The Wymara Resort + Villas in the Turks and Caicos has opened what they call the Caribbean’s first “in-ocean” pool.
Ocean pools are not a new concept, and are quite popular especially in Australia. However Wymara’s version puts a very interesting design spin. Rather than constructing a separating structure resulting in clear line between the sea and pool, the in-ocean pool at Wymara was carved out of the natural coastal rock, blurring the line between pool and sea.
During high tide, the surface of the pool is basically level with the surrounding ocean water, resulting in the pool water being recirculated entirely by the ocean waves. The 130-foot-long by 30-foot-wide pool offers a reasonable 3,900 square feet of swimming space. Depending on the tide, the low end of the pool varies from three to five feet deep, while the deep end varies from six to nine feet.
It’s definitely no where near the size of an Olympics swimming pool, but it’s more than adequate for the resort’s size, considering there is so much ocean to swim in otherwise. For those who just want to take in the view, the pool is lined around two sides with a timber deck outfitted with beach chairs, umbrellas, and even a poolside bar.
The ocean pool is located at the resort’s Sunset Cove Beach Club, next door to the Wymara Villas. Guests staying at the villas can easily access the beach club as it’s within walking distance. However those staying at the main resort on the northern side of the facing Grace Bay can either drive there (about 5-6 minutes) or use the hotel’s shuttle service.
For now, only guest at the Resort and Villa have access to the pool from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can easily order drinks at Tiki Bar located right on the deck. In the future, the resort plans to open up the facility to the public via day passes, along with construction of a beach side restaurant.
[Featured Photo: Wymara Resort + Villas ]