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A Look Back at Ocean Dome

Now only a footnote in the history of pools, once the largest indoor waterpark in the world.

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Ocean Dome held the title for largest indoor waterpark at one time.

One of the most incredible pools that I have ever seen is sadly a thing of the past, but there’s no reason why we can’t take a look back at the engineering marvel that was Seagaia Ocean Dome. This amazing indoor pool and artificial beach was located in Miyazaki, Japan.

Unfortunately the park was closed back in 2007 and ultimately demolished in 2017. Your opportunity to visit this one of a kind experience is long gone, but it’s lasting effect as one of the most phenomenal wave riding waterparks in the world has not yet faded from memory.

When closed the Ocean Dome resembled a clear blue sky.

This mammoth structure was the artificial wave equivalent of Pipeline, which was capable of producing powerful waves. And, based on video clips from the time, it would be on par with modern-day BSR Surf Resort in Waco, TX in terms of the fun it delivered to wave riding enthusiasts.

This incredible indoor water park was a favorite with wave riding enthusiasts around the world.

The Polynesia-themed Ocean Dome, which was part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort opened in 1993 and had the world’s largest retractable roof, which opened and closed according to weather conditions.

The artificial beach featured 12,000 square meters of simulated sandy beach, crushed from 600 tons of stones; and an “ocean” six times the size of an Olympic pool, filled with 13,500 tons of unsalted, chlorinated water kept hot at 82 degrees.

Seagai Ocean Dome - Miyazaki Japan
Seagai Ocean Dome – Miyazaki Japan

At one time Ocean Dome was considered a destination for world travelers receiving an annual 1.25 million visitors a year. There was even an “active” volcano that erupted every 15 minutes and spewed fire once an hour. The structure was once listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest indoor pool in the world.

Ocean Dome was closed in 2007 for renovations to the resort and was later purchased by Ripplewood, an American private-equity fund. Sadly the park was never to be reopened and wound up being demolished in 2017.

Largest Indoor Waterpark In The World: Tropical Islands Resort

Tropical Islands Resort located just outside Berlin is the 4th largest building in the world by usable volume.

While a thing of the past, the project is reminiscent of Tropical Islands Resort an indoor pool boasting Europe’s largest tropical holiday and current title holder for the world record Ocean Dome used to hold.

Tropical Islands Resort in Krausnick, Germany sets the current world record for largest indoor waterpark.

Can’t get to Germany? That’s okay, you can still check out Kalahari the largest indoor waterpark in the United States located in the Poconos in Pennsylvania featuring a wave pool, lazy river, wave coaster, and funnel ride.

Kalahari is the largest indoor waterpark in the United States.

Know of some incredible indoor waterparks we should check out? Tell us your favorite ones in the comments below.

Marianne Trusty is a Press Correspondent for the pool & spa industry. A published author and social media influencer reaching over 20 million people around the world each day. Contact Marianne about publishing op-editorials, breaking pool news and press releases at mtrusty@poolmagazine.com.

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Best Winterization Products for 2021

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Best Winterization Products for 2021

Typically, all pool owners need to close their pools for winter. Closing a pool is not as simple as most people think. As a pool owner, there are several things you need to do to prepare your pool for winter. Fortunately, there is a broad spectrum of pool winterization products you can use this winter.

Winterization products to consider include:

Simple Pool Technology

Another piece of equipment you can use when closing your pool is the skimmer plug by Simple Pool Technology. This equipment allows you to close the skimmer for winter. The best thing about this equipment is that it is user-friendly. All you have to do is push the plug into the skimmer. You don’t need to use any attachment equipment to fix this plug.

Consequently, this skimmer plug saves you a lot of time during pool winterization. It keeps your pool in good condition throughout the entire winter. Also, this plug can help you identify leaks in your pool. The skimmer plug exists in different models that fit both above-ground and inground pools. You can find this skimmer plug at simpooltec.com.

