A pool float's day in the sun, literally, is typically during those warm summer months filled with days spent poolside. But when the weather turns colder, the outlook is grim for our inflatable friends. Luckily, there now exists an inflatables sanctuary, where blow-up swans, donuts, palm trees, pizzas, and unicorns alike are given new hope, along with a chance to live out their twilight years back where they belong — in a sun-drenched body of water.
Hotels.com, in collaboration with Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, recently announced the opening of the inflatables sanctuary. Guests at the hotel can "adopt" a retired pool float living at the sanctuary for the duration of their stay, eliminating the need to purchase and pack a new one (and waste precious pool time/lung capacity blowing it up), in addition to providing a loving new family for an abandoned floatie.
The project was inspired by Hotels.com's distressing research, which found that while half of the 2,000 British travelers polled purchased a pool float for their vacation, only 28% actually brought them back home at the end of their trips. The average time spent playing with said pool float? A mere six hours and 52 minutes on average.
Isabelle Pinson, vice president, EMEA, at Hotels.com, said in a press release, "A pool inflatable shouldn’t just be for summer, which is why we’re launching an adoption program for these lost and rejected flotation devices. We’ve teamed up with the Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma to set up an inflatable sanctuary, where guests can adopt and reuse left-behind inflatables, giving them a new lease of life."
The inflatables adoption services will be available for the next three months to guests (no word on the fates of the floaties after that period, but alas, even pool floats are subject to the circle of life). So this holiday season, consider helping a left-behind float find its forever home.