Sunday, 6 March 2016

A relaxing stay at Wyboston Lakes



I'm a massive fan of those websites like Groupon and Wowcher which if you don't know, are websites that allow you to get all manner of things for a discounted price for a limited time only. I'm talking meals out, experiences, broadway shows, gadgets, goods and my favourite of all? Short holiday breaks! Often one or two nights and a lot of time including breakfast and dinner or even a spa, they are a great way to go away somewhere for some relaxation. Before we had our house, I'll admit me & Matt went on a lot of these breaks, simply because we could. They were great value for money and offered us the chance to get away from our families (as much as we love em!) and spend some time together. 


Last year, when I really shouldn't have been, I was perusing Groupon and fell upon a beautiful hotel called
Wyboston Lakes where the photos completely gripped me. It offered a one night day with use of the thermal spa as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner! I showed the offer to Matt and we agreed it was definitely something we should do. We brought the 'voucher' as it were and then it was just a matter of waiting for the right time for us to go away and enjoy the facilities!

That time came at the end of February, Matt would be off work anyway and I only needed to book the Monday off work. What was really nice was that I'd had a stressful couple uof weeks and just found out I'd got a new job, so it was the perfect time for a celebration and a bit of 'us' time! I was brimming with excitement as we arrived, eager to get into our room and explore. The grounds of the hotel were quite large with a golf course and gym that Matt immediately eyed up before I dragged him into the reception.

THE ROOM









A large part of the hotel has actually been refurbished and for me, this is such a great move as you can tell the hotel have really moved with the times. For example, the superior room we were staying in featured a coffee maker complete with pods which was a touch my boyfriend really enjoyed. You've also got a tablet screen and while you can't browse the internet, it very useful for ordering the likes of room service or requesting a spa treatment. When Matt clicked through that he was interested in booking a massage, within a minute they rang through to our room and tried to fit him in! You can also use it to find out more about the hotel and its facilities. While you don't often watch TV when away, the flat screen mounted into the wall was a welcome touch. And I simply can't not mention the bed! Kingsize and inviting, it was heavenly to sink into and I'll admit we found it very difficult to leave! The very modern bathroom features a glass, walk in shower with a rain shower and you're also left a selection of Elemis toiletries which is handy if you want to pack light!


THE SPA




For us, Y Spa was the cherry on top of Wyboston. We were completely in awe of it as it contained so many different aspects compared to the many spas we had visited before. When we arrived, we were given some very nifty wristbands that would allow us in and out of the spa simply by just touching them against an electronic pad. These same wristbands allowed us to open and securely lock a locker for our items which I really liked, it's so much easier to have a wristband compared to a key that you quite often end up losing! I definitely recommend letting the staff take you on a tour as it's useful to know exactly where everything is. You are given a dressing gown and slippers for your convenience and it's lovely not to feel totally overexposed. There are also plentiful towels to access at all times around the spa.


Picture courtesy of Wyboston Lakes
Picture courtesy of Wyboston Lakes
The obvious highlight of the spa I would say is the hydrotherapy pool. You can swim right through to it via some stairs from the spa (so you don't even have to go out into the cold!) and as soon as you step into the water you are met with the most gorgeous warmth that floods through your body. The easiest way I can describe a hydrotherapy pool is like one giant Jacuzzi. It really is the loveliest thing to sink into the water with the bubble gently pulsating against your skin. There are even these sort of platforms so you can lay down, your head resting on a cushioned edging that runs along the top of one side of the pool. This was definitely the area myself and Matt found it most difficult to drag ourselves away from as it was just so relaxing.

Other areas of interest include: two sauna rooms, 'soft' and 'hot.' A normal steam room and then a salt steam room. An ice room for you to cool off, where you can press yourself against the giant block of ice on the wall and various showers for you to rinse off. There is also a high supply of drinking water on offer at all times to make sure you keep hydrated.
The chill section of the spa was also heavenly. So many spaces for you to lounge around and read or even take a nap if you fancied. I particularly loved this little curtained off section where there were three average looking beds inside. Deciding we wanted to do some reading, we went in. But sinking into one, I squealed with delight. They were water beds! And even better, they were warm! It was like you were being enveloped in a toasty hug, the motion of the water rocking you to sleep. I now desperately want a water bed!



