Grace Bay Resorts Appoints Atilla Cimsit as General Manager of South Bank

Grace Bay Resorts, the boutique developer and operator of some of the finest luxury resorts and branded residences in Turks and Caicos, is pleased to announce the appointment of Atilla Cimsit as General Manager of South Bank, the island’s newest luxury residential complex and mega-yacht marina, situated on 31 acres of peaceful bank in Long Bay, due to open in late 2023. Developed by Windward, the creator of exclusive beachfront residential and resort communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the The unprecedented new development will feature four distinct contemporary neighborhoods, as well as access to the South Bank Marina. With almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Cimsit will oversee the pre-opening of the South Bank.

“We are confident that Cimsit will lead a successful opening for South Bank and will continue to help us drive the results and recognition that have positioned Grace Bay Resorts as the Caribbean’s leading luxury operator and developer,” said Nikheel Advani, COO and Managing Director. of Grace Bay. Touristic centres. “With Cimsit’s experience in luxury and extensive knowledge, we look forward to working closely with him on this important opening for our brand.”

Born in British Columbia, Canada, Cimsit graduated from kukurova University in Adana, Turkey with a degree in hotel management and began his career in the luxury cruise industry with Crystal Cruises. Cimsit continued to expand her hospitality expertise by serving in food and beverage roles at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Aviawest Resorts on Vancouver Island. She led the pre-opening of The St. Regis Istanbul prior to her first stint as general manager at Qualicum Beach Inn in British Columbia. In 2018, Cimsit relocated to the Turks and Caicos Islands and joined the COMO Parrot Cay team as a Private Estate Manager and later Director of Guest Experiences. In his free time, Cimsit likes to travel internationally to destinations where he can enjoy water sports and biking.

“I am honored that Grace Bay Resorts and Windward have entrusted me with the opening of South Bank, which will be unlike anything seen in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Atilla Cimsit, General Manager of South Bank. “With the island’s first man-made lagoon and incredible residences that seem to float on azure waters, along with the handcrafted hospitality experiences Grace Bay Resorts is known for, South Bank is sure to become a highly sought after destination.”

With its first phase inaugurated at the end of 2023, south bank will offer one to seven-bedroom oceanfront residences spread across four low-density neighborhoods with their own personalities, including the newly launched Arc, an innovative six-story luxury residential building designed by world-renowned architect and designer Piero Lissoni. Homes on the South Bank, from waterfront villas to boathouses with their own private docks, will exude a sophisticated modern Caribbean aesthetic and promote seamless indoor/outdoor living through panoramic waterfront views and natural design elements. South Bank will give homeowners endless vacations Lifestyle and access to transformative amenities, including a full-service boat concierge and marina; a calm and unique lagoon for swimming; outdoor pools with fire pit lounge; an elegant white sand beach; haute cuisine establishments; and an energizing spa and fitness center overlooking the lagoon and its landscaped relaxation islands.

“The Windward team is also very excited to have Atilla leading the opening of South Bank”, said Ivor Stanbrook, Director of Windward. “With his expertise in owner relations and guest experiences, we are sure he will help make South Bank one of Turks and Caicos’ gems and a destination unto itself.”

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