A lazy day relaxing on the water has taken on a new meaning at OLEA with the announcement from Dart Real Estate, NCB Group and Trio Architecture that the new community will feature the first lazy river in the Cayman Islands.
A lazy river is a water ride usually found in amusement parks or resorts that will now be an amenity in Camana Bay’s newest residential for-sale neighbourhood. This continually flowing feature will wind its way around the swimming pool, meandering like a river with a slow current, allowing guests to drift along on rafts or floaties.
The movement of the water is achieved by a series of pumps along the perimeter of the river. The water is constantly recirculated and filtered in the same way as a regular pool. The movement of the water is achieved by a series of pumps along the perimeter of the river. The water is constantly recirculated and filtered in the same way as a regular pool.
The communities’ solar array will provide all the power needed to run these pumps.
“OLEA’s lazy river is a 380-linear-feet long, looped river located next to the main pool,” explains Mike Stroh from Trio Architecture. “You’ll start at a calm shallow area, and quickly find yourself surrounded by a lush landscape that transports you to the Amazon River in South America. Well, maybe not quite the Amazon, but we have designed the river to bring an experience unlike any other in Cayman, where you can relax as the slow flow of the water takes you on a journey surrounded by dense trees, palms, sandy banks and waterfalls.”
The water will flow at a speed of 2 to 2.5 feet per second or approximately 1.7 miles per hour, which is just fast enough to feel as if you were in the middle of the jungle, but slow enough to be safe and enjoyable for the whole family.
You can also enjoy refreshing cool mists from gentle waterfalls or make a stop at one of the two beach areas created on the banks of the river, perfect for barbecues or a picnic.
“I grew up next to a river in Cali, Colombia, and one of the most pleasant memories I have is enjoying the river flow, listening to the movement of the water, while surrounded by lush landscape,” says Stroh. “We wanted to introduce a feature that not only was unique to the island, but that also appealed to all. To live and work in Cayman can be quite stressful, so what better way to recharge our batteries than floating on a lazy river on a Sunday afternoon?”
Site work on the first and second phase of OLEA’s condos, townhomes and duplexes has begun with completion of phase 1 expected in August 2020.
For more information on the lazy river and OLEA’s other amenities, visit camanabay.com.