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SWIM SPAS – ENTRY-LEVEL The newest incarnation Catalina’s Mardi Gras features 6 relaxing crystal water fountains, 11 seats and a total of 28 hydrotherapy jets

Relax, Swim Or Party – The Choice Is Yours For customers that want an all-in-one package for relaxation, occasional exercise and easy maintenance, entry-level swim spas tick all the boxes. Often preferred to a traditional small swimming pool, these counter-current equipped products are frequently referred to as party spas and are aimed at budget conscious families rather than customers who need a training aid for a serious workout. With prices starting at around £10,000, we take a look at what’s available By Jon Wadeson

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s a single product that offers all the benefits of both a small swimming pool and a hot tub in an affordable and easy to own package, it’s no real surprise that entry-level swim spas have fared well in the UK. After all, for families who need to keep an eye on the budget, there’s a lot to like. Their versatility means owners have a pool for swimming in and at other times, an area for the kids to have fun and mess around in. One day it can be a venue to entertain guests and the next, a tranquil space to relax in alone – their flexible nature is hard to beat. As an introduction to counter-current swimming and the wider world of swim spas, entry-level options provide a package which represents great value for money and this has ensured their success. With a number of manufacturers providing budget-friendly models, we look closer at what’s available as an entry point to the swim spa market.

THE PLATINUM SPA ARES – A GREAT ALL-ROUNDER Supplied by the team behind the successful Superior Spas brand, Platinum Spas have

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a range of great value swim spas which includes the Ares model. The most compact in their range of swimming spas, the Ares, is perfect for family fun and fitness, as well as low impact walking exercise. The Ares has 4 powerful pumps that can either be directed to the swim jets, diverted to the spa end, or adjusted half and half. Being 4.3 metres in length, there is still ample space for swimming and relaxing. The Ares is definitely not a basic product – it is a fully functioning, incredibly well specified swim spa that features a

Balboa control system and shell produced in Aristech acrylic. The only difference is its proportions. The Ares has been designed for families with young children. It’s been created to allow the kids to splash about at the jets end, whilst leaving plenty of space between the children and the adults relaxing in the spa end. The Ares is the perfect pool for youngsters to learn to swim in. With its compact dimensions, as well as being a swim spa, it delivers just like a hot tub and features one seat, two loungers plus multi-coloured LED lighting in the footwell and at the waterline. In short, it has everything for family enjoyment – it’s that special place to relax and a great place for swimming or for weightless exercising against the adjustable counter-currents. Being 4.3 metres in length, the Ares from Platinum Spas has ample space for swimming and relaxing

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...