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I am the MD here at WhatSpa Magazine and spend most of my time either working on the Magazine and website or travelling throughout the UK and abroad working with hot tub manufacturers, importers and showroom based retailers. I try to get onto the blog as often as possible so feel free to drop me a question or suggestion and I'll answer it as quickly as possible. Cheers Nick

HotSpring®, the world’s number one selling brand of portable spas, has been awarded the prestigious POOL ÉCO Attitude trophy in the SPA category at the Piscine 2012 trade show (one of the biggest spa and swimming pool shows in the world grouping more than 1,000 brands at one event), held from 13-16 November 2012 in Lyon, France for its revolutionary ACE® Salt Water Sanitising System.

The HotSpring ACE Salt Water Sanitising System is the first and only integrated hot tub salt water sanitising system using diamond technology, an innovation that allows consumers to more easily care for their spa with fewer bottled cleaners, which results in fresh, clean water. When the diamond electrode in the ACE system is energised, it breaks apart water molecules to create high-energy, active oxygen. Active oxygen is one of the world’s most effective natural cleaners and is the first way the ACE system automatically cleans the water. The active oxygen then combines with salt and other elements in the water to create chlorine and three other powerful oxidisers.

Through intuitive and easy-to-navigate menus on the spa’s control panel, owners can easily operate the ACE salt water sanitising system. Once activated through the appropriate steps, the ACE system operates on its own with minimal upkeep.

It cuts back on excess chemical use because it automatically generates the precise amount of cleaners needed. This helps decrease the frequency of drain-and-refill compared to other water care systems, and provides less chemical impact on outdoor landscapes from water drainage.

Vice-President of International Sales and Marketing, Leo Hamacher, highlighted the great efforts made by HotSpring to promote this innovative system “When we started developing the system we set out to introduce a game changing advancement to the market. When we launched the ACE Salt Water Sanitizing system after years of research, testing and fine-tuning, we knew we had delivered on that promise.

Since your HotSpring spa lets you know when the ACE system needs attention, water care is now completely worry-free, leaving you and your family with more time to enjoy your spa. And since there are no excess chemicals, it’s kinder to the environment as well.

This trophy is a wonderful recognition for the talented team that worked tirelessly to create such a brilliant system and it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation and excellence.” said Leo.

If you wish to learn more about the system, have a look at the video on or contact your nearest HotSpring dealer.

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Global powerhouse Villeroy & Boch has launched an entire new range of luxury hot tubs for the 2013 season at the recent ISH expo in Frankfurt.

The new range of Villeroy & Boch spas are constructed using state of the art manufacturing technology incorporating JetPak IIâ„¢ technology which is completely free of pipework.

The JetPaksâ„¢ can be interchanged with a simple click. 16 different JetPaksâ„¢ fit on any seat and can also be retrofitted. They are infinitely adjustable and can also be switched on and off as required.

Villeroy & Boch was the talk of the show at the Frankfurt launch with a palpable buzz surrounding the launch of the new 2013 line. The sleek elegant design was universally praised as stylish and eye catching and the advanced engineering in the all new JetPak IIâ„¢ Therapy System was seen as a revolution in spa technology that creates the ultimate personalized spa experience.

The space-saving A6L was one of the most popular models at the show, featuring six seats, four JetPaksâ„¢ and coming in at 2.03m x 2.24m x 0.86m. The A6L has a water capacity of 1,151 litres and 1,825kg filled weight. With 4 bucket seats and a lounger, the A6L is perfect for most families and comes with an array of equipment as standard and a jet capacity of up to 177!

“We are extremely pleased with the reception that we have received at the product launch in Frankfurt,” said Villeroy & Boch International Sales Manager Wellness at Home Ralf Banaski.

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Hot Tub Reviews

Posted on March 26, 2013 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

If you are looking for UK hot tub reviews, then look no further. WhatSpa? 2013 is full of hot tub reviews and our coveted WhatSpa? Best Buy Awards across a range of price brackets from under £3,000 to the very best hot tubs in our over £15,000 price category.

To read our hot tub reviews just visit our magazine request page and order your free copy of WhatSpa? Magazine today.

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Best Hot Tubs

Posted on March 25, 2013 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

WhatSpa? is celebrating the 2013 hot tub season with a new website that makes it even easier to find the best hot tubs in the UK market across all price brackets. If you are looking for the best hot tubs in your local area, visit our all new Find a Retailer area or try our sister website which is jammed full of the very best hot tubs in every area of the UK.

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Hot tubs all round!

Posted on October 23, 2012 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

In the past 18 years the National Lottery has created 3,000 millionaires. But what have the lucky winners spent their money on?

According to a study by Camelot and Oxford Economics, over £8.5bn has been won since the National Lottery launched in 1994, with the average win coming in at £2.8m. The average win laid end to end in £10 notes would stretch for 25 miles.

So where do hot tubs feature in the spending priorities of new Lotto winners?

Hot Tubs came out top!

Whilst over £460m has been spent on buying new cars – caravans, walk-in wardrobes, electric gates, games rooms and snooker tables have all been high on the shopping lists of those lucky enough to scoop top prize. But it has been revealed today that hot tubs are best when it comes the percentage ownership, with 29% of winners choosing to install their very own bubbling hot tub in their swish homes.

“That’s almost 1,000 of the very best hot tubs installed into the homes of  lottery millionaires which is a truly staggering statistic. It just goes to show how enjoyable hot tubs are and when the financial barriers to ownership are removed, a huge proportion of the population would choose to own one. When you compare this figure to the hot tub ownership proportion in the general population of less than 1% of homes having hot tubs, this is staggering news,” commented Nick Clamp, Editor of WhatSpa? Magazine.

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