How to make your bathtub a luxury retreat

If you transform your bathroom into a personal retreat, you can have a vacation right at home! We have several luxury bath ideas so you can relax, refresh, and renew whenever you have a few minutes of free time.


While you may have heard the term whirlpool and Jacuzzi used interchangeably, Jacuzzi is actually a brand name—the family name of the inventor of whirlpool tubs. Today, many top brands manufacture whirlpool tubs, such as Jacuzzi, MTI, MAAX, Kohler, and Mansfield. If you haven’t looked at whirlpools in a while, the newest models have better features than ever. Learn more.

Jet Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy jets can provide quick tension relief. These jets are strategically placed to release tension in common problem areas, such as your back and shoulders. You can adjust them to different massage intensities, too. Not only do they feel great on sore, tired muscles, but they’re much quieter than their predecessors—making for an even more soothing experience.

Air Bath Therapy

Looking for the healing benefits of hydrotherapy without the powerful jets? Air baths add active bubbles to the water through small air channels strategically placed in the bottom of the tub. The air flows throughout the bath for a gentle full body massage. Learn more about the difference between air tubs and whirlpools!


Add some ambiance to your bathroom by opting for a whirlpool with in-tub lighting. These lights can change color, too. Lighting colors have the power to affect how we feel — physically and emotionally. Each color has its own wavelength and energy. The colors can create a multisensory effect within the body and contribute to your overall well-being. This is also called Chromatherapy and we wrote a blog post about it!


Soak in the warm water for as long as you like. An in-line heater keeps the water temperature consistent for your entire bath. Most whirlpool owners bathe longer than those with conventional bathtubs, so an in-line heater can be an essential feature to look for. Instead of using more water, the heater warms and circulates water through the bath at the perfect temperature.

Infinity Overflow Channel

Fully immerse yourself in an infinity tub. With a high overflow area, water sits up to the tub line so you can fill it to the top.

Walk-in Bathtubs

Walk-in BathtubWalk-in bathtubs can still have the same features as whirlpools, but are made for easy entry and exit. Open the door, take a seat (it’s built in), close the door, and fill the tub up for a relaxing soak. The door seal is tight, so you don’t have to worry about leaks. The seating is generous and the floor is slip-resistant, too. A walk-in bathtub can often add many more years of living at home for seniors.

Soaking Bathtubs

Clawfoot TubSoaking tubs are gaining popularity once again. The ultra deep baths allow you to fully submerge for a soothing soak in peace and quiet.

If you’re looking for a vintage bath, a freestanding cast iron clawfoot tub can add the appeal of old-world charm to your bathroom.

Pedestal soaking tubs can resemble clawfoot tubs, but instead of feet, they rest on a platform or pedestal. This is becoming a popular option, but it really depends on the look you’re going for in your bathroom.

Soaking bathtubs come in a variety of material options, including cast iron, copper, acrylic, and even stone.

Once you choose a bathtub, be sure to choose a tub filler or faucet that has the same look and feel. If you need help installing, be sure to ask us for contractor recommendations, too.

Have questions about luxury baths?

Already picturing yourself grabbing a glass of wine, lighting candles, and sinking into pure relaxation? At Handy Man, we can help you find a luxury bathtub for your remodel or new home. Stop by our showroom any time to chat with an expert. We also have several models installed, so you can run the water to get a true feel for how it will operate in your home. “We’ll walk you through it.”