The first project to have a lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology continues to attract worldwide attention from visitors and the press. It is San Alfonso del Mar, which “with its crystalline waters and stunning surroundings, it’s no wonder that it’s been a popular tourist destination since its opening”, explains the Unusual Places portal.
In fact, the media defines the project’s lagoon as “a sight to behold”. Since its inauguration, the turquoise-colored body of water has become a world icon of the multinational innovation company.
Its 20-acre crystalline lagoon, equivalent to 6,000 traditional pools, was made possible only thanks to the technology created by Crystal Lagoons®, which has been patented in more than 190 countries. This feature, in addition to its length of 1,013 meters and 250 million liters of seawater, earned it the Guinness World Record in 2007. In 2015 Crystal Lagoons opened Citystars Sharm El Sheik, in Egypt, which with 30-acre surpassed San Alfonso de Mar and is now the largest crystalline lagoon in the world.
Since its opening, San Alfonso del Mar has quickly become the “most successful second home resort in the southern hemisphere.” Its turquoise lagoon revolutionized the local landscape, not only by providing residents and visitors an attractive and safe area for aquatic activities, but also by offering spectacular views which in turn allowed for the development of other resort and relaxation-based businesses and facilities centered around the new sea-side resort lagoon.
To maintain its crystalline condition, the lagoon uses a sustainable technology with an ultrasound filtration system that consumes only 2% of the energy of a conventional system, disinfection pulses allow the use of up to 100 times less chemicals than a swimming pool and an online telemetry system that monitors water quality 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
San Alfonso del Mar was originally conceived as a second home project, with 400 apartments. However, by incorporating Crystal Lagoons technology, the success was so great that it was decided to expand the real estate development reaching 1,400 apartments, and even doubling the original sales prices.