A project to develop the former Bama Bayou property just across the Intracoastal Canal Waterway from The Wharf entertainment complex in Orange Beach is moving forward, thanks to the Presidium Group of Texas.

The Presidium Group purchased the property earlier this year and has formally announced its plans to develop the property into a retail-entertainment destination featuring a hotel and condos, Gulf and marine services, a convention center, restaurants and a 15-acre water park.

The Bama Bayou Resort and Convention Center is expected to feature a 68,000 +/- gross square foot convention center, the largest private meeting facility on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Planned amenities include valet parking, concierge services, a world-class spa, fitness center, pool and much more.

The Marina Village, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, is expected to include shops, colorful waterside cafes and restaurants featuring Southern specialties and fresh seafood.

Commitments from local favorites include two restaurant and bar venues overlooking the intracoastal and marina waterways. The Amphitheatre in the heart of Marina Village will provide a variety of nightlife and entertainment opportunities.

From the Marina, visitors will be able to enjoy various water activities including fishing expeditions and waterway cruises.

The Marina Village Resort includes two condominium developments overlooking the snorkel lagoon and marina. This 220-unit resort features executive meeting space, access to the spa, fitness center, golf course, resort pool, concierge services, snorkel lagoon, and shuttles to and from the beach.

Visitors will be able to experience the Scenic Wetlands of the Gulf Coast as they stroll through the planned 35-acre Nature Walk. This setting is filled with migratory and native birds, butterflies, turtles and indigenous flowers and trees. Visit the Orange Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation exhibit for some of the best "edutainment" activity offered on the Gulf Coast.

Gulf World Marine Park will feature lush landscaping, wooden boardwalks, rocks and waterfalls. Visitors will see exotic and marine animals in their natural habitats; watch live performance with dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds; and swim with dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals.

Bama Bayou Snorkeling Lagoon will allow visitors to swim and snorkel with tropical fish in a coral reef habitat.

The Bama Beach Water Park will combine the beauty of local waterways and wetlands with the adventurous spirit of world-class water slides, a massive wave pool and a lazy river.

In addition to the traditional wave pool and water slides, there will be “activity pools,” some limited to adults only and some limited to children only; a large family raft ride; and a lazy river.

Additionally, the water park will incorporate audio/visual effects into certain water slides to enhance the rider experience.

The lazy river will serve as both a ride, as well as a means of transportation from one attraction to another, and will have lush landscaping and trees surrounding it and several opportunities for guests to enter and exit when they choose.

A timeline for completion has not yet been released. Meanwhile, as we anticipate the opening of this multi-faceted entertainment destination, enjoy all the fun available at The Wharf, the new Park at OWA amusement park, and longtime favorite Waterville USA.

Stay in a three-bedroom condo in Orange Beach next time you visit the beach, and be close to all the fun!