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  1. How to Make Your Own Hot Tub Cinema

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    What’s more relaxing than being entertained in a jetted hot tub? Not much. Music is one of the most popular forms of entertainment enjoyed in a spa, and ThermoSpas hot tubs’ deluxe sound system package has everything you need for an incredible audio experience. Along with music, watching movies is another great way to enhance your hot tub experience.

    In fact, watching movies in a hot tub has proven to be such a pleasant experience that people have capitalized on it. Hot Tub Cinema is the latest craze in movie-viewing experiences. It involves watching a movie on a big screen while hanging out in a hot tub with a group of your friends. Tickets for these events always sell out quickly, as there is a limited number of inflatable hot tubs available at each viewing and the only cities in which viewings occur on a regular basis are New York and London.

    Why pay to watch a movie in an inflatable hot tub when you can create your own Hot Tub Cinema in your house or backyard? Creating a movie-viewing experience in your hot tub can be very simple, and is sure to make your house or backyard a popular place for parties and get-togethers. From cheaper, non-HD setups to high-quality, home theater televisions, there are hot tub cinema options for almost every budget and taste. We’ve listed some of the most popular and efficient ways to watch movies in your tub below.

    Spa-Mounted Televisions

    Spa-mounted televisions are excellent high-end upgrades for modern spas. They are specifically designed to be mounted on the edge of any hot tub or spa, and installation is very simple. Spa-mounted televisions should be waterproof and come with a waterproof remote controller to allow you to have complete control over your viewing experience while you’re in the tub. If your hot tub is outside, make sure the TV screen is weatherproof as well.

    Once your spa-mounted TV is set up, you should be able to wirelessly connect it to your home media or connect it with the cabling of your choice. Because spa-mounted televisions are specifically made for hot tub viewing, they are one of the easiest ways to transform your hot tub area into a hot tub cinema.

    Wall-Mounted Televisions

    If you want a massive screen to watch movies on while you’re in the hot tub, a wall-mounted television might be a better option for you than one that’s mounted on the spa. A strong enough mount can hold a full home-theater-style screen for your hot tub viewing experience. These televisions can be mounted directly to the wall of your house, or to the hot tub gazebo.

    There are a lot more options for wall-mounted televisions than there are for televisions made specifically to be mounted on the spa. If your hot tub is outside, it’s important to buy a television that is weatherproof, and if the screen is mounted close to the tub, it should be waterproof as well. Although wall-mounted televisions may not come with a waterproof controller, you can always buy a waterproof universal TV remote.


    Projectors can be a fun and inexpensive way to transform your hot tub area into a hot tub cinema. If you choose this option, make sure to get a projector that can connect to your computer or DVD player, or buy one that has a built-in DVD player or iPhone dock. The great thing about projectors is that they can be as simple or as high-tech as you want.

    If you’re looking to create the ultimate hot tub cinema, you can buy an HD projector and a high-quality screen for a gorgeous movie-viewing experience. Or, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to transform your hot tub space into a hot tub cinema, you can buy a simple, non-HD projector and project movies onto a white wall or sheet. Projectors are easily transported, so you can use them to watch movies wherever you would like. If your hot tub is outside, just remember to bring in your projector after you’re done watching your movie.

    Hot tub cinemas are great for parties and get-togethers, a romantic night with your loved one, family nights or for a quiet night alone. No matter which option you choose to transform your hot tub area into a hot tub cinema, you’re sure to have a great time with it. Once you’re ready to watch movies in your tub, find out which films you should watch first by reading our movie recommendations post.

    If you would like any more information about hot tub entertainment, or want to invest in your own hot tub so that you can have a unique movie-watching experience, please contact us today. We would love to help you find the perfect tub for you!

  2. How To Design an Outdoor Hot Tub Oasis

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    Imagine having a personal retreat where you can escape to any time you want. A place where you can relax, watch the sunset, read a book, or soak in your spa. A place where you can have a romantic evening with your partner or throw a stylish party for family and friends.

    You can turn your deck into your destination; transform your patio into a personal paradise; or build a breathtaking backyard retreat–all with a little inspiration, planning, and your hot tub.

    Creating an outdoor living space

    Outdoor living spaces have become a popular trend in recent years. No longer is design limited to the interior of the home. More and more, decks and patios are being used an extension of a homeowner’s living space.

    Your outdoor space should be open and welcoming while at the same time useful. A place where you can have an outdoor meal, enjoy a sunrise from your hot tub, entertain your friends, or enjoy a pleasant conversation.

    If done right, a good deck, patio or backyard design can give your home a feeling of having more space by blurring the boundaries between the inside and outside living areas.

    Choosing a design style

    Your outdoor hot tub oasis should be a reflection of your personality, while also complementing your home design. There are many design themes to choose from, but here are a couple ideas to get you started:


    romantic couple hot tub

    Whether you own a two-person Gemini or a five-person Concord, a hot tub can create an intimate atmosphere of romance; but it doesn’t have to end there.

    Add some candles, stringing lights, a fire pit, plenty of flowering plants, romance themed color schemes with pinks and reds–and you’ll have a space that will charm your partner for a romantic evening or dazzle your guests for a night of entertainment.

    Luxury Spa:

    If you want to step outside your house and enter into an oasis of relaxation and therapy–the “luxury spa” style is for you.

    The clean lines and the beautiful simplicity of the ThermoSpas Aquatic series make this model ideal for a spa retreat. But with some accessorizing, any one of our hot tubs can be turned into a backyard spa refuge.

    thermospas manhattan hot tub

    ThermoSpas Manhattan Hot Tub

    Accessories and design tips to create a spa-like ambiance:

    • Incorporate natural, organic elements like plants, rocks, teak, and bamboo
    • Use earth inspired colors such as creamy whites, warm browns, and neutral beige. Check out our Copper Beach acrylic color.
    • Cool, tranquil colors like blues and purples can be used for a splash of color
    • Consider building a stone pathway to your hot tub to keep out dirt and debris
    • Palm trees and other tropical plants can offer shade as well as privacy. Bamboo palm is a popular plant for spa settings
    • Use luxury towels. 100% cotton Turkish towels are plush, absorbent, and a common spa amenity. Go the extra mile and provide robes and slippers for yourself and guests!
    • Complete the experience with an outdoor shower to wash off before and after a soak, like this ThermoSpa owner’s setup:
    hot tub with outdoor shower

    Hot Tub w/ Outdoor Shower


    Exercising outside in your hot tub is far more enjoyable than exercising inside a crowded gym. You can turn your outdoor deck or patio space into a workout friendly spot by day; and an entertainment spot by night with a hot tub like the ThermoSpas Swim Spa. Unlike a pool, you can workout or entertain in a swim spa hot tub all year long.

    swim spa

    Designing the layout:

    Remember that your outdoor oasis should be a space that’s both beautiful, relaxing, and useful. Your outdoor hot tub area will be a popular spot for entertaining family or friends, so you’ll want to plan your layout around how you will be using the space the most.

    Practical considerations to consider when designing your outdoor hot tub oasis:

    1. Privacy from neighbors. You will want your oasis to be a private, not public space. Use mature trees, tall plants, bamboo shades, lattice, fences, and garden walls for privacy.
    2. Adequate seating. Think of the different ways you will be using this space. You will want an area for your guests to eat, relax, and take a break from the hot tub.
    3. Kid friendly. How can you make your deck and hot tub a safer area for your smaller guests. Think about installing non-slip mats around the hot tub to prevent slips.
    4. Expanding your living space. In the warmer months your outdoor oasis can be an extension of your home. You can even make a smaller home feel more spacious. With well-placed patio doors, your deck or patio can act as another room of the house.
    5. Shade. Protect yourself, guests and children from too much sun by creating shady areas using awnings, plants, trees, or umbrellas.
    6. Multi Use Furniture. Since your outdoor oasis will be used for many purposes, be smart with your furniture choices by choosing pieces that can be used for multiple uses.
    7. Lighting. Between stringing lights, chinese lanterns, tiki torches,
    8. Warmth. Whether it’s a cool summer evening or a crisp fall day, warming up by a fire pit or with some infrared heat lamps after a dip in the hot tub.

    Are you ready to get started?

    If you already own a ThermoSpas hot tub, check out our Pinterest page for more design ideas.

    Don’t own a ThermoSpas yet? No outdoor oasis is complete without a hot tub, so contact us today for your free information packet and be on your way to designing your own outdoor hot tub paradise!