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Blue Tree Phuket in Thailand, the Crystal Lagoons project with the first crystalline lagoon under the Public Access Lagoons® model in Asia, has established itself as the premier entertainment center in the region and a benchmark for hosting high-level sports events like Aquathlons. Recently, it was the venue for the 6th tournament of the Asia Pacific Padel Tour 2024, the APP Phuket Open.

The successful event brought together 107 pairs and 145 players of different levels, who competed in men’s, women’s, and mixed categories, both in Pro and Amateur modalities. For three days, the facilities at Blue Tree buzzed with the passion for Padel, one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide.

Blue Tree Phuket has the largest paddle community in Thailand. Padel Phuket has 6 paddle courts, 2 outdoor and 4 indoor, and offers professional training classes for players of all ages and recreational facilities. 

Located in the iconic tourist destination of Phuket, which receives over 38 million visitors annually, the PAL® Blue Tree project has become an oasis of entertainment and sports. The 4.2-acre crystalline lagoon with Crystal Lagoons® technology, surrounded by white sand beaches, a private peninsula, restaurants, a beach club, and a pool bar, has positioned itself as the ideal place to enjoy an entertaining and dynamic beach experience 24 hours a day, as well as a year-round calendar full of activities, including concerts, themed parties, beauty contests, sports competitions, and activities for the whole family.

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.

Angel Lagoon is the new Crystal Lagoons PAL® project in Texas, gearing up to open its doors. It is the multinational water innovation company’s first complex under the joint venture model. It is part of the master agreement signed with Lagoon Development Company to develop Public Access Lagoons™ projects in Texas, with openings projected between 2024 and 2026.

Located in Dayton, just 40 minutes from downtown Houston, Angel Lagoon sprawls over 40 acres. Its centerpiece is a monumental four-acre crystalline lagoon featuring Crystal Lagoons® technology. The artificial lagoon is suitable for swimming and water sports and is surrounded by white sandy beaches, accessible to all through ticketed entry. This aquatic oasis will deliver visitors an idyllic beach lifestyle experience 365 days a year.

“The experience of crystalline waters, white sandy beaches, and numerous activities in a PAL™ development attracts people from far and wide and makes it a truly successful destination,” said Uri Man, CEO of The Lagoon Development Company. “This is precisely why we have chosen to partner with Crystal Lagoons.” 

Angel Lagoon will offer various attractions, including live concerts, inflatable water slides, water activities and competitions, and relaxation areas. Additionally, it will feature themed beaches, including family-friendly, VIP, and entertainment-exclusive ones.

“These joint ventures allow us to expand our PAL™ projects into strategic areas, and with them, Crystal Lagoons will total more than 70 projects in different stages of development and negotiation in Texas. Among them are notable successes developments such as Lago Mar, Windsong Ranch, Balmoral, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort San Antonio, and Sunterra“, said Iván Manzur, Senior VP of Sales at Crystal Lagoons US Corp.  

The United States is the world’s main market for Crystal Lagoons, with more than 275 projects in different stages of development or negotiation, and Texas has a significant presence.

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In the heart of Distrito Cero, just 20 minutes from downtown Rosario, a landmark in Argentine real estate development emerges: RIA. This new Crystal Lagoons project, designed with a sustainable approach and under the concept of a 15-minute city, marks a new chapter in the growth of the multinational water innovation company in Argentina, its primary market in South America after Chile.

This new project, launched commercially, covers an area of 111 acres, offering a wide range of residential options, from apartment condominiums to individual lots. However, its central jewel truly distinguishes it: a crystalline lagoon with turquoise waters suitable for swimming and water sports, developed with Crystal Lagoons® technology and surrounded by a white sandy beach. 

Santiago Feely, director of Life Desarrollos, the company behind this initiative, points out that “we wanted it to be the most important premium neighborhood within Distrito Cero, but it will be the best in the entire metropolitan area of Rosario. The crystalline lagoon will make a difference; it has the particularity of generating an environment that simulates being in the Caribbean. It is like living in a resort, on vacation all year round”. 

Architect Martín Bodas of BMA Estudio, responsible for the project’s master plan, emphasizes that “The crystalline lagoon will be the mega amenity and articulator of this project.” In addition to this monumental body of water, the project will have a beach club and a sports area that includes two tennis courts and two paddle tennis courts, among other facilities.

This launch is in addition to other projects recently announced by Crystal Lagoons in Buenos Aires (Openn Pilar), Mar del Plata (Developer Aqua), and Rosario (Vida Lagoon), further consolidating the company’s presence in the country. In this market, all Crystal Lagoons developments have become a sales success. Projects like Terralagos, Lagoon Pilar, Acquavista, and Remeros Beach have generated enormous interest in the market, with impressive sales results. For example, Remeros Beach marketed over 50% of its sites in just two months. Terralagos sold over 1,000 plots and exhausted its apartments in record time, even generating a waiting list for its next building launch in Buenos Aires. On the other hand, in Mar del Plata, Developer Aqua sold a third of its project on the first day of commercial release, tripling the price per square meter and setting a milestone in the coastal city’s real estate market.

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Ascensions on Lake Travis marks the latest Public Access Lagoons® venture signed by Crystal Lagoons in Texas, adding to the multinational innovation company’s array of complexes across the state. 

