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e all are attracted by the beauty of water and the fun we can have with water. Swimming pools are tailored for this enjoyment. The warm climate and vibrant nature of Tropical Asia, together with its abundant building materials makes this part of the world a heaven for creative architects and pool designers. POOLASIA’s goal is it to showcase their master pieces, providing you with valuable ideas and knowledge with regards to pool design, technology and management.
Cover page of English & Thai edition: Pool lover in Thailand Photographer: Mr.Vichai Chitlalit (Jook) Khun Jook is freelance photographer with 30 experience in photographing and has a club that brings together many photographer friends called “Canon Club”. Meeting every Thursday in Bangkok at MBK department store, 5th floor. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by: Dr. Josef Konrad viva tropicana sdn bhd reg. 778249-H No: 5-3, Jalan 3/ 116D, Kuchai Entrepreneurs’ Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA tel: 03 – 7981 1600 fax: 03-7981 0661, www.poolasia.com Editing & Journalism: Dr. Josef Konrad s i l k w a t e r s MEDIA Hauptstr. 85, D-86931 Prittriching GERMANY Tel: +49 8206 / 962781 Copyright: All material in this publication is copyright to the publisher and/or its contributors. No material may be reproduced without permission of the publisher.
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To give the pool market goals to aim for, POOLASIA is calling for Best Pool contest. The pools will be judged on their water quality, safety, design and attractiveness. This issue we’re looking at the “Top 10 Pools of Northern Thailand”, which was greatly supported by the contenders themselves. It is now up to you to decide which pool is your favorite on www.poolasia.com. We are also going to present Thailand’s outstanding MO ROOMS hotel, with its impressive pool and baths and also the villa pools designed by one of the Thailand’s visionaries, who brings water & architecture so expressively together. We invite pool owners, architects and pool builders to present their pool designs to POOLASIA and we will feature the most interesting one in a later issue. We dedicate the second part of the magazine, POOLASIA’s INDUSTRY NEWS to the professionals and will use this section, which is linked to our webbased partner portal poolasia.info, to highlight recent events and the latest development in the pool industry. Let POOLASIA be your platform for international exhibitions and conferences worldwide, where innovations, environmentally friendly products and the world of new opportunities are waiting to be discovered. POOLASIA features for this year two major fairs in Europe, the PISCINA BCN in Barcelona and the AQUANALE in Cologne. They provide access to markets like South America, Africa or Russia as well. We will be providing you with insightful information which might be valuable to know as future visitors or exhibitors from Asia. Finally we are proud to announce that POOLASIA is Southeast Asia’s official magazine for China’s largest fair, the Pool&Spa&BathCHINA2010, to be held in Guangzhou from March 30th March – April 1st 2010. Let’s explore this huge amazing market, which is blessed with creativity and entrepreneurship and bring the East and West together. Cordially yours Josef Konrad
Dr. Josef Konrad Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
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Top 10 Pools of Northern Thailand The Hotel Pool Accommodation in Thailand comes in different categories. The trendiest ones are the sophisticated Pool Villa and Boutique Resorts which pop up all over Thailand, followed closely by the outstandingly designed luxury hotels,. In this first issue of PoolAsia Magazine, we will be giving an overview of the top ten ones located in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, North Thailand. Our chosen Top 10 have all paid a great deal of attention to architectural and decorative designs, ensuring that they naturally blend into the tropical environment. Beauty and luxury perfectly blended with harmony and comfort are the newest commandments to follow when it comes to impressing visitors - especially honeymooners, couples, families and corporate guests. The most popular feature of a pool villa resort is the private pools that come with each villa or the centrally located swimming pool with its own landscaped garden. Relaxing spa facilities and massage sessions are a must and masseurs can even be requested to visit your own villa. Needless to say, spacious bathrooms usually feature large bath tubs and separate shower areas. A relaxing atmosphere is a must, so that pool villa resorts become a perfect hideaway, where dreams come true.
THE SELECTION It is our magazine’s concept to guide water and swimming pool enthusiasts to the best swimming pools in tropical Asia and also to assist hotels and resorts to achieve the best results with their swimming pool set up and its management. Because of this, POOLASIA is hosting a Best Pool contest, where readers are invited to give their vote. How we identified the TOP 10 swimming pools? We searched the internet for interesting pools, just the way a tourist looking for a nice pool would do. We then called the hotels and resorts to get information about their pool management, technology and interest in joining the contest. Prior to our phone calls, many hotel engineers had already undergone 1 or 2 days training courses, conducted by Chemical Management Service Co., Ltd. (Thailand), but no one had had any training recently. Finally, we shortlisted 10 out of 48 l hotels and resorts based on the following criteria:
How to attract tourists with your swimming pool? As an ultimate goal, we would like to see the pools as meeting points for their hotel guests. As water quality counts the most, we recommend that all hotels are open about the quality and display chlorine levels for all to see. If displays are in place, then the hotel can win the confidence of their guests. Most people, but especially parents, will undoubtedly appreciate the levels being on display so they know their children are safe when swimming. To provide Aqua Fitness and Aqua Gymnastics courses is another means to attract tourists. In their homeland these activities are obligatory services in water and leisure parks already. It’s not only for to relieve joints and strengthening of muscles, it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy exercise together. Please be advised, when your pool becomes busier, the water treatment must be able to cope with this extra “bathing load” as well.
