Aqua Sana Woburn Forest
Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HZ.
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
22 treatment rooms
Aqua Sana opened in June 2014, and represents a new way of spa-ing at Center Parcs resorts. The World of Spa has six unique spas for you to journey through; explore the fire and ice, blossom, herbal, sensory, mineral and gemstone and salt spa areas. Unwind completely in the outdoor pool while enjoying beautiful forest views. As with other Aqua Sana Spas, it is a friendly and sociable space to spend time with your loved ones.
2 people say this spa is family friendly. 6 people say this spa is a social spa. 2 people say this spa is health focused. 3 people say this spa is solo friendly. 3 people say this spa is romantic.
Set in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, Aqua Sana is part of Center Parcs Woburn Forest. The spa is in the centre of the village, and is well sign-posted with its own car park. The building is an attractive blend of glass and timber, surrounded by the forest.
Reception at Aqua Sana Woburn Forest is light and bright with glass walls looking out over the forest. There's a small collection of sofas and a huge retail area to stock up on spa-goodies. Staff warmly welcomed us, handed us a locker key and guided us to the changing rooms. The spa assistant gave us a robe and towel.
The changing rooms are spacious and modern, with stone-effect tiled flooring and wooden-panel-fronted lockers. The space is separated into four areas so you never feel over-exposed. At the centre of each area is a large brown leather stool surrounded by lockers. The three vanity stations are equipped with hairdryers, large mirrors and brown leather seats. The showers are at one end of the changing room, each with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Both showers and bathrooms were immaculately clean on our visit.
Spanning two floors, Aqua Sana offers six spa areas designed to take you on a sensory journey. Try the Fire and Ice, Blossom, Herbal, Sensory, Mineral and Gemstone or Salt Spas. Each has a selection of saunas, steam rooms, showers and sensory experience rooms. The Blossom, Herbal and Fire and Ice spa are upstairs; a spiral staircase takes you down to the Sensory, Mineral and Gemstone, and Salt Spas.
We began our journey at the reflexology foot spas before exploring the heat experiences. We started at the mild Blossom Spa which has tepidarium beds, experience showers and mild steam inhalation rooms.
Our favourites were the Herbal Spa with a sauna and steam room with different herbal aroma and the Mineral and Gemstone Spa; the mineral steam room, crystal steam room, and mineral relaxation room have little pods into which you can retreat.
The Fire and Ice Spa is great if you like extreme temperatures. The super-hot lava-volcano sauna has mesmeric images of red-hot lava pouring and bubbling from a volcano on the walls. Step into the chilling ice room afterwards to cool down.
Aqua Sana also has a fabulous outdoor hydrotherapy pool overlooking the forest, with three hydrotherapy jets. You can swim outside or walk via a large terrace with lots of sun loungers.
Several relaxation rooms contain everything from loungers to water beds. The fire relaxation room is one of the highlights with loungers facing a wall-length fire feature; a wonderful place to rest before continuing your spa journey.
We had the Elemis Superfood Facial (25 minutes, £45).
Nantiya, my therapist, collected me from the reception area and led me to a low-lit treatment room with stylish wooden floors.
In order to personalise the treatment, Nantiya enquired about my normal skincare routine and areas of concern. She thoroughly cleansed my skin and applied a pineapple and papaya peel, which smelled divine and tingled nicely. She left it on for a few minutes then removed it with warm, damp cloths.
Next up was the Elemis Superfood Face Mask which was luxuriously thick and cooling. While it dried, Nanitya performed a relaxing head massage. She peeled off the mask, massaged in a facial oil, then applied face and eye cream.
My skin felt soft and, on closer examination in a mirror, looked clear and fresh, with a genuine glow.
Aqua Sana Woburn Forest offers everything from massages and rejuvenating facials, to sculpting wraps and nourishing scrubs. Also on the menu are reflexology, treatments for men and mums-to-be, and beauty finishing touches such as manicures, pedicures and brow treatments.
If you visit for a spa day, you eat lunch in Café Vitale which overlooks the forest. Choose from a selection of cold and hot dishes such as salads, soups, paninis, wraps and pasta dishes. We enjoyed a brie and spinach panini and a glass of Prosecco on the outside balcony. Everyone dined in their robes.
We also splurged on the café's afternoon "tea for two" offer: any slice of cake or dessert plus tea or coffee. The carrot cake and raspberry tart were delicious.
The dedicated places to leave your glasses: A practical touch for people entering the steam room.
The volume of thermal experiences: Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy them all.
The outdoor pool: With forest views, it makes a very relaxing dip.
We didn't love
How crowded the spa was: We were elbow-to-elbow with other guests in the changing rooms and some of the thermal rooms.
The insufficient number of hooks: There was nowhere to hang towels before entering many of the thermal rooms.
Groups of friends, hen parties, and mothers and daughters: Aqua Sana Woburn Forest has plenty of places to sit and chat between pampering, and the wide choice of experience rooms will keep you entertained all day.
We awarded Aqua Sana Woburn Forest a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. Aqua Sana is a large spa with plenty of facilities and treatments, but it can get crowded. A few things were broken on our visit, including one of the foot spas and one of the hydrotherapy jets in the outdoor pool. That said, Aqua Sana Woburn offers good-value spa days in a friendly and fun environment.
Serene Spy visited in April 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
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9am-9pm every day
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