Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes Hotel
Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
11 treatment rooms
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.
3 people say this spa is family friendly. 11 people say this spa is a social spa. 4 people say this spa is health focused. 2 people say this spa is solo friendly. 3 people say this spa is romantic.
Wyboston Lakes is a modern hotel complex midway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. The 380 acres estate has a hotel, golf course, separate conference facilities, sports club and spa. Getting to the hotel is a very easy; once you turn off the main road, you enter the Wyboston grounds. The popular Y Spa is at the centre of the hotel.
Y Spa opened in 2012 so the facilities are very clean and modern. At reception, you'll receive a consultation form and wrist band; the band gives you access to the spa facilities. If you're visiting for a spa day, you can use the band to charge any extras to your account.
The changing rooms are broken up into smaller areas, divided by a bank of lockers. The area feels quite private, but there are two curtained rooms at the back of each section if you want to preserve your modesty. Each section also has a soft seating area in the middle, and a stack of dry towels and bags for wet swimsuits. The lockers are faced with modern grey prints so the area feels well designed. The ten individual vanity areas have large, well lit mirrors where you can sit and preen. There's a separate area for loos and showers; both were clean and never busy while we were there.
Once you're ready for the spa facilities, head outside and find a slot for your slippers in the "slipper parking" area. A clever way to make sure you keep your slippers! The thermal facilities are indoors and outdoors.
Indoors, the rooms are all divided by glass walls; you can see each of the rooms from the main entrance. "Steamy" is a steam room which has colour-changing lights beneath the benches; there are even some lounger sections so you steam with your feet up. "Softy" is a relatively cool sauna, heated to 60 degrees, with traditional wooden benches and a longer wooden recliner to zen out. "Salty" is a salt inhalation room with white upright seats, less relaxing than normal steam room seating. Try the experience shower and ice wall if you want to cool off.
You can swim outdoors or use the main door. The large and popular hydrotherapy pool has airbeds with lots of bubbles, swan pipes and a circular standing area if you want to drift in the warm water. "Some Like It Hot!" is the last experience room. Heated to 85 degrees, it's a hot, hot sauna: perfect for warming up after the hydro-pool. The sauna is built in a log cabin, so it looks like you've accidentally stumbled into the Alps! On the opposite side of the hydro pool is a seating area with big, comfortable sofas and a fire.
Along the corridor from the thermal experiences are the relaxation areas. The "Big Sleep" is a low-lit relaxation space with cushioned loungers, blankets and a fireplace. This is the place to snooze post-treatment. Next door, "Time Out" has three heated water beds (screened off by a purple curtain), and pod chairs where you can chat with your spa partners. There are magazines here if you want to catch up on the latest fashions or gossip.
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.
We had the NEOM Experience Treatment (70 minutes, £85) and the Murad Method Facial (50 minutes, £70).
The NEOM experiences start with a scent test. My therapist, Alice, met me in the relaxation room and took me through to our treatment room. She asked me to smell four candles to see which ones I preferred. I chose "Destress" or "Happiness". Alice explained that the Happiness treatment was a body scrub, wrap, and face and scalp massage, the Destress treatment a full body massage. I chose Destress. I went back to the relaxation room while Alice prepared the room.
The Destress treatment started with a mindfulness exercise. Alice asked me to take three deep breaths of aromatherapy oils, then a guided mindfulness session played on the speakers. I followed the breathing exercises while Alice gently massaged my feet. She then poured warm candle wax over each part of my body and, using a mixture of deep tissue and much gentler relaxation massage techniques, worked her way up the front of my legs, stomach, décolletage, arms, neck, face, and scalp. She asked me to turn over then worked on the backs of my legs, back, arms and neck. Every kink in my muscles was thoroughly relaxed. Alice sprayed aromatherapy mist in the air and asked me to take three deep breaths to finish the treatment.
Alice was also the therapist for my facial. She checked my consultation form and asked me about my skin. After seeing the multitude of horrors that is my skin (oily, red, breakout-prone, large pores -- yikes!), Alice settled on a facial that would clean my skin without irritating. She used a steam machine to open my pores for the deepest cleanse. The first mask she applied was a glycolic peel, which was very tingly but wasn't painful. Alice checked and asked me to say if it became uncomfortable. She removed the first mask and applied a second hydrating one to calm my skin. After a final cleanse, she applied a serum, massaged my face, then applied a lip cream, eye cream and moisturiser.
The beauty of the Murad Method facial (Y Spa was the first spa in the UK to offer this treatment) is that it's entirely tailored. I felt the facial was just right for my difficult skin.
Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes has a huge treatment menu with massage, facials, wraps, scrubs, manicure, pedicures and treatments for mums-to-be and men. We love the interesting and unusual alternatives from Body Sculpting with the brand Katherine Daniels to the blissful NEOM Sleep treatment.
Y Spa has its own café where you can order tea, coffee, soft drinks, smoothies and indulgent treats. If you're staying for lunch, you'll need to leave the spa and head to the Waterfront Restaurant. It is a little way into the hotel so if you're unsure, ask, and one of the spa attendants will take you. The spa is very popular, so most people in the restaurant were eating in their robes. Choose two courses from the buffets. Starters include salads, soup, cold cuts, cheese and fish. For mains, the large hot selection includes jacket potatoes, salmon, lamb, pizza, even tacos! Dessert was a choice of fruit, compote or an ice-cream dish.
The food was all hearty; it wasn't fine dining but with a buffet you can choose as little or as much as you want, and there was plenty of choice for everyone.
The quirky personality that runs through the spa; Y Spa is a fun and friendly place to be.
The décor is quite unisex, there's absolutely no twee! It feels peaceful and comfortable without resorting to pink or florals.
The varied treatment menu has spa classics such as Elemis massages, facials and body treatments. But we love being able to try new treatments – you never know when you'll discover a new favourite.
We didn't love
Two of the three times we used the thermal facilities our robes went walkabout. There are hooks on the walls outside the experience rooms but since all the robes looks similar, they tend to go missing. Perhaps leave your robe in your locker until you're done getting hot and steamy.
Friends and couples: We saw many happy couples on our visit, with lots of small groups enjoying the facilities, too. The spa spaces are quite large, so you can catch up with your friends without disturbing people who just want some peace and quiet.
Men: Y Spa has a good range of treatments for men, because the design is very neutral, they won't feel like they've entered a women-only space.
Spa weekenders: The newly refurbished hotel rooms are designed to feel as relaxing as the spa; they're also very close by. You can drift from hydrotherapy pool to a mid-afternoon snooze in the blink of an eye.
We awarded Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes a Good Spa Guide Rating of 5 Bubbles. The facilities are modern and comprehensive; the treatments are careful, considered and well delivered; and the relaxation rooms are beautifully comfortable.
Summer Spy visited in January 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL
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
There are no offers for this spa.