Heat Up Any Season with A Backyard Spa

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There are innumerable ways to joyfully spend your nights on the East End: Pull up a seat at your favorite pub and buy a round for the bar, reserve a table at some of the best farm-to-table restaurants on Long Island, gather friends and family for a night around a fire pit. But on a cool night with an ocean breeze, there’s nothing quite like going for a nice soak in a hot tub or spa. So turn on the jets, crank up the heat and switch on those fun underwater lights—we’re running into prime hot tub season, folks.

First things first: Experts don’t recommend drinking alcohol while enjoying a nice relaxing stint in a hot tub, so neither can Dan’s Papers. Alcohol expands your blood vessels and raises the temperature of your body. So do hot tubs. There’s also a greater risk of dehydration and/or just simply passing out—alcohol makes you tired, and hot tubs, as stated above, are quite relaxing. If you’re going to drink in a hot tub, be safe. Don’t drink and soak alone. Step out every so often. Stay hydrated. Now that you know how to stay safe in your spa or hot tub, you might want to go buy one.

Where to start? George Kazdin, President of Kazdin Pools and Spas in Southampton, says “Everyone uses different terminology,” so it’s important you speak directly to a professions about your wants. He recommends buying from a reputable storefront dealer where you can physically look at the spa you’ll be purchasing in order to make better, more informed decisions. A traditional “hot tub“ is made of wood, while a spa is composed of another material such as gunite. “A product,” he says, “is only as good as the service behind it.” Which is why Kazdin, who has been in business 45 years now, is proud to be an authorized Marquis Spa dealer. “We found [Marquis] stood behind their product and provided service and support, so we can stand behind them,” he says.

The benefits of owning a spa—free standing, mobile, or attached to your pool—are numerous. “It’s good for treatment of arthritis,” Kazdin says. Indeed, the Arthritis Foundation website, arthritis.org, says that “Research has shown warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and lower back pain.” So if you spent too much time on the tennis court, or maybe turned your neck too quick to double take the sale price on that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing, a spa can fix what ails you.

Kazdin added that spas are also “nice contained conversation areas to be in.” They are also a great accessory to fire places, great to use in cool weather, and a nice private space to use without your bathing suit—if you’re into that kind of thing.

How much is all this therapy, fun and relaxation going to set you back? Kazdin says a good spa will range anywhere from $5,000 up to $15,000. The range is due to many factors. How many seats do you want? Three? Six? Ten? More bodies, more money. More seats also equal a physically larger spa, which, in turns, equals a larger price tag. How about jets? You could try to get some hydrotherapy from 10, but doesn’t 82 jets sound so much more relaxing? As you might imagine, 82 jets makes for a much more expensive spa. You can even add a gunite spa to your already existing pool.

With so many options and so many benefits, why aren’t you reading this in a spa—or hot tub?

Kazdin Pool and Spa is located at 833 Country Road 39 in Southampton. For more information visit kazdin.com or call 631-283-4884.

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