The green lagoon of Portomaso residential complex

The green lagoon of Portomaso residential complex

The green lagoon of Portomaso residential complex


Portomaso is an exclusive beachfront residential area which covers 128,000 sqm, surrounded by a marina for yachts with 110 berths. A magnificent 1.6 km stretch of sea face.

Located in St. Julians on Malta, the project owners expected it to be one of the most renowned residencies in the Mediterranean… and indeed they made it! They have turned it into a first class project with high quality standards regarding real state in Malta. The green lagoon located in the middle of the complex is the perfect eye-catcher.  

The project includes the 5 star hotel Hilton Malta, a beach club, a health and leisure centre, an office building, a conference centre and several shops and restaurants. The star of the group of buildings is the central green lagoon, where ground floor residents have direct access to. This huge 6,000 m2 swimming pool has been lined with our reinforced membrane RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH RELAX green.

This reinforced pool liner was exclusively designed for this specific project. The owner of the building was looking for a green version of ALKORPLAN TOUCH. He didn’t want to give up the characteristics of a 3D print inspired by nature, but in a green version.

Both construction and installation were carried out by DOLPHIN POOLS, our distributor in Malta. It took almost two years from the start of the negotiations until the final definition of the project, including how our special TOUCH RELAX should look like for this luxury residential project. 

Likewise, a specific liquid PVC had to be developed in order to seal the seams in the same color of the reinforced membrane. The ALKORPLAN TOUCH pool liner was installed in stages and took approximately one month.

Are you working on a big pool project and you would like to give it a personal touch? First of all, please check out our product range. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let’s talk it over!  

Beach entry pools

Beach entry pools

Beach entry pools

Discover a new concept for your swimming experience: recreate the beach in your pool.


The world of swimming pools is changing and leading us to new pool concepts such as beach entry pools. Also known as zero entry pools, instead of having steps there’s a slope that gradually enters into the water.

The main purpose is that the swimming pool looks like a natural beach. Some even add other elements like pebbles or real sand around the pool in order to increase this beach feeling. Decorating the garden with stones and leafy plants will make the whole landscape look like a real paradise. The idea is to recreate a natural space in a garden generating a great visual impact.

If you’re considering this kind of pool, please take into account that you’ll need a large area to build it on. Beach entry pools require much more space than a traditional pool because of the gradual slope. So, size matters in this case.

What are the advantages of a beach entry pool?

The main advantage of a beach entry pool is the accessibility. Children, elderly and people with disabilities find it easier to enter this kind of swimming pools. No more ladder or stairs!

Apart from this, the slope itself is a perfect spot to lay down and sunbathe. Shallower water gets warm faster.  

Which pool liner most closely resembles sand?

The ideal choice for a zero entry pool is RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH, specifically two designs:


  • Relax: its similarity to fine, beach sand makes it ideal for exotic atmospheres that will take you faraway. Dive into Caribbean-like crystal-clear waters with turquoise hues thanks to its soft, pleasant feel on your skin.
  • Sublime: with its rough, rocky surface it emulates fine travertine marble, its light tones also give the impression of a beach atmosphere. The perfect lining for trendy, modern pools.   

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH is the first 3D reinforced liner with a 2 mm thickness, which makes it the most resistant liner in the market. The TOUCH range is available in 6 different colours that simulate natural elements in both colour and texture.

Both ALKORPLAN TOUCH Relax and Sublime are perfect to line a zero entry pool because of the color they confer to water, making it look like a seaside landscape. Apart from this, they have a non-slip finish, which is particularly appropriate for this kind of pool access. Any other pool liner wouldn’t guarantee the slip resistance. On the contrary, RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH are non-slip pool liners. This way you don’t have to worry about the safety at your pool.

Have you ever thought about building a beach entry pool in your backyard? The ideal solution fort he whole family which is both functional and ornamental all year long! So, what do you prefer: pool or beach? Or both?

New Beetle transformed into a hot tub

New Beetle transformed into a hot tub

Once again, RENOLIT ALKORPLAN was present at the Piscine Global Europe, the leading swimming pool and wellnes event, were we could witness the mots innovating tech related to pool lifestyle. At every swimming pool event, you can stumble upon the most curious things.
One of the things that caught our eye this year, was a project cretated by Plastica Pools. They successfully redesigned a Volks Wagen New Beetle into a Hot Tub, using our reinforced membrane: RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH Vanity to coat the interior and Elegance to cover the headrest.

