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27th November
Posted on 27th November, 2013 by Francesca

No Phones Please Be Patient

Technology is a wonderful thing, when it works.

This morning our trusty phone system has blown a fuse and despite our best efforts it is continuing to blow a fuse so we have had to call in the experts.

We have requested a divert for both our numbers to our mobiles so please be patient if you are trying to get through.

Alternatively send us an email and we will call you back.


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22nd November
Posted on 22nd November, 2013 by Francesca

Spas and hydrotherapy have been in existence for thousands of years, when the ancient Greeks and Egyptians used to add hot rocks to pools of water to enjoy the soothing benefits of warm water.

Then in the 1900s the Jacuzzi brothers, originally from Italy, travelled to California, America.  They were a family of inventors and made big strides in aviation inventing the first enclosed cabin monoplane.  The invention of a hydrotherapy pump, to treat the symptoms of arthritis, came in the 1950s.  Then in 1968, a third generation family member, Roy Jacuzzi invented the first self-contained and fully intergrated whirlpool bath with water jets.  People quickly realised that baths were not only relaxing, but therapeutic and pleasurable also and the hot tub market was born.

It wasn't long until the first Sundance Spas hydrotherapy system was arrived with the Aquajet in 1979.  It doesn't look quite like the models available today, but there was the same focus on effective hyrdotherapy with targeted adjustable jets designed to rehabilitate damaged tissues and promote relaxation.  

Since the 1990s, the hot tub has become increasingly popular in Cheshire and throughout the UK and according to the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association sales have risen gradually every year, with last year's cold weather only helping to boost the number of hot tubs sold.

A recent report from Lloyds Banking Group* found that one in ten households now have a hot tub in their back garden, as Bristish homeowners invest more money in their outdoor spaces.

It seems appropriate then, that ITV has commissioned a documentary about Britain's obsession with hot tubs. Shiver Productions, the factual programming division of ITV studios UK, will be following hot tub enthusiasts for an hour long documentary entitled "Hot Tub Britian."  The episode is scheduled to air in 2014.

* April 2013

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20th November
Posted on 20th November, 2013 by Francesca

Nights are closing in, winter is on the horizon, and you're ready to pick out your brand new hot tub so that you can continue enjoying your garden during the colder months.  Hot tubs are a great way to relax, but they can also provide health benefits.  Incorporationg hydrotherapy into your lifestyle can improve circulation and help with relieving stress.

Selecting a hot tub can be overwhelming as there are many models and features to choose from.  So, we've pulled together some top tips to help you find the best tub to complete your Cheshire home.


Hot tubs come in a range of prices to suit all budgets, from basic models to feature loaded models.  As with any purchase it's important to browse all available options and decide on your essentials and non-essentials before hitting the sales floors.  If you're simply looking for hydrotherapy, basic models may be sufficient. However, if you are keen to enjoy a full multi-sensory experience with all the "bells and whistles" then set your budget accordingly to allow for this.


Fancy a snuggly tub for two?  Or are you looking for something family sized to fit the kids and your visiting parents? A smaller tub may be easier to maintain, but if you're planning to grow your family of want to have enough room for friends, then consider a tub that will cater to your future plans.  Remember a larger spa doesn't always mean a more expensive spa.  Alfresco Life in Cheshire do large and small spas in all three ranges so there is something to suit most budgets.


Today's hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes.  Your starting point is either in-ground or above-ground. Once you have decided on that, then you can consider circular or rectangular; square or triangular.  Also consider the shape and size of your garden to see what will work best.


Jet power is important, however it is a misconception that the more jets you have the better the hot tub; placement and functionality of the jets is what counts.  Check how the jets feel and their adjustability to find out what sort of water pressure is comfortable for you.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Alfresco Life supply spas that are designed using ergonomics of body support to ensure correct body posture whilst using the spa.


Look for a spa that is built with components that maintain thermal energy whilst keeping the water cleaner for longer.  Is the spa full foam insulated?  Does the heater stay on when the pumps are running?  Is the shell heat retentive?  Efficient plumbing, quality jets and optimum flow together make a cost effective system that provides a perfect hydrotherapy experience. 


Hot tubs need to be looked after to ensure optimal performance.  There is an element of maintenace required all year round.  Talk through the routine upkeep with your sales advisor to ensure you don't have any surprises once your new hot tub is installed.

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18th November
Posted on 18th November, 2013 by Francesca

You've had a few weeks to enjoy the relaxation and hydrotherapy of your new Cheshire hot tub.  Why not invite some friends around to share the Sundance Spas experience.  But before you do, agree some house rules so that everyone is familiar with the correct etiquette.