COVER-POOLS

Best Winterization Products for 2021

The T4 Spa automatic cover systems from Cover-Pools provide excellent functionality. This safety cover is simple to install and operate. You can quickly move it for placement. Another advantage of the T4 covers is that they are flexible. You can hide them in coping. As a result, this cover blends perfectly well with the pool. You can find this cover from coverpools.com. Alternatively, make your purchase by calling (800) 447-2838.

The Magenta Stuff by JACK’S MAGIC PRODUCTS

Best Winterization Products for 2021

This product is specifically designed to get rid of and prevent the formation of scale and stains in pools. The Magenta Stuff fosters the removal of metallic particles out of the pool. Also, this product is ideal for closing your pool after summer and opening your pool after winter. When you use this chemical when winterizing your pool, it prevents the accumulation of calcium crystals during winter. Moreover, The Magenta Stuff helps in preventing the accumulation of plaster dust when opening the pool.

Anderson Manufacturing Company

You can winterize your pool equipment and plumbing without emptying the pool using the Big Blue Blower. This equipment is robust enough to clear out all main drains and skimmer lines within a short period. The product offers 1500 hours of use; hence, it lasts for a long. Also, it provides 140 cfm of backpressure at 0 inches. If you want to buy this product, visit leaktools.com or call (800) 348-1316.

Rayner Covering Systems

At present, Rayner offers a wide range of safety pool covers. You can easily find your match when you visit their website at raynercovering.com. Once you make an order, they will come onsite to record all measurements. From there, they will process your order within days. You can contact Rayner at (800) 648-0757 for more detailed information on their pool covers.

Meyco Pool Covers

The safety covers from Meyco come in a wide range of designs. This, you can always find one that caters to your requirements. The MeycoLite cover facilitated proper drainage; therefore, it stays dry at all times. One of the main advantages of this cover is that it incorporates less maintenance. The winterization products come in five primary colors; mocha grey, blue, green, and black. The color you choose depends on your preference. You can find this cover at meycocovers.com.

Water Tech Corp

Water Tech Corp manufactured an effective pool cleaning equipment known as the Water Tech Precision 2.0. This equipment has a strong engine with an adjustable vacuum head. This vacuum is specially designed to clean both gunite and vinyl pools. It does not work in conjunction with pool filters. Therefore, you need not use cords when operating this vacuum. The Water Tech Precision 2.0 provides one hour run time before you can charge it. You can use equipment to clean your pool before you close it for winter effectively.

Tara Pool & Outdoor Products

The first product is the HD Mesh safety cover by Tara. This cover safeguards your pool from the harmful effects of the sun. Also, it is lightweight; hence you can handle it without difficulty. This safety cover incorporates a polypropylene mesh that protects the pool from dirt, sunlight, and algae. The cover comes in different colors; thus, you can find the color that caters to your requirements.

The bottom line

From this post, it is clear to see some of the best winterization products for 2021. At present, different manufacturers create different equipment to help pool owners close their pools for winter. We all know how pool winterization is essential. It enables the pool and all its accompanying equipment to stay in perfect condition.

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Invisible House in Joshua Tree – Indoor Pool With a View

Want an Indoor Pool with a view? Guests are shelling out over $3k a night to stay at the Invisible House in Joshua Tree, CA.

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Invisible House - Joshua Tree, We look at the pool inside a rental home that goes for $3,300 a night!

A mirror-clad “Invisible House” that closely resembles a sideways New York City skyscraper is currently for rent outside of California’s iconic Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree - Invisible House - Mirrored One Way Glass Home

Chris Hanley (Spring Breakers, American Psycho, The Virgin Suicides) and architect Tomas Osinski collaborated on the eye-catching, steel-framed edifice. On the uneven desert ground, a series of raising cylindrical concrete columns form a cantilever.

