San Alfonso del Mar resort is the biggest swimming pool in the world. If you like doing rounds in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy beverages before diving in to this one.
The Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar resort. The biggest swimming pool in the world. Large enough for sailing and comes with its own fake beach
It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115-ft deep end and contains 66 million gallons of water.
The Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world.
But if you capricious splashing out on one of your own — and you have the space to accommodate it. Then beware: This one took five years to build, cost nearly $1 billion and the annual maintenance bill will be $2 million.
The man-made saltwater lagoon has been attracting enormous crowds to the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile’s southern coast, since it opened.
Its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can view the bottom even in the deep end.
It dwarfs the world’s second biggest pool, the Orthlieb — nicknamed the Big Splash — in Morocco, which is a mere 150 yards long and 100 yards wide. An Olympic size pool scales some 50 yards by 25 yards.
How was the pool built?
Chile’s monster pool uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to maintain fresh seawater in everlasting circulation. Drawing it in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out at the other.
The sun warms the water to 26°C, nine degrees warmer than the adjacent sea.
Chilean biochemist Fernando Fischmann, whose Crystal Lagoons Corporation designed the pool, said advanced engineering meant his company could build “an impressive artificial paradise” even in inhospitable places.
“As long as we have access to infinite seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to the ocean.”
The result is a hugely popular tourist target. Not only for international visitors but Chileans themselves. After all, who doesn’t want to sail a boat on a swimming pool?
If you fancied swimming a length of the pool, you’re looking at covering three fifths of a mile. Which is fundamentally 20 Olympic-size swimming pools laid end-to-end.
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