The project’s standout feature is a sprawling 2.1-acre crystalline lagoon suitable for swimming and water sports. The lagoon will be the centerpiece of a high-end hotel development, solidifying the foothold of Crystal Lagoons in the hospitality industry. Notably, it will be the first Public Access Lagoons® project—also known as PAL® developmentsin Austin, promising a completely new and unique entertainment offering accessible to all through ticketed entry.

Located in Spicewood, a mere 45 minutes northwest of Austin, this development, in partnership with Austin Real Estate Ventures, promises more than just pristine beaches. Luxury residential units, retail boutiques, restaurants, and bespoke services will complement the lagoon, epitomizing the quintessential PAL™ experience.

Crystal Lagoons® technology will not only bring beach life to this area of the Lone Star State but do so sustainably, alleviating the need for Spicewood residents to travel far for coastal recreation and thereby reducing the carbon footprint.

Derek Diaz, CEO of Austin Real Estate Ventures, affirms, “We’re thrilled to partner with Crystal Lagoons to curate the ultimate resort destination, bringing white sand beaches, vibrant blue water, and luscious palm trees to the most desirable location in the state, Lake Travis, in the heart of Texas Hill Country.”

“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 United States stands as the primary global market for Crystal Lagoons, with over 275 projects in various stages of development and negotiation. Texas, in particular, boasts over 70 complexes, including notable successes like Lago Mar, Balmoral, Windsong Ranch, Sunterra, and Sierra Vista, among others. 

The sustainability of Crystal Lagoons® technology and the urban contribution of the Public Access Lagoons® projects were the reasons why the multinational innovation company was selected to exhibit at the Future Green City world congress, to be held in September in the Netherlands.

Rocío Valdés, Director of Architecture at Crystal Lagoons, will represent the company at the event by presenting “Public Access Lagoons® projects: Bringing beach life to the City and Parks, lowering the World’s carbon footprint. “

Among the reasons that led the organization to select Crystal Lagoons as a speaker is how the Public Access Lagoons® projects, also known as PAL®, are changing the lives of millions of people living in urban settings by bringing beach life, swimming, water sports, and entertainment to their doorstep. This, much like town parks did 200 years ago, attracting citizens who, until then, had had to travel to the outskirts to connect with nature.

These developments are setting a new standard for public entertainment venues and democratizing quality recreational spaces. However, they are much more than mere beaches and large bodies of water. Each PAL® project is a destiny, a pole of attraction for tourism, and a driver of the local economy. They are cultural, entertainment, and service centers offering a wide range of activities and areas, such as peninsulas for weddings, event spaces, concerts, fairs, retail, restaurants, hotels, beach parties, water sports, etc.

The PAL® complexes achieve true urban transformations in any city worldwide. They substantially enhance the urban environment and serve as an alternative to the need for spaces with water bodies, delivering a variety of physical, emotional, and health benefits to the quality of life.

But they do not only contribute from the urban sphere. From a sustainable standpoint, developing these complexes worldwide would reduce the equivalent of 40% of the carbon footprint in the tourism and transportation sector, amounting to 14 million tons of CO2. This is because bringing beach life with turquoise waters and white sands to any city would decrease transportation to coastal destinations and natural beaches by approximately 50%.

Also, an average one-hectare lagoon consumes 40% less water than a park or green area of the same size and 33 times less water than an 18-hole golf course and can use any type of water: fresh, sea, or brackish. Crystal Lagoons® amenities consume only 2% of the energy required by conventional pool filtration systems and use up to 100 times less chemicals than a traditional swimming pool.

The Future Green City World Congress will be held from September 23 to 26, 2024, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and more than 4,000 experts worldwide will share their passion and knowledge about the liveable green city with a future here. The event is an initiative of the Royal Association Stadswerk of the Netherlands and the Royal Dutch Association of Landscapers and Gardeners (VHG) in cooperation with World Urban Parks (WUP) and the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME)

Blue Tree in Thailand stands out as Asia’s first Public Access Lagoons® project, also known as PAL® developments, and the epicenter of entertainment in the region. Strategically located in the heart of Phuket, it is distinguished by its commitment to sustainability, where the 4.2-acre crystalline lagoon surrounded by white sandy beaches, a private peninsula, restaurants, and a poolside bar, is a cornerstone. With white sandy beaches, a private peninsula, restaurants, and a pool bar, this amenity with Crystal Lagoons® technology provides idyllic year-round beach living and, because of its unique features, is a key element in the project’s sustainability strategy.

This is because sustainability is a driving pillar of Crystal Lagoons and has created authentic tropical paradises worldwide with low water, energy, and additive consumption. Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leading certifying companies, certified the crystalline lagoons for their low water consumption. An average one-hectare lagoon consumes 40% less water than a green area of the same size and 33 times less water than an 18-hole golf course. Crystal Lagoons® amenities consume only 2% of the energy required by conventional pool filtration systems and use up to 100 times less chemicals than a traditional swimming pool. 

By bringing beach life and entertainment close to home, PAL® projects can also lower the human impact on biodiversity. They could potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 14 million tons, equivalent to 40% of the carbon footprint of tourism and transport industries.

Additionally, they are filled only once, operate in a closed circuit, and can utilize any type of water, including fresh, sea, or brackish

Blue Tree offers the perfect setting for an entertaining beach experience 365 days a year, with a calendar full of activities. From events and concerts to themed parties, this lagoon provides a diverse environment for those looking to enjoy beach life away from the typical crowds of tourist destinations. Among the possible activities are slip-fly, water slides, Cliff Jumping & Rock Climbing, splash zones, and a water park for adults and children.