23 Amazing Outdoor Hot Tub Ideas For A Sanctuary Of Relaxation


These outdoor hot tub ideas will make an amazing addition to your backyard living space for enjoying year-round entertainment with family and friends. There is nothing like spending time in the great outdoors, basking in the sunlight while getting some rest and relaxation. Why not take some time this year to indulge in your backyard with the addition of an outdoor hot tub?

With some creative design techniques, even a small backyard space can be transformed into a relaxing and enjoyable hot tub oasis. By making the hot tub area the focal point, you can create a nice place for unwinding and escaping the stresses of the day, whether it’s a hot summer day or the cold winter months, right in your own backyard.

To create a peaceful and relaxing outdoor space, consider adding water features such as cascading waterfalls into your landscape design. Add comfortable seating options like built-in seating or stylish patio furniture to create your hot tub area. Use natural elements like stone or wood to create a balanced, cohesive design for your hot tub space. Custom lighting can help create the perfect spa ambiance on your deck area, making it your relaxation haven. Integrate flower beds and natural-looking materials to create a stylish yet cozy backyard retreat.

Even if you have a small space that will not accommodate a swimming pool, there is always room for a hot tub! We can’t imagine anything better after a long day of work than melting away your stresses in an outdoor spa. There are a variety of different hot tub styles out there to select from. You will also need to plan for a deck, landscaping, and privacy for your outdoor hot tub. Have a look below for some fantastic ideas to help get you started!

Tell Us: Which one of these outdoor hot tub ideas most inspired you and why in the Comments below!

outdoor hot tub with waterfall coming out of pergula and connected to a pool. palm trees and lake are in the background.

1. A trellis waterfall feature creates a relaxing vibe for this spa/pool.  The aluminum trellis is made to accept the water feature. A local pool contractor could install and hook this up to a pump. The cost for the trellis is $15,000 including shipping to the continental US. (via Coastal Screen and Rail)

hot tub with blue lights at night and a sitting area with brown couches and modern fire pit.

2. This hydropool self cleaning hot tub features a retaining wall, creating a sense of intimacy. Further adding privacy is the lush landscaping. A comfortable seating area with a fire pit offers a relaxing spot before and after a dip in the hot tub. (via Georgian Hot Tubs & Swim Spas)

stairs coming down from a deck that lead to an above ground hot tub with a custom deck around it. trees in background.

3. Plantings add a tropical feel to this small backyard oasis in San Francisco. A partially recessed stainless steel spa features tile trim. (via Bradford Products)

outdoor hot tub with rock design and boulders around the edge of the hot tub with mountains and trees in the background

4. In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, this natural hot springs hot tub is set in a peaceful Japanese Garden. A sundeck offers tranquil views over trees and mountains. (via Trilogy Partners)

hot tub inside custom cement walls with rocks, trees and a sitting area in the background

5. A small backyard in Orange County, California features a stone slab pathway with grass between the stones. The infinity-edge hot tub features a waterfall that spills down into a basin of rocks. A large retaining wall adds a privacy screen with vertical plants (via Studio 6 Architects)

circle outdoor hot tub with custom deck and trees in the background

6. An underused backyard was converted into a modern outdoor living space. A cedar soaking tub is surrounded by ipe hardwood decking. The fence is stained cedar. Bamboo is planted in a cast concrete planter. This backyard oasis also offers an outdoor shower, fire pit, and dining area. (via Howells Architecture + Design)

outdoor hot tub with custom rock design, a sitting area is on ether side and lights, greenery and other homes are in the background

7. This above-ground hot tub offers sweeping views over a California landscape. The hot tub is edged with stone for a custom look. (via Hot Spring Spas)

looking down upon a hot tub in rocks with rock formation os on the side with waterfall, trees and plants in the background.

8. In a compact backyard, an intimate oasis was created with this plunge-poo/spa. The interior is a black slate with an integrated rock feature. A waterfall flows into the spa from the rocks, which are surrounded by lush plantings. The deck natural square-cut flagstone that is set on a concrete base. To create a privacy screen, there is a natural cedar hedge along with a custom cedar screen. Insulated plumbing lines allow this spa to be enjoyed year-round. Size: 8×13. (via Betz Pools Limited)

hot tub under a pergola with curtains bunched on the side, rock and flowers in the background

9. A pergola over the hot tub with curtains provides shelter, privacy, and a touch of romance! Floor pillows offer comfort when sitting outside of the hot tub to cool off. (via Choice Designs)

side view of hot tub with custom rock design, wooden panels are being used for privacy

