1. Create an outdoor retreat. Outdoor living spaces are all the rage, so make good use of your backyard by creating your own day spa. Pair a one-person tub like this one from Duravit with chaise longues and a contemporary awning for a much-needed escape from real life.
2. Turn your tub into a movie theater. Make your movie experience heavenly by splurging on this well-stocked hot tub, which comes equipped with a pop-up TV, built-in speakers and a floatable remote. If you can take the heat, it might just be worth the big bucks.
3. Massage every muscle. With this unique hot tub, you can get a foot massage, leg massage or lower back massage merely by playing a game of musical chairs. Just swap spots to target an entirely different muscle group.
5. Choose a material that works with your setting. If you're in the market for a new purchase, opt for a contemporary material, such as wood, concrete, tile or stone. Here, this wood tub blends in well with the landscape, especially with the built-in benches and sound of falling water.
6. Enjoy a little water music. A mini waterfall can add movement and a soothing sound to your space, and your kids will think of it as free entertainment.
7. Snuggle up next to the fire. Combine fire and ice (or in this case, water) by adding a fireplace nearby.
If you're a bit of a daredevil, bring the flames to you by including a cleverly placed fire pit.
8. Integrate your hot tub and pool. Easily transition from hot to cold by combining two units in one. The handy pool stepping stones provide a clever shortcut, which makes walking from one side to the other a breeze.
9. Add a unique element. Test out new waters by getting a little creative. Elevate your hot tub for added visual interest, and bring in personalized touches, like these floating stepping stones and multicolored glass tiles, to ensure your spa is unlike any other.
10. Think vertical. If you have a good view, take advantage of it. This elevated spa takes in the surroundings but feels private and secluded above the pool. A spa on a well-placed deck can have the same effect.
11. Add mood lighting. Although it might not seem like much, slightly colored lights can help melt away your stress. If you're relaxing with a group, ramp up the color to add some flavor to the party.
12. Create easy access. Be kind to your bad back or shot knee by opting for an inground hot tub. It makes it easier to slip in and out, and it has a seamless, clean look.
13. Host the ultimate pool party. Throw the mother of all fiestas with this huge double-decker spa from SPAmbient, a Slovenia-based company. Although this international sensation might be tricky to get a hold of in the U.S., it shows how a stereo system, TV and built-in bar can be included in a hot tub. Who needs a pool, anyway?