I recently enjoyed a spa day at Yspa at Wyboston Lakes, but as part of a press day with some truly lovely ladies during the summer.
After this visit to a luxurious spa just a hop from my own front door, I swore it wouldn’t be long before I headed back for another relaxation day… And I didn’t wait too long before that was made a much-needed reality!
“The Bearded One” hadn’t yet indulged in a spa day so I vowed to treat him to a romantic spa day, complete with afternoon tea to impress him on his first real spa experience.
It was actually a very warm September Sunday, early in the afternoon when we decided to unwind at one of my most favourite spa retreats.
We decided to book our afternoon tea on arrival, for 3pm which worked perfectly as it allowed us to chill out by The Waterfront with a cup of tea and some delicious handmade treats before heading to the spa itself.
You must know just how filling afternoon tea actually can be, this was very dainty, yet still filled us up tremendously. This made for a very snoozy sunny afternoon, wrapped up snugly in our fluffy white bathrobes and matching spa slippers.
Beautifully presented finger sandwiches arrived, freshly made, not soggy bottomed or crispy crusted, they were lovely.
Fillings are traditional, including a refreshing plain cucumber, ham & mustard, smoked salmon and a delicious grated cheddar cheese and tomato finger sandwich.
The fruit scones of which accompanied this afternoon tea were warm from the oven and served with miniature Frank Cooper’s strawberry jam. I ADORE this jam, it’s not widely used and I haven’t had any for a long while, so I was easily pleased with this offering.
Yes, a big but…. why do venues Insist on whipped cream with a good scone??? This lets any venue down ANY time it is used, please stop doing this – a plea to ALL afternoon tea venues, clotted cream should adorn your golden beauties, not this sloppy, tasteless and truly disappointing substitute.
Yes Yspa, I’m telling on you… Mr Roddas will not be best pleased ; p
After sampling the rest of the sweet selection on offer, I can just about forgive them for the misplaced clotted cream! (hehe)
Chocolate opera / mousse cake, very light but packed a dreamy, chocolatey punch, it was fantastic and beautifully hand decorated with pretty chocolate decorations. In fact I was slightly jealous of the chocolate work on offer, I’ve always been green-eyed when it comes to chocolate work, my hot hands just aren’t made for it.
Lime Cheesecake with beautiful choc curls and lime zest, served cold – perfect for a hot day, I could have eaten more of this if it was offered.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Mini white chocolate “Aero” ball on top of the toffee and white chocolate mousse shot – my goodness, If you’re a chocolate lover then this afternoon tea is for YOU.
My advice would be to save the cheesecake for last to refresh your palette… Unless cheesecake isn’t your fave, then save the mousse for last, if you can control yourself!
I hadn’t realised on my first visit that there’s a relaxation room dedicated to helping you completely de-stress, read in peace or sleep in the silent rooms complete with beds and cosy warm blankets.
We found ourselves a couple of swivel egg chairs, fantastic for cancelling out the noise around us, we could barely hear each other in the, much to our hilarity. We snoozed for a good half hour, swirling around and around in our chairs in a cake-induced semi-coma…. Before shuffling outside to enjoy some fresh air and natural sunlight by the spa pool itself.
It was fairly busy on this particular day, but we still managed to find plenty of room to curl up together in the pool, surrounding ourself with energising bubbles and water jets whilst enjoying a good conversation, completely Undisturbed by the world around us. It was heaven.
We no agreed that next time we visit, we would ensure we book ourselves in for a treatment or two to go alongside the ultimate in relaxing days… A massage would have gone down well to send us into oblivion.
The Little Extras:
What I adore about spas is they tend to get the water just right…. We Asked for tAp water on our afternoon tea take and it came chilled, with ice and plenty of lemon to refresh us, perfect.
The Little Niggles:
The afternoon tea table we had reserved was in the window, but it was stupidly hot sat in the glass at this time of day. We could have asked to be moved, but we felt it might be a faff, so we stayed put, opting to sweat out some of the cake in the heat. Our advice would be to not sit by the window on a hot day… Nice views, but far too warm to be 100% comfortable.
No tea menus were presented, so we had to try to “choose” a tea or coffee option without any idea of what they had on offer… This always annoys me slightly. I’d rather see everything on the menu before I decide versus being told “we have everything you can think of”….. The table was laid with Beautiful China but, when the bearded one ordered coffee, the teacups & saucers were exchanged for bland cafeteria style cups.
If you’ve ever wondered where to start with a relaxing spa day, combined with a decadent afternoon tea, this is the sofa for you.
We left the spa feeling truly relaxed and it honestly takes a LOT for me to unwind properly, I’m usually very tight in the neck and shoulders. But, this particular evening, we were home and in bed by 8pm fast asleep… Unheard of for both of us, amazing!
For afternoon tea and a spa day for two, you are looking at £60 for this, but prices may vary and deals/special offers and promotions are always an option here, so do take a look.
I recently spotted a video of the Yspa team on Twitter too, they are a superb team and deserve the awards and respect they gain, I highly recommend this spa to people over and over again for many reasons, this down to earth video is just one of them – enjoy!
You can also read about my recent NEOM massage experience here at the same spa earlier in the year, this was equally as dreamy and I’m tempted to book myself in again at Xmas time for some much needed pampering, it’s worth EVERY penny.
Have you visited Yspa at Wyboston Lakes yourself? Have you been lucky enough to enjoy their afternoon tea?
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