World of Spa review: Aqua Sana Center Parcs Woburn

It’s so important to dedicate a bit of time to you. To slow time down and to take a breath.

The way I do that is by going to the spa. It’s something that I love doing and I am a little bit addicted to Aqua Sana Spa at Woburn Forest. I would go as far as to say that it’s my favourite place to unwind.

Aqua Sana’s World of Spa includes over 20 themed rooms including saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas.

The first time I visited, I thought that three hours would be enough time to spend dozing away in each room, meandering from one experience to the next. But I was wrong. To experience Aqua Sana, you need to spend a day there.

Review of aqua sana woburn forest

Two reasons why you need to spend more than 3 hours at Aqua Sana:

1. 4.5 minutes is not enough time to unwind

To visit every room in three hours, you would need to spend maximum of 4.5 minutes in each room.

Quite simply, that is not enough time. That’s crazy right? How much can you get done in 4.5 minutes? Can you unwind in that time? Probably not.

2. Clock-watching is not good for the soul

Even if you choose to only go in a few rooms, you need to clock watch to make sure that you’re on time, which defeats the purpose of going to the spa to unwind.

You’d think that it’d be simple, but time goes far too fast and as the rooms are too wet to take a watch into (unless you have a waterproof one that is!).

I just could have done without the avid clock watching to make sure I wasn’t going to be thrown out too soon when my time was up. Or that I’d miss my massage appointment.

Clock watching is not good for the soul or relaxation. So if  you can, go for the whole day.

What makes this spa experience different:

1. Huge choice of saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas

The spa is broken up into 6 zones:

  • Blossom
  • Fire and Ice
  • Herbal
  • Salt
  • Mineral
  • Sensory

In each zone is at least one sauna, steam room and relaxation area. They all provide different experiences, with smells, music and decor. Some zones also have shower experiences.

I loved these shower experiences. After pressing the go button, you stand under the lit area in the shower walk through and it would use different temperatures, intensities and shower heads/directions to shower you with water. Mixing the warmth and gentleness of a shower like rain with a cold blast was really refreshing and a little surprising!

Although I have to admit that some of the experiences violated me a bit with intensity.

2. Great small touches…

I loved that there were glasses holders in each zone for those of us who wear glasses to keep them safe without precariously dangling them on a hook. For me, this is fab. I didn’t feel burdened to wear my glasses as it had all been thought about.

There were also blankets on all relaxation beds, free magazines to read and apples you can eat on demand.

If you’re planning on going, here are my top 3 tips:

  1. Book a spa treatment at the beginning of your time, that way you won’t be clock watching to make sure you don’t miss it. Time goes by so quickly in there.
  2. Book a whole day if you can – it really is hard to fit everything in with just 3 hours unless you’ve visited before.
  3. Take friends. I went alone for an hour or so and it was lovely on my first visit, but was made better when I could chat and experience it with somebody.


  1. June 14, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I’ve been to a world of spa, it was amazing. I’ve done both ways and agree, do the treatment at the beginning. I took my mum last time, good girly treat! #triballove

  2. June 15, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I have never been to a spa but always wondered what it would be like. We don’t really have things like this where I live. All the spas are more places to book a treatment instead of like what you described. Hope you get to go back sometime #TribalLove

  3. June 17, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Oh this sounds fab! I love a spa day and need to experience the shower walk through you mention, that sounds heavenly 🙂 It’s been a while since I had a treatment but my favourite is a hot stone massage….ahhhh #triballove

  4. August 16, 2017 / 7:06 am

    This sounds like heaven! #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. August 16, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Oh I’ve not had a spa day for a long time, this sounds like the perfect one to spend the day. Love the glasses holder idea #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. The Mummy Bubble
    August 16, 2017 / 8:09 am

    This sounds like absolute heaven! I haven’t had a spa day in ages and this has really made me want to go back and have a day of total relaxation! X #fortheloveofblog

  7. August 16, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Sounds lovely! I had a spa day a few weeks ago. So relaxing! #FortheloveofBLOG

  8. August 16, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Yes yes yes. What I would give for a day at a spa, going from Jacuzzi to stream room then getting a full body massage! Heaven. X

  9. August 16, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I agree – there’s nothing quite like booking a full day at a spa and really giving yourself the time and space to relax. It’s something I should do more often! #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. August 16, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    We visited our local Aqua Sana recently, it was amazing! The time did go by too quickly though! #fortheloveofblog

  11. August 16, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Oh my goodness this sounds like heaven! There is nothing like a bit of me time! #fortheloveofblog

  12. August 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Oh wow! The thought of visiting a Spa sounds just blissful. #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. August 16, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Ooooh it sounds lovely – we have been to Woburn CP 3 times now and I’ve never been to the spa. Maybe this is something I need to change! #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. August 16, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I’ve never been to a spa, any spa! This one sounds lovely I definitely need to visit!

  15. August 16, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    This is just down the road from me! I need to go! have dropped a few hints about birthday ideas for this year to my other half heh hehe!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. August 17, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Oh wow I would love to visit a spa right now. With 2 kids home sick and the rain outside I could use a spa escape! #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. August 17, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Great tips. You definitely need the time at an Aqua Sana, there is a lot to do. I’m really craving a good spa day now! #fortheloveofBLOG

  18. August 17, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I’ve not been to Aqua Sana but I have worked with lady who trained the staff there and she is the best. She knows her stuff and I guarantee there are no better trained staff anywhere other than at her spas! #fortheloveofblog

  19. August 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like pure heaven. I’ve never been to a spa before but really want to try it out x

  20. August 18, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I haven’t had a spa day for years, and right now I think it’s just what the doctor ordered! This looks lovely! #fortheloveofBLOG

  21. August 18, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Ah…A spa day sounds delightful!!!


  22. August 19, 2017 / 11:45 am

    oh wow this sounds amazing! I definitely need to get myself to this pronto! #fortheloveofBLOG

  23. Lisa Pomerantz
    August 19, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    It sounds like you had a slice of heaven! I am so jealous, and happy for you! Nothing like taking good care of the soul and spending some you time/me time. Brilliant! #fortheloveofblog

  24. August 21, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    We love the Aqua Sana at Elvedon Forest & go there lots for a destress; I’ve done the Longleat one too. We really enjoy booking an overnight spa break in the spa suites at Elvedon as it gives you to relax properly; as you say 3 hours would whiz by especially once you have your treatment. I also like treatments at the start of the spa break as I think it kick starts your relaxation!#ForTheLoveOfBlog x

  25. August 21, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    It sure is very important to have some me time now and again. #fortheloveofBLOG

  26. August 22, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Oh wow that sounds amazing!! I really want to try the one at Elvedon Forest in Thetford near me but I’m pregnant at the mo so not the best time as I wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of it I don’t think. Definitely one to try next year! #FortheloveofBLOG