“Cenote” Naturalized Swimming Pool
“Where guests of the Sundy Inn swim with fish”
Designed to bear some visual resemblance to the Cenotes of Yucatan, our naturalized swimming pool, containing sweet water (freshwater), is constructed of black marcite, has a roughly cylindrical shape, and is topped by natural limestone boulders, tropical plants overhanging the water, and waterfalls. The Cenote is a highlight of Taru Garden’s guided tours, Sundy Inn guests swim with fish or relax on the deck, and groups delight in the Sundy House’s pool deck events, especially weddings and receptions.
The Cenote is a mix of natural and artificial, which together make a reasonably balanced aquatic eco-system. The water is as un-poisoned as that of a natural lake, and it is full of live things, so it may be called a “Living Pool.”
The natural aspects
are well water, open sky, encroaching vegetation and scampering lizards, plants in the water, algae and algae-eating fish, beneficial bacteria in the bottom beds of river-rounded gravel, and piles of limestone boulders for fish hideouts.
The artificial aspects are the concrete structure, ultraviolet water-treatment chambers, water re-circulation pump, heating in the winter, and several-times-daily manual labor.
No chemicals are added to the pool, not even salt or clarifier--- UV-C is a more effective sanitizer than chlorine. The same weekly lab test performed at public beaches is also done at the Cenote.
Beauty-treatment foot exfoliation, performed by Siamese Algae-Eaters, an expensive feature at some avant-guard spas, is included in the room price, and is had by sitting quietly on the edge of the pool deck with one’s feet in the water, as fish, about a dozen per foot, tickle and scrape. It is fun to snorkel to watch the several kinds of fish.