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Unique new spa design revealed as Aqua Sana opens at Woburn Forest

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Unique new spa design revealed as Aqua Sana opens at Woburn Forest

Center Parcs has revealed its new spa, Aqua Sana Woburn Forest, setting the benchmark for high quality social spas in the UK and beyond. 

Offering a truly relaxing experience with six unique, nature-inspired spas to journey through, this new, state-of-the-art spa is the first of its kind in Europe.

Bookings for Luxury Spa Breaks are available for arrivals from 9th June and Spa Days are now available for arrivals from 7th July. Center Parcs short break guests are now able to book a spa session and treatments as part of their stay.

Evolved from the award-winning spas currently at Center Parcs’ other four villages, Aqua Sana Woburn Forest is just 50 minutes from London St Pancras by train, making it the perfect spa destination for Spa Day visitors and Luxury Spa Break guests alike.

Aqua Sana boasts 25 experience rooms inspired by nature and combining different approaches from many of the leading European spas with the latest innovation. Spa visitors can choose experiences from six unique and sensuous spas within the World of Spa to create their own journey through Aqua Sana Woburn Forest. Each spa features a variety of multi-sensory experience rooms, including two which are the first of their kind in the world.

The Fire & Ice Spa 

Stimulate the body and refresh the mind through the interplay of fire and ice. Juxtaposing soothing heat and invigorating ice helps to relax muscles and the mind. Western and Chinese medicine both recognise that moving back and forth from hot to cool is an effective way to soothe and revive yourself.

The Blossom Spa

An aesthetic inspiration, this spa is designed to refresh and uplift your spirit. The aroma of floral essences and beautiful designs relax your body and balance your energy. Subtle changes will emerge, as layers of multi-sensory effects gently shift your heart and mind, embracing you into deeper relaxation. 

The Herbal Spa 

Relax in a comprehensive and powerful way. The modern and beautiful rooms uplift the spirit and open the mind. Vitality washes over you completely for deep relaxation. Herbs can nurture the soul while they soothe and relax your body.

The Sensory Spa 

An Aqua Sana world-first you'll never forget. Spa experiences with full-body, multi-sensory stimulation delight and inspire you. Your mind is kept active, regenerating your spirit at a deeply psychological level. This space allows exploration of meditative and stimulating experiences, restoring harmony and relieving the body from stress.

The Mineral & Gemstone Spa 

Discover how minerals can relax you and leave you feeling recharged. Minerals soothe the skin, detox pores, melt stress away and calm the mind. Crystals and gemstones emanate strong yet subtle power to your entire body and soul.

The Salt Spa

Salt from the Himalayas soothes and invigorates. Cleanse the body and mind so you feel completely renewed. Detox your system, soften your skin and breathe life in and, as you purify, your outlook brightens as well. Clean lines and simplicity rule here. Open up to find you're ready to take on the world anew.

    What’s more, there is also a spectacular outdoor pool with views of the forest to set the scene for an exceptional experience. There are also six beautifully designed Spa Suites with balconies overlooking the forest. A Luxury Spa Break includes overnight accommodation in a Spa Suite, access to the spa on arrival and departure days, meals and a spa treatment each.

    Aqua Sana also has 22 cutting-edge treatment rooms, all of which offer expert treatments from renowned spa beauty brands, including Decléor and Elemis. With an extensive professional treatment list, spa guests can enjoy a host of beautifying and relaxing experiences, including the Decléor Bio Retinol Wrinkle Resist facial, Elemis Radiant Skin & Body Detox, Elemis Pro Intense Lift Effect Facial, Decléor Mind and Body Re-energiser and Swedish Body Massage to name a few. There is also a Serail Suite for couples' mud treatments.

    Heading up the new team is Donna McKee, Aqua Sana Manager at Woburn Forest, who has more than nine years of experience within the industry. Donna said: “Aqua Sana is hugely popular at our other villages and I’m really excited about the opening of the brand new Aqua Sana at Woburn Forest. I think what will strike people first is the sheer size of the spa and the amount of professional treatments we have to offer.

    “The spa is truly first class and our team of 80, including more than 40 therapists, are really excited to be welcoming our first guests.”

    With more than a decade of experience in the spa industry, Center Parcs has developed the Aqua Sana concept, keeping nature at the heart of the design. Leading spa designers Schletterer Wellness & Spa Design and Sparc Studio were tasked with bringing the brief to life and have been working on the project for a number of years.

    Don Camilleri, Woburn Construction Director, said: "We have looked at the latest spa innovations from spas all over Europe and developed this with our passion for nature to create a unique concept for our new spa. We have also worked with the best designers and suppliers in the spa industry, who were carefully selected to bring this new concept to life. This is the biggest, most innovative spa we have ever created, a concept that has evolved from the success of our existing Aqua Sanas."

    Spa Days start from £69 per person, Luxury Spa Breaks in Spa Suites start from £249 per person per night.

