Can you believe this place in Chile? Imagine doing 10 laps of this pool
lengthwise! On a jet-ski maybe. It is 1.3klms long, 800 mtrs wide (8/10 of a
mile long by 1/2 mile wide) at its shortest point and varies from ankle
depth to 8 mtrs deep. It employs 41 life guards and has lifesaving devices
which pop out of the bottom in various locations in case of rescue
requirements. Built jointly by Korean/Japanese interests, it's expected to
have a business life scale of 15 years.
If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the
energy drinks before diving in to this one. It is more than 1,000 yards long,
covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.
Yesterday the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in
Chile as the biggest in the world.
But if you fancy 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 huge crowds to the San Alfonso
del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile 's southern coast, since it opened last
Its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can see 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 measures some 50 yards by 25 yards.
Chile 's monster pool uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system
to keep fresh seawater in permanent circulation, drawing it in from the ocean at
one end and pumping it out at the other.
The sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining 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 areas. "As long as we have
access to unlimited seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to
This artificially created lagoon is located in the central coast of Chile
and is part of San Alfonso del Mar resort. It is in the Guinness World
Records as being the biggest pool in the world. It is 1,000-meter long,
19-acre outdoor pool that utilizes a technology developed by the Chilean
company Crystal Lagoons, which uses water pumped from the Pacific Ocean,
that is then filtered and treated for supply to the pool.