If you saw our post in July covering 5 of the world’s weirdest hot tubs then you’ll already know I have an appetite for unconventional uses of the hot tub. When I came across the HotTug on Twitter over the weekend, I knew I’d discovered my latest craze and so decided to explore some more to find out if this new sensation, briefly described as hot tub meets boat, could be more than just another gimmick in the spa world.
Named the HotTug, there is little room for confusion over what this contraption actually does. Combining the usual, static experience of soaking in a hot tub, with the transportation you would benefit from being in a boat, to produce a ‘soak while you float’ relaxation device.
Originating in the Netherlands and developed by Rotterdam based duo Frank de Bruijn and Jochem Karstanje, the HotTug is only just out of initial production. This December will see its debut into commercial use as a rentable extra at the Werf IJlst waterside apartments in the Harlingen district of Friesland.
The boat is constructed from wood and fitted with glass fibre reinforced polyester. The HotTug comes fitted with a stainless steel stove with a single wall pipe. Driven by an electric motor and heated by a wood burning stove, which you will need to stock up on before any jacuzzi adventure you embark on.
Available in 6 different builds with varying colour options, the HotTug also comes with a choice of various motors and powers to give you different range of speeds and moving battery life.
- Constructed from wood and glass fibre
- Heated by a log burning stove with a stainless steel finish (which cools under water)
- Upgraded models powered by electric motor
- Accommodates approximately 6 – 8 people
- Size: W: 230 x L: 380 x H: 110cm
- Available in 6 different versions – http://hottug.nl/prijzen.htm
With a price range across the various models, ranging from €8,950 to €16,450 (roughly between £7,000 – £13,000) this is certainly a considered purchase, even for those with exceptional disposable income.
With a price point such as this, the success of the HotTug will be dependent on its commercial, as opposed to domestic appeal. Holiday homes and outdoor activity centres may be able to make a bit of money through the hiring them out by the hour, but whether the popularity can stretch beyond the novelty stakes will remain to be seen.
Although it sounds like a massage parlour geared towards ‘happy endings’ the HotTug does actually appear as though it can make waves in the market for novelty holiday attractions. If you ask me whether or not this can be a success in the UK, I would be inclined to say no. However, should it do so, ourselves and Bear Boating will have to step up development of our very own Hot Tub Barge concept to compete in this market!
What do you think, is the UK ready for the HotTug?