Hot tub holidays - a lodge or cottage holiday with a hot tub
You may have read about a hot tub holiday, and be wondering whether you should plump for a holiday with a hot tub. You may even be new to
this term, and be thinking to yourself
"what the heck is a hot tub?" Well, I plan to explain what a hot tub is, and, in my humble opinion, why you should book yourself
a hot tub holiday.
A typical hot tub to be found in your cottage or lodge
What is a hot tub holiday?
First up then, for those who don't know, what exactly is a hot tub? A hot tub can be thought of as a big bath - or a small swimming pool,
depending on your outlook. Either way, a hot tub is usually about 5ft long, and full of chlorinated water, with a
steady temperature of between 35° - 40°. I said that a hot tub is like a big bath, but don't get me wrong,
it's not a way of cleaning yourself; a hot tub is purely there as a way of relaxing. The temperature is variable, with a control panel
on the side of the hot tub allowing you to choose your favourite temperature - we tend to find a constant 39° is about right.
Round ones, square ones - hot tubs come in a variety of sizes. The size of the hot tub at your holiday accommodation will
generally be in proportion with how big the accommodation is. Should you be staying somewhere which sleeps 2 people, the
chances are your hot tub will allow 2-4 people to sit in it quite happily. Stay somewhere which sleeps 8 people - you can expect
a larger hot tub.
Lay in your hot tub, and take in those views
An hot tub isn't just a big bucket of water though; the moulded interior gives you all
kinds of positions - laying down, sitting up, legs out straight, legs in the sitting position. Just
sit in the seat which you prefer. Should a friend or family member
have blagged your seat first, you'll all just have to move round after 15 minutes or so!
And there are jets. Hit a button on that control panel and water comes out of the jets, soothing away those
Where to find a hot tub
The choice of holidays with a hot tub is vast, with cottages and holiday parks both offering hot tub holidays.
Although, as a general rule, the cottage and parks which have a hot tub are those focusing on a quiet & relaxing holiday.
A holiday park with a few lodges is just the kind of place you'll find a hot tub. The video above was taken at
Oakwood Lodges in North Duffield
a choice collection of lodges located around a small lake. Or if a holiday cottage is more your thing, how about
Four Oaks in Christchurch
Four Oaks near Christchurch is a traditional thatched cottage - and a hot tub too
This is just an example of a couple of holidays you can have - there are, obviously really, a whole variety of cottage and lodges all around the UK
with that all-important hot tub.
The other question is - why should I book a hot tub holiday?
I'll let you into a little secret - a few years ago we booked our first hot tub holiday (at
Black Hall Lodges in Shropshire
I wasn't at all convinced that a hot tub was for me. You've got to try these things though; who knows what you'll end up liking.
So try it we did, and now I'm smitten. Whenever we go for a lodge holiday - particularly in the
spring and autumn, when the weather is cooler, so you would normally spend more time inside - a hot tub is required.
Let me give you the reasons I think a hot tub is the holiday to try:
- Not something you get at home - it's good, when you're on holiday, to have something you don't get at home. And, unless you're exceptionally lucky, you won't have a hot tub at home.
- More time to relax - chances are you're too busy to lay around in a hot tub at home (even if you do have one); but, being on holiday, you've got plenty of time to relax into it.
- Spend time outside - as the evening draws in, you would probably retire inside; this is especially true with a spring or autumn holiday. Take a hot tub holiday, and as the sun goes down, you can take to the hot tub.
- The three Rs (well, my three Rs) - rest, recuperation and relaxation. In my view there is no better way to spend an evening than be reclining in your own private hot tub - supping on a (plastic) glass of wine, and enjoying the peace & quiet.
- Sooth those aching muscles (and aching head) - turn on those jets an relax into the al fresco living. Even if there is snow on the ground, it doesn't mean you can't take to the hot tub.
Where can I find a hot tub holiday?
Still interested in a hot tub holiday? Let me point you in the right direction of some lodges and holiday cottages which may be of interest.
First up, it is well worth looking at the personally selected
cottages and lodges with a hot tub
. Or for a wider
choice, have a look at hot tub holidays in
South West England
That's it for now. As always, should you have any questions, just email me on the email address below.
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