Why Pick A Salt-Water Pool? 29th January 2016
We’re always ones to keep tabs on the latest and best luxury swimming pools, and this week, the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai announced the addition of a new extension, homing not just one, but two pools.
According to the Telegraph, the new ‘North Deck’ will be a fan-like protrusion from the hotel providing space for two curved swimming pools – one fresh-water and one salt-water pool. The two new additions will take the hotel’s swimming pool count to six.
But why a salt-water pool? It’s a question that comes up time and time again from people looking to install a unique swimming pool in their own home.
Salt-water swimming pools use a slightly different sanitation system than regular chlorine pools. It’s a common misconception that they contain no chlorine at all, which makes them popular with those who have sensitivity to chlorine. However, it is true that there are fewer levels of certain chemical compounds that may make a difference to sensitivity, as well as less of the smell of chlorine than a traditional pool.
Salt is added to the water instead at around the density of a teardrop some 32,000 parts per million less than a drop of ocean water according to the Washington Times.
However, the positives for the swimmer may well be outweighed by the damage it could cause your pool if not properly maintained.
This can include bleaching or damage to the pool surface, lights and equipment – and if not looked after, the system can also be susceptible to higher instances of bacteria breeding environments.
3 Luxury Pools To Enjoy in Paris 26th January 2016
If you’re planning to escape for a weekend away in Paris and are looking for some luxury swimming pools to enjoy on your relaxing break, check out our list of the top Parisian pools in the city.
1) Royal Monceau
This is perhaps the most well-known swimming pool in Paris, as it has the title of being the longest ever built in a Paris hotel. Stretching 23 metres and set among 1,500 square metres of spa, it has the advantage of being both a place where you can enjoy a few lengths and relax in a calm and serene environment.
Taking a dip in the tranquillity pool will feel a world away from the vibrant hustle and bustle of France’s capital city.
2) Piscine Molitor
This pool is not just luxurious, but it boasts an interesting history, making it ideal for those who want to learn more about Parisian culture on their break. The Art Deco pool has featured in much of Paris’ past over the last 100 years – it was big on the social scene in the 1929 inauguration and it was the birthplace of the bikini in 1946.
After closing in 1989, Accor Hotel acquired it and renovated the pool in its original Art Deco design to reclaim its momentous historical value. In 2014, it re-opened after 25 years, and is now one of the most sought-after piscines in the city.
3) Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La Hotel chain is synonymous with luxury, so if you’re planning a visit to Paris, you’ll be well placed to stay here and enjoy its many facilities, including its pool.
It measures 15 metres by six metres, allowing visitors plenty of space to swim and enjoy a relaxing ambience. Designed with traditional French architecture in mind, it has a high vaulted roof and floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing natural light to flood in.
There is also a 94-square-metre private open-air terrace so guests can enjoy a piece of quiet outdoor tranquillity within this modern city.
4 Of The Best Fitness Trackers 13th January 2016
Many people opt for unique pools to add something interesting to their homes and to boost the resale value, but others do so to help themselves keep fit. With the start of a new year, now could well be the time to focus on swimming as a way to improve your health – so here are four of the best waterproof fitness trackers to help you get in shape.
Not only can this help you track your fitness, you can also use Moov Now to improve your swimming techniques as well. It’s waterproof to 50m and has a dedicated swimming mode so that you can get feedback on your stroke, efficiency, distance and rate, as well as lap times.
Misfit Speedo Shine
You can wear this tracker on your wrist or on your swimsuit, monitoring your lap count and swim distance. It also tracks your walking, cycling, running and sleep, so you can take it in and out of the pool as you see fit.
This activity tracker is both stylish and waterproof so perfect for the pool. Track your daily activity, as well as your sleep, to really make better health and fitness choices in the new year. Make excellent use of the daily activity goal that can be customised to suit your choice of activity. It fills up throughout the day based on the activity you do.
This is a great option for swimmers since it’s highly waterproof, can be taken to a depth of 50m and can transmit heart rate date to other devices, which is sure to be useful.
Make 2016 The Year To Get Fit With Your Luxury Pool 13th January 2016
January is all about shedding those Christmas pounds and starting your New Year’s resolutions, and if you promised yourself you will get fit and toned in 2016, one of the best ways to do this is to make use of your luxury pool.
One of the main benefits of swimming regularly is burning calories and, subsequently, losing weight.
As water is denser than air, you use more energy to move around in it, and someone who weighs 11 stone can burn as many as 704 calories by swimming at speed for one hour.