  • Attiire - hot tub attire should be a swimming costume or bikini for the girls and ladies and swimming shorts or trunls for the gents.  Ask everyone to give their swimwear a rinse in clean non soapy water to make sure any soap residue is removed.
  • Towels - ask your guests to bring their own towels or robes to avoid a mountain of laundry when everyone has gone home.
  • Photography - not everyone is comfortable with having their picture taken in swimwear to be uploaded onto a social media website.
  • Seats - different seats within the hot tub offer different kinds of therapy.  Use a timer to make sure everyone has a chance to appreciate the full benefits of the luxury Cheshire hot tub.
  • Food and Drink - are you going to allow your guests to eat and drink in your spa?  Drinking plently of fresh water is a must to avoid dehydration but alcohol should be drunk with caution whilst having a soak in your hot tub.  Nibbles and drinks are of course perfect for the Apres soak.
A few house rules laid down at the beginning of the party will ensure everyone has a great time.
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18th November
Posted on 18th November, 2013 by Francesca

So your brand new hot tub has been installed in your Cheshire garden and you are ready to go.  The only things that are missing ar the ultra-cool hot tub accessories.

The best thing about a Cheshire hot tub is relaxation, so you will need something to rest your head on.  Most hot tubs these days have nice soft vinyl cushions already in place but if not you will need a delux vinyl pillow for each seat instead.  

Next is the state of the art sound system.  Most Sundance Spas models come complete with a built in radio, mp3 connections and ipod docking station.  The Bluewave Spa Stereo System allows you to connect wirelessly using bluetooth technology to your own sound system within your Cheshire home.

To compliment the music, you need some lights.  Our mood is susceptible to light and colour each colour in the spectrum can provide a different effect.  Our spas offer the alternative treatment of Chromatherapy.  Alternatively if you want to create more of a party atmosphere try the underwater light show or starship and turn your garden into an oasis of funk.

Feeling peckish?  There are a varietly of inflatable, floating and static drink and snack bars to hold everything you need. Ensure the champagne has been chilled for a few hours and remember to use non-breakable glassware to avoid any nasty accidents.

Finally, before you get into the warm and comforting water hang your towel and robe in a safe dry place.

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11th November
Posted on 11th November, 2013 by Francesca

 A hot tub isn't just a place to chill out in your back garden, it can work wonders on you aches and pains too.  After a long day on you feet, jumping into a hot tub and allowing the warm water from the hydrotherapy jets to soothe your tired legs or reflexology on sore feet is just the ticket.

In addition, it's not just tired legs that will benefit, a session is a hot tub can help alleviate the symptoms of a number or ailments from insomnia to arthritis.

Relaxing in a hot tub provides three elements that can have a positive effect on the body; bouyancy, heat and massage.  The water from the jets will loosen muscles, while doing mild stretches can improve flexibilty.  The 40 degree water stimulates the body making it release endorphines, the happy hormone, while the buoyancy takes the pressure off the limbs and joints and gives the feeling of weightlessness.

Studies* have shown that people who relax in a hot tub for 15-20 minutes before bedtime are more likely to have a restful night's sleep and regular use of a hot tub will relieve stress, improve blood circulation and reduce headaches.  It can even help alleviate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

For pain relief or just simple relaxation, a Cheshire hot tub ticks all the boxes.

*National Sleep Foundation

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11th November
Posted on 11th November, 2013 by Francesca


Christmas is coming and so is the opportunity to get out into the garden and enjoy your hot tub.  At this time of year there is nothing better than the stark contrast of the cold winter air with the warm waters of your tub, and of course some liquid refreshment to make the experience all the more enjoyable.

The team here at Alfresco Life have come up with our favourite winter warmers to enjoy in your hot tub.

  • Mulled Wine - the rich, aromatic, warm wine is a favourite at Christmas time.  Enjoy it with a stick of cinnamon and a slice of sweet orange
  • Hot Chocolate - relive your childhood with a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallow.  If you're feeling a littel cheeky why not add a splash of Baileys.
  • Spiked Apple Punch - combine apple cider, apple juice, sugar and cinnamon to create a sweet and fragrant alcoholic beverage
  • Eggnog Latte - an American favourite that is becoming more popular in Cheshire and elsewhere in the UK
  • Hot Toddy - a good Irish Whiskey with brown sugar, lemon and cloves topped with hot water.  Some say it is the best fix for a cold
  • Winter Pimms - if you've got any left over from the summer, mix it with tree parts warm apple juice topped with your favourite fruit pieces
  • Cafe Barbados - fill a coffe glass with dark rum, coffe liquor and hot black coffee; top it with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings for a little taste fo the Caribbean
When you have decided on your choice of drink there is only one thing left to do.  Sit back and relax in the warm hot tub water and watch the evening pass by, stopping only to refill your glass.
NB Drinking alcohol while bathing in your hot tub must be done with caution.
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