I was also kindly treated to a facial, I chose the 'ELEMIS TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING' which the website describes as 'Precision layering of tri-enzyme serums, this unique treatment targets blemishes, uneven skin tone, superficial facial scarring and fine lines, revealing younger looking skin.' I've never actually had a facial before so I was really intrigued about this. I was admittedly a little bit nervous as it was a 55 minute long treatment with someone fondling my face but I really need not have worried as the time absolutely flew by. The therapist who was administrating the treatment put me at complete ease and talked me through everything she was doing. We also discussed my skin type and my routine for which she made some suggestions which I found really helpful - it was like getting a skin consultation for free! When she had finished, she also gave me a list of recommended products specifically for my skin type that could be purchased from the spa. 


If you are visiting
Wyboston Lakes, I would most definitely recommend having a treatment. The treatment rooms are all upstairs, away from the spa and it feels very private and similarly to the spa, just so relaxing and cosy with low lighting and gentle music.






THE MEALS

Our packages included dinner on our arrival day and breakfast and lunch on our second day. I love these type of packages as it's such a treat and not having to make any food yourself is a bonus! We took dinner at about 7pm and were led to a lovely candlelit table for two. The restaurant, The Waterfront looked out onto the lakes and felt really relaxed but not at all informal which was the type of atmosphere we loved. For starters, I went for the sticky chicken wings which came with a barbeque sauce and a pot of coleslaw. I was very impressed with the portion size as quite often you can feel starters are slightly skimped on but I was really satisfied. They wings were meaty, juicy and packed with flavour.




I'm a big steak eater, so it was no really surprise when I went straight for the 8oz Fillet Steak.
No word of a lie, best steak I have ever had. Often you'll go for a side of peppercorn sauce but this steak needed nothing and in my opinion was best on its own! It was a great cut of meat but it was  the taste that really got me, so tender and it really melted in the mouth. I remember turning to Matt and telling him: "We are coming back for this alone." He wholeheartedly agreed. Dessert for me took the form of a chocolate gateau cake. I asked to change the cherry ice cream to the caramel and they happily obliged. The layers of sponge and cream paired with the sweet and salty ice cream made for a delicious taste sensation. I even had a nibble of Matt's sticky toffee pudding and it was sensational, if I could bottle up that sauce I most definitely would!



 Breakfast was a similarly impressive affair but taken in a different room to dinner, one called The Fountains. Straight away we were seen too, seated at the most perfect table with a large window that looked out on to the lake with a glorious sun beaming down at us. Tea and coffee were brought to us and we were shown a table in the centre of the room where we could collect cereal, pastries and fresh juices and then another room where we could help ourselves to a selection of fried breakfast items including bacon, eggs, sausages, toast, etc. I love when you can do it yourself as you feel no guilt filling up your plate - and we certainly did that! Relaxing in the sun with such tasty food, it really was the best way to start the day.











It was decided very early on in our visit to Wyboston Lakes that we would be returning. At first it was for the food and then the spa and then we just ended up concluding we'd love to do everything again! Even better is that Wyboston Lakes is situated just a 30 minute drive away from where we live. This is one of those places I would be happy to 100% recommend to anyone to be guaranteed a refreshing and relaxing break.


This visit was paid for by myself and all pictures were taken and are owned by myself except where stated otherwise.

Emily x

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45 comments

  1. Ah it looks like such a lovely place. I absolutely love the decor of the room xx

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  2. Wow, Wyboston Lakes sounds amazing :) The spa experience looks fantastic, especially the hydrotherapy pool! & your evening meal looks so delicious. I would love visit some day :)

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  3. Wow! This looks amazing! So jealous, I am in desperate need for some time away I think...

    Beth x

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  4. The hydrotherapy pool looks fantastic !!! And oh, how I feel like having that brownie and ice cream :)

    I'm a fan of Groupon too!!! x

    Kisses from www.lorenneblau.com (hope to see you on there soon xxx)

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  5. aw this was such a sweet post and this place looks amazing! hope your having a lovely sunday x x

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  6. Wow what a gorgeous place!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  7. You got this on Groupon? WHAT!! I need to start looking more often! I have bought several things through it, looks like such a wonderful stay and that hotel is beautiful!

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  8. I'm so jealous - this all looks amazing! I don't think there's anything nicer than a spa break and its so good Groupon have these places at such good prices :) x

    Viva Epernay

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  9. This place looks AMAZING, the hotel seems so, so wonderful!!! Reading through this post is making me want to getaway for a weekend and indulge in a spa :P I buy a bunch of vouchers from groupon but haven't bought any mini holiday ones yet, moreso eating or experience ones - that's for sure about to change now though!

