Finding ways to destress with a day at Y Spa! (In the snow)

Last month the Y Spa managed to tempt me out of Winter hibernation with the promise of luxurious warmth and relaxation on another level at their thermal spa. It did not disappoint!

The Y Spa, which is situated at Wyboston Lakes, had invited me to visit them at Christmas time to try out their ‘Escape For A Day’ package and Oliver and I had been counting down to it for months. You can’t predict English weather of course and so as the day dawned Cambridgeshire saw its first substantial snowfall in years. By the time we arrived it was a blizzard!

Finding ways to destress with a day at Y Spa! (In the snow)

I did try and take a super cute totally cliched Instagrammable picture in the snow but I really don’t know how anyone pulls it off. Within 3 seconds my nose was bright red, my teeth were chattering and my hair was saturated. We rather wisely gave up and ran into the warmth!

Y Spa cafe

After checking in and collecting our wristband locker keys (giving us access to plushy bathrobes and slippers) our first port of call was the Spa Cafe. Although breakfast wasn’t included in our chosen spa package we hadn’t managed to stop en route for any food due to the weather so we treated ourselves to some fresh pastries and drinks to set us up for the morning, which only cost a few pound each – not bad for a spa retreat!

Y Spa Cafe

I’ve been to the Y Spa once before in a large group of girlfriends which was a really fun way to spend a day and relaxing in its own way, but as we spent most of the day chattering away and being social we didn’t make the most of the chillout areas of the spa. On this occassion Oliver and I were both feeling rather sleep deprived and in need of some ‘me time’, so we headed straight to the relaxation rooms.

Y Spa Chillout

After a long drive in the snow I can’t tell you how good it was to warm my toes by a gently flickering fire, then climb into a warm bed and have a nap for 20 minutes. I wish we had a room like that at my workplace – taking myself off for an 11am powernap would be amazing!

Afterwards we headed to the ChillLounge with our Kindles to curl up in comfy egg shaped chairs and read for a while.

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I’d forgotten how good it feels to get stuck into a good book and unwind without phone or tv distractions. Since I’ve been back home I’ve been making much more of an effort to go to bed earlier so that I can carry this on good habit and it has definitely been helping me get to sleep earlier.

After a very chilled morning we enjoyed a hot and cold buffet lunch in the Waterfront Restaurant which had lovely views out across the lake…

Y Spa Waterfront Restaurant

…and a seasonal visitor too!

Y Spa Waterfront Restaurant

I was about to start Veganuary at the time of our visit so I opted for the closest fit on the menu, a warming soup followed by vegetarian lasagne, whilst Oliver went for a classic roast with all the trimmings. We toasted our relaxing getaway with a crisp glass of Prosecco which felt exta luxurious enjoyed in our bathing robes!

Y Spa Waterfront Restaurant

As part of our spa package we each had one treatment included and had booked in our time slots well ahead of the date. However due to the inclement weather lots of guests had cancelled so we decided to make the most of our day by booking in some last minute additional treatments.

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Oliver raved about his Soothing Scalp Treatment so much that it made me regret not opting for that one myself! Whilst he enjoyed a hand massage from the Men’s Treatment menu I opted for the Y Spa Fresh Face Treatment. If you’ve never had a facial before and you need to destress go book yourself one pronto, I find them utterly blissful! (Plus of course you end up with rejuvenated glowing skin that smells divine!)

For my second treatment I had a hot stone massage. I’ve always wanted to try one but wasn’t too sure what it actually involved as you only ever see a picture of someone lying down with three stones along their spine! What actually happens is that you lie face down under warm plush towels and the beauty therapist massages you with the hot stones in the palm of her hands. It’s an odd sensation at first but once I got used to it I found it very soothing.

My favourite part of the day had to be heading out into the open air heated eleven metre Hydrotherapy Pool… in the snow! The pool is toasty warm so you’re never in any danger of getting cold but it feels wonderful being outside in the elements and the added snowfall made it extra special that day.

Y Spa Waterfront Restaurant

Before we left, I made my way to the Y Spa shop with a voucher I’d been gifted so that I could pick out a treat from their Christmas selection. It was so hard to choose as they had goodies from some of my favourite tried and trusted skincare brands, but after much deliberation I chose a Neom Scented Candle set.

Y Spa Neom Y Spa Neom

Both candles smell divine but I still haven’t lit them yet. Why? Because they’re so pretty. Isn’t that daft?!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary stay and gift voucher to spend at the Y Spa in return for hosting an ‘Instragram takeover’ on their feed that day to show my experience live as it happened. I have chosen to write a post on my personal blog because I really wanted to share it with you.

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A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

You might have noticed that I haven’t blogged in a few weeks. That’s because my full time job has been as busy as I’ve ever known it and my spare time has been eaten up with boring but necessary things things to do with the house, leaving my brain completely frazzled. But now I’m back and raring to go, thanks to a date with a white fluffy toweling robe and a matching pair of slippers at the Y Spa in Bedfordshire!

