When I asked my husband what he wanted for his birthday this year I was delighted with his answer “A spa weekend for two nights please” I mean like a genie his wish was my command, the best kind of present is definitely one that can be shared. Just the perfect treat for a stressed and tired business man and a working mum that is on her last legs and bloody knackered. Also a chance for us to spend some quality time as a couple without the demand of being a parent. Mums and dads out there understand what I mean right?
We stayed at Champneys in February and wasn’t hugely impressed. We had a nice time of course but there was a few things missing, maybe I could review this another time? but this certainly helped us know what we did ad didn't want this time. So I went out on my mission to find something new. After days of searching and becoming overwhelmed with spas and prices, I put out an SOS to the beauty community on The Gram and Aqua Sana Spa was the most mentioned (I can always count on my followers).
Now spa weekends don’t come cheap so I had to make sure I was going to fulfill everything, especially if my budget was going to be blown out the water. My husband gave me strict instructions on what he was looking for.
• I don’t wan go to a health retreat that leaves me feeling hungry.
• Not too far away (I make him do the long distance driving).
• Treatment per day included in the price. I need a massage or two (pampered prince or what?).
• A fairly nice room, doesn't have to be fancy. I found something fancy all right!
Aqua Sana Spa fulfilled this criteria and beyond, it looked and sounded like the perfect place for us to rejuvenate ourselves and replenish our energy levels. So we booked to stay at the Aqua Sana Spa in Woburn Centre Parcs as this was the only place they had availability at the time of my booking also Woburn being roughly 1hr 30min drive from our south east London location was idyllic.
The Cost - £600 per night so a total of £1,200 for our 2 night and 3 day break. Not cheap (I know) but it was worth every penny and more.
What we got included in this price :-
• A stay in the Spa Suite (I presumed these would be top notch bedrooms we got so much more than expected, including a xmas tree). The suite was breath taking!
• A glass of prosecco each on arrival to the hotel and another each in our room.
• Breakfast to be eaten in the café or in our room. We chose breakfast in bed both mornings and booked it for around 8:45 am so we cold sleep in. Another luxury for a parent!
• Lunch in the café and one soft drink or tea/ coffee each per day.
• A £50 voucher towards dinner each night to be used in any of the Centre Parcs Restaurants (there was a huge variety to choose from most being well known chains).
• One 55 minute treatment each per day. The value approx £79.00 per treatment.
• Full use of the spa facilities (we will talk more about this in a minute).
• Robes & Towels.
• Check in at 9am and check out by 9pm, room to be vacated by 12pm on day of departure.
• Turn down service each evening including Elemis pillow spray. This stunned my husband its all he spoke about. he had no idea what a "turn down service" was.
• Snack and drinks in the room.
• Full use of the Center Parcs facilities including bike hire.
The staff were fantastic and the ladies that greeted us were all very inviting. A lovely lady called June showed us around the spa and gave us lots of tips along the way. She also made sure I was authorized to take photos (as long as no guests were taken photos of) as a VIP which made me feel special. You aren’t allowed phones in the spa as a rule. But I names dropped myself (as you do) as a blogger and promised to review the spa for them.
Now usually when I have been to a spa, you have your salon where you have treatment, gym and well being room, sauna, steam room, swimming pool and day beds. So when I got told this place had 25 different spa rooms to enjoy by jaw dropped, that’s not including the salons and gym! There was little time to lie and do nothing, I needed to try them all! There were steam rooms, saunas, relaxation pods, water beds, a heated out door infinity pool with hydra facilities, sensory rooms, meditation rooms, shower walks, foot spas and various day beds. The spa is over 2 floors and each room is themed and gives a different experience. I won’t spoil the surprise of it all but I will tell you about my 3 favourite rooms.
The Sensory Experience
A multi sensory room that takes you through the seasons with on screen pictures accompanied by sounds. Sit back and relax while you listen to the uplifting music and change in room temperature as it takes you through the season’s. It was so relaxing.
Snow and Ice Room
Immerse yourself into one of the hot saunas either with a dry heat or a humid heat for 10/15 minutes then hop into the ice room and be invigorated while you rub crushed ice all over your body. This method is proven to close your pores, boost circulation and enhance your well being. You have to get your brave balls out but it’s such a worthwhile experience.
