When you’re hot tub shopping, you’re comparing design, size, features and more. Once you’ve narrowed it down, there’s something equally important you need to think through.

Just where, exactly, are you planning to put the thing?

Hot tubs, even portable ones, can’t just be moved around on a whim once they’re been filled. So it’s important to really think through where you want your spa to sit, and what it’s going to take to achieve the ideal spa surroundings.
Here in New York, if you’re placing your hot tub outdoors, you’re probably going to want it near your backdoor. The hot water will feel great no matter the season – but the walk to and from that water can be pretty darn chilly in the middle of the winter, so plan accordingly.
You may also want a shady location, so to make daytime dips on warm summer days more comfortable. However – this could also block your view of the night sky (and stargazing from the hot tub is something a lot of people like to do) – so be sure to really think through how you’re most likely to use your spa.
Privacy is another important consideration. No one wants to settle in for a relaxing soak, only to look up and see the neighbors staring at them. There’s are a number of ways you can create privacy if your yard doesn’t naturally provide it – fencing, a screen of tall plants, an ivy-covered trellis, etc.
If your yard has a view, position your hot tub to take advantage of it. Soaking in that scenery while you’re, well, soaking, can rejuvenate your spirit.
Some other things to think about:

  • Plant colorful, flowering plants that will attract birds and butterflies around your hot tub to enjoy during the summer months.
  • Lighting can create a special environment at night. Your hot tub may have it’s own lighting, but you can also consider party lights, tiki torches or landscape lighting, too.
  • Add some outdoor seating nearby for those who aren’t in the tub, or as a place to rest robes and towels.
  • Keep an outdoor storage box nearby to store supplies.
  • If you want to create a complete relaxation zone, consider building a fire pit near your hot tub and seating area.

Before you know it, you’ll have a complete backyard paradise!