Take a look inside the health club’s new luxury spa

t seems bonkers, given Cambridge’s well-to-do population, that we’ve never

had a luxury spa in the city. There are a couple of ‘treatment-led’ day spas hiding inside hotels and dozens of salons offering facials, massages, manicures and the like, but when it comes to the full sauna-steam-room-hydrotherapy-hot- tub shebang, you’ve had to head out of town to get your fix. Until now. Following a whopping £3.5 million investment, David Lloyd Cambridge has added a deluxe new string to its bow in the shape of a boutique spa retreat. With sparkling state-of-the-art facilities, this ambitious undertaking sees the health club positioning itself as a super- premium, one-stop-shop for fitness and wellbeing in Cambridge. Exactly what this kind of financial investment gets you is apparent the moment you’re ushered through the doors into the freshly built wing that houses the spa. You’re greeted with atmospheric lighting, intoxicating aromatherapy scents and a huge hydrotherapy pool surrounded by smooth, ergonomically shaped

loungers. It’s enough for you to quickly forget you’re in an industrial estate on Coldhams Lane: in fact, the spa’s impossibly sleek, modern feel has more in common with a New York design hotel than your average health club, and it only gets more impressive. The Crystal Maze-like series of experience rooms features a fairground of hot and cool experiences including two saunas, an icy plunge pool, sweet-smelling citrus steam room, invigorating aromatherapy shower, ‘crystal steam room’ (home to a huge

pure amethyst crystal), and an ice cave. The sumptuous facilities continue outside in the spa garden, