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.
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
Our Spa Spy review
Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes is, as you would expect, on a lake, midway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. A welcome sight after a stint on a busy main road, entering the 350-acre estate was like a big glug of fresh air.
The look and feel of the hotel and spa is modern. While the buildings themselves are very ordinary, the décor inside makes up for it with clean lines and contemporary colours. As we entered the spa reception, we marvelled at the bold carpets, the glass shelves of Elemis and Murad products and the heavy framed pictures on the walls.
What's on offer?
A member of staff greeted us and talked us through our itinerary, handing over a printed copy and an electronic locker key. In the spa café, we sipped a mango tea while filling in our consultation form. Modern and light, the café has beige soft seating with bright turquoise cushions, wooden tables and floors, a mirrored border along the top of the walls, and a fish tank.
The changing rooms have no shortage of space. 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.
The ten vanity pods each have a large mirror, hairdryer, moisturiser, magnifying mirror and inspiring messages. We loved "Forever Young". If only...
The shower cubicles are at one end of the changing rooms; the toilets at the other. Both are immaculately clean and there's plenty of shampoo and conditioner when you're ready to wash the chlorine out of your hair.
The centrepiece of the spa is the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, with two water jets, Jacuzzi-style seats and underwater benches to recline on while bubble jets massage your back. Overlooking the pool is a wooden hut containing a saunaheated to around 85 degrees (amusingly called Some like it Hot). We enjoyed basking in its dry heat while looking out at the pool. At the other end of the pool is an outdoor terraced seating area, complete with a fireplace and purple and turquoise blankets -- the spa's colour scheme.
Indoors are two steam rooms. The first -- a salt inhalation room called Salty -- is heated to around 42 degrees. It contains large, white oval seats with high backs, pink and white ceiling spotlights, and huge chunks of rose quartz in the walls (making it one of the pinkest steam rooms we have encountered). The other -- Steamy -- has multi-coloured mosaic tiles on the seats and walls, and horseshoe-shaped seating which extends at either end so you can put your feet up and relax.
A cooler sauna (called Softy) and an ice room called -- you guessed it -- Chill Out, complete the impressive thermal facilities.
The relaxation room has three heated water beds (get in quick), ten relaxation pods and a warming fireplace to relax by.
The towel "drop and exchange" in the main spa area means you never have contend with a damp towel, and there's a slipper park to deposit your fluffy footwear before heading into the wet and thermal rooms.
Treatments take place upstairs, where a pre-treatment relaxation area has comfy seats and a rocking chair. There are jugs of water if you need to top up pre- or post- treatment.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Neom Experience Treatment (70 minutes, £85) and a Murad Method Facial (50 minutes, £70).
My therapist, Jess, led me into a dimly lit treatment room with flickering candles and a purple blanket already invitingly turned down. She talked me through the treatment, which could focus on one of four possible areas -- stress, happiness, sleep, or energy levels -- determined via a Neom Science of Scent Therapy test. I inhaled four candles; the one that appealed the most represented "sleep", so Jess tailored the treatment accordingly.
I briefly returned to the relaxation area while Jess filled the therapy room with a Neom tranquillity fragrance, a blend of 19 essential oils including lavender and jasmine. On return, the room smelled very calming.
I lay face-up on the treatment bed for a recorded guided meditation -- deep breathing exercises through mental visualisation -- while Jess massaged my legs, chest, arms and hands.
As the guided meditation came to an end, Jess asked me to lie on my front so that she could target stress points on my back, shoulders and neck. She performed a wonderfully long head and facial massage that had me a whisker from sleep.
A cup of sleep-enhancing tea in the café afterwards was the perfect conclusion to the treatment. That night I slept like a baby.
Later in the day, I tried a Murad facial tailored to skin that's prone to breakouts. The facial began with a steam clean followed by a Murad mask which was tingly. Jess then smoothed the mask away with damp, warm cloths, ending with a face massage. My skin looked clean and smooth with a genuine glow.
Lunch is served in one of the restaurants in the hotel, just down the corridor from spa reception. We went in our robe and slippers, as did everyone else. A waiter welcomed us at the door and took us to our table.
Lunch is a three-course buffet, with starters of cold meats, salads and soups next to hot mains including shepherd's pie, fish pie, vegetable bake and steamed vegetables. A selection of desserts included strawberry cheesecake, chocolate brownies, fruit salad and a cheese board. We indulged in the cheesecake: divine.
The café in the spa also offers juices, teas, smoothies, cakes and pastries – these are all paid for extras.
We loved / we didn't love
The design: The steam rooms with their quirky all-white décor, mosaic tiles and great names were spacious enough not to feel crowded.
The outdoor pool: There's something heavenly about being in a heated pool on a cold, crisp day.
The relaxed and friendly atmosphere: Staff were on hand if ever we needed anything, but sufficiently in the shadows, too.
We didn't love
The busy relaxation room: It was more like a common room than a space to relax. The three water beds were constantly busy, too.
Who do you think would like it?
Mothers and daughters, and groups of friends: The modern, easily accessible hotel complex makes Wyboston Lakes the ideal place to arrange a hassle-free girly weekend.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. It offers varied and interesting experiences for a spa day. The therapists really take their time to tailor treatments according to your consultation form and the entire place is immaculate; we didn't so much as see a towel out of place. It’s very 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