Crystal Lagoons revolutionizes Ecuador with Public Access Lagoons ™ projects

Crystal Lagoons is generating a new revolution in cities with its crystal clear lagoons with turquoise waters. This time, the change is associated with the Public Access Lagoons™, model, also called PAL ™ projects that spread throughout the world.

The success of this concept is also present in Ecuador, a country where the multinational innovation company awarded for its disruptive technology, is building the Karibao Resort Town project, in Engabao, in association with Pronobis It is a macro real estate development, whose central element will be one the crystalline lagoon of 2 hectares surrounded by white sand beach, in the first stage and of 1 ha. in the second phase.

In this way, the residents of the project will experience the Caribbean and will be able to practice swimming and water sports in a safe environment.

“Crystalline lagoons in real estate projects have proven to be very successful, even during the pandemic. In fact, globally speaking, there has been an unprecedented increase in sales of developments with lagoons powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology. Those have seen an increase of more than 200% in their value per square meter as well as other benefits,” said Jean Pierre Juanchich, Crystal Lagoons regional director for Latin America.

Currently, Crystal Lagoons has more than 1,000 projects worldwide at  different stages of development and negotiation in 60 countries. After revolutionizing the real estate sector for 10 years, the firm began a new corporate stage, revolutionizing cities with Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™ projects.

PAL™ projects: Beach life everywhere

It is exactly these types of resorts, which do not form part of a private development and which are open to the public for a fee, that Crystal Lagoons wants to develop in Ecuador. For that reason, it is choosing the best partners to promote these projects.

Crystal Lagoons is predicting that it could build 7 PAL™ resorts in Ecuador in cities like Guayaquil, Quito, Manta and Cuenca.

“There is a lot of potential in Ecuador for PAL™ projects. These resorts could transform the lives of millions of Ecuadorians by bringing a small piece of the ocean to their doorsteps both in coastal cities and inland areas of the country. This will prevent them from having to take a car or a plane to go to the beach, which will result in a reduction in their environmental impact,” said Juanchich.

The PAL™ developments are large crystalline lagoons surrounded by white sandy beaches and attractive spaces for fairs, launches, food halls, weddings, concerts on multiple beach stages, terraces, domes, gastronomy, retail outlets, amphitheaters and shows, making them the meeting point of the 21st century. In addition, thanks to Crystal Lagoons new Hot Reef™ technology, the bathing areas maintain a temperature of 28°C, providing low-cost and sustainable optimal conditions throughout the year.

These projects are executed through master agreements and licensing agreements that include a substantial number of PAL™ for each country or region and are emerging as the business of the future.

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Around the world, the concept and technology of Crystal Lagoons® have become the leading sales attraction, positively impacting its commercial success. Despite the credit and real estate challenges in the current economic conditions, Crystal Lagoons projects continue to defy the market with very impressive sales figures, particularly in the United States. The rankings from real estate consulting firms RCLCO and John Burns on the best-selling master-planned communities once again demonstrated that crystalline lagoons are a powerful purchasing driver. SunterraMiradaWindsong Ranch, and Epperson secured prominent positions in 2023.

These projects ranked among the top 50 best-selling communitiesFlorida leads the ranking within the list, representing close to 40% of the sales for all top-ranked developments, followed by Texas with 37%. In both states, Crystal Lagoons has a significant presence.

In Texas, Sunterra stands out as a project that, even though the crystalline lagoon has not been built yet, serves as a commercial driver within the community, generating sales rates higher than the average, with a significant increase of 63% compared to 2022. This placed it 3rd nationally in both rankings, further boosting the strong performance of Houston, the top-selling metropolitan area in the country. Sunterra’s positive sales results had already been recorded in previous reports.

With the largest amenity powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology in the United States, Mirada in Florida, inaugurated in 2023, sets another record. With an 89% increase in sales, it ranks 17th. Its 15 acres of turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are a buying trigger.

Another notable project in Texas is Windsong Ranch, which has consistently set sales records, ranking 29th in the John Burns ranking. The project has also been nationally awarded as “Master Planned Community of the Year,” among other recognitions.

