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Island Odyssey

Get an exclusive first look at the Caribbean's most anticipated luxury resort, South Bank.

Article by Gabi De la Rosa

Photography by Photography courtesy of South Bank

Originally published in River Oaks Lifestyle

Families looking to get a head start on planning a holiday or 2025 vacations will be thrilled that one of the most highly anticipated resorts in the Caribbean has announced a fall opening date. Gorgeous turquoise waters, temperate winters, and abundant waterfront fun are a few reasons to visit the Turks and Caicos islands, but for those on the fence about when to book a trip, the November 1 opening of South Bank might be the deal maker. 

This extraordinary oceanfront resort and marina encompasses 31 acres with 2,200 feet of ocean frontage on the stunning waters of Caicos Bank. Boasting 92 Resort Villas, Sky Villas, and Boathouse Residences, ranging from one to six bedrooms – South Bank makes it easy to find accommodations for groups of any size. 

Unveiling the Ocean Swimming Lagoon

A standout feature of South Bank is Turks & Caicos' first ocean swimming lagoon. This 5-acre, 4.5-feet-deep lagoon offers a protected area for swimming and playing, surrounded by a white-sand beach and two tropical islands. 

Vision and Design

"South Bank represents our vision for a new kind of oceanside living," said Ingo Reckhorn, co-founder of Windward. "We aimed to blend contemporary architecture with the natural beauty and tranquility of the ocean." 

Ivor Stanbrook, co-founder of Windward, emphasized the project's commitment to environmental stewardship, highlighting sustainable building practices and reef-restoration projects. "Our goal has been to enhance the natural beauty of South Bank and live up to the Turks and Caicos motto 'Beautiful by nature,'" he said.

Neighborhoods and Residences

South Bank's masterplan, designed by London and Turks and Caicos-based Blee Halligan Architects, comprises four distinct neighborhoods: Ocean Estate Villas, Lagoon Villas, The Boathouses, and Arc. Each neighborhood offers different amenities ranging from bespoke culinary and wellness services to secluded gardens and rooftop terraces. The Ocean Estate Villas, slated to open in 2026, is the resort's crown jewel, offering visitors options ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 square feet. 

World-Class Amenities

Families, couples, and solo travelers will enjoy South Bank's array of amenities. Those who always wanted to relax in a beach fire pit lounge are in luck, because it is just one of the top-notch comforts. Others include two neighborhood swimming pools, bicycles, a fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a spa with waterfront treatment rooms. The resort also provides elite personal concierges and trained butlers to assist guests with private boat charters, eco-tours, diving excursions, and more.

Culinary Experiences

In addition to personal chefs who curate in-villa dining experiences, the resort has a fine-dining restaurant. Lua at South Bank offers exceptional Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a beachfront setting, while the 'Nuttin Bar' provides bespoke cocktails on the lagoon islands.

"South Bank represents our vision for a new kind of oceanside living, where the connection to the water is more than just a view—it's a way of life." Ingo Reckhorn, co-founder of Windward, the developer of South Bank