… The largest pool in the world.
If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to get in some training before taking on the pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile’s southern coast.
The Guinness Book of Records has named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-foot deep end, and holds 66 million gallons of water. Its staggering dimentions are only matched by the staggering costs that go with it… cost to build: nearly 1 billion; annual maintenance: 2 million
The sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining sea and its turquoise waters are so crystal clear that you can see the bottom even in the deep end.
Orthlieb (nicknamed the Big Splash) in Morocco which was the biggest pool in the world is dwarfed by the San Alfonso del Mar’s pool which 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.
Fernando Fischmann the Chilean biochemist 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 the ocean.”