Water quality, safety, appearance & cleanliness, design, operation, management & service, attractiveness and location 8 of the 10 contenders have been inspected by POOLASIA with regards to all of their pool facilities, pump rooms and chemical storages. The hotels heeded POOLASIA’s recommendations on how to fine tune the operation and to bring down the running costs as well. All contenders filled out the questionnaire as shown on the next page. We have not printed any individual results because of data protection. The winner of the contest will be announced and showcased in an upcoming issue. To vote for your favorite pool, please visit www.poolasia.com. Thank you As a contender for the best pool in northern Thailand, these hotels and resorts have already proven their outstanding quality and attractiveness. However, there is still plenty of room to improve the standard of the pools and in new hotels and resorts as well. Therefore we are going to repeat the contest in near future.
What to learn from some of our findings:
A: Throughout Asia, there is great room for improvement with regards to the filtration efficiency. Many pools look beautiful at night - once illuminated, due to scattering of light caused by fine particles in the water. Light reflections across the pool tiles at night will greatly enhance the attractiveness of the pools. The reasons for: Filtration time is too short (practice 3h morning + 3 - 4 h afternoon ); turnover period too long ( one was even 15 hours). Solution: Since the piping size can’t be increased, the filtration capacity can’t be increased. Flocculation can help. B: The use of liquid test kits for chlorine makes it impossible to get results for the allergenic combined chlorine, the so called chloramines. Combined chlorine should be below 0.2 mg/l or at best not detectable.
Questionnaire for Engineers No.
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Size of the swimming pool, width – length – depth in cm ( please not ft)? Volume in m3 (cubic meter)? Pool design: Return water via skimmer of overflow? Turnover rate of swimming pools? This means, how long does it take to pump the whole volume of the swimming pool water through the filter? Has the children pool its own water treatment or together with the main pool? What sort of disinfection you have: 1. Chlorination A: Applying chlorine chemicals B: Production of chlorine with salt water chlorinator (= electrolysis) 2. Ozonisation 3. Active Oxygen (H2O2) 4. UV disinfection 5: Cu / Ag Ionizer
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If your hotel use chlorine, what kind of chemical you use: A: 90 % chlorine (TCCA) only B: Calcium Hypo (60 – 70%) only C: or both? D: liquid Chlorine (10 -15 %) How is the disinfection conducted (by hand & automatically)? What is the most difficult month in the year for keeping the water clean? If automatic, what is the brand of the measurement & control and dosing system? Any problem with the system? If it is installed, but not in operation, what is the reason for? What is the normal concentration you want to achieve: pH = ? FREE Chlorine = ? Are you doing also testing for COMBINED Chlorine =? What test kit do you use? Liquid or tablet reagents? Do you use algaecide? Do you use flocculents? What are the approximately monthly cost for the water treatment of your pool? Are microbiological (bacteria) tests done? How often? What are the approx. costs per test? If you will improve or invest into the pool, what will it be done in near future? Source of water supply: own water (e.g. from the deep well) or by government? What are the attractions of your swimming pool (for example: counter current system or under water music….) Does your swimming pool has scaling problems (e.g. white dots); or the tiles get loose? Corrosion problems? Does your hotel offer Aqua Fitness to the guests. Interested in on INSTRUCTOR courses? Do you have routine courses for the staff on “life rescue”? Interested in? Are you interested in to participate on professional courses ( 1 - 2 days) or POOL MASTER courses (1 week) Do you have any question or problem? Let us know, we would be pleased to answer & help! Swimming pool general data: Operation time: Pool service from outside or with your own staff ( in-house):
This questionnaire was submitted to the contender ot the Top 10 pools of Northern Thailand in Thai and English language
FOUR SEASONS Resort Chiang Mai
