Thoughts of Washington usually conjure images of coffee, snow-kissed mountains, and a vibrant music scene that spans from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain. And while visitors are often left in awe of the beautiful swaths of water the state lays claim to, they are likely referring to the numerous lakes, rivers, and oceans when they pour on the compliments– not hot tubs. However, such an omission turns out to be a pretty big one. In fact, in 2013, Washington had the seventh highest number of hot tubs in the country, according to The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.
So what is it about this state that makes people crave a spa? Besides the obvious element of weather and the array of health benefits hot tubs bring, we like to think it has something to do with the palette of options available to buyers. Long gone are the days when buying a hot tub or spa meant you were forced to succumb to someone else’s idea of comfort. Rather, Aqua Spas & Pools provides a huge menu of options for the discerning spa shopper. Here are a few of the ways you can customize your tub:
Make the spa accessible to older people by adding a handrail or decorate with planters to match the tub’s cabinetry. Opt for a floating refreshment bar or drink holder to create a more festive atmosphere. Just because you live in The Evergreen State doesn’t mean you can’t relax among palm trees — that is if you buy an inflatable palm tree drink holder or one of many other kitsch accessories.
Choice of Material
Think all whirlpools are still made from wood and plastic? Not anymore. Now you have the option of acrylic, stone, polished concrete, and colored glass tiles. For a long-lasting though a more expensive option, you can also choose stainless steel. As with most things, there are advantages and disadvantages to all, including price, texture, necessary maintenance, and appearance.
While many people find the soothing jets and the quiet hum of hot tubs entertainment enough, others prefer to incorporate some other toys into their relaxation time. If you’re in the latter camp, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of options. Many tubs come with large flat screen televisions and surround sound. Customize with an integrated MP3 or Bluetooth sound system.
Although the tub itself will be the centerpiece water feature, you can also add elements that help generate an idyllic ambiance. Choose anything from waterfalls to color-changing cascading LED fountains.
Sure, you can always soak in your new tub during the day, but there seems to be something magical about doing it at night. In the evening hours, you can really use lighting to transform the environment. Frame the exterior of the spa with a gentle glow or bright lights. Highlight the interior of the spa with anything from subtle mood lights to dramatic disco lights that pulse in accordance with the music.
Color can influence your physical and emotional well-being. The light of colors can affect your hypothalamus, the emotional hub of your brain, as well as the endocrine system and hormones. Use this to your advantage by playing with the colors of your whirlpool. If entertaining a group, flash some purples, reds, and oranges. If wanting something relaxing or romantic, opt for a whisper of color instead.
Feel free to get creative with the elevation of your hot tub. If you have a swimming pool, try placing the spa above the pool at an angle. Alternately, opt for a decorated raised tub or a sunken in one. Choose elevated floating stepping stones for added dimension as well.
Now that you have a bevy of ideas for how you can customize your whirlpool, turn to Aqua Spas & Pools to make your vision a reality. Our hot tubs are specially designed with your needs in mind.