Guinness-certified as the World's Largest Swimming Pool, this 3,280-foot-long salt water stunner does not reside in Texas or Vegas. Its rippling waves do not stretch along the white sandy coastline of Japan or one of the Arab Emirates. The crystalline waters of this massive, man-made lagoon live in Algarrobo, Chile, about 55 miles west of Santiago, in the equally gargantuan real estate project, San Alfonso del Mar.
In addition to its sheer grandeur, the San Alfonso del Mar Saltwater Lagoon sports waters as transparent and intensely turquoise as the tropical Chilean seas that flow alongside it thanks to Crystal Lagoons technology. In the summer, it maintains temperatures of 26 degrees C ( 78.8 F), 9 degrees higher than the ocean.
And how much water does it take to fill 8 hectares of swimmin' hole? Let's just say that if I had a nickel for every gallon of water in the World's Largest Swimming Pool, I might have enough money to buy one of the apartments in the pyramid buildings overlooking it. OK, fine. Let's just say it's over 66 million gallons.
But speaking of the San Alfonso del Mar residences, they are available for purchase in 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom models. Many owners also rent their units to travelers seeking the thrill of sailing, skiing, kayaking or 8-person island rafting in the Saltwater Lagoon. The facility includes full hotel amenities, such as: maid service; a salon; a restaurant-pub and grocery store; sports courts and a full gym; and an open-air amphitheater.
Top 5 Uses for the World's Largest Swimming Pool
- Destination for the ultimate skinny dipping flash mob.
- Chicken fights: girls on the top, King Kong and Godzilla on the bottom.
- Peace offering to Cthulhu.
- Controlled environment for determining whether or not Michael Phelps can swim faster than a great white shark.
- Marco Polo.