48 Hours At Aqua Sana Spa | The Luxury Suite & Best Experiences

48 Hours At Aqua Sana Spa | The Luxury Suite & Best Experiences

I’ve not visited many spa’s and quite frankly, it’s because I’ve gotten lazy. With one like Aqua Sana on my doorstep I’ve never felt the need to look much further afield. Last year I briefly covered our experience at Aqua Sana whilst recommending a new year spa stay but our second experience of their Luxury Break definitely warrants more detailed coverage.

Elveden Center Parcs is nestled within the forest, making it ideal for a peaceful off-the-grid break. If you enjoy spa experiences and time spent winding down, then their Luxury Spa Break is for you. You’ll be hosted in one of only four suite’s situated away from the village and connected directly to the spa.

Initially, the £398 price tag (and more over a weekend) seems a little steep, but there are plenty of hidden benefits which justify it. I’ve tried out a few of Aqua Sana’s different packages and whilst each offers its own benefits, the Luxury Spa stay actually works out the best value. Whilst the day packages are great for visiting with friends, as a couple, the Luxury Stay is perfect.

The Luxury Spa Break & Inclusions

As you’d expect, the break includes a night in one of the suites and access to both Center Parcs village and Aqua Sana over the two days. It also includes treatments for both guests: a hot stone massage as standard, with the option to upgrade to another 55 minute treatment for an additional £15. I upgraded my treatment to a facial but Jamie has enjoyed the hot stone massage twice now.

To put pricing in perspective straight away: a ‘simple spa day’ consisting only of lunch and access costs £105. Times that by two people for two days, you’re looking at £420 without the luxury of a bed or treatments.

Aqua Sana

In terms of food, the stay includes refreshments on arrival and within your suite as well as lunch (on your preferred day) at the spas Vitalé Cafe. Breakfast is included and can also be taken in the Vitalé Cafe. Instead, we opted to have it brought up to our suite and enjoyed it on the balcony. £50 worth of vouchers which are redeemable across the whole of Center Parcs are also issued on arrival. We tend to put these towards the cost of our evening meal, but they can be used against anything. From activities, additional treatments or even in the Starbucks!

Aqua Sana

Aqua Sana

The Spa Itself & How To Get The Most Out Of It

With any package, access to the spa and each of its seven experience rooms comes as standard. Although we usually make the most of every one, my favourites like the Greek Herbal Bath provide dry heat. Outside each of the rooms is a sign which features benefits and advice on how long to stay in each.

The key to making the most of each experience room is to actively relax. This sounds like an obvious statement but you’ll advantage much more by closing your eyes and clearing your mind.

Many of the experiences aim to detoxify, read: you’ll sweat a lot. Keeping hydrated is key and there are multiple stations from which to grab water and even some fruit. Between experiences there are plenty of simple yet effective cosy areas which are perfect for relaxing. I’m not the biggest fan of the plain seating but the water beds, hanging chairs and blanketed pods are all brilliant.

Aqua Sana

Top Tips:

– Doing nothing is harder for some than others. If you’re someone who likes to keep a least a little occupied then make sure to take a book.

– Some of the rooms will leave your swimwear damp. Hop into the Tyrolean Sauna and you’ll dry off after a few minutes.

– Robes and towels are provided with any package but flip-flops are only provided with a stay. Make sure to bring your own if you’re going on a day basis. You might not need them for the majority of the day but when you need a wee you’ll be grateful for them.

– As a contacts wearer I make sure to wear dailies to the spa rather than my usual monthlies. Unless you’re planning on avoiding all of the more humid rooms and the pool, I’d definitely advise this over wearing monthlies or glasses.

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43 Comments

  1. Jenny in Neverland
    February 28, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I’ve wanted to go to Centre Parcs for ages too. I always struggle doing nothing but this would be a great chance to get ahead on your reading!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:28 pm

      It very much is. I know what you mean but I took a book and when we stay we tend to break the days up as much as possible. Both days we spent some time doing things in the Centre Parcs village having fun and exploring as well as relaxing in the Spa- it’s definitely a bonus of Aqua Sana that you can have the best of both worlds! x

  2. February 28, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    This sounds so lovely! Your suite looks incredible! I’m one of those people who tends to struggle to relax at a spa so it’s a bit wasted on me. I usually tense up during a massage? I wish I could enjoy stuff like this more because it sounds amazing!! I’m a bit jealous that this is so close to home for you as well x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      It was amazing- I’m already wondering when we can justify going back! Oh that’s such a shame, haha I know how you feel- for the first 10 minutes or so I definitely tense up to and have to actively try and relax- once I do though it’s amazing! x

  3. February 28, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    Ahh this looks like heaven! I’ve been to a few spas in my time but this looks amazing, I’ve never been to a centre parks before but I have heard that they are amazing and it really looks like it! I’d love to go! Maybe for my next birthday x

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      It pretty much is! I’d definitely recommend them- I’ve loved every Centre Parcs trip I’ve been on! x

  4. February 28, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    I love a spa, I live near the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs and have been to the aqua Sana spa a few times, it’s one of my favourites as I love the different themed steam rooms, the decor and the waterbeds, it’s perfect for relaxing. This one looks just as good, great post!

