World’s Deepest Luxury Swimming Pool 31st March 2017
If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker when it comes to your love of water sports, then you‘ll be interested to hear about one of the world’s most unique swimming pools.
Located in Belgium’s capital Brussels and opened in May 2004, say hello to Nemo 33, the deepest swimming pool in the world. This diver’s paradise is the only pool of its kind created, made up of several sections sitting 113 feet below ground and housing many submerged structures to explore.
It also has an added attraction of giving discerning diving diners the chance to eat at its new restaurant, Pearl. The pod restaurant is only two metres in size at a depth of 16 feet in the pool, providing the chance to have a bite to eat or a glass of champagne during the course of your dive experience.
If swimming and eating doesn’t sound like the best idea for you, there is also a Thai bar and restaurant in which you can view divers in action from safe on dry land.
The attraction accepts visitors of any diving ability but you must be over the age of 12 years old to partake. If you are a certified diver then you’re free to dive alone – otherwise you will always be accompanied by a professional diving instructor. A dive here usually last around approximately two hours and the pool is heated with chlorine free fresh spring water to 86 degrees keeping you warm throughout your swim.
4 Of The Best Waterproof Smartwatches 23rd March 2017
If you’re a runner, a smartwatch is a great idea as it helps you track your fitness and helps you to achieve your goals. But if you’re a swimmer, it can be harder since you need a waterproof watch to suit your needs. Here are some of the best waterproof smartwatches money can buy these days.
Nixon Mission Android Wear
This is water resistant up to 100m and also boasts built-in GPS and shock resistance. Yes, it was designed with surfers and snowboarders in mind, but there’s no reason you can’t wear it as you practice your freestyle as well. It also comes with Google Fit activity tracking and you can use it to access the Google Play app store.
The Pebble Classic
If you’re new to the waterproof smartwatch market, then this would be a good choice since it’s reasonably priced and its battery lasts for a long time. It’s water resistant up to 50m and can go a week on just one charge, which is certainly impressive – especially when you consider that some Android options run out of charge after just one day.
Apple Watch Series 2
This apparently comes with a swim-proof shell that makes the watch water resistant up to 50m. It can be used in shallow water, so perfect for swimming, but if you’re scuba diving or doing water sports like water skiing, then make sure you take it off.
Garmin Vivoactive HR
We love this one because it comes with a wrist-based heart rate monitor so you can track your fitness more easily. It also has water resistance up to 50m and a compass sensor, barometer and altimeter.
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Two-Thirds Of Brits Want To Live Near Water 22nd March 2017
Over 60 per cent of Brits would like to live in a property near water, a new survey has revealed.
The Express highlighted the research conducted by Strutt & Parker, which found that proximity to water is something that the majority of us would be happy to pay for.
While the coast was the most popular option, with over 50 per cent of those questioned stating this would be their ideal location for a home, others preferred the idea of living near a lake, river or even a canal.
Partner in the company’s research team Vanessa Hale told the newspaper that people who live near water regularly report better health than those who don’t.
She cited a University of Exeter study, which revealed that living near the sea in particular resulted in people feeling healthier.
This isn’t the first time that water has been linked to wellness this year. In January, the Telegraph pointed to a growing trend among luxury property developers to include water features in their projects to improve residents’ wellness.
Of course, a water feature could also be a luxury indoor swimming pool, where you can not only sit next to the calming water, but also take a dip and do some exercise.
Having a pool in your home could be a particularly good option if you live in a city like London, where water views are at a premium. Although it’s not quite the same as looking out over the ocean, being able to chill out in a beautiful pool house could be the next best thing.
Get The Perfect Lighting For Your Swimming Pool 1st March 2017
When you add a luxury indoor swimming pool to your home, there are a number of things you need to consider, including the lighting. The first thing to remember is that lighting doesn’t just apply to the lights in the pool, but those in the surrounding pool area too.
You should use the lighting to create the right kind of atmosphere in your pool, as well as for the obvious safety reasons of ensuring everyone can see the water, day or night.
Within the pool itself, you’ll need some lights and you can decide whether you’d prefer these to run along the sides of the pool or on the bottom. Your decision may depend on the design of the tiles you’re using for the pool itself.
LED lights generally use less energy than their halogen or incandescent counterparts, so you may want to bear this in mind when making your choice.
Around the pool itself, uplights on the walls are a popular option to create soft light that isn’t too harsh. However, if you want to go for the wow factor, you could consider installing a panel over the pool itself that’s studded with a number of small bulbs, creating the effect of a starry sky.
You don’t have to stick to white light either, with a variety of colour options open to you depending on the scheme you’ve chosen for the rest of your space. Although if you’re taking the advice of interior specialist Charlie Cosby and introducing bright colours to your pool, you may want to use brighter lights to ensure their vibrancy comes out.