Press Announces Advanced PAL™ Negotiations in Morocco

Medias24, a reputed business and finance media outlet in Morocco, has reported on Crystal Lagoons expansion in the region, announcing that the multinational innovation firm is currently in advanced negotiations in the country. The following is an extract from the interview with Francisco Matte, Regional Director for Crystal Lagoons.

Has Crystal Lagoons previously built man-made lagoons in Morocco?

Crystal Lagoons is in advanced conversations with investment funds, family offices and large real estate developers to finalize a master agreement to develop the new Crystal Lagoons® revolution, the Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™.

Master agreements involve a relevant number of PAL for different geographical territories. In Morocco, cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fez and Saidia are some of the locations that we have identified where these projects could be developed.

Public Access Lagoons projects are the new corporate development by Crystal Lagoons that, after revolutionizing the real estate sector for 10 years, is now revolutionizing cities with PAL projects.

These are monumental crystalline lagoons suitable for swimming and water sports, surrounded by beaches, which can be accessed via ticketed-entry. Additionally, thanks to a new technology created by Crystal Lagoons, the bathing areas are maintained at 28°C, at a low cost and in a sustainable way, offering optimal conditions throughout the year, similar to tropical seas. This ensures the lagoons can be used for longer periods of time.

Also, as these projects are built, they generate a financial pyramid. With a low initial investment, a company can achieve a very high present value.

Additionally, we are negotiating various master agreements for PAL projects, in Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola and Egypt.

Where does Crystal Lagoons currently have projects in Africa?

In Africa, Crystal Lagoons totals 29 real estate projects anchored by crystalline lagoons. This includes projects in different stages of development.

The most important market is Egypt, with 22 projects in different stages. In fact, the largest crystalline lagoon in the world (12.5 hectares) is in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh. Swan Lake North Coast 2 was recently inaugurated and in the coming months Bo Island, Fouka Bay, Azha and Porto Golf.

The second most important market is South Africa. There the partnership with real estate developers, Balwin Properties, has been one of the most fruitful business alliances in the country with five real estate projects in different stages. The most recent is Munyaka, an ultra-luxurious complex, close to Johannesburg, has been praised by the President of the Republic for its infrastructure and urban contribution. Renowned for its commercial performance, with 555 units sold at the launch of the project. The same trend has been registered in other real estate developments anchored by lagoons by Crystal Lagoons, including The Blyde in Pretoria, with record daily sales benefiting Balwin Properties’ global results.

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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 inauguration of Crystal Lagoons project in the United StatesEvermore Orlando Resort, featuring its impressive 8-acre crystalline lagoon and extensive beaches, steps from Disney World and Universal, has captured the attention of the global press. Nearly 500 media outlets from various countries, including Yahoo!Associated PressNBCFoxABCCBSWashington Daily NewsFinanzen y Benzinga, have covered the news, emphasizing the significance of this tourism milestone.

Since then, numerous articles have highlighted this iconic development, considered one of Florida’s most significant tourism projects. It is located in the heart of Orlando, the most visited destination in the US, with 75 million tourists annually. With over 10,000 rooms surrounding the lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology, this amenity marks a before and after for the city, which lacked a beach despite its comprehensive entertainment options. Crystal Lagoons solves this problem by introducing a monumental body of water that brings idyllic beach life, redefining hotel standards, and consolidating its presence in the hospitality and entertainment industry.

Surrounding the crystalline lagoon is Orlando’s first Conrad hotel, a luxury brand of the Hilton chain, as well as various homes, villas, and apartments. In addition, there is an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers in history.

“Every hotel project incorporating a Crystal Lagoons® amenity becomes the most attractive destination in the area. Conrad, one of the world’s leading hotel chains, understood this and decided to make a qualitative leap concerning the existing offer in the most touristic area of the U.S.,” said Iván Manzur, Senior Vice President of Sales of Crystal Lagoons US Corp.

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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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