Enjoy fabulous 360 degree views throughout this luxury home. - Invisible House - Joshua Tree

Numerous publications have featured this incredible property, including Thrillist, Maxim, Dezeen, TMZ, Business Insider, and many others. The architectural marvel of Invisible House was developed without regard for design limits, utilizing the most advanced materials and technologies available. This sleek, 5,500 sq ft minimalist home is also an environmentally sustainable green home. Considerable care was taken by the designer to reduce the environmental carbon footprint down close to near zero.

Beautiful 100 foot long indoor pool - Invisible House at Joshua Tree, CA.

An Indoor Pool With a View To Rival All Others At The Invisible House

The numerous floor-to-ceiling sliding doors add to the feeling of total connection with nature. In a true blend of outdoor living in a luxury indoor setting, the desert is reflected everywhere around you. It’s no surprise that the Invisible House is a popular location for artists, spiritual seekers, and people seeking to connect with the quiet serenity of the California desert.

Colored led lighting makes this gorgeous indoor pool come alive.

The bedrooms mirror the enormous magnitude of Invisible House. Its three enormous opulent suites each sleep six people and have beds made of pure marble or, in the Master suite, a remarkable two-ton, solid glass bed designed by Milano designers Santambrogio.

The million dollar view you get sleeping in the master suite is worth every penny. - Invisible House

You know you’ve never had such a dramatic vantage point from which to view the desert, whether you’re enjoying the sweeping desert views from one of the multiple contemporary seating areas, preparing food in the open gleaming white and marble kitchen, taking a dip in the expansive 100 foot indoor pool, hiking private trails on the property, or gazing at the stars under the crystal clear night sky. The Invisible House is a genuine one-of-a-kind experience.

Guests enjoy the beautiful vista and some of the best stargazing the world has to offer. - Invisible House

Inside, there is cavernous living space, most of which is taken up by a continuous entertainment area that runs the entire length. At night, a multi-colored light show is displayed in the solar heated indoor swimming pool that reaches along the whole entire west wall of the home.

The continous entertainment area of the home is one of it's best features.

Interior photos reveal that the heat-reflective “Solarcool” mirrored walls are one-way, offering guests with uninterrupted views of the Invisible House’s isolated 90-acre estate.

Invisible House Pool - Joshua Tree Mirror House Indoor Pool

Invisible House – Luxury Indoor Pool is a Major Appeal For Guests

The home also features a 222-square-foot projection wall for watching movies, a modern kitchen, three guest bedrooms and bathrooms, and a Master Suite with a free-standing tub are among the other amenities. Without a doubt though, the most impressive feature of this fabulous rental home is it’s indoor pool. The entertaining value of the property has made it an instant hit with social media influencers around the world.

Joshua Tree Invisible House - Swimming Pool is guests favorite feature according to review sites.

The unmistakable appeal of architecture of the home and it’s luxury pool has even drawn it’s fair shair of celebrity clients. According to TMZ, Demi Lovato spent a weekend at the estate with her beau, actor Max Ehrich. If you want to rent out The Invisible House for the night, be prepared to fork over some serious cash; the home rents for $3,360 a night on Airbnb.

Stay at the Invisible House in Joshua Tree for $3,360 a night.

The Invisible House has been the setting for large parties, weddings, and of course photoshoots. Interested in staying there? Tell them Pool Magazine sent you.

Photo Credits: Invisible House – Foxden Hospitality via Airb, Referred By Ruby, Maxim

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The One – “World’s Most Expensive Home” Has 5 Pools

Bel Air home has gone into receivership and set to sell for far below original $500M asking price

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"The One" is one of the largest custom luxury homes in the world and has 6 swimming pools.

“The One” – an extravagant luxury mansion – has been placed into receivership in order to pay off a startling amount of debt. The concept house was owned by developer Nile Niami, whose dream of constructing “The One,” a massive spec mansion on a five-acre Bel-Air parcel, has been buried beneath $165 million in defaulted loans and debts. The property will be sold to the highest bidder for a price that will almost certainly be significantly less than Niami’s 2017 fantasy ask of $500 million.