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      They’re amazing aren’t they? I’ve not been to the Sherwood one yet but I can imagine that they’re very similar! I’m so glad you love their Aqua Sana as much as I love the Elveden one! x

  5. February 28, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    This is so cool, I’ve never had a spa experience like this before! Aqua Sana looks super luxurious and the rooms are so lovely. What a perfect way to relax, detox, and have a mini retreat from every day life! I need to look into whether there’s one near me or not! Thanks for sharing Soph xx

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

  6. February 28, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    Do you know, I’ve never been on a spa break. Or even a full day. I am clearly missing out, haha. My husband would never come with me though, it’s not his sort of thing and I know I’d struggle to switch off and do nothing so a full day would most probably be wasted on us. That said, your stay sounds amazing and not expensive when you add up everything you get for your bucks. The pool looks dreamy and I’d never say no to room service and breakfast in bed. Food for thought (no pun intended), thank you, Soph! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      Ooh Lisa I’d definitely recommend it! Oh that’s such a shame, I know I’m super lucky that Jamie appreciates a good spa day as much (if not more) than I! I’d maybe suggest going for a half day or something with a friend or two instead- I did that a few times last year and it was great (much to Jamies jealousy haha) x

  7. February 28, 2019 / 6:47 pm

    I’ve never been to a spa before but I’ve always wanted to try one! They sound so relaxing and refreshing. I really liked your tips especially the contacts, as a fellow contact wearer this is something I’d need to know but wouldn’t even think of beforehand 😊 great post x

    • February 28, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      I’d definitely recommend it! I’m so glad you found them helpful- dailies are such a good way of avoiding any chance of ruining a set of monthlies- especially if they’re newish! x

  8. February 28, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    I have never gone to a spa, I’m just never sure if I’ll like it. They always sound so relaxing and calming though, this looks amazing though, love all of your pictures, and the thought of breakfast on the balcony sounds so lovely, especially if the weather is nice <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • February 28, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      I wasn’t fussed about them at all until a few years ago and now I can’t get enough- they’re just so calming. Thank you, breakfast on the balcony was lovely, I can only imagine how much nicer it would have been during summer x

  9. February 28, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    This spa sounds absolutely amazing. I wish I could afford to go to one like this, because I really need the time to just totally relax and do nothing for myself. The whole thing looks absolutely fab.

    Alex| http://www.californiapollution.com/

  10. March 1, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Gosh, this sounds HEAVENLY. I’ve just started a new job, so this sounds like the perfect place for me to go and relax and let go for a little bit! I may have to save up and treat myself!

    • March 3, 2019 / 10:18 am

      It really was! New job stress is definitely a good excuse for a spa trip- I find them so worthwhile x

  11. March 1, 2019 / 9:35 pm

    This looks like such a lovely spa! You can’t beat a spa day, it’s so refreshing and relaxing! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  12. March 2, 2019 / 4:53 am

    It is great that you got to have some time off at a spa! Talk about treating yourself, hehe. Love that you were just taken care of this whole time. The interior decor of the spa looks neat! I like that you made the most out of your experience and enjoyed your time there. Thanks for sharing these spa tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • March 3, 2019 / 10:23 am

      It was very needed, haha! We had the best time and it really is a lovely spa x

  13. March 2, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    Wow this spa looks amazing. I’d love to have a spa day soon, so relaxing!

  14. March 2, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    This spa is beautiful. There is nothing better than a spa day or weekend to help you relax and unwind every now and again!

    • March 3, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      It is isn’t it?! I couldn’t agree more x

  15. March 3, 2019 / 7:54 am

    This looks so incredible! I’ve never been to a spa but my god now I’m going to properly consider it! Xx

    • March 3, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      I couldn’t recommend it enough- they make me feel so much better and refreshed x

  16. March 3, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve been to the aqua sana at the longleat center parc’s, its so lovely! These photos are lovely and I’m sure you had the most relaxing time!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • March 4, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      It’s great to hear that their Longleat one is great too! Thank you, I definitely did x

  17. March 4, 2019 / 9:51 am

    A spa trip is my favourite although I agree, a book is handy because I find it hard to just ‘sit still’

    Xx

    Emma | editionemmagrace
    http://www.editionemmagrace.com

  18. March 4, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Wow, this sounds like an absolutely dreamy experience, Soph! I loved seeing your Instagram photos from the weekend, it all looked so nice! The breakfast on the balcony sounded like such a lovely added touch and the whole place looks gorgeous. I think I’d opt for the hot stone massage (my favourite!) and the Greek Herbal Bath sounds super relaxing too. I’m going on a spa day this month and reading this post has made me even more excited for it! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you both had a wonderful time <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • March 4, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      It really was- it already feels like a lifetime ago though haha. I agree and it would be even more lovely in Summer! Ooh have a wonderful spa day later this month- I’m very jealous x

  19. March 4, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    It sounds like a lovely break, I’m dying to have a spa weekend!

  20. March 5, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    This sounds like such a relaxing place. Although I’m definitely the kind of person that would need to take a book along with me!
    I think I’m going to have to look into a weekend away here x

    • March 7, 2019 / 10:18 am

      Visits always do me the world of good! I took a book and had the best time (and finished it off) x

  21. March 6, 2019 / 4:21 am

    Sounds like you had an amazing time. I need to go on one x

  22. March 6, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    This looks amazing and quite good value really when you look at all that’s included. One of my goals this month is to book a spa day so I’ll definitely bare this in mind =) Thanks for sharing x

    • March 7, 2019 / 10:32 am

      I completely agree! Enjoy your spa day where ever you choose to take it! x

  23. March 7, 2019 / 12:32 am

    This spa sounds so lush! need to go on a trip soon cause this is tempting me soooo much!!

  24. March 8, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    This is such an amazing hotel <3

  25. March 10, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    That looks like a gorgeous experience, a spa day is on my list of things to do in 2019!