Tag Archive: summer

  1. Drink Recipes: Refreshing Drinks to Sip On in Your Hot Tub

    Leave a Comment

    There is nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing drink in a bubbling hot tub on a perfect summer evening. Just like fragrances, delicious drinks can enhance relaxation in a spa by reinvigorating the body and soothing the senses. We have rounded up a list of refreshing recipes for drinks that will quench your thirst while you are in your spa for the ultimate relaxation experience.

    As always, it is important to avoid using glass in and around your spa. Make sure to purchase plastic or non-breakable cups while drinking in your hot tub to ensure a safe and fun soak.

    Peach Iced Tea

    From Myrecipes.com

    Serving size: ¾ gallon

    If you want a quick and easy drink that tastes like summer, this Peach Iced Tea recipe is the way to go. It bursts with refreshing citrus flavor and boasts a gorgeous orange color.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cans, or 11.5 ounces, of peach nectar
    • 2 quarts of freshly brewed or store bought tea
    • ¼ of fresh lemon juice
    • 1 cup of sugar

     Directions:

    1. Mix all of the ingredients together
    2. Chill until ready to serve

    Piña Colada Smoothie

    From Bhg.com

    This non-alcoholic version of the classic drink is great for family time in the spa. It’s refreshing, flavorful and tropical, and will fill you up for a quick and easy snack in the hot tub.

    2 servings

    Ingredients:

    • ½ cup of unsweetened coconut milk
    • ½ cup of vanilla yogurt
    • ½ of banana
    • ½ cup of pineapple chunks
    • 1 tablespoon of honey
    • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla

    Directions:

    1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.

    Mexican Strawberry Water

    From Allrecipes.com

    Mexican Strawberry Water is just one type of aguas frescas, which literally translates to “fresh water.” These light-bodied and refreshing drinks are very popular in Mexico, allowing for people to cool down in the strong heat. This particular aguas frescas is light-bodied and packed-full with flavor.

    4 servings

    Ingredients:

    • 1 and 1/2 cups and 2 tablespoons of strawberries, sliced
    • 3 and 1/2 cups of cold water
    • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon of white sugar

    Directions:

    1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a medium sized bowl. Then add strawberries and sugar. Mix together.
    2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let it sit for 4 hours.
    3. After 4 hours have passed, remove from refrigerator and blend on high until smooth.
    4. Get rid of pulp and seeds by pouring the liquid through a wire mesh strainer over a large bowl.
    5. Add remaining 3 cups of cold water to the bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    6. When ready to serve, pour the drink over ice and serve.

    TIP: If you want to spice your drink up with some alcohol, try adding a little Bacardi rum. Make sure to hydrate regularly with water if you are adding alcohol.

    Raspberry Lemonade

    From Allrecipes.com

    A great twist on classic lemonade, this raspberry delight is sure to keep you relaxed in your hot tub. It’s easy to make and will brighten up your day with its big flavor.

    Ingredients:

    • ¼ of a can, or 12 fluid ounces, of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
    • ¼ of a can, or 12 fluid ounces, of bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
    • 1/8 teaspoon of lime juice
    • 2/3 cup of water
    • 3 tablespoons and 1 and ¾ teaspoons of crushed iced
    • 3 tablespoons and 1 and ¾ teaspoons of fresh raspberries, garnish

    Directions:

    1. Mix the raspberry lemonade concentrate, lime juice and water together in large punch bowl. Then, stir in the lemon lime soda and crushed ice.
    2. Pour into glasses and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

    These drinks are sure to make your spa time an even more refreshing and rejuvenating experience. If you have any other drink suggestions, we would love to hear them. To learn more about fun things to do in your hot tub, keep an eye on the entertainment section of our blog. It is filled with activities to make your time in the spa an even more enjoyable experience.

     

  2. 5 Oceanside Spas to Visit This Summer

    Leave a Comment

    One of the best places to relax during the warm months of summer is the beach. Last winter, we shared a few of our favorite spas in America with you. But this summer, we are featuring our favorite oceanside spa destinations for you to visit for your summer vacation. With the warm breeze, subtle sound of crashing waves and fresh ocean air, you are sure to find deep relaxation at these incredible spa locations.

    Spa Montage – Laguna Beach, California

    If you’re interested in improving the wellness of your entire body and mind on beautiful Laguna Beach beachfront, Spa Montage might be the perfect summer vacation spot for you. The spa offers a variety of facial and body treatments for rejuvenation, as well as personal training to help you achieve your fitness goals. After an intense workout session overlooking the ocean, step into a jetted bath filled with ocean minerals. Just like a ThermoSpas hot tub, this hydrotherapeutic bath will give you an underwater massage with a pressured hose to relax your muscles and joints and flush out toxins from your body, perfect before a body scrub or wrap.

