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A Gulf Coast Gem, the Perdido Beach Resort

In Spanish, “perdido” means “lost.” Yet it’s with no sense of irony that guests staying at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, frequently call it the best-kept secret along the Gulf Shore. The resort is the largest privately owned and operated hotel in the area, but the mix of tenured staff and enthusiastic workers makes this grandiose resort feel like a small town with loads of charm and friendly faces at each corner.

The Perdido Beach Resort opened in the summer of 1987 in Orange Beach, just a short drive from both Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida; the resort features 344 spacious guest rooms spread throughout the two towers that meet at the base to form this property. Rooms feature private balconies that look out on either the beach or the pool; options include executive suites, two-bedroom suites and a club level with access to a private-club-level lounge. But the grand views of the beach aren’t reserved for the top floors; even the lobby level offers stunning panoramic views of the beach so guests can get a glimpse of the sandy shores before even checking in.

The resort has a Mediterranean feel, with breezy hallways and a soothing color palette that guides visitors through the property’s four on-site restaurants. Along with an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center, hot tubs and more, the resort boasts the largest convention center on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The layout includes 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and banquet facilities, including 9,000 square feet of exhibition space and 14,500 square feet of outdoor meeting space spread throughout two separate beachfront venues.

The resort specializes in full-service event planning and has become a regular venue for countless clients coming back each year for business meetings, networking conferences and even family reunions. This Gulf Coast gem offers a relaxing place to play, meet and stay with tons of options for eating and entertaining.

Meeting Space

The meeting spaces at the Perdido Beach Resort range from an expansive indoor ballroom to a covered pavilion on a private bayside dock on Cotton Bayou. The 8,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can hold up to 1,050 guests, can be broken into eight separate sections and features high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, with one of the highest integrated sound systems on the coast. On the lobby level, the resort offers the Sand Castle room for up to 265 guests, the Sand Dollar room for up to 105 guests and a boardroom for up to 18 guests. On the beach level, planners can access the Grand Reef and Paradise Reef rooms, which can accommodate up to 800 and 115 guests, respectively. Outdoor venues include the Beach Deck for up to 1,000 guests, Paradise Point for up to 650 guests and, of course, the beach and the bayside dock.