Set amidst the rural ambience of misty mountains and seasonal rice fields, still worked by water buffaloes, the luxurious resort offers simply the best possible accommodation. A spa voted the best in Asia and an authentic cooking school are the top attraction for guests, who expect the highest standard of services. Located in the secluded Mae Rim Valley, some 16kms north of Chiang Mai City, there are 64 beautifully appointed pavilions, each with a private outdoor sala and luxurious bathroom â€“ next to 16 magnificent private residences with one, two or three bedrooms, live-in housekeeper and a swimming pool adjunct to an natural pond. Set in a spacious three-storey villa, the resortâ€™s spa follows the design of a Northern Thai temple, complete with a fine teakwood interior. Ancient rituals inspire the varied treatments. The atmosphere is informal, yet discreet, with seven private suites, each with its own changing facilities, lockers and a shower. The outdoor shower installation, herbal steam rooms and rain shower massage tables ensure total bliss and relaxation to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Other services include an in-room treatment option, herbal body wrap and body scrub. www.fourseasons.com
POOL HIGHLIGHTS Usage of 90 % chlorine (TCCA) for disinfection. To prevent the build up of the contained stabilizer componant Cyanuric acid fresh water is added. Filtraton with quality deep bed sand filter, Brand : Dinotec
Located hidden in the old town of Chiang Mai, this classical boutique hotel boasts a traditional Thai-Chinese design which utilises vibrant colours and rich stone sculptures within large opening courtyards. Calling a hotel “boutique” means more than simply saying it’s on the small side. A classical boutique hotel generally pays a lot of attention to even the tiniest of details, boasts an extremely personal service and has a very unique design which usually draws influence from traditional culture. Located through a passageway off the second guestroom courtyard, Rachamankha’s 20m teal-tiled pool is serviced by the two-storey pool pavilion, which houses both the pool bar and the massage spa. The pool bar offers a full beverage service and a range of hot and cold dishes that served to you while you relax by the pool. The massage service, performed by well-trained and very experienced masseuses, include all kinds of special treatments. Traditional Thai massage is also available in the guestrooms. There is undoubtedly a classic style to Rachamankha, perhaps nowhere more evident in the hotel than the exclusive library. Fitted from floor to ceiling with polished hardwood and lit by a chandelier the effect is completed by the addition of crystal glasses and a crystal decanter of brandy provided free for guests’ enjoyment.
GM’s ZERO tolerance towards allergenic chlorine products This is the highlight of this hotel. The GM of the hotel conducts personally water tests to cross check the water quality. Hotel guests might appreciate it to see it. With DPD testkit (DPD no.1 & 3) in hand he can distinguish clearly between free and combined chlorine (which causes allergenic reactions and the typical chlorine smell). The hotel applies DuPont’s, “Oxon® Monopersulfate to oxidize and eliminate combined chlorine once it will be detected.
Rachamankha offers 18 superior rooms, 4 deluxe rooms and 2 two-bedroom suites. There is an Asian restaurant in a separate building, which also has a boutique shopping and gallery area on top. Staying at this unique hideaway is an unforgettable experience. The combination of the Lanna Thai interior with a hint of Chinese art, together with the temple-styled architecture has created a haven of grandeur. Chiang Mai’s most important temple is just around the corner – Wat Phra Singh or the Temple of the Lion Buddha.
Pool volume: 220 m3 Human resource development has for this hotel top priority, therefore the hotel likes to join PoolAsia’s Life Rescue and Pool Master courses. poolasia.com
POOLASIA’s TOP POOLS POOLASIA’s CRITERIA for “quality” pools Safety & water quality (top priority) Construction, installation & water treatment Management & operation Design, attractiveness, value & location Environmentally friendliness & sustainability
POOLASIAS’s ongoing contests: 1. TOP 10 pools of North Thailand ( with issue 1) please apply for 2. Best Boutique Resort Pools in South Thailand 3. Charming Pools of the Golden Triangle 4. Stunning Sky Pools of ASIA ( roof top)
Procedure: 1. Register your hotel pool or recommend us your choice at www.poolasia.com 2. Wait for selection & confirmation 3. Successful hotels will be visited by us and undergo auditing.
Your benefit: We will provide recommendation on how to achive best water quality and the most out of the pool set up, because we want you to be the best and to attract most TOURISTS.
Benefit for the TOURIST:
As in EUROPE, best pool water quality means, drinkable swimming pool water because of children.
Please register now on www.poolasia.com
Tourist can count on POOLASIA’s independent information platform on what to pay attention to in tropical Asia and where to find quality pools.