    Acqualina Spa by ESPA – Sunny Isles, Florida

    Acqualina is located on 4.5 beautiful beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida coastline. This location could not get any better. Whether you are looking to rejuvenate your skin for summer with a full body exfoliation treatment or relax with a deep tissue massage, Acqualina’s spa therapists will not disappoint. The spa features 16 treatment rooms that include quiet lounges, sauna and steam rooms, a spa pool and terrace, and a selection of delicious spa cuisine. Hot tub lovers are sure to love the spa’s heated jet pool, which features a soothing and beautiful Roman waterfall and an incredible view of the ocean. After your time at the spa is up, make sure to head over to the beach for even more relaxation.

    The Cloister Spa at Sea Island – Sea Island, Georgia

    California and Florida aren’t the only states with breathtaking oceanside spa locations. Georgia’s Cloister Spa on the private Sea Island is equally as gorgeous. The Forbes Five-Star Spa features personalized treatments for adults, kids and teenagers alike. For those who enjoy being active while they are on vacation, the spa also features a variety of wellness options, including pilates, yoga and zumba classes, squash and personal training options. From a craniosacral light-touch head massage to private 104°F soaking thermal pools, you are sure to enjoy your time at The Cloister Spa.

    The Sanctuary Spa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, South Carolina

    Featuring a plethora of Southern hospitality and ocean views, The Sanctuary Spa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort truly is a sanctuary for your mind and body.  Enjoy a 90-minute Southern Elegance Facial and Avocado Coconut Wrap while listening to the sound of lapping waves. Or, if you’re a golfer, improve your performance and boost recovery with spa services specifically designed for golfers. Whether you’re treating yourself to a single spa service or a full day of relaxation, you will come out of The Sanctuary Spa relaxed and rejuvenated.

    EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Manalapan, Florida

    Feel all your worries melt away at EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa. To allow you to reach the deepest level of relaxation possible, your experience at the spa is completely customizable, featuring treatment rooms with scents, music and lighting customized for you. Step into the dipping pools in the Self-Centered Garden or relax in the hanging chairs. Or, give your skin an incredible glow for summer at the spa’s scrub and polish bar. After your scrubbing is over, return to your garden villa to bath under the sun. EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers an almost limitless number of ways to relax.

    Take full advantage of your summer by visiting these incredible spas during your summer vacation. You will be sure to come back to your home rejuvenated and stress-free after spending time at the beach and receiving soothing treatments.  But why limit yourself to one incredible relaxation experience a year? You can get pampered every day with a ThermoSpas hot tub in your backyard. Relax as our customizable jets give you a full body massage and our bubbling system soothes your mind. Your backyard can become your prime relaxation destination with a ThermoSpas hot tub. Contact us today to learn more about ThermoSpas hot tubs and to receive a quote.

    [photo courtesy of The Sanctuary Spa]

     

  3. How to Protect Yourself From the Sun in a Hot Tub or Pool This Summer

    Leave a Comment

    Summer is a great time for outdoor fun in the sun in your hot tub or pool. While you’re enjoying the summer heat, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to protect yourself from the sun. Skin exposure without protection can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, and too much heat can cause sunstroke. But don’t fret. Lots of people safely take advantage of the sunny days of summer by being outdoors. Follow these simple steps to safely enjoy the summer in your hot tub or pool.

    1. Apply and reapply sunscreen

    Sunscreen can protect you from many of the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. In fact, applying sunscreen is one of the most effective and important actions you should take in order to protect yourself from the sun. The chemicals in sunscreen work to reflect UV rays, keeping them from damaging your skin.

    Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, so make sure to put on more than you think you need. We recommend applying at least two tablespoons of sunscreen to your body and face. When you’re planning to go into the pool or hot tub during the day, put on sunscreen that is waterproof and has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher 15 minutes before getting into the water. You should reapply the sunscreen to your skin at least every two hours. If your skin is wet, make sure to dry it off before reapplying sunscreen.

    2. Plan your time in the sun

    The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to avoid being outdoors during this time. It’s best to enjoy your pool and hot tub before or after these times because you will be exposed to less UV rays. Consider spending time watching movies in your hot tub at night or stargazing in your spa.

    If you do want to spend time in your hot tub or pool during the middle of the day, which we understand, make sure to follow all of the steps in this article and limit your time in the sun. The longer you are in the sun, the more you are exposed to UV rays.

    3. Wear swimsuits with UV protection

    Wearing protective clothing is another effective way to protect yourself from the sun. Unfortunately, many swimsuits leave a lot of your skin exposed, including your shoulders, arms, stomach, back and legs. It’s best to wear swimsuits that cover as much of your skin as possible. Rash guards are great swimwear options for optimal sun protection, especially for children. They usually cover your upper arms, chest and stomach and are made to be worn in the water and dry quickly. Try to avoid wearing bikinis, short swimming shorts and other swimsuits that expose a lot of skin.

    Swimsuit fabric is also important to take into consideration when buying a swimsuit. Darker fabrics are better than lighter ones because they absorb more UV radiation, stopping the rays from entering your skin. Tightly-woven and dense fabric is also better than loosely-woven ones. You can check the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (or UPF) of swimsuits to see how effective they are at protecting you from the sun. Fabrics with a UPF of 50 or higher are best. Keep in mind that not all swimsuits are specifically designed to reflect UV rays, so make sure to apply sunscreen before you put on your swimsuit.

