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Which Spa Design Is Right For Your Combined Pool & Spa?



The benefits of having an inground spa are vast, from relaxing after a long stressful day to easing sore muscles after a swim and socializing with friends. There are quite a few pool design options to consider, however, starting with whether you want a spa alongside or in the pool, or one which is build in a different part of your backyard.

Detached Inground Spas

A detached inground spa is one which is located some distance away from the pool. A detached spa may be a good option for those who want to create a private place to relax away from the splishing and splashing of the pool, for those who want to build a larger spa, or those with an open garden backyard design.

Adjacent and Integrated Inground Spas

An inground spa can be added to your existing poolscape pool in a number of ways, and it can be built at the end, along the side or into the corner of your existing pool depending on the location of the utilities needed for the spa and the shape of your pool.

  • Integrated inground spa: Integrated spa designs place the spa inside of the swimming pool and the spa is part of the pool's overall shape. These are most easily incorporated during the initial pool building stages.
  • Attached inground spa: Adjacent spas appear as a separate entity from the pool and can be added to your poolscape at any time. These spas can be inground, or they can be elevated above the pool, adding a whole new dimension to your pool design.
  • Raised perimeter overflow spas: A popular raised inground spa option, the raised perimeter overflow spa features water spilling over the walls of the spa, creating a relaxing visual and audio effect.
  • Spillover inground spas: Having a spillway offers even greater audible appeal than the raised perimeter overflow spa. These spas are designed to have a thin veil of water flowing from the top of one side of the spa into a lower spillway (although the effect makes it appear as if the stream is funneling into the pool).

Why Fall Is a Great Time for a Spa

Fall is a great time to build an inground spa with Tampa Bay Pools! Our award-winning Tampa Bay pool builders and spa designers will have your custom inground spa all ready to go before those cooler Florida evenings arrive over the next few weeks.

Treat yourself to the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and loved ones this season. Click on our “Pool and Spa Photo Galleries” to view a portfolio of our custom inground spas, and call us today to learn more about how we can bring your dream spa to life at (813) 684-3639.

The Health Benefits of a Custom Spa



We are always looking for ways to improve our health. Diet and exercise are the first two that might spring to mind, but what about other ways to improve your overall health? Don’t overlook the custom spa or spa, which offers important health benefits.

Stress Relief

When you work hard, whether at home or on the job, it causes stress. Stress can manifest in many ways physically. Spending some time in a custom spa can help you to reduce the negative effects that stress has on your body.

Warm water causes your blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow and lowers your blood pressure. This, in turn, increases the amount of blood that gets to your muscles and brain relaxing you and helping you to reduce stress.

Reduces Pain

Do you suffer from issues like back pain or arthritis? Several medical studies have shown that these types of issues can be helped by spending some time in the custom spa. Sufferers of chronic lower back issues and arthritis have reported that time spent in the warm water help to reduce pain and relieve the symptoms of these issues.


Wouldn’t you love to exercise by simply relaxing in a custom spa?  Soaking in a custom spa or spa gets your blood flowing which is similar to the effects of cardiovascular exercise.  The warm water and jets increase your heart rate while at the same time lowering blood pressure.  Although you don’t burn the calories associated with cardiovascular exercise, regular use of a custom spa or spa can give you the some of the health benefits of exercise without causing stress on your heart.

Massage Therapy

One of the most beneficial parts of a custom spa are the water jets. These jets create pressure on you in the same way you would experience if you were getting a massage. Most custom spas can be configured to change the pressure and amount of water that comes through the jets and this can help you to hit certain spots on your body in need of a massage.

Massages help to loosen up cramped or tightened muscles. This allows you more range of motion. It also alleviates pain that can be caused by sore or overworked muscles. A good custom spa will let you configure the jet to hit just the right spot that needs it.


About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.