It seems every Summer season, most resorts worldwide take their swimming pools to the next level. Some offer artificial lagoons that recreate beachfront experiences (for when the real thing’s not within reach), and others with elaborate rooftop pools surprising guests with unimaginable skyline views.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect travel destination this Summer 2021, read on and check out these nine swimming pools that have earned the spot on history books, ranking as the largest in the world. You’ll be surprised how big these pools are!
Citystars Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt)
At 23.9 acres, it’s no surprise that the Citystars Sharm El Sheik is the largest pool in the world today, remaining unbeaten at the Guinness World Records for the largest artificial body of water. The famous swimming pool is situated in an Egyptian resort town and resembles a natural body of water.
Built to be in the middle of the Sinai desert, three miles from the Egyptian coast, the Citystars lagoon building costs are at $5.5 million and takes several weeks to fill it with saltwater. White sand beaches surround the seawater lagoon, offering guests opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and sailing.
San Alfonso del Mar (Chile)
Measuring around 20 acres and holds 66 million gallons of water, reaching maximum depths of 11.5 feet, the San Alfonso Del Mar is comparable to the size of 6,000 backyard pools! The pool is also by the same company as the Citystars Lagoon in Egypt, hence the similarities.
The San Alfonso del Mar is a private residential resort within the Chilean city of Algarrobo, located approximately 62 miles from the capital city of Santiago. The enormous pool is situated right next to a beach and filled with saltwater, but constantly regulated and warmer than the sea nearby.
The first three entries on the list make all others pale in comparison, indeed.
On the third spot is Thailand’s MahaSamutr (‘the ocean’ in English translation), an impressive 17-acre pool part of an exquisite and opulent $450 million resort community complex.
The pool features white sand beaches and turquoise waters mimicking the pristine environment of unspoiled natural beaches and lagoons, serving as a personal mini sea, if you will, for the resort’s guests, and offers beaches and water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, and even sailing. There’s also an island in the middle, filled with luxury villas.
The Orthlieb Pool of Casablanca (Morocco)
Some may think this grand pool shouldn’t be on the list, but it’s a story worth knowing. For an extended period, the Ortlieb Pool of Casablanca in Morocco was recognized as the largest pool in the world, covering a whopping 8.9 acres and measuring 1,574 feet in length and 246 feet in width. While the statistics may sound impressive, you’ll be disheartened to know that there’s little sign of its existence today.
With only reports remaining about it being several decades old and no photos to prove its existence, The Ortlieb Pool of Casablanca now sounds more like a myth than reality. The only thing that might prove the pool existed is some ancient postcards.
Las Brisas (Chile)
Did you know that the Las Brisas luxury condominium complex in Chile comes with a gorgeous five-acre saltwater pool? Yes, the resort community brings tourists and residents alike an enormous saltwater pool, which measures roughly the same size as 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools put together, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and even mimicking its brilliant blue waters! At the time of its construction, the pool was the second-largest of its kind– 45 million liters of temperature-controlled seawater are pumped into the pool daily, recreating beachfront swimming and water sports conditions for residents, as swimming in the ocean is not permitted.
Laguna Bahia (Chile)
On the sixth spot is Laguna Bahia resort, still in Chile, offering a pool that spans over 150,000 square feet. Yes, you read it right! The luxurious pool is around 3.5 acres, making it the second-largest pool in the city of Algarrobo after its neighboring resort pool at San Alfonso del Mar. It’s big enough for a variety of beachfront water activities, including windsurfing and kayaking. Meanwhile, the children’s section of the pool features shallow waters for wading, while its extended beach area offers ample opportunities for relaxing and sunbathing.
Hayman Island Resort (Australia)
Nearby Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the Hayman Island Resort Pool, which spans the distance of more than seven Olympic-sized pools, clocking in at a surface area of over 78,000 feet. The artificial lagoon is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring a freshwater area surrounded by a larger saltwater section, with a sand bar along the center for relaxation. There are also four interconnecting boardwalks spanning the water’s surface, with the longest measuring 165 feet.
Dreamworld Fun Lagoon (Pakistan)
You’d think that only the western world has the best and the largest, but Pakistan is here to prove you otherwise!
Dreamworld Fun Lagoon is the world’s largest freshwater swimming pool, measuring approximately two acres and covering a surface area of more than 95,000 square feet. The pool is part of the Dreamworld theme park located in the Pakistani metropolis of Karachi.
Several water slides can be found at the pool, along with relaxing water activities, such as swings and rowboats. Guests can also enjoy other activities at Dreamworld, including a golf course, bowling alley, and an expansive resort hotel with luxury dining.
Seagaia Ocean Dome (Japan)
The Seagaia Ocean Dome was once the largest water park in the world at the time of its opening in 1993, even earning a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Polynesian-themed dome pool measures 300 by 100 meters and spans an area of more than 87,000 square feet. Meanwhile, the major dome features include a flame-spitting mechanical volcano and the largest retractable roof in the world.
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