The Y Spa is on the Wyboston Lakes estate, mid way between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. I jumped into the car on Saturday morning and zipped up the A1 from Peterborough to meet my friends. Our first order of business was (of course!) a spot of brunch.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

Some of the spa packages include a two course hot and cold buffet in the Spa Cafe, so the chefs treated us to an indulgent taster session. All of the choices are nutritious but absolutely delicious: parma ham and grilled melon on toast with poached eggs, made to order omelettes, freshly made sundried tomato bread, chicken liver pate pots, toast topped with smoked salmon…

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…and a huge platter of colourful fresh fruit.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

The big surprise for me was the melon on toast. It’s a combination that I’d never have thought to try myself but it worked exceptionally well and I’m going to have to give it a go at home now.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

To accompany our meal those of us not partaking in a dry January indulged in Bloody Marys and Blackberry Bellini cocktails too. As it happened this turned out to be all of us, including those who HAD been partaking in dry January until they saw the cocktails being prepared and swiftly decided that half of January was a good enough effort!

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

I tried out some non alcoholic alternatives too though, with my favourite being the kale, apple and kiwi smoothie which was super refreshing and not at all ‘leafy’ tasting.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

As we all proclaimed how full we were feeling and that we couldn’t eat another mouthful, the chefs reappeared with a tray of panna cotta desserts. We all hastily decided that we might be able to fit in a few mouthfuls.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

I’ve been harbouring a food baby since Christmas (I ate ALL the cheese) and the idea of putting on my swimming costume had been giving me the jitters. However the good thing about visiting a luxury spa is that once you’ve checked in you’ll be given a plush bathrobe and slippers which are yours to live in for the day. Thus whilst you do need to brave wearing a bathing suit, the only time you need to take off your robe is when you head into the treatment rooms; hanging them on hooks by the entrance and retrieving them at the end. Most of the treatment rooms are softly lit and full of steam anyway so self consciousness soon gives way.

Even the cafe restaurant is located centrally in the spa so you can wander through for a spot of lunch without having to worry about getting changed – it’s all very relaxed.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

Saturday was freezing cold but we decided that we had to try out the outdoor Hydrotherapy pool. It runs at a much hotter temperature than a normal pool and is like getting into an Olympic sized jacuzzi – utter luxury!

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The only problem is that when you get out you suddenly realise how mother flipping cold it actually is. It was 2 degrees whilst we were there!

You can either wrap yourself in blankets and curl up by the log fire in the outdoor seating area…

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…or for true warmth head to the ‘Some Like It Hot’ kelo wood sauna. The lower seating is warm enough, but dare to go up to the top row and you’ll soon get a healthy sweat on, with temperatures exceeding 85 degrees! (There’s a ‘Softy’ sauna for those who prefer things a little more sedate).

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

Although I like saunas, I love steam rooms even more. The difference is that a sauna is a really dry heat, whereas a steam room has a much higher humidity. The Y Spa has a traditional steam room but my favourite was the ‘Salty’ room which left me feeling wonderfully refreshed and invigorated. It can get really hot in there and a couple of my friends only lasted a few minutes before retreating to the sauna, but I could have stayed in there for ages!

With all this pampering, I was feeling so relaxed that I could have happily gone for a nap. I found a couple of different relaxation areas in the Y Spa, including a softly lit room with waterbeds warmed to body temperature. You just walk in, get under the covers and can either read under the lamp or more likely, drift off into a peace slumber. Does anything sound more idyllic?

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

Even better though, are the reading pods! It’s not until you get into one that you realise how soundproof it is – perfect for a no distraction reading sesh or just enjoying a few quiet minutes to yourself.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

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Here’s  a friendly warning though: They do rotate and if your friends have been on the Prosecco you might end up being spun around so fast that you feel like you’re on the Waltzers.

We totally didn’t try this. Okay yes we did. Sorry Y Spa.

Before I left there was one final bit of pampering in store for me – an energising, detoxifying Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance facial. I lay back under blankets listening to soothing music as my skin was cleansed, toned, massaged and moisturised using a variety of aromatic Elemis products and hot and cold cloths. The time flew by and I was almost drifting off to sleep when it finished. My skin felt completely pampered and has been glowing all weekend.

Sadly with that my day at the spa came to an end, but I slept like a baby that night and woke up on Sunday feeling ready to take on 2017 and own it.

A Blissful Spa Day | Y Spa Wyboston Lakes*

Thanks Y Spa – you were just what the doctor ordered!

LovedByLaura

*My stay at the Y Spa was complimentary, however all thoughts and opinions on my experience are honest and my own. I truly couldn’t fault the day – take me back someone please!

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