    Glad you guys got to have a lovely little relaxing session! :)

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  10. It looks so amazing! I can see that you had a great time there. I love the interior of this hotel and the food looks absolutely delicious! x

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  11. Oh my god it looks so gorgeous, amazing pictures! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

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  12. Oh, this looks like a great place to stay! The dessert looks delicious :)
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  13. OMG, you scored yourself a seriously amazing deal with this hotel, that looks and sounds really impressive! Good call on growing Groupon, they always have great deals!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  14. Okay so these photos really just make me want to go on a vacation, seriously! And the food! Drool
    xx

    Lizzie | Garland Girl

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  15. I am craving steak so bad right now. It seriously sounds and looks amazing. This was such a great find though. I tend to stay away from those kind of sites since they get a bad rap in my part of the world. I had a friend get badly burned by one too (not literally, but you get the picture lol).

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  16. Relaxing indeed! Love the country view :)

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  17. such a beautiful place to stay..Loved all your pictures

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  18. Wow it sounds like a wonderful stay! The spa made me so jealous - especially being topped off with a lovely facial! :) Perfect for relaxing :)

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  19. I use Groupon too. It is really a great site indeed! I love this and I'm off to google the place. We're looking for a place to go and from your description, this is the place to be. Hopefully the price will be good. Thanks for sharing your time with us, beautiful Emily. :)

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  20. Wow! What a beautiful hotel! I love little places like this with my other half, such a lovely way to spend time together!

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  21. This hotel looks absolutely gorgeous I'm so jealous!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  22. This place sounds heavenly and what a great deal! Sometimes I find with Groupon deals that businesses may treat you like a second citizen customer since you didn't pay full price, but it seems like your venue treated you like a queen. It's been so long since I've visited a spa. It truly is a balm for the soul.

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  23. Oh my gosh I have never seem such a lovely hotel ! That room is absolutely beautiful and just wow ! I love that there's a spa and that chocolate gateau !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  24. This looks absolutely AMAZING! I would love to go to a place like this, it looks like such a relaxing and happy place! I hope you had a wonderful time. <3

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  25. You picked such a good deal! The whole experience and customer service sounds fantastic, and the food looks so tasty :)

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  26. WOW! Everything looks heavenly. It was nice reading all about your experience. :)

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  27. This place looks amazing! I love the decor in your room and I'm so hungry looking at that food! Sounds like a great trip!

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  28. Woweee! What an amazing place to stay. The Mr and I are looking for a staycation hotel at the moment and I may just have to show him your post- that breakfast looks amazing :)

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  29. OMG my jealousy levels have just gone through the roof, I dont even know where to start, What a beautiful room you had, the furniture is just amazing x

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  30. The website you've mentioned sounds brilliant - and a great excuse to go away for the night! The hotel room's decor is really lovely (adore the wood surface below the mirror) and a huge 'yum' to the breakfast! :)

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  31. Amazing place! :)
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  32. These post is amazing, makes me wanna have vacation by the lake too lol

    Lily Widjaja
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  33. This sounds like such a lovely place, and so relaxing! This I feel is exactly what you need after a stressful time in school or at work! I can see myself walking back and forth between the pool, a massage and a nap, haha! It all looks amazing and it sounds like you had a great stay, just a real, good and big breakfast sounds amazing! xx


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  34. Great review! I love using Groupon for finding hotel and dining discounts. This looks like a lovely place and the food looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. The place looks so amazing :) I need a break right now :)

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  36. This place looks amazing!! I love reading posts like this!

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  37. Oh my gosh, that hotel looks incredible :)

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  38. Your blog your blog banner is beautiful! How did you get it like that? Photoshop? And, B, T, Dubs, that hotel room is out of this world!xx

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  39. Oh wow, looks like a very relaxing experience. I love the wood they used to decoration the hotel rooms and the dessert looks delicious! Ahhh lucky!


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  40. This looks dreamy! I love the sound of the hydrotherapy pool - could see me spending ages there. Glad to hear you had a lovely time. After reading this, I would definitely check in here if I was ever in the area. xx

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  41. Holy wow! You definitely need to take me with you next time. No, I'm kidding. I mean, I just started a new job but I definitely wouldn't mind going away for the weekend as I think it's always a goodthing to go away and relax for a little bit no matter the circumstances. And this looks beautiful.


    Ella Pinto xx

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  42. Amazing, what a perfect way to celebrate your good news
    Sounds like you both had a fabulous time and enjoyed the facilities, great deal and great find! Thanks for sharing

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  43. It looks like a paradise on the Earth. Recently, I was at Austria and visit spa complex http://wellcum.at/en/. It is a lovely place too.

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