Countless psychological studies reveal that music has several positive effects on the body. It helps us relax in stressful situations, sleep better and even mediates mood swings. Research also shows that athletic performance may be enhanced under its influence (although some experts suggest the effect is only minimal). No wonder, adrenaline junkies are eternally plugged into their music players, while running to the beat. So, why shouldn’t they swim to it as well? Here are six deluxe hotels that have caught on to the trend and provide this state-of-the-art service.
CENTARA GRAND & BANGKOK CONVENTION CENTRE AT CENTRALWORLD
This large hotel, connected to the Bangkok Convention Centre and the popular CentralWorld shopping mall, has invested in redefining guest experiences – the spa, the dining outlets and the swimming pool as well.
What do they play? The same soothing tones played at Spa Cenvaree are found underwater.
FOUR SEASONS, HONG KONG
As if an infinity pool with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour wasn’t good enough, this property offers underwater music too.
What do they play? According to the hotel’s engineering department, the underwater speakers play the same music that wafts through the lobby and other public areas.
GANSEVOORT MEATPACKING, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
This property, crowned one of the “World’s Hippest Hotels”, is acclaimed for its rooftop pool and loft. The heated outdoor pool, open all year round, is part of a three-story lifestyle area, consisting of a roof garden and a bar offering views of Hudson River. The underwater music is perhaps only one of the things that makes this place a chic nightlife spot.
What do they play? The hotel plays general lounge music in both fast and slow tempos.
ONE ALDWYCH HOTEL, LONDON
Situated within the epicentre of London’s arts and culture district, this well known bolthole offers stylish facilities – the indoor pool being one of them. In addition to the underwater music, the mineral water pool is also infused with mood lighting.
What do they play? According to the Health Club’s concierge, the music is always changing because it is put together by Napster, but generally falls under the classical music category.
SOFITEL GUANGZHOU SUNRICH, GUANGZHOU
This property, within the Tianhe district, will open its doors on May 18 this year. The entire hotel boasts a distinct French persona and offers state-of-the-art facilities.
What do they play? French electro is played in keeping with Sofitel’s European DNA, as well as electro jazz and zen lounge music. The tempo of the soundtracks will change depending on the time of day, claims hotel general manager, Christophe Lauras.
W DOHA, DOHA
While W Hotels is known to add that extra touch to all its properties, only a select number have underwater music. At the W Doha, the pool is also equipped with fiber optical lighting, which change colours in sync with the music.
What do they play? Like the Four Seasons, Hong Kong, this property also plays the music heard in the lobby, underwater.
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