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Having a hot tub to kick back and relax in after a long day is one of the true pleasures in life. Not only does the warm, bubbly water instantly start to relax your mind (has anyone ever been truly angry while being submerged in a hot tub? or has stayed that way for any period of time? we don’t think so!), the heat component also has superb beneficial effects on tight muscles (whether they are from doing sports or sitting hunched over a computer all day). In other words – there’s hardy anything better than having your very own hot tub!

Typically, though, those hot tubs are located somewhere outside your house. If you’re lucky and have the space, you might have one on your back porch, but more often than not you will find the hot tub tucked into whatever space was available – between bushes, next to the garden shed, under that big oak tree, or around the corner from the very end of your patio. While all of these spaces are the perfect place for your hot tub during the warmer months, when you are not particularly perturbed by crossing a lawn, being out and about in your swim-clothes, or having to walk back to the house dripping wet, chances are that you are less likely to make full use of your hot tub once the weather turns.

This is completely understandable, but -and here’s the good news!- not necessary!

In 9 out of 10 cases, all you have to do is put up a gazebo around your tub and you will find yourself gladly kicking back in the nice warm water even when the rain’s belting down, fall storms are coming through, or it’s snowing outside. Depending on the sturdiness of the structure you chose, even temperatures below freezing won’t keep you from making use of your hot tub, since you can use the relative warmth of the gazebo’s inside to change/undress if you feel reluctant to dash through freezing conditions in nothing but your (possibly dripping wet) bathing suit.

This, definitely, is one of the advantages of having a hot tub gazebo – and it neatly brings us to some of the other benefits:

  • Privacy: Whether you enjoy a spot of skinny dipping, or you just don’t particularly want to be in full view of your neighbours while you’re relaxing in your hot tub, a gazebo is a great way of shielding you from view.
  • Protection from Elements: Whether it’s keeping the hot midday sun away from your skin, torrential rain from splashing down on you, or the floating flurries of fluffy snowflakes from melting (and re-freezing) on your head, a gazebo keeps the elements (and wind!) at bay.
  • Tub Protection: It’s easy to see how an enclosure around your hot tub can protect you – but it also protects the tub itself! Not only does it keep the elements at bay, which means less or no exposure to searing heat, bleaching sunlight, biting frost, and all the other destructive things nature has in store for man-made objects, it also means that you will not have to deal with leaves, pollen, dust and/or insects being blown into the water.
  • Style: Yes, style. Or, maybe you want to view it from a design angle. Whichever way you look at it, the right gazebo can add greatly to your garden design, can add style to an otherwise rather boring place, can set the atmosphere, and can enhance the sense of rest and relaxation you will want to experience while soaking in your hot tub.
  • Pleasure and Benefit: As we so often do, we encourage you to think outside the obvious – don’t just think about the gazebo itself, think about how you can utilise the space you created in the best possible way. Is there a way to combine the relaxation of the hot tub with something else you enjoy? Is there a way to make more of it than “just” a hot tub? How can you benefit even more from this space? How can you maximise your pleasure?

So, yes, there are a lot of good reasons why you should definitely think about installing a gazebo around your hot tub – not least because they just look great… They do, by the way – and to bring that message home loud and clear, we have collected some great hot tub gazebo ideas for you below. Enjoy!

Open Space

Hot Tub with Slatted Gazebo Set Slightly Above a Lower Level Seating Area With Fire Pit
Photo: TimberTown

Sometimes choosing the right gazebo for your hot tub is less about creating privacy and more about creating space.

In this case, the hot tub is perfectly incorporated into patio-design and helps to create the space that is so perfectly used here. The hot tub’s height is the measure that creates the top-most level of the deck, and it, too, is what subsequently grants the freedom to have a “sunken” seating area complete with fire place right alongside it.

In this example, the gazebo is mainly used for shading the tub, while the little added privacy that is required to shield the occupants from the neighbour’s eyes is created by the few panels of privacy fence, which, too, is incorporated into the overall deck design.

Go Scandinavian

Hot Tub in Scandinavian Style Oval Gazebo with Glass Walls
Photo: CafeMomonh

As we all know, Scandinavians typically have to work against less favourable temperatures for big parts of the year – and they do this in two ways:

Firstly, Scandinavians love their hot tubs!

And, secondly, they know how to make gazebos that allow for an outdoor experience even when the weather isn’t favourable.

This oval gazebo embodies the perfect combination of these two traits – the glass panels on the walls and roof create the feeling of an open space while still being very much an enclosed structure that traps heat and keeps wind and weather outside, and the hot tub, well… it has found its perfect place in there, hasn’t it?

Multi Layered Deck

Hot Tub Under Gazebo on a Three-Levelled Deck
Photo: Deconcraft

Have you ever heard the phrase “go big, or go home”? Yeah. Us, too.

This, we think, is the deck-design equivalent of this saying. Or, in other words: multiple levels might not make your actual deck area bigger, but it certainly makes it look like more.

There’s nothing that speaks against incorporating your hot tub and gazebo combo into your actual back-yard deck or patio structure – actually, there’s quite a lot arguing for it!

And what’s more – as shown in our example, you can use your overall deck-design to fit in, enhance, and even help to create your overall garden design. In this case, the Asian theme of the garden (see the bamboo plants?) is underscored by the similarly eastern look of the gazebo’s roof and, more generally, the wood used for the whole structure.

Outdoor Bar

Hot Tub In Semi-Enclosed Gazebo that Features Bar Seating At one Side of the Building
Photo: ClingmanCafe

Is there anything better than having a glass of wine while reclining in your hot tub?

There is! Doing it with company!

But, as we all know, not everybody loves getting into a hot tub in the first place (why?!?????), or they just don’t feel like getting in just then (again – why?!?). The best way of keeping your favourite people close despite their reluctance to join you, is to simply add some bar seating to the gazebo.

This might be as straightforward as it is shown in our example picture – building one wall of the gazebo to just waist height and adding a “countertop” and a few bar chairs, or you can go all out fancy on the design, adding room for a fridge, bottle and glass storage, definitely some lighting, and maybe even some speakers in order to create the perfect outdoor party bar slash hot tub.

Sweat It

Modern Gazebo with Reduced Lines that Houses a Sauna Next to the Hot Tub
Photo: Pinterest

Think back to your last visit to an actual spa. Got the memory in your head? Yeah? What did you do before getting into the tub? Or maybe after? Or before and after? Anyway – we’re betting you went to the sauna at least once that day. And we’re also betting you’ve loved it!

So, why don’t you transport this super luxurious experience right into your everyday life? Having a hot tub alone is great, sure. But we’re fairly certain that having a sauna right next to it takes the home-spa experience to a whole other level!

And, as you can see in our example: you really do not need a lot of room to fit a sauna and hot tub combo into your garden. These days saunas can be teeny-tiny (and super stylish! particularly if you’re comfortable with the glass-front design!) and still fire you up, big time (figuratively, of course!).

The Pavilion

Hot Tub Located Under a Pavilion Alongside a Comfy Sectional Sofa
Photo: Sundance Spas

We could get very technical and wax about the differences between gazebos and pavilions for paragraphs on end. Which we won’t do, don’t you worry. It’s suffice to say, that -for our purposes- pavilions and gazebos are kind of the same thing, but with different add-ons if you will.

Anyway, in the above example, the generously sized hot tub is located alongside an equally sizeable sectional sofa under, or inside, a pavilion. The idea of roofing a large area like this and fit more than one of the comforts we want to enjoy in our garden underneath it is one we applaud and wholeheartedly endorse!


Open Gazebo in Ancient Roman or Greek Style With Drapes Wound Around Columns
Photo: NeuesWohndesign

In ancient Greece and Rome, a nymphaeum was a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially spring nymphs.

What else could be a more fitting surrounding for a hot tub, a place where we like to enjoy the invigorating effects of water, than an echo of these ancient places?

The four columns wrapped with drapes are the classic basis for the slightly more modern trellis-like roof creating the gazebo. The use of large cushions and candlelight further creates the illusion of having stepped into a time long gone by.


Photo: Recettemoussechocolat

There is nothing stating that a hot-tub gazebo needs to be a separate construction. So why not creating an annex to the main building that that houses the whirlpool?

There’s two ways you could do this: Either you sacrifice already existing porch space to house your tub, or -as in the example shown- you retro-fit a side of the house with an attachment that can be as elaborate or straightforward as you want it to be. In our example, some multi-layered flooring, that also serves as broad access steps, has been created around already existing features like the tree.

Depending on your available space, the idea of building an annex might be more applicable to other already existing structure like a garage or a barn.

Garden Nook

Hot Tub Under White Linen Roof Gazebo Tucked into a Small Garden
Photo: Hot Tub Barn

Who ever said that having a hot tub, let alone a hot tub with a gazebo covering, needs a lot of space? They lied!

More fragile gazebos, especially, are a great way of covering your hot tub while taking up as little space as possible. As you can see here, the delicate iron frame is nearly invisible, thus creating the illusion of openness, while the white linen roof, too, carries the idea of lightness.

And what’s more, the whole construction really does not take up (a lot) more space than the hot tub itself does. Tucking it away in a little nook in the garden, or alongside your seating area is not only possible, but a very valid (and lovely) option when it comes to hot tub gazebos.

Do you have a certain design in your mind already? Are you going with one of the ideas we have picked out above, or are you considering something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below!