Cape Town - Imagine lying back in a hammock sipping on a fruity cocktail, looking out on an island paradise with a crystal clear, white sandy beach, in the Free State.

Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Regional Director Africa, explains that Crystal Lagoons makes great sense for property developers in South Africa. “Being a water-scarce region of the world, a Crystal Lagoon is a very sustainable and eco-friendly option for the property development sector. Our patented technology differs from antiquated swimming pool systems in that it manages water and energy more efficiently. Additionally, a Crystal Lagoon not only provides beachfront access to end users, whilst increasing the value of real estate in previously unfeasible areas, it is also an attraction that appeals to the entire family as opposed to a golf course for instance.”

Whether it be in a city, an inland area, or a desert, a Crystal Lagoon can transform any place into an authentic beach paradise with white sands, palm trees and docks, where you can enjoy bathing and a wide variety of water sports.

As we wait to find out where South Africa’s first Crystal Lagoon will be, we took a look at three other Crystal Lagoons across the world which you can visit.


Sharm El Sheikh Resort, Egypt

The Sharm El Sheikh crystalline lagoon makes for a perfect family getaway. The resort is surrounded by beautiful mountains, sparkling oceans and desert scenery. The lagoon is perfect for swimming, water sports and catching some sun while relaxing on its pristine white sand beaches. At 12.5 hectares, this Crystal Lagoon is the world’s largest and the company’s second Guinness World Record holder.


Diamante Cabo San Lucas Resort, Mexico

10-hectare Crystal Lagoon boasts majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, part of a luxury complex that offers relaxation and family activities at the heart of the Diamante resort. There is something for everyone here; from sunning yourself on the lagoon’s white beaches, to sailing, swimming, and stand-up paddling in the crystal clear waters. You can even enjoy a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods championship course.




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Playa Blanca Resort, Panama

The development of a Crystal Lagoon at the Playa Blanca resort opened up a world of recreational possibilities for travellers. Kayaking, paddle-boarding or sailing are some of the activities that can be enjoyed in the blue waters of this saltwater lagoon. Around this seven- hectare Crystal Lagoon, you can enjoy a shopping centre where you can find boutiques, restaurants and bars.



Adapted from a press release for IOL