Transforming Your Outdoor Space: Tips for Creating A Hot Tub Oasis

Backyard Tips

Samantha Laycock

March 22, 2024

It is coming to that time in Calgary. The time when everyone starts thinking about how they can landscape their backyard to make the most of it. 

More and more people are renovating their backyard to create an oasis that they can enjoy day in and day out. Are you considering a backyard upgrade that includes a hot tub or a swim spa? We have you covered with some tips on how to landscape with a hot tub or swim spa in mind. 


There are so many incredible benefits to having a hot tub or a swim spa in your backyard. A few of those benefits include:

Improved Sleep

As you unwind in the warm water of your hot tub, your body temperature will gradually increase. When you step out and the cooler air hits your skin and cool down, your brain instinctively cues your body for rest. This natural transition can help you drift off to sleep quicker than usual. 

Better circulation

While you soak in the soothing warmth of the water, your blood vessels will dilate, facilitating better circulation. This enhanced flow of oxygenated blood will efficiently nourish your body and target the muscles in need. 

By expanding your blood vessels, your heart’s workload is also reduced, easing its pumping effort and alleviating stress on the heart. 

Reduced Stress and anxiety

Now who couldn’t do with less stress in their life?!?!

If not managed, stress and anxiety can detrimentally impact your health and diminish your overall well-being. Establishing a personal sanctuary to retreat from the outside world can significantly improve your mental health and provide a comforting refuge when needed.

Devoting just thirty minutes daily to  your hot tub can effectively counteract everyday stressors and alleviate the tension they induce in your body. This proactive approach can help mitigate their adverse health consequences. 

Immersing yourself in water envelops your entire body in a gently, comforting embrace, akin to a warm hug. This sensation prompts the release of endorphins, which can soothe your system and evoke feelings of contentment and tranquiltiy. It is similar to what a weighted blanket offers you except that the hot tub amplifies the feeling by integrating heat and massage while enhancing the overall therapeutic effect. 

Pain Relief

Hot tubs offer relief from various types of pain, such as headaches, backaches, and even the discomfort associated with fibromyalgia.

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The combination of heat, massage, buoyancy, and gentle compression provides natural pain relief. This makes them a popular choice for chronic pain management.

When you use a hot tub, the warmth helps to relax tight muscles, putting them in a more comfortable state. Additionally, it promotes better oxygen flow throughout your body, which can often be a hidden cause of aches and pains.

Combine these benefits with a targeted massage from the jets, and you have a potent home treatment method to alleviate muscle tension, manage chronic headaches, and enjoy a more fulfilling life free from recurring pain.

Now that we have covered the many different reasons you want to add a hot tub to your backyard, let’s dive into landscaping tips to help you create a backyard oasis.


Whether you are doing a complete overhaul of your backyard or you are making some simple changes, these landscaping tips are going to help you bring life into your space and have you enjoying your time outdoors. 

Start with a plan

You don’t want to just jump into transforming your backyard. You need to have a plan as to what it is that you want. This includes creating a budget, knowing where you want your hot tub to go, and creating a cohesive layout that is going to make you want to spend time out there. 

Create a path from your house to your hot tub

Creating a path from your house to your hot tub can be a straightforward and enjoyable project. Think of the materials that you want to use and if you are going to add this path to your current landscaping or if you will need to change it up a bit. 

There are so many different options you can use when creating a path. You can use products like stone, bricks, gravel, or another material that you love. 

Create privacy around your hot tub

If you live in the city and are surrounded by neighbours, the privacy near your hot tub is going to be an important factor. Building a wall isn’t always going to be an option but there are some fun different ways that you can bring privacy into your space. 

Create a trellis that plants can climb up and grow. This is a great way to bring nature into your backyard. You can also plant trees to protect some of your privacy. 

A Covana automated cover is also a great way to add privacy to your hot tub. You can add privacy screens to your Covana. 

Add lighting to your space

Adding lighting to your outdoor space is a great way to enhance it. It is amazing how you can change the mood of a space, just by adding the right lighting to it. You can add string lights or even a beautiful chandelier if it suits your outdoor space. 

Incorporate seating into your space

Do you like to entertain in your backyard? Adding seating is a great way to make anyone who comes to your backyard want to spend time out there. 

Consider the climate

Let’s face it, we live in Calgary which means winter lasts for months out of the year. At least that is how it can feel some years. 

If you are using your hot tub in the winter months, think of how you can make it more accessible and enjoyable to you. 

The backyard of your dreams isn’t far away but there is one thing that we recommend avoiding when it comes to your backyard and a hot tub. 

Building your hot tub into a deck

Yes, this can be a beautiful addition to any backyard but when it comes to maintenance of that hot tub, it can cause trouble. You need to ensure that you can access all sides of your hot tub. If there isn’t access and an issue arises, you will need to find a way to access your tub and that may mean ripping up the deck. 

Those are six tips for creating a hot tub oasis in your backyard, one that you will enjoy for years to come. If you are looking for help in creating your hot tub oasis, our preferred partner is Year-Round Landscaping. They can work with you to help you to create the backyard of your dreams.

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