It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s slushy. It’s icy. It’s enough to make you curl up under your blankets until May. Catch a little vicarious warmth by imagining yourself soaking in one of these gorgeous outdoor hot tubs.
This clever tub mimics the look of real rock, making it a seamless part of the outdoors. Light some candles and hang some lanterns, and you’ll feel like civilization is a million miles away.
Log cabin luxury
One tip for installing a year-round hot tub? Place it as close to a door to inside as possible. Building onto the side of a rustic log cabin doesn’t hurt either.
This hot tub features seating outside, so bathers can duck out if they’re feeling overheated. Plus, overhanging eaves help keep debris out of the tub, while still maintaining a glorious view of the trees.
Rather than a big, bulky appliance taking up room on the deck, consider what architect Olle Lundberg did with his Sonoma retreat: he sank the tub below the deck, leaving an unobstructed view of the trees beyond.
Fire and water
What’s better than an outdoor hot tub made of naturally textured stone? One that’s right next to a dramatic outdoor fireplace, of course.
If you have your hot tub situated in a sunny spot (and you like to use it during the day) consider installing an arbour over top to filter the bright light and add a little shady ambience.
Hot springs hot tub
This tub, surrounded by rock and stone, looks like a naturally occurring hot spring. This is a great look if you’re trying to keep your cottage decor as close to nature as possible.
This stone-surrounded hot tub is made even more luxurious by the soothing waterfall and smooth shelf for stargazing.
Pond-like hot tub
Keep the emphasis on your gorgeous garden with a hot tub that could be a decorative pond. Plus, a stone shelf all the way around the edge is a handy place to set drinks.
Wood-fired hot tub
Keep your hot tub all-natural with a cedar finish and a wood-burning stove. Best of all? With the right kit, this can be a DIY project.