The cardiovascular workout is therefore more effective than others, with running burning 655 calories per hour for someone of the same weight.
Swimming not only provides a cardio workout, but also helps you build muscle helping you appear leaner.
Although you won’t be pumping iron or going anywhere near a dumbbell, pushing yourself through the water is a form of weight training, helping you to build strength.
Gaining muscle speeds up your metabolism helping you to burn more fat, while also giving you a more toned body.
Having a strong core is a great asset for a healthy life, helping to reduce back pain, support pregnancies and provide a greater sense of balance and strength.
Swimming is one of the best ways to improve your core strength as it uses all the body’s muscles at once, with your arms, legs and stomach working in tandem to glide you through the water.
If you’re not a fan of yoga or pilates, swimming could be the activity for you to help achieve strong core muscles.
4) Anyone can do it
Another great reason why swimming may be the answer to your fitness goals is anyone can do it. Some other activities are restrictive if you have a disability, arthritis or a lack of flexibility.
However, you can still go swimming regardless of your fitness or ability. What’s more, it actually helps relieve any symptoms of injury, pain or discomfort in your body, as the water acts as a support and provides a natural form of pain relief.
Top Products For Swimming Pool Safety 11th January 2016
If you have pets or small children but still want a luxury indoor swimming pool, you need to make sure you invest in the appropriate safety products so that your pool doesn’t pose a risk to anyone. Here are a few products you might like to shop for before you have your pool installed.
While you shouldn’t rely on a pool alarm entirely and children should always be supervised by a responsible adult, safety alarms can prove very useful indeed. You can buy alarms that are worn on your children’s wrists that go off if they fall in the water, or alarms that fit to the edge of the pool that operate using a pressure sensor system.
If you’ve gone for an outdoor pool instead of an indoor one, perimeter fencing might be a good idea. You can find fencing that is easily removable so that as your children grow up you can take it down as you see fit.
Swimming pool covers
You can buy covers for your swimming pool that can be used all year round. There are a number of options so decide whether you want a fully automatic one or if you’d prefer a manual cover. The difference in cost may sway you either way.
It won’t take much to make your poolside safe for animals or children, but it’s certainly a consideration you need to bear in mind when shopping for your new luxury pool. If you want further advice, make sure you get in touch with us here at CBD Pools.
New Luxury Swimming Pool Trend: Hydro Floors 6th January 2016
If you’re mulling over luxury swimming pool design at the moment and are keen to have your new pool installed sooner rather than later, why not do a bit of research into hydro floors to see if they’re right for you.
These are one of the hottest new trends to have emerged where swimming pools are concerned in recent years. Essentially, hydro floors are just another way of covering your pool when it’s not in use, which means they’re perfect for increasing your usable space at home. What’s more, the height of these floors can be adjusted, so you can either go for a pool with a deep end or have one that’s more suitable for children.
And when the pool’s not in use, you can use the hydro floor to cover it up so you can use the space for something else, whether it’s to turn it into a playroom for children or to use it as an at-home gym.
If you’re concerned about the safety aspects of having an indoor swimming pool, then a hydro floor could really help you make improvements in this regard, especially if you have young children. When you’re not there to supervise them in the pool, simply cover it up so they cannot get into the water when there’s no one there to watch them.
Why not discuss the benefits of a hydro floor with your swimming pool construction company? They’re sure to have lots of good ideas as to how you could have one installed in your property.
Top Tips For Weekly Pool Maintenance 4th January 2016
Before you have unique swimming pools installed, you need to know just how much work is involved in the upkeep of a pool. You’ll need to set out weekly tasks to ensure that your pool stays in pristine condition so here are a few that you might want to include on the rota.
Cleaning the skimmer
Make sure you clean your skimmer at least once a week so that there is no debris left in it, as this will have an impact on how effectively it keeps your pool clean.
Make sure you run the pump each day to ensure that the pool water is properly filtered. You should also check that the pump strainer, filter and drains are clean.
Check the filter
Follow the manufacturer’s directions as to how to keep your specific filter. This is an important part of pool maintenance as the filter is what keeps any debris from entering the pool.
It’s advisable to shock your pool at least every two weeks. A shock treatment involves adding oxidising compounds to the pool water in order to destroy any chloramines or anything else you don’t want in the water.
Owning a pool is a lot of fun but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s not a lot of work as well. You can of course do the maintenance yourself but it might be better to consider getting a professional pool-cleaning company to come and help you keep on top of it all, so you can enjoy your luxury pool without having to worry about anything else.