10. In an intimate backyard of an estate in Oakland, California, an enclosed hot tub was custom-built. The tile ledge is by McIntyre. The stone wall helps to conceal the spa from the patio area and continues on as part of a terraced garden. (via Randy Thueme Design Inc.)

wooden circular hot tub overlooking the mountains

11. A cedar spa is surrounded by a flagstone deck, providing sweeping views over the foothills, mountains, and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. (via Lepere Studio)

wooden square hot tup overlooking water and a sunset

12. An inviting backyard in Portland, Oregon features a JLX Jacuzzi by Oregon Hot Tub. The spa is integrated into the deck for a seamless aesthetic. Tranquil water views provide a fantastic spot for personal relaxation and for gathering with friends. (via Oregon Hot Tub)

custom hot tub with waterfall rock design leading out to a pool

13. This incredible above-ground jacuzzi features a rock waterfall that spills into the swimming pool for year-round enjoyment. A built-in circular stone bench behind the hot tub provides the perfect spot to cool off while gathering with friends. (via Oregon Hot Tub)

hot tub overlooking huge mountains and water, with custom wooden deck

14. In Monterrey, Mexico, a minimalist rectangular spa provides jaw-dropping views through glass railings. Wood decking surrounds the tub, with modern seating. (via P+0 Arquitectura)

square hot tub with rock siding and sitting area and trees in the background

15. This intimate backyard is the ultimate in entertaining, featuring a patio with a dining area next to a fireplace with a hearth for seating. The infinity-edge spa with a water feature is visually stunning. The wall features custom Bobe water scuppers, veneered with ledge stone and a Lueders limestone cap and ends. (via AquaTerra Outdoors)

hot tub connected to a pool with a slide on custom rock formation

outdoor jacuzzi overlooking pool with slide on rocks

16. This dreamy backyard in Massachusetts features a waterslide pool with an integrated hot tub. Large steps lead up to the spa. The woods add a tranquil feeling while also creating privacy. The interior finish of the spa/pool is a wet edge satin matrix pebble. The color is Tahitian Tropical. (via Environmental Pools, Inc.)

square hot tub with custom wooden deck overlooking trees, mountains and lake in the background

17. This contemporary backyard in California features an aboveground hot tub design with a staggered deck. The spa is a Dupree Bay model, an ultra-luxurious two-seater tub designed for a couple! (via Dimension One Spas)

hot tub and seating area enclosed in red panel privacy fencing

hot tub with red privacy panels and plants and lanterns on the sides

18. An above-ground hot tub with wood surround and steps in a cozy backyard in Venice, California. The privacy wall makes this spa feel like a nook area. (via Katie Leede & Company Studio)

hot tub with seating area, custom wood deck, and rock and concrete walkway

19. This small backyard was maximized to its full potential. The outdoor area is warm and inviting, offering several uses. A modern cedar deck surrounds a built-in hot tub. A perimeter planter with hedges adds privacy. Additional details include concrete paves and string lights for nighttime ambiance. (via Oslo | LA)

side view of circle hot tub with wood panels lining the outside


20.  Local Santa Barabara sandstone boulders add a natural element surrounding this backyard spa. They are dry-set using a backhoe and slings and digging bars. 3/8″ CA Gold gravel is used for the pea gravel. For the hot tub, there is a pump, heater, air jets, benches, and a cover. It was sourced from Gordon and Grant Hot Tubs in Santa Barbara, CA. (Grace Design Associates)

overhead view of square above ground hot tub with custom deck around it with seats

21. An inviting hot tub sunk into a radius deck surrounded by forest. The hot tub is made by Hot Spring Spas. The decking is made by Fiberon in the color IPE (Horizon line). A wood bench defines the space while providing seating for guests. (via Fine Decks Inc.)

hot tub flowing into pool with rock pool deck

22. A beautiful contemporary hot tub design that overflows into the swimming pool. The coping used is Scabos Travertine. The pool and spa including the vanishing edge and fire bowls cost 175k. (via Town & Country Pools)

pool overlooking desert sunset

23. A magical place to take a dip in a hot tub with views of an unforgettable sunset in Joshua Tree, California. (via @the joshuatreehouse)

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Leah Carroll
7 months ago

I like 6,19 and 20. Could you recommend a landscape designer in Basalt ,Colorado who could help design one of these?

3 years ago

#18 I think. It’s pretty and seems like it would be low maintenance.