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Hot tub garden inspiration ideas in the UK 2023

May 23rd, 2023 - Estimated read time - 7 minutes

Author – Fin Green - Content Creator UK, Jacuzzi Group 

Thinking of buying a hot tub and not sure how to work your garden around it? Maybe you’ve owned one for a while and fancy a change?   

This article will delve into all the most asked questions surrounding hot tub garden inspiration You will gain ideas on how to shelter your hot tub, what you could decorate your garden with and more! 

Jacuzzi hot tub in garden with lights umbrella

Where should I put a hot tub in my garden? 

Choosing the right place to put your hot tub in your garden or outdoor space is exciting, important and in some cases, overwhelming. Why? There are a couple of factors to consider when choosing best placement, but don’t let these worry you.   

When you do know what boxes, you need to tick, there’s no need to feel stressed and you can simply enjoy the planning process!  

We understand that you’ll be wanting to get the best use out of your tub. Correct placement will help you maximise the use from your investment. We recommend that you:  

  • Choose a location that is level and sturdy enough to support the weight of the hot tub when it is filled with water.   

  • The amount of sun and shade the area gets at different times of the day, as well as the surrounding landscape.  

  • Ensure there is convenient access to changing areas or indoor spaces, as well as a nearby power and water source for the hot tub.  

  • Avoiding extremely exposed areas as this will make the hot tub more vulnerable to cooler air passing on top, around and underneath. This will make it harder to retain heat in the water. 

  • Consulting with a professional landscaper or hot tub installer can provide you with valuable guidance on placement options to suit your wants, needs and garden layout.
Jacuzzi hot tub near house

Can you put a hot tub next to the house? 

Yes, it is possible to put a hot tub next to your house, but it is important to consider some factors such as the weight, access to electricity, drainage, and safety.   

A reputable hot tub dealer will usually have an option available for them survey your garden themselves before purchase to go through all these logistics.   

This service is most common if you have a difficult shaped garden or driveway that may not fit the installation equipment or the tub itself.   

If your dealer does not offer this service, or you don’t have a dealer to communicate with, then it is recommended to consult a professional to ensure that the installation itself is done correctly and safely.    

For more details on installing a hot tub, we recommend you read this handy guide. 

Where should I drain my hot tub? 

The best place to drain your hot up is... Into a drain! This is easily done using any sort of hose pipe or whatever equipment your specific model may need.  

You should avoid draining your hot tub into a septic system or onto the ground. The chemicals and minerals in the water can harm the environment and the local water supply.  

It is always a good idea to check with your local government authorities or wastewater management facility to determine the appropriate drainage method and any regulations that may apply. 

Jacuzzi hot tub in garden with plants

Small Garden hot tub ideas 

Do you have a small garden space and wondering if you can fit a hot tub in? Are you worried that installing one could make your space look cluttered?   

Here’s some ideas that may spark some inspiration.  

Sunken or in-ground hot tub

A sunken or in-ground installation is a great way to make the most of garden area even if there is lack of it. It also allows for easy access to the tub without the need for stairs or a separate deck.  



Outdoor lighting is crucial in creating a relaxing ambiance in your garden area. Installing soft, ambient lighting around the perimeter of your garden, or utilising LED lights that may come with the hot tub can create a romantic and calming atmosphere, making the area around the tub look more spacious. 


Built-in Seating

Adding built-in benches or seating around the hot tub can provide a comfortable place for people to relax and socialise, without the need to create space for a separate seating area somewhere else. You can also incorporate built-in storage for towels, robes, and other hot tub accessories.  



Adding different types of plants can add a natural and calming feel to your space. Consider adding tropical plants, ferns, or even a hanging garden wall to add a unique touch and splash of colour to your garden. 

Can I use AR for my garden? 

Yes, some hot tub manufacturers offer these AR tools which allow you to ‘test drive’ different hot tubs and see how they would look in your garden.

