Once the largest crystalline lagoon, the tourist complex of San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile, measures one kilometre in length and is powered by a state of the art technology, which allows to keep it clean and fresh, while using less chemicals | Source: Crystal Lagoons

Post-Covid Travel: Seven Luxury Lagoons You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Global pool manufacturer Crystal Lagoons has designed some of the most extravagant lagoons across the globe. And if standards are anything to go by – they certainly exceed expectations on every level. A conventional size swimming pool is believed to have an area of roughly 21sq metres – and Crystal Lagoons largest creation – the 125,000sq metres City of Stars lagoon in Egypt, can fit 5,952 standard pools inside its walls. There are levels to excellent pool designs and then there is the extraordinary. Here is a look at some of the most opulent lagoons you need to put on your post-covid travel list.

City Stars Sharm El Sheikh Lagoon

Location: Eygpt

As aforementioned, the 12.5-hectare lagoon is the largest swimming pool in the world. The A$7.4 billion manmade crystal lagoon, can hardly be thought of as a swimming pool – it’s expansive enough to sail a yacht. The centrepiece of the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh development, the luxury pool breaks the previous world record set by another Crystal Lagoon Corp project.

San Alfonso del Mar

Location: Chile

The previous record-holder for the worlds largest swimming pool, San Alfonso del Mar, is so big it’s actually designed for boating. Completed in 2006, the 1012 metre long pool covers 20 acres, holds 66 million gallons of seawater and reaches depths of 35 metres. Another masterpiece by Crystal Lagoon Corp, is part of the San Alfonso del Mar Resort that actually sits alongside the Pacific Ocean, posing the question – beach or pool?

Hearst Castle

Location: San Simeon, California

Owned in the 1930s by American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the castle is actually a museum highlighting two majestic pools. Both the outdoor Neptune Pool and the Roman indoor pool resemble opulent Roman baths built in marble and mosaic tiles surrounded by Italian-crafted statues. The world-famous Neptune outdoor swimming pool measure 18 meters in length by 29 in-depth and is filled with 345,000 gallons of saltwater that refracts light to create a brilliant turquoise hue.

Hotel Villa Honegg

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

There’s nothing quite as opulent as a pool with a view. And it doesn’t get much greater than the leisure pool at Hotel Villa Honegg in Lucerne, overlooking the breathtaking Swiss Alps. The 34ºC heated outdoor pool delivers extraordinary scenes of the mountains and the lake in any season. While most opt to stay at the wellness facility, there’s also a day pass available to the pool and spa for a truly one-off experience.

The Golden Nugget

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Everything is more extravagant in Las Vegas and its swimming pool designs are no different. The award-winning pool at the Golden Nugget Resort, allows guests to swim with the sharks. The 200,000-gallon aquarium is separated from the main pool by a thin layer of glass. The luxury pool also features a 9-meter state-of-the-art waterslide, a poolside bar and waterfalls.

The Nemo 33

Location: Brussels, Belgium

One of the deepest pools in the world is unsurprisingly designed for divers. Located in Brussels, the pool reaches depths of almost 40m and took seven years to construct. The highly regulated pool is filled with over 700,000 gallons of highly filtered, non-chlorinated spring water that’s kept at a constant 30 degrees Celsius. For a fee, experienced divers can explore the plenty of underwater tunnels and rooms or the pool also offers diving classes for non-divers.

Chongwe River House

Location: Zambia

A luxury pool amongst the wildlife – what’s more extravagant than that? The Chongwe River House is a private home on the banks of the Chongwe River that offers a poolside experience like nothing else. Surrounded by the mountains of Zambia, the luxury pool provides a safari-like setting to relax and unwind. The boutique resort routinely gets visits from the local wildlife who also want to enjoy the spectacular water.

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