Twenty bedrooms, a running track, four bowling alleys, a nightclub, and two wine cellars comprise the ‘world’s most costly residence’.

British YouTube celebrity Producer Michael was granted access to the property in order to give the public its first glimpse of what is often regarded as one of the most, if not the most expensive private residence in the world.

Fast Facts About “The One” – Bel Air Mega Mansion

The Paul McClean-designed mega-mansion (which includes 42 bathrooms, 21 bedrooms, a 5,500-square-foot master suite, 5 pools, a 30-car garage with two car-display turntables, a moat, a 400-foot jogging track, and 360-degree views of Los Angeles) has been placed into receivership by Los Angeles County Superior Court and will be put on the market at a deep discount as soon as its court-appointed caretaker, Ted Lanes of Lansing takes receivership.

Even the servants quarters has its own swimming pool with easy access to the tennis courts. Photo Credit – Producer Michael

Even Niami admitted that building a home with 5 luxury pools (one of them an indoor pool) was probably overkill. In an interview with Curbed, he said “All those pools are probably not going to get very much use at all. “I think whoever is buying this house is going to have 10 other houses. Nobody buys a 100,000-square-foot house as their principal residence to use every day.”

Among the lenders demanding repayment regardless of how lavish Niami’s personal Xanadu was is Los Angeles billionaire Don Hankey of Hankey Capital, which loaned Niami over $115 million and slapped him with a default notice in March. Yogi Securities Holdings, which contributed over $36 million to “The One”, as well as Inferno Realty and Maybach Corporation Holdings, which each contributed $7 million. According to CNBC, the project is also approximately $1 million in debt to companies involved in air conditioning, concrete, and tool manufacturing.

Lenders of “The One” hope they will recoup their investment on the mansion. Photo Credit – Producer Michael

Lanes is not taking ownership of the property — which, for the record, is only the third largest in the United States. Oheka Castle in New York (109,000 square feet) holds the top spot and then Winterthur in Delaware (96,000 square feet). He has no interest whatsoever in taking on the onerous debt associated with the property. Rather than that, Lanes must now obtain the appropriate construction permit to complete construction and obtain a certificate of occupancy, after which he will sell the property to repay creditors and contractors.

The construction costs for the home accumulated over time. Niami gave GQ his first public interview on the property six years ago in 2015, admitting he intended to put the home on the market for $500 million once the estate was completed.

The One - Paul McClean Designed Mega Mansion Has Gone Into Receivership

Like many other stately homes, “The One” has likely enough amenities such as a library, a 30-seat home theater, a four-lane bowling alley, a gym, a spa, and a chef’s kitchen — all of which are the hallmarks of custom luxury homes. However, buyers are rarely exposed to such elaborate — and quirky — amenities as a butterfly installation, a beauty salon, a cigar room, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar, a 200-person capacity philanthropy wing, and “floating pods” overlooking the city. Niami did show some constraint in nixing plans for a candy room, a frozen room, and the jellyfish tank walls he was planning.

Photo Credit: Producer Michael

The exterior of the mansion is spectacularly lavish, with a 50-car garage and a 10,000-square-foot sky deck with a putting green with 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel mountains. According to Architectural Digest, the mansion is ringed on three sides by a moat and features a 400-foot-long jogging track that appears to float above Los Angeles.

"The One" a $500 million dollar mansion with 5 swimming pools has gone into receivership.
With 5 custom luxury pools, “The One” is one of the most expensive mansions in the world. Photo Credit: Producer Michael

Niami purchased three ranches in 2012 for $28 million from “Space Invaders” heiress Rita Kogan and rolled them into a singular larger estate that is “The One”. According to Architectural Digest, it took 600 employees eight years to construct this enormous custom luxury home.

It is unknown at this time how much “The One” will finally sell for or when it will come to market. Although the house was not yet on the market earlier this year, it has already been featured by various social media personalities. Take a guided tour inside this incredible home. It has to be seen to be believed.

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