This can help you make an informed decision about which model and features will work best for your space and needs.  

Using an AR tool, along with wet tests in show rooms are a great double act to get a close feel to exactly how a specific tub may look like or feel like within your home. Why not try out our Jacuzzi AR® configurator.

Hot tub on a deck grass and colour furniture

How can I hide my hot tub in my garden? 

If you want to ‘hide’ a hot tub in your garden, or simply want more privacy from neighbours, there are several options to consider:  


A simple and effective way to conceal a hot tub 

around it. You can choose from a range of different materials, such as wood or bamboo, to create a natural and stylish screen.  


You can use plants to create a natural barrier around the hot tub, such as tall grasses or climbing plants. This not only hides the tub but also adds an attractive feature to your garden.  

Built-in seating

If your hot tub has built-in seating, you can use this to your advantage by placing the tub in a corner of the garden and positioning the seating to face away from the rest of the garden.  


Adding a pergola over a hot tub can provide privacy as well as shade. You can cover the pergola with vines or other plants to create a natural screen. Some pergolas also come with blinds that you can attach to the sides.  

Outdoor curtains

You may also opt for outdoor curtains which provide a more flexible option that can be opened or closed depending on your preference. This is especially handy if you want to keep an open feel during the day, but more privacy at night. 


Ultimately, the best way to hide a hot tub will depend on your design preferences, budget, and the overall theme of your garden.  

Pergola shelter over a Jacuzzi hot tub

Garden hot tub shelter ideas 



A pergola is a popular option for a hot tub shelter as it provides partial shade while allowing for a breeze to flow through. It can also add a decorative touch to your outdoor space.  


A gazebo is a fully enclosed structure that provides complete shelter for your hot tub. This option works well for those who want privacy and protection from the elements.  


An awning is a retractable cover that can be extended over your hot tub to provide shade. This option is helpful if you want to enjoy the sun during certain times of the day but still want shade at other times.  


A simple structure with a roof can be built around the hot tub to provide protection from the sun and rain. This option can be customised to fit the style and the size of your hot tub.  

Canvas Cover

A canvas cover is a cost-effective option that can be easily installed over your hot tub. It provides shade and protection from the sun but is not as sturdy as other options and may need to be replaced over time. 

Chairs and umbrella around a Jacuzzi hot tub

What can I put around my hot tub? 


Adding greenery around your hot tub can create a natural and calming environment. Some plants that do well in hot and humid conditions include palms, tropical ferns, and elephant ears.  



Adding chairs, tables, and other comfortable outdoor furniture can enhance the relaxation experience of your hot tub. Make sure to choose furniture made from materials that can withstand moisture and heat.  



Adding lighting around your hot tub can create a beautiful ambiance for evening soaks. Consider adding outdoor string lights or solar-powered lanterns.  

Privacy screens

If you want to create a private space around your hot tub, adding a privacy screen can be a good option. This can be a decorative fence, wall, or even tall plants.  


Outdoor rugs

Adding an outdoor rug around tub can create a cozy atmosphere and also provide a non-slip surface when you entering and exiting the tub. 


Consider adding some hot tub accessories such as a towel rack, storage shelves, or a built-in drink holder. These can add convenience and style to your area. 

Semi sunken in ground hot tub in garden with lights


Hopefully this article has given you hope that no matter whether your garden is small or large, with the right tweaks and accessories, you can maximise any space, even with a hot tub in the mix.  

Also, that a stylish, aesthetic garden does not need to break the bank if it includes a tub. Inflatable hot tubs can look just as good if a hardshell option isn't right for you.  

We hope you’ve gained some valuable inspiration from this article and are on your way to becoming exterior designers for your gardens!   

Keen to see how Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners have installed a hot tub or swim spa into their outdoor area? Take the time to browse through our gallery.

If a particular Jacuzzi® hot tub in a garden catches you’re eye and you want to learn more about it, head to our product page to explore our extensive range of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. 

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