The New Beetle drew in the crowds who were amazed to witness a fully functioning hot tub inside of the car! Plastica Pools made sure it wasn’t just for show as they even managed to replace the car engine with a pool filter to maintain the water in pristine condition. When the hot tub is functioning, our reinforced membranes assure complete watertightness and not one tiny drop of water is spilled.

To add a couple of stylish details to the design, Plastica Pools added various LED lightning to create an impressive ambiance on both the interior and the exterior of the car. In summary, It simply has all the elements of a luxury hot tub to fully relax in! We are grateful and proud that they chose to use our liners for this original and authentic project and we are amazed by the stunning end result.

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH, inspired by nature

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH, inspired by nature

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH, 3D pool liners inspired by nature

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH is the new 2mm reinforced membrane by ALKORPLAN. Thanks to its technical qualities and attractive designs, it has become the strongest, most durable and resistant lining on the market.

TOUCH complements the range of RENOLIT ALKORPLAN liners, which have become the most widely used lining for pools in the world.

The big difference between the RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH reinforced liner and the other reinforced liners on the market is its thickness. The normal thickness of reinforced lining is 1.5 mm whereas RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH is the first 2mm reinforced liner, which gives it greater resistance and durability.

The RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH liner revolutionises the market for pool lining, made up of two flexible sheets of PVC fused and totally waterproof, it doubly guarantees no water loss. But, in addition, these two sheets are reinforced on the inside with a mesh of highly resistant polyester, which acts like a spine and makes the reinforced liner a robust product with great mechanical resistance.

The special thickness of RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH allows its designs to have relief and provides an exceptional and pleasant touch. The six models add personality to any pool and allow you to create unique, personal spaces in your garden.

RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH designs are inspired by nature and each of them is designed to line pools forming part of different atmospheres:

ideal for lining pools in natural, rustic surroundings with pebbles or lots of greenery. Country pools with the texture of clay or sandstone.

for spectacular, ostentatious pools whose uniqueness stimulates the vanity of their owners in the face of their neighbours.

with a colour similar to fine, beach sand, it is ideal for exotic atmospheres that transport you to faraway, Caribbean beaches with crystal-clear, turquoise hues.

emulates fine travertine marble and is the perfect lining for trendy, modern pools.

with elegant, dark veins like those in slate, it is the lining for cosmopolitan pools, turning the water a deep blue colour that is captivating from the very start

pools that evoke a paradise of volcanic rock, especially designed for minimalist, designer environments.


To install RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH reinforced membrane, you must first condition the pool following these steps:

  • Adapt the basin to check the condition of the pool equipment, repair cracks and clean impurities from the walls and bottom.
  • Disinfect the basin to make sure there are no remains of organic matter.
  • Attach the fixtures to the basin.
  • Place the geotextile on the wall and floor. Thanks to its fungicide treatment, it prevents the proliferation of fungi between the reinforced lining and the basin, in addition to helping conceal any possible irregularities in the basin.
  • Place and weld the reinforced liner using heat sealing, which must always be done by a professional authorised by RENOLIT ALKORPLAN.

As RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH is a 2mm liner, we recommend edge-to-edge welding to avoid the bump that would be caused by traditional overlapping, as the thickness is much more evident than with normal lining.

The aim of edge-to-edge welding is to achieve a better aesthetic finish as, if it is done correctly, the welding will be invisible and you may not even always need to use liquid PVC to seal it. That is why it is recommendable —although not compulsory— especially on the bottom as that is where welding is more visible.

To make the bottom completely flat when welding edge to edge, you should use the RENOLIT ALKORPLAN fungicide geotextile and the edge-to-edge welding strip.

–          RENOLIT ALKORPLAN fungicide geotextile

It is used as protective layer between the RENOLIT ALKORPLAN lining and the pool surface to prevent the proliferation of bacteria, fungus and microorganisms and conceal any irregular surfaces that the pool may have before the lining is applied. It also provides a much more pleasant sensation for the bather when walking over the lining. We recommend applying it under all types of RENOLIT ALKORPLAN reinforced lining.

–          Edge-to-edge welding strip

A base strip that is used under edge-to-edge welding. It should be used with geotextile on pool bottoms to compensate for the bump from the strip next to joints and to provide the bather with a more pleasant sensation when stepping on the bottom.

Once you have welded all of the pool liners, we recommend using RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH joint sealer – a specific liquid PVC for finishing welding, whether overlapping or edge-to-edge. Its colour, texture and composition mean it combines perfectly with RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH liners and its improved formula makes it very resistant to the passage of time and decoration.

See how pools lined with RENOLIT ALKORPLAN TOUCH reinforced liners look and line your pool with the best lining on the market.

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