Wyboston Lakes is a large leisure and business complex set in 380 acres of countryside. Y Spa, a recent addition to the hotel and restaurant, has a fabulous indoor/outdoor wet and thermal spa with a whole host of traditional and ultra-modern facilities to try out, plenty of stylish and comfortable relaxation spaces, and a great range of Murad and Elemis treatments on offer. Y Spa has its own café for refreshments and afternoon tea. Fish tanks built into the walls give you something calming to gaze at as you sip on your smoothie or quaff your champagne.
- XXL robes available
- 11 treatment rooms including three doubles
- Four manicure and four pedicure stations
- 11-metre Hydrotherapy Pool
- Some Like it Hot! - Kelo Sauna
- Softy - Moderate Sauna
- Salty - Salt steam room
- Steamy - Steam room
- Mist Showers
- Glacier Showers
- Frost Wall
- Experience showers
- Bee Good
Our Spa Spy review
Y Spa at The Waterfront Hotel is midway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. After a stint on a busy main road, entering the 350-acre estate with its wide, green, open spaces and large, glittering lake felt like a breath of fresh air.
The lakeside hotel and spa are sleek and modern. While the buildings are unassuming, the décor inside is bold and bright, with clean lines and contemporary colours. The light-filled spa reception has glass shelves of Elemis, NEOM and Murad products, and an OPI nail bar.
What's on offer?
We received a warm welcome from our receptionist who talked us through our itinerary, and handed over a printed copy and an electronic locker key. We wandered through to the modern, light spa café and sipped on a peppermint tea whilst filling in our consultation form. A fish tank stretches along one of the walls with soft grey chairs beneath; you can pop here anytime for hot and cold drinks, glasses of wine or fizz and light snacks.
After a spa tour, we headed into the spacious changing rooms. Banks of lockers break up the area into smaller sections, each with soft stools, dry towels and two private changing cubicles. The locker doors have vibrant scenes such as daisies and autumn leaves. We loved the large vanity pods with their comfortable stools, hairdryers and magnifying mirrors. Positive affirmations -- Looking Good! Forever Young! -- are on the posts either side. The shower cubicles were immaculately clean and stocked with spicy scented shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
The expansive thermal area and outdoor walled garden is opposite the changing rooms. As you enter, you see a "product play station", where you can try out the latest Elemis and Bee Good goodies.
The pièce de resistance is the outdoor hydrotherapy pool set in a redbrick courtyard. It has two water jets, Jacuzzi-style seats and underwater benches to recline upon while bubble jets massage your back. Sip a glass of prosecco as fairy lights in the trees behind you flicker away. To the right of the pool is an outdoor sofa area beneath a covered pagoda, with teal fluffy blankets and another cosy fire.
Overlooking the pool is a ski chalet-style sauna heated to 85 degrees called Some Like It Hot. The scent of the hundred-year-old logs transports you to snowy-capped mountains. Inside is a smaller, cooler sauna called Softy looking over the pool.
There are two steam rooms. The salt inhalation room, Salty, has large white oval seats lit by a soft white light. The bronze iridescent tiled steam room, Steamy, has horseshoe-shaped seating and mesmerising colour-changing lights.
Head through the experience shower to the blue-lit ice wall named Chill Out: to cool down, you can make a snow angel.
Y Spa has three relaxation areas. Pan-pipe music plays quietly in the Sleep Zone, which has six comfortable beds with duvets and cosy blankets facing a crackling fire. Next door are three heated water beds tucked behind long purple curtains and nine relaxation pods facing a fire.
A third relaxation room is just outside of the spa, with five water beds, six loungers, two pods and five lazy boy bean bags to kick back on. A fire crackles away in one corner and NEOM Reed diffusers scent the room.
We loved the towel drop and exchange in the main spa area and the numbered slipper park; you never have to contend with a damp towel or soggy slippers.
Treatments take place upstairs, where a pre-treatment relaxation area has comfortable seats, a rocking chair and a fire flickering away on a TV screen.
Tell us about the treatments
We experienced the Made for Life Soothe and Nurture Facial (30 minutes, £30) and a Y-Spa Hot Stone Massage (60 minutes, £75)
My therapist, Claire, led me to a low-lit treatment room. She explained the Made for Life treatments, which are designed for those living with and beyond cancer.
Claire began by gently cradling my head -- a reiki technique -- and guided me to take slow, deep breaths. Instead of massage, she used "touch therapy" -- very gentle, slow and rhythmic movements -- to apply the organic products to my skin. The gentle head massage felt comforting and somewhat emotional. To end the treatment, Claire placed her hand over my heart then held my head.
I felt uplifted, energised and comforted; the treatment felt like a big hug. My skin felt fresh, calm and balanced.
For the massage, I lay face down and Claire gently poured an oil down one side of my body. She used long sweeping movements and switched seamlessly between hot stones and her hands. She used shorter strokes with the sides of the stones on my knots. Claire then left a warm stone on the palm of my hand and moved to my other side. She massaged my back, neck and shoulders until I felt blissfully relaxed. I turned over and Claire repeated this on the front of my arms, legs and décolletage.
Claire then applied gentle acupressure on my forehead (the third-eye chakra), before gently holding my head to complete the treatment. I slowly came around feeling uplifted and positive. My body was free from any tension and my skin felt soft, silky and nourished.
Y Spa at The Waterfront Hotel offers a variety of facials, massages, wraps, scrubs, manicures and pedicures. They also have a good selection of treatments for men, mums-to-be and couples who wish to have a treatment together.
For lunch, we had to leave the spa to eat in the hotel restaurant, but everyone wore robes. The buffet had a choice of cold meats, salads, soups, a wide range of hot dishes, desserts and cheeses, with many "free from" and vegetarian options. My salad, paella, and Eton Mess were light, tasty and satisfying.
Our three-course dinner was served in the Waterfront Grill. The spiced poached pear was refreshing and creamy. Our roast pork belly was cooked perfectly; the meat fell apart. We're still dreaming about our Dark Chocolate Caprese; so good, we would make the two-hour drive just to eat it again!
We loved / we didn't love
The fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere: Staff were warm, helpful, and always on hand.
The range of heat experiences: We couldn't pick a favourite and there were enough to keep us occupied all day.
Our hotel room right next to the spa: Staying over gave us more time to enjoy the facilities.
We didn't love
The pool and water beds are very popular – we had to wait a little while to use them, but there were plenty of other facilities to keep us entertained.
Who do you think would like it?
Mothers and daughters, couples and groups of friends: Y Spa is a sociable space, perfect for a catch-up.
Anyone in recovery or physically impaired: Y Spa is fully accessible with its thermal facilities all on one level; there's a winch for the pool and the therapists are cancer-care trained.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Y Spa at The Waterfront Hotel a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The thermal experiences are interesting and varied, and the treatments expertly tailored. The customer service is outstanding, and the facilities immaculate. Y Spa is good value for money, too.
The Spa Cafe serves sparkling wines, draught lager, cupcakes and brownies as well as low fat options. The one AA rosette Waterfront Restaurant & Grill, in the main hotel, serves lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
103 furnished ensuite bedrooms
Every day apart from Wednesday: 9am - 7pm; Wednesday: 9am - 9pm