On the other hand, Epperson in Florida also ranked prominently in both studies, a commercial trend registered since its inauguration as a real estate project. The interest it generated was so significant that it had to be opened to the Public Access Lagoons™ model, also known as PAL™ developments.

The United States is the main operation of Crystal Lagoons worldwide, and it has more than 275 projects at different stages of development and negotiation. Among the most important are Mirada, Sole Mia, Balmoral, Windsong Ranch, Beachwalk, Southshore Bay, Aqua, among others. The recent joint venture to develop four Public Access Lagoons™ complexes, also known as PAL™, in Texas stands out and will add to the successful public access developments Epperson (Florida) and Lago Mar (Texas).

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Several international media highlighted that the hotel sector is undergoing a real transformation thanks to the incorporation of innovative technologies. One of the technologies highlighted was precisely Crystal Lagoons, in parallel with process automation and artificial intelligence.

The sustainability of the multinational innovation company was key to being considered within these trends. “Currently, many travelers are seeking accommodations that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Places like the AVA Resort Cancun, with its artificial lagoon of crystal-clear waters powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology, are examples of accommodations that stand out for their commitment to sustainability,” explains the Spanish portal 24 Matins.

The turquoise-colored body of water provides ideal conditions for sailing, swimming, kayaking, or relaxing, and thanks to state-of-the-art technology, it consumes 33 times less water than an 18-hole golf course, 40% less water than a park of the same size, and only 2% of the energy of a conventional pool.

After transforming the real estate industry and the urban entertainment landscape with its innovative Public Access Lagoons™ projects, the multinational innovation company is now generating a new revolution, this time in the hotel sector.

Recognizing the transformative value of Crystal Lagoons® technology, leading global hotel chains such as Marriott, Radisson, Conrad, Hyatt Regency, and AVA Resort itself, have incorporated this amenity as a centerpiece in their projects.

“Every hotel project incorporating a Crystal Lagoons amenity becomes the most attractive destination in the area. These bodies of water change the paradigm of vacation developments with world-class hotel and resort standards”, explains Iván Manzur, Senior Vice President of Sales at Crystal Lagoons US Corp.

The multinational water innovation company already has developments of this kind, in which crystalline lagoons are the differentiating factor in the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Romania, and Uruguay, among other countries.

“The crystalline lagoons achieve unprecedented results, such as bringing a beach lifestyle to Orlando—an entertainment option it didn’t have—or, counterintuitively, replacing the sea in iconic tourist destinations like Cancun,” emphasizes Jean Pierre Juanchich, Global Business Director of Crystal Lagoons.

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The Crystal Lagoons project in Thailand, Blue Tree, located in the heart of Phuket, just 4 kilometers from the coast, has recently inaugurated the Beach Club MuMu Clubhouse, a new landmark in this iconic tourist destination, adding even more fun and entertainment. This new space becomes a meeting point in the surroundings of Phuket’s largest artificial lagoon and the first in Asia under the innovative Public Access Lagoons™ model, globally recognized as a “must-visit” in the region.

This PAL™ development with Crystal Lagoons® technology has set a new standard in public meeting and entertainment spaces, establishing itself as the top amenity in Thailand. With 4.2 acres of turquoise water oasis, surrounded by white sandy beaches, a private peninsula, restaurants, and a poolside bar, it offers the perfect setting to enjoy a dynamic beach experience 24 hours a day and a calendar full of activities throughout the year.

During the day, the Beach Club offers a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can enjoy various gastronomic offerings, art, culture, and activities, from beach yoga to water sports. The place comes alive at night with nightclubs, special events, concerts, and themed parties featuring live music, special guests, and renowned DJs.

Crystal Lagoons PAL™ projects are transforming and enriching urban life by offering new entertainment destinations not limited exclusively to residents of private real estate developments with crystalline lagoons. These developments are positively impacting the lives of millions of people, bringing a piece of the ocean to the city center and making it accessible just steps from their homes.

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