You know a swimming pool is big when an average swimmer is unable to complete a single lap within it. And when this swimmer is likely to be passed by a sailboat while trying.
That’s the situation at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile. The pool there—the world’s largest according to the Guinness World Records—took five years and nearly US$4 billion to build. (That’s not a typo, that’s billion with a “b”). The yearly maintenance costs total about $1 billion. (That’s not a typo either).
The pool is a full kilometer (.62 miles) long, 35 meters (115 feet) at its deepest point and covers more than 20 acres. The massive amounts of water required to fill the pool comes from the Pacific just beyond the pool’s edge. A high-tech filtration system cleans ocean water, cycles it through the pool and then returns it to the Pacific in an environmentally friendly way.
San Alfonso del Mar Resort itself is a little Disney-like, in the best and worst ways. The resort is well-run and family friendly. It is also overrun with little kids and has the vibe of some fantasy world—you’d hardly know you were in the country of Chile while staying here.
By the way, choose to stay here for the pool and run into bad weather the San Alfonso has you covered. The resort also has a massive indoor pool complete with waterfalls, jet massages and a beach with heated sand!