These proved to be very popular and there was often a wait for them. With three different settings the foot baths fill up with warm water and massage your feet using hydra massage techniques and LED lighting.
I was blown away by how much was included in the price of our stay, you can also enjoy all of these facilities as a day guest. They had different packages from day stays to 3 hour spa experiences and even twilight. perfect for a couples retreat or a girly day out.
Our Spa Suite
It was absolutely stunning and as big as a 2 bedroom flat! I won’t spoil it for you with the full reveal but if you are curious you can see my room tour over on my Instagram page saved in highlights “Aqua Sana”. It was absolutely gorgeous, super luxe and included robes, a wide selection of tea, a coffee machine, orange juice, water and snacks. Aqua Sana toiletries were also included. there are only 8 of the suites and all are identical. I would absolutely stay in them again. I never wanted to leave!
We both had their Signature Treatment a full body exfoliation using Elemis Frangipani products. Followed by a hot stone massage. It was heavenly. Then for our second treatment which we had to call to change (I will talk about this in more detail further down) my husband had a Swedish massage and I had a Declor multi Vitamin Facial. He felt relaxed and my skin was glowing AF!
Breakfast was available (if you stay in a suite) to eat in the café or to have in your suite. The variety is the same either way. We chose to enjoy ours in bed. It was very delish and of continental choice. My hubby especially enjoyed the cheese straw his fave thing ever!
Lunch was in the Vitale spa café where we could choose any meal off the main menu accompanied with a drink (non alcoholic). Reasonably priced alcohol (wine, fizz, beer and gin) was available at a charge which was a nice change to other spas where only expensive wine or fizz could be found and only at dinner.
Dinner was bookable through concierge where we could book a table at any of the restaurants on site. We chose Strada on night 1 (an Italian) and Hucks diner (an American grill and our favourite) on night two. We found the £50 voucher covered the majority of our meal so this kept the added cost at a minimum. One night the bill came to under our voucher allocation and the other night I got on the cocktails (standard behaviour) but the bill was still reasonable I think we only paid £20 on top of the voucher.
Negatives - There aren't many
There was a couple of annoying points about our stay because not everything can be 100% perfect.
You can only book a 2 night spa suite stay by booking 1 night at a time and checking out. This means you have to book the whole package twice. The treatment to be included is their standard signature treatment and is awarded to you twice each. We had to call to change this as we definitely didn’t need two scrub downs, i mean can you imagine! It was no problem at to change all included treatments are available to upgrade at £15 per person for a 55 min treatment and £30 per person for the 1 hr and 45 minute treatments. As we were staying for two nights the usual £15 per person upgrade fee was complimentary, but finding a time and a therapist to fit in our desired treatments proved tricky, after 30 minutes on the phone we got there. I would advise booking way in advance if you can and not 6 weeks prior like I did. This place gets busy. I do feel however the option to book more than 1 night should be available at the time of booking along with your treatment preferences and times. We also had to ensure we kept the same suite so we didn’t have to move everything and on our second day we had to go and change our room key which proves the spa isn’t fully function able yet for longer stay guests without the guest having to get everything they need for day 2 from reception. We also had to go back and pick up our vouchers for day 2 as they weren’t ready for us on arrival either.
Another thing that slightly peeved me off was the prosecco that’s included in your spa package we was only given on day 1 we paid for 2 so we should have been given 2 lots, I mean this girl loves her fizz. A little naughty. They could have left it for us to enjoy in our room when we got back from the spa on day 2 as they would have done if we had just checked in or new guests arriving.
There are only 8 suites so it should be easy for the spa to accommodate their suite guests. We were asked on arrival if we were celebrating anything special and we explained it was my husbands birthday. I am unsure why they asked because no one acknowledged his birthday at all on Sunday which I found slightly odd and a little disappointing.
Despite a couple of niggles overall our experience was more than we hoped for and I would highly recommend Aqua Sana Spa to anyone. We will definitely be back and hopefully sooner rather than later. We left feeling truly spoilt, relaxed, de stressed and happy. everything we needed. Thank you for having us stay Aqua Sana Woburn.
Any further queries please as me in the comments below.
December 2, 2019