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
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Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes sits in a serene pocket of pretty countryside just off the London corridor between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. The 350 acres of rolling estate around Wyboston Lakes feels a world away from the nearby A1.
From the outside the modern lakeside hotel looks unassuming, but the interior décor is stylish, light and airy, with clean lines and bold, contemporary colours.
What's on offer?
Spa reception is spacious but with a warm, welcoming feel. Glass shelves of Elemis, NEOM and Murad products are available to buy, if you’ve booked in for a manicure, this is where you can see the large range of colours on offer.
Our receptionist greeted us warmly and gave us electronic wristband keys for our locker, as well as a printed copy of our itinerary, making sure we were happy with treatment and lunch times. We were led to a modern, light spa café in calm greys and creams with an occasional pop of zesty lime. Here you can enjoy a drink any time during your spa day. Relax on one of the many soft velvet chairs while sipping tea or a glass of fizz and watching the fish tank that stretches along one of the walls. The café also serves light snacks.
After a spa tour, we were taken to the large and immaculate changing room with no less than ten personal vanity bars, each with a comfy stool, hairdryer, lit magnifying mirror and range of products. Each bar is inscribed with inspirational affirmations such as Forever Young.
The changing room is divided into three sections, each with its own seating area and two private changing cubicles. Each section has its own supply of fresh towels and a towel bin. Lockers are stylishly adorned with vibrant nature scenes while eight shower cubicles are stocked with Prija shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
The impressive thermal area greets you as soon as you come out of the changing room. A product bar just before the entrance offers a chance to try out the different spa brands available and there are handy pigeonholes house spa slippers for those who don’t like soggy soles. There is another generously stocked shelf of towel as you enter.
Through the glass doors you’ll find a sauna, two steam rooms, experience showers and an ice wall. We loved the gently-heated sauna ‘Softy’, with its ergonomically curved seating and glass window overlooking the spa garden. ‘Steamy’ is beautifully grotto-like steam room, with pearlescent mosaic tiles and soft colour-changing lights. The salt-inhalation room ‘Salty’ is hotter with contemporary white seating. The subtly scented salt-infused steam really softens the skin. To cool down, try the mist and jet of the scented experience showers before braving the ‘Chill Out’ ice wall: get your hands icy and rub them all over your body. If feeling brave, you can press yourself against the wall and make snow angels.
The centrepiece of the thermal area is the outdoor hydrotherapy pool. Swim through from the indoor area and relax on one of the underwater benches with a glass of wine or massage your back and shoulders with the two strong water jets.
There are plenty of places to relax at Y-Spa. In the spa garden, jaunty deck chairs line the pool and a large corner sofa is tucked away in a quiet spot by the sauna chalet: ‘Some like it Hot’. Heated to 85 degrees, it is crafted from hundred-year-old Alpine wood for an evocative mountain scent.
At one end of the spa garden there’s a secluded spot with super comfy rattan sofas gathered round the outdoor fireplace. A covered pagoda means you don’t even have to worry if it rains and there were plenty of fluffy blankets to keep us cosy.
Y Spa also has two indoor relaxation areas, the Chill Lounge and Time Out both divided into three zones; one with comfortable beds facing a crackling fire, one with relaxation pods to curl up on and a third with waterbeds (some curtained-off) and soft lighting.
Tell us about the treatments
We chose the Elemis Deep Tissue Massage (50 minutes, £75) to work out the stresses and strains of the week.
My therapist, Lauren, met me in the pre-treatment relaxation area, which has comfortable seats, a rocking chair, tea to help yourself to and a fire flickering away on a TV screen. She led me to the warmly decorated treatment room and talked through the massage, then checked the room was the right temperature and that my bed was comfortable.
Lauren eased into the massage with a hot stone treatment for my feet. Using Elemis De-Stress Oil, she started massaging the back of my legs, alternating long firm strokes with deep kneading movements. Moving onto my back, Lauren worked wonders on my tight, knotty shoulders, getting in deep to soothe tension that had been bothering me for some time.
I turned over and Lauren offered me a cool gel eye mask while she continued her expert technique on the front of my legs and shoulders. Lauren then worked to gently stretch and loosen each arm and massaged my hands and fingers. She finished the treatment with an uplifting and soothing head massage.
I felt the most relaxed I had for some time. My body felt limber and my shoulders and back free from tension. It was a novelty not feeling any twinges! I felt Lauren had worked miracles and my skin felt super soft, too.
Y Spa offers a variety of facials, massages, wraps, scrubs, manicures and pedicures. The spa specialises in Made for Life Wellness treatments for those living with cancer. There is also a good selection of treatments for men, mums-to-be and couples who wish to have a treatment together.
Lunch is outside the spa in the spa restaurant area overlooking pretty Wyboston lakes. It was a short walk down the hall, but most people were enjoying lunch in robes and slippers. There was plenty of choice with healthy and indulgent hot and cold buffet options, free from, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Cooked main dishes included soup, salads, jacket potatoes, fish and cold meats plus a range of desserts. Our salmon, tabbouleh and baby baked potatoes followed by hot chocolate brownie and cream were delicious.
Our three-course dinner that evening was served in the more formal restaurant area, Waterfront Grill. Flavoursome Moroccan couscous and a plentiful Greek salad with chicken were followed by rich and indulgent toffee apple and granola crumble tart.
We loved / we didn't love
The outside fireside seating area, particularly cosy in the evening.
The spa journey: wafting easily from one thermal experience to another was pure comfort and joy.
We didn't love
The hydrotherapy pool could get busy at times, we had to wait for a spot.
Who do you think would like it?
Solo spa-goers and couples: It is a wonderful relaxing escape either alone or with a partner
Small adult-only groups of friends or family: Y spa has a relaxed, social but calm vibe and is great for small gatherings. It is adults-only.
Those in treatment or recovery from cancer: Y Spa specialises in holistic treatments for those living with cancer and therapists are trained in Made for Life Wellness programmes. All thermal facilities are fully accessible, including the pool which is equipped with a winch.
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 a wonderful spa experience in a well-executed space all designed with the focus firmly on customer comfort. There are an impressive range of modern, stylish thermal experiences and my treatment was excellent.
You’ll find light snacks, coffee and something a little stronger in the peaceful Spa café. There is also a drinks station within arm’s reach of the outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
The Spa lunch takes place in the Fountains restaurant which has views over a beautiful lake.
Stay for tea and truly indulge at the AA Rossette Waterfront Restaurant. Glass frontage makes sure that all diners get a view of the lake.
Stay in one of the 103 comfortably furnished ensuite bedrooms. Rooms come with Prija toiletries, robes and slippers, smart TVs, espresso machines, mini bars stocked with various beverages and treats, free Wi-Fi and more.
Every day apart from Wednesday: 9am - 7pm; Wednesday: 9am - 9pm
Travel and Parking
The spa is located on 380 acres between Cambridge and Milton Keynes, easily accessible by train and car and less than an hour away from London. The location is only a 10 minute taxi drive away from St Neots station which is on the Great Northern line. There are ample free spaces, right outside the door, including designated disabled parking bays and TESLA charging points.
There are disabled bays right outside the front door, along with ramps where needed and aids for entering and exiting the pool. Please make the spa staff aware beforehand if you would need assistance for anything in the spa. They promise to make every effort to meet any person's needs and will not shy away from extra effort to deliver hospitality.