Best known as a presenter for Nickelodeon and CiTV, Daybreak correspondent and Digital Spy reporter, Anna Williamson , took a little time out to enjoy a mother/daughter spa break at Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire …
Looking forward to a relaxing few days, my Mum and I turned up on a sunny day where the light reflecting off the lakes certainly made for a welcoming arrival.
The hotel, although perhaps modest in looks from the outside, has an appropriate, clean, contemporary feel, which is reflected in its décor, soft furnishing and facilities. We were welcomed by the loveliest of reception staff and shown to our room in the Oceana wing of the complex. A modern hotel room, which was most comfortable, it had everything you could need for such a stay; brand new waffle bath robes, fluffy towels, drinks facilities and a state of the art telly for a much needed chill out after dinner. I’m always a sucker for nice smellies and Mother and I were chuffed to see the bathroom was stocked with miniature White Company products too!
After a swift check-in and un-pack. It was time for our Champagne Afternoon Tea in the spa café. Walking through the main hotel reception, one cannot anticipate the sanctuary and delights that lay ahead in the adjoining Y Spa. Everyone at Y Spa is totally and utterly lovely! Happy, helpful and tranquil each and every one, as they lead us into the café where calming music was piped through, a massive fish tank with tropical fish set in the wall, and a ‘fire’ DVD crackling away on the wall. Bliss.
Our afternoon tea was just divine and so gratefully received. Little miniature smoked salmon and ham sarnies, homemade scones (with clotted cream!), and delicious cakes, all served on a tiered serving platter and washed down with a glass of chilled champagne – just perfect. My mum was also very impressed with the vast selection of ‘posh’ teas on offer too.
Then it was into our cozzies and to the spa – the piece de resistance. Now, I’ve been to quite a few spas in my time, and this one has to be up there! Clean, chic and modern, changing rooms fully stocked with robes and slippers awaited us, as we were then (after a tour) let loose in the spa’s many rooms and delights.
Salty steam rooms, saunas, rain showers, and even a ‘freezer’ room if you’re feeling brave, are on tap to help give the body and soul some real TLC and R&R. And the therma pool, which sits into the outside decking is to die for – laying back in the hot bubble bath, surrounded by the log cabin saunas, we could have been in St Tropez!
Our favourite little gem of the spa had to be the ‘sleep rooms’. There are three rooms, one with comfy beds and a library to have some down time; one with little reading pods where you can curl up like a cat; and our favourite, the water beds. Adorned with squishy duvets, rugs, and heated blankets, the water beds are the best place ever for a real chill pre and post treatments – so much so we almost missed lunch!
I’m a huge fan of Murad products so I was thrilled to learn that Y Spa uses the range in their treatments, along with the equally lush Elemis. I had a gorgeously relaxing Elemis Gold Scrub Wrap which was combined a scalp massage, and we were also treated to a superb Murad facial which I honestly think is one of the best in the business. The treatment area and rooms, as well as the therapists, were just perfect – in fact we could have stayed up in the calming lounge all day! There was no rushing, no stress, just pamper heaven.
Dinner was in the Waterfront restaurant which overlooks one of the tree-lined lakes, a stunning setting. A varied menu, well cooked and presented food was on offer (think a really good gastro pub) and an extensive wine list for those that like a tipple. There were certainly enough people on the night we were there, enjoying the chef’s hard work too!
A stone’s throw from the A1, the Wyboston Lakes provide a sprawling, minimalist yet beautiful setting for a hotel and spa. The hotel is close to the motorway (although you don’t actually hear it), and within a few miles of a train station, making it easily accessible.
Our 24 hours at Y Spa were in a word – flawless. Wonderfully attentive and friendly staff, a lovely tranquil setting within easy reach of transport links and the motorway, and a spa that is top notch. The ONLY downside was that we didn’t want to leave!!
– Take some flip-flops in case you don’t like slippers in the wet areas
– Read the special spa ‘journey menu’ from the spa reception which helps you get the most out of the spa facilities and reap the benefits
– Take plenty of books and leave your phone at home – this place is YOU TIME.
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