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Park Hyatt Shanghai is contender of POOLASIA’s Best Sky Pool ASIA contest The Top 10 will be anounced on 28th September at the ME POOL & SPA 2010 Exhibition, Dubai
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“BEST SKY POOL IN ASIA” We will be looking for:
stunning views extraordinary design expert quality & value state - of - the - art technology The following categories will be considered: Business hotels Condominium & serviced apartments. for more information & to register, please visit: www.poolasia.com email: email@example.com
POOLASIA’s 2010 contest
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MOROOM’s H E A R T
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RAT OX TIGER RABBIT DRAGON SNAKE HORSE GOAT MONKEY ROOSTER DOG PIG
THE MO ROOMS Hotel Chiang Mai, THAILAND www.morooms.com
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. Artists applied the identity of Birth Animal, influencing the entire building process from the initial concept to the unique style of furniture and interior to fit with each zodiac. THE orientation and design of doors, windows, beds and toilets as well as the interpretation of the five body elements (Fire, Wind, Water, Earth and Metal) are all constructed to provide balance for MO guests. Center piece NAUTILUS The center piece of the property is however the Nautilus look like 55 m3 swimming pool, which absorbs gently the energy flows from corridors and stair cases, and releases it finally precisely to the back exit of the hotel. The integrated round shaped relax pool functions additionally with its center pillar as balancing center piece against the sharp edges of the rooms, which are stacked like boxes centered around the pool, naked Natural boulder in the pool functioning as steps without blaster. Mirrors can be found everywhere around the pool winding smoothly into the pool conform with and at the staircases, since Feng Shui practitioners best Feng shui practice, as the entire underwater often use Feng Shui mirrors to improve the Feng Shui architecture of the totally free-form shaped pool of your house or business. Feng Shui mirrors emit the comes without any sharp edges. Feng Shui energy of water. A function of Feng Shui This pool is a perfect master piece for how on such a mirrors is to draw the beneficial flow of energy (Qi) small and congested plot of land Feng Shui concept into the place it is positioned at, from the pool up to harmony can contribute to balanced feels, the hotel guest will experience it. the rooms. poolasia
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Approximately total capacity of 55 m3. Integrated “sit-in-pool” with 4 m3 capacity without aeration, stream or jet function. One opening at the bottom of the circle pool enables water exchange with the main pool. For better circulation however, overflow should be allowed to let floating dirt reach the skimmer.
without surge tank ( = buffer tank to control and to compensate water loss automatically).
MO ROOMS concept is smart and environmentally friendly “Dirt, which physically can be removed by means of filtration, doesn’t need to be treated chemically” by means of oxidizing (chlorination)”
2 FILTRATIONS & 1 DISINFECTION The water treatment is separated in 2 plants. One is integrated in the pool construction as compact “ all in one” unit, supplied by Desjoyaux Chiang Mai, which features: WATER CIRCULATION, JET STREAM, FILTRATION and ILLUMINATION. The model here is 5 years old, 4 months in operation and comes in this project without disinfection (normally it is equipped with erosion feeder or electrolyser).
strainer for trapping leaves and floating dirt
illumination ( 100 Watt)
In-build pump for water circulation
Filtration by filter bag, with only 6 micron pore size, efficient removal of solids is assured. The filter bag has to be removed and cleaned with water 2 -3 times a week. According to the hotel’s owner, Mr. Pinit, this cleaning procedure is for his hotel, due to its very space constraint, a bit complicated. The owner opted for additional sand filtration where manual back washing is required. However this requires that a slim operator climbs into the narrow man hole of the pump room to operate the filter and to check the controller as well.
This is a monkey. Great, this place is right! I should rest here tonight, under the boulder amongst the trees. The weather is comfortable and the moon is full, I will be happy. Tomorrow will be refreshed for the long journey of lifeâ€Ś
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Passioned Pool Lover brings Thailand’s dreams to reality To achieve this, the swimming pool water should always be in perfect condition and attractive. He has achieved both goals by setting up his own companies Pool and Fresh Co., Ltd. and the Mika Group Co. Ltd.. As first company in Thailand he called an annual design contest. With 5 professor from different universities as judge, this contest is certainly making an impression. He traveled a lot around the world to learn about how foreign water quality guidelines are implemented, what technologies are used and also to make friends with industry leaders there. Mr. Thongchat Thampramote
Asia’s architectural and pool industry is rich with visionares and creative entrepreneurs, who can achieve also its implementation. The owner of the Mika Group in Thailand, Mr. Thongchat Thampramote is one of them. Even in his childhood, he was attracted by water, at a time where it was in Bangkok still possible to splash in unpolluted water, which has changed in the meantime. So it came that his property company linked it’s projects mostly with water attractions and swimming pool. Based on his own experience with his family, where even his grandparents in a age of 80 + still keep themselves healthy by exercising in the pool, he emphasizes the great opportunity for families to socialize at their own pool at home. The warm water of their swimming pool invites them daily to gather. Convinced that private swimming pools are a great way for families to experience living together rather than spending their valuable weekend in shopping malls and unhealthy fast food restaurants. Instead fostering the children’s health and having fun for the whole family are the great assets of the family pool.
He came up from Bangkok to Chiangmai with his family to visit our Silkwaters Media Representation office and to meet up with the publisher, how to achieve drinking water standards in swimming pools, like people can enjoy in the “Blue Triangle of Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland” Poolasia is pleased to present his achievements and the projects of his extremely satisfied customer.
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