    For more information or to make a booking, visit: www.aquasana.co.uk or call: 03448 266 205.

    Notes to Editors

    The Fire & Ice Spa

    • Stone Sauna: The dry heat of a sauna meets the humidity of a steam bath with cooled stones and tiles to help you rest here for longer than in traditional saunas.
    • Lava-Volcano Sauna: Relax your muscles with intense heat to start improving circulation. A hot, dry sauna with lava design influences; welcome to the earth's core for vitality.
    • Snow & Ice Room: Invigorate yourself by rubbing ice over your warmed body. Juxtaposing heat and cold is proven to help your overall wellbeing.
    • Rain Walk: A multi-sensory shower walk revitalises you by stimulating your entire body. Step into a tropical rainforest to feel refreshed after spa rooms.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.
    • Fire Relaxation Lounge: Resting your body between experiences and treatments is just as important to achieve deep relaxation. Cosy up next to an ultramodern fireplace, its crackling flames restoring you.

    The Blossom Spa

    • Blossom Steam Room: The colours of flowers change your mood in this blossom inhalation steam bath. Glowing backlit stools entice you to absorb flower essences in a soothing room.
    • Rain Walk: A multi-sensory shower walk revitalises you by stimulating your entire body. Step into a tropical rainforest to feel refreshed after spa rooms.
    • Blossom Relaxation Lounge: Surrender fully to soothing gentle jasmine in soft welcoming lounge chairs. Let colour therapy and rest unite the effects of your experiences here.
    • Blossom Heat Room: Let the essences of flowers embrace you, gently restoring your spirit. Undulating walls, mild heat and humidity keep you here longer to absorb the benefits.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.

    The Herbal Spa

    • Herbal Inhalation Baths: Find relaxation as well as stimulation in two steam cabins dedicated to each purpose. Sit back, relax and recharge through the powers of herbs.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.
    • Herbal Sauna: You begin to unwind and feel the healing effects even as you enter. Fragrant herbs and colour display sequences soothe your soul as you appreciate beauty.
    • Herbal Relaxation Lounge: To fully recharge, you must have ample rest. Revitalise your spirit surrounded by the inspiring green and other hues of herbs. Be present. Unwind.

    The Sensory Spa

    • Aqua Meditation Room: Water and fluid patterns are not only beautiful to watch, they are deeply relaxing. A comfortable temperature, humidity and ambience offer profoundly restorative benefits.
    • Sensory Experience (world first): Unlike any spa experience anywhere in the world. Many innovative elements work together so you experience the four seasons during a multi-sensory sequence, ensuring your whole body feels the sounds, colours, scents and temperature of each season. A truly fascinating sensory journey.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.

    The Mineral & Gemstone Spa

    • Mineral Steam Bath: Slowly open up your pores to feel the relaxing benefits of minerals. Heat, steam then shower sequences help you revitalise in a calming, mineral way.
    • Thunder & Rain Walk: A multi-sensory shower walk revitalises you by stimulating your entire body. Step into a tropical rainforest to feel refreshed after spa rooms.
    • Mineral Relaxation Lounge: Feel rose quartz heal your soul as you curl up in a stylish ball chair. Let its warm glow wash over you and gently open your mind
    • Mineral Room (world first): Energise your senses and calm your nerves as varying minerals infuse the air, cradled by refreshing lemongrass, as you recharge from inside-out. Mineral salts enter your pores gently, restoring you with the calming effects that trace elements have on your body and emotions.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.
    • Crystal Steam Bath: Steam and rose aromatherapy work together to help mellow out completely. Total humidity and crystal power soothe and recharge.

    The Salt Spa

    • Salt Sauna: Himalayan salt and ionised air opens up pores and perspectives. Calm tensions, relieve worries and find your energies refocused.
    • Experience Showers: Lock in the healing from each spa experience with immersive hydrotherapy. Rinse off stress and feel revitalised to continue your spa journey.
    • Salt Inhalation Room: Zone out with your head cocooned in a relaxing environment. Ionised Himalayan salt air soothes and softens.
    • Salt Steam Room: A large, modern room with sophisticated mosaics purifies and inspires you. Release your daily stresses as salt vapours refresh your ambitions and attitude.
    • Salt Relaxation Lounge: Beautiful hues of blue soothe mind and spirit. Lie back and unwind completely.

    Reflexology Footbaths

    Forget your worries by preparing your body for your spa visit here. The bubbles stimulate reflex zones on the bottom of your feet which relaxes the whole body.

    Infinity Pool

    Cool off or find utter relaxation when you enjoy our heated outdoor pool in the heart of the forest. Bask in the fresh air and take in the views, floating and forgetting the world.

    Zen Garden

    The open calm of our Zen Garden promotes peace and serenity. Reflexology stones combine meditative walk and foot massage.

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    Notes to Editors

    1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
    2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
    3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
    4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
    5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
    6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
    7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row

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