    4. Use Shade

    Shade shields you from the sun, giving you a break from its heat and protecting you from harmful UV rays. If your pool or hot tub isn’t shaded, we recommend that you make your own shade. Install an umbrella or buy a portable umbrella to cover your hot tub or a part of your pool. Shade sails and pergolas are other great and attractive options to create shade in your backyard.

    5. Wear hats and sunglasses

    Hats and sunglasses help by protecting you from the damaging effects of the sun. Hats with large brims shield your scalp, ears and parts of your face from UV rays. Although baseball hats are popularly used in the sun, hats with big brims provide much better sun protection.

    Sunglasses are also important to wear because they protect your eyes and the surrounding skin from sun damage. Eyes are prone to melanoma and cataracts, so try to wear sunglasses as often as possible while you are in the sun.

    6. Stay hydrated

    As the temperature outside heats up, we begin to sweat more because our muscles regulate heat by releasing sweat. When we release sweat, we lose fluid from our body, and if we don’t replace that fluid, we get dehydrated. Before you get into the hot tub or pool, make sure to drink a full glass of water to ensure that you are hydrated. Whenever you begin to feel thirsty again, listen to your body and drink some water. Dehydration can lead to a number of problems, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To avoid these issues, listen to your body and take breaks from the pool or hot tub to drink water.

    These steps to protect your skin will help you to feel your best throughout summer so that you can make the most out of it. If you’re interested in buying a hot tub to fill your summer months with even more fun, feel free to contact us.

  4. Preparing Your Hot Tub For Summer

    Leave a Comment

    Summer is coming up quickly, which means sunny days, backyard barbecues, relaxation and lots of spa time. Before you begin using your hot tub daily, it’s important to make sure that you prepare it for heavy usage, especially if you haven’t checked up on in a while. You don’t want to have to be hassling with maintenance problems throughout the summer, so it’s best to make sure everything is working the way it should beforehand.

    Although you should always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining your hot tub, we’ve got a few tips to help you maintain the longevity of your spa and keep it running smoothly throughout the summer.

    Drain and Clean Your Tub

    Whether you’ve been using your hot tub regularly through the winter and spring season or not, it’s important that you thoroughly clean your tub to create a safe environment for all of the fun you’ll be having in it over the summer months. If you haven’t drained your hot tub in four months or longer, now is the time to do it.

    While your tub is drained, make sure to check the jets, pumps, valves, pipes and filter casings for damage and built up dirt. If you find that any of these parts are damaged, you should replace them or call a technician.

    After you’ve sufficiently dried the tub after draining, use an all purpose cleaner to clean the shell’s surface. To get your tub looking as good as possible in the summer sun, use ThermoGloss to polish the surface. ThermoGloss also creates great protection for the spa’s surface. Once this is completed, fill up your tub up with fresh water.

    Time for Inspection

    You don’t want to have people over to enjoy the hot tub on a sunny day only to have it stop working. Make sure you thoroughly check your hot tub for any cracks, leaks or other damage. Unfortunately, these problems do arise, and it’s important to locate them when they first occur so that they don’t get worse. If you notice any damage or leaks, make sure to do some research, inspect further and call a technician if necessary.

    Check your spa’s filters and the mechanics behind the panels of your tub. After this, fire up the hot tub up and make sure the components and buttons on your control panel and each of the jets are working. If a jet doesn’t work right away, try to open it by twisting on the front face. Also check to make sure that the ozonator, pumps and filters are working properly. It’s important that these work because they help to reduce the amount of maintenance needed in the future. If your filter is dirty, make sure to sufficiently clean or replace it.

    Check Your Chemical Balance

    If you did some spring-cleaning and already drained your spa, cleaned it and refilled it, then it’s a good idea to use testing strips to analyze the chemical balance in your water to make sure that they are at safe levels. You should continue to do this every few days over the summer, as you will probably be using your hot tub often.

    The goal of using chemical strips is to make sure that the alkaline and acid levels are even. If they aren’t, then you can balance them by adding the appropriate chemicals. You may not be able to balance your chemicals perfectly, but as long as you are checking your levels every week and adding chemicals accordingly, you should be fine.

    Cool Down

    Normal hot tub temperatures are perfect for cool summer nights, but you may want to lower the temperature during the day if you live in an extremely warm climate. If you want a relaxing experience in your hot tub during the day, try turning the temperature down to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Anything lower than your average body temperature, which is 98.6 degrees, will feel relaxing, even during the hottest of days.

    If you really want to cool down and transform your hot tub into a “cool tub,” turn the temperature down to 85 degrees or lower. Test the water’s temperature to find the perfect heat for a daytime dip to prepare for backyard parties with friends. Also, try setting up a colorful umbrella next to the hot tub to improve ambience and allow for a break from the sun.

    If you follow these tips, you are sure to have a fun and relaxing summer with your hot tub. Take advantage of the sunny days by spending time in your backyard with friends and family, and spending as much time in the hot tub as possible. If you would like any more maintenance tips or are interested in a check up by one of our ThermoSpas technicians, feel free to contact us.