesitation. THANKS Lucy for your help during our stay as well!! Dale and Stacy
I could ramble on and on about all the wonderful points that everyone else has made....I will not. All I can say is that we got more than we expected. We love your place. We plan on returning January 2016 and renting both units so that our Parents and Siblings can join us this time. If you require constant entertainment and need to be waited on hand and foot....this is not the place, or island, for you. If you want to hear the waves crash 24/7....the wind to blow through the condo....the water and sun to renew your soul. THIS IS THE PLACE. We will forever be grateful for the opportunity to stay at Aqua House. If the good Lord is willing, we will be back often. Now, I am off to schedule my dive certification! Until next time....
Aqua House is everything and more than what they advertise. Quiet, beachfront two story condo with more amenities than a room at the Ritz Carlton. We rented a golf cart for our stay which allows easy trips to restaurants and grocery stores. Dive shop is literally 10 minute walk up the beach. Diving the Wall is what it is all about. GT Diving got me open water certified and the world of under the sea is open for visits. Island is very laid back. Locals are friendly and openly engage in helpful suggestions on dining and places of interest.
We can not say enough about Aqua House accommodations. Owner is into details for creature comfort. They pick you up at airport on which is minutes away and take you to the local grocery store on the way to the condo. I don't get this treatment at home. Thank you Lucy for getting the cable/wi-fi up and running within hours of our call. If diving is your interest, Grand Turk and Aqua House take care of business.
This was a great property. Better than I expected, and my hopes were high. We had an amazing time. The condo was very well equipped and clean. Beautiful furnishings and comfy beds! We swam every day, and snorkelled just off our shore and saw many fish! There were tons of shells and glass to find every day. Loved the sound of the ocean. We had a great view of the ocean, cruise ships and yes we even saw whales from the deck! Highly recommend the rental of a golf cart if you have younger children, the bikes ( while useful were too big for kids). And by the time you get somewhere you were very hot. Everyone was great to talk to and deal with. Hope to be back soon!
We've done many houses and Aquahouse by far was the best stocked. In the kitchen there was:
Lipton's flavored teas, Maxwell house coffee, 1000 Box pack of Splenda, sugar
Any spices you could ever need (probably unopened)
Cooking Oils, flour, vanilla extract, salt, pepper
Fridge with mustard, jam, bbq sauce, salad dressings
I'm probably forgetting a few things.
Now on to other items:
First aid kit that contains all you could ever need such as bug itch creams, sunscreens, band-aids, disinfectant and organic bug spray +++!
All new pots and pans (I had to take the stickers off) + endless bowls, Tupperware, strainers etc etc.
Batteries, flashlights, candles, ziplock bags, saran wrap, foil, bulbs +++
Full laundry with detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets +++.
The charcoal grill is unused and brand spanking new. Also comes with a tube starter, tongs and gloves. BTW Cee's has charcoal. We visited ALL the other supermarkets before we gave up, I believe it was a Sunday and Cee's is closed, someone has to be first to buy charcoal. I would have but not for 1 meal.
To say Aquahouse is well equipped is an understatement.
The kitchen/ tv room is upstairs which took a little getting used too but it means no lugging luggage upstairs.
The location isn't too far from Duke street and can be walked/biked but we had a rental car which made things so much easier. Sometimes you need to visit all the supermarkets if you want fresh berries and anything green. They all seem to have fresh stuff come on different days.
As for the water we were told to use bottled water. I left some jugs to refill and the water station ($1/Gallon) isn't far from the house. Just make sure to buy the 1G containers not the 3.75L ones or you'll waste a little water each time you refill them (like I did!)
The bedrooms each have A/C which we put on at night around 79F, they are nice but we were never too hot. There are screens everywhere. However there are wood shutters on the staircases that are painted and can't be opened/closed. Our issue is 2 of them are opened just 3/8" but perfect for mosquitoes to enter and they will enter the house and torment you at night. There are bug nets over the beds, so you'll be safe sleeping. This had to be our only issue with the house.
Dale was great and the tour she took us on was a first and really helped figuring out where things are and what's open when. Thanks Dale!
It was a pleasure staying at Aqua House. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms was hard to find - but, we did it and we were literally right on the beach!! The adults loved waking up to the ocean and relaxing on the balconies for breakfast and the kids loved running from their bedrooms to the sand as soon as they woke up. It was so easy to see them while we caught up with one another -- I wouldn't have changed a thing. The sunsets are so magnificent - breathtaking - we actually saw the green flash! WOW! I loved that there was a fully stocked kitchen with spices and condiments. It was so easy. The owner is so thoughtful with every detail from the kitchen to every item of decor. She really has a wonderful eye and has made these condos so comfortable and relaxing. There are plenty of DVDs for both adults and kids which was terrific for movie night. I also must mention the washer and dryer - especially with the little ones. We have stayed in other places without these amenities and it really does make all of the difference! The day we arrived the manager of the property took us to the grocery store to stock up. When I needed something extra - I just rode one of the many bikes to the store. So easy! Also, we walked (took us 10 minutes) for a lovely dinner down the beach at a yummy local restaurant. You will not be sorry if you have the pleasure of staying at Aqua House Condos. We will definitely be back! Thank you Aqua House for the unforgettable stay and memories.
Aqua House is located in a quiet residential area. It faces the ocean in the back, a salina in the front, and a small park on one side. A very short walk--less than 10 minutes via the beach or the road--takes you to Duke Street where most of the bars and restaurants and dive shops are located. You will enjoy the solitude of 'your' beach. You can walk a couple of miles and not see another person. But, on Cruise Ship days, if you crave more activity, you may go to the Cruise Ship Centre and join in with their festivities, eat in their restaurants, and shop in their shops including a duty-free store.
Your level of activity can range from doing absolutely nothing to filling your days with water sports, whale and dolphin watching, island excursions to feed sting rays and eat fresh conch, sightseeing on foot, bicycle, or rented scooter, shopping, fishing, bird watching, riding horses, beach combing, reading, eating and drinking, and/or making new friends.
Grand Turk is one island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago that has maintained its historical significance. The National Museum on Grand Turk is the place to go for in-depth information about the original Taino Indians, the development of the salt trade, the War of 1812, and John Glenn's nose cone landing. The evolution of the salt trade was aided by Bermudians who left behind buildings of significant Bermudian architecture, the salinas, and the free-roaming donkeys you will see while you are here. Flint rock and knapped flints from 1812 wash up on the beach every day--200 years after the war. John Glenn's space landing occurred here because there was a US Naval Base near the open sea on Grand Turk. The base is now the site of the Community College. A replica of John Glenn's nose cone is displayed on John Glenn Drive at the entrance to the airport. You will see signs all over Grand Turk identifying this island as Columbus's First Landing. Maybe--maybe not!