I’m an admitted beach-bum and I love to travel to warm destinations, yet somehow I missed news several months ago that the world’s largest pool had opened. The pool is located at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, about 56 miles from Santiago. The pool breaks multiple records – it’s a total of 66 million gallons of water that stretches 19 acres and is 115 feet deep. Oh and the length…over 3,300 feet long! Here’s the description from the hotel’s website which highlights that the pool allows guests to experience water similar to the “Caribbean Sea” while right in the middle of the Chilean central coast.
The most emblematic building work at San Alfonso held the first Guinness record as the world’s largest man-made crystal clear lagoon, with an extension of more than one kilometer in length, eight hectares and 250 million liters of water. Hard to imagine? We are talking about nothing less than the equivalent to 6,000 familiar 8-meters-long pools. Apart from its large size, the lagoon has another spectacular feature: its waters have the transparency and intense turquoise color of tropical seas. This has been made possible thanks to an advanced technology developed by the company Crystal Lagoons, which is able to collect ocean water and keep it in perfect condition. But this is not all that it is there: during summer, the lagoon further maintains a pleasant temperature that borders 26ºC, nine degrees more than the nearby sea temperature. The success and exclusivity of this technology has enabled Crystal Lagoons to export its know-how to major international real-estate projects.
Oh, but don’t expect to go swimming in this record breaking pool. It’s for water activities including scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. That’s what the numerous other pools are for. Those too create a fake Caribbean environment:
The private beaches of each building have their own docks and truly recreate a tropical environment. Their white sands and numerous palm trees constitute a paradisiacal space for exclusive use of the resort inhabitants.
Pretty interesting concept, but I don’t even spend much time at the pools in the Caribbean, much preferring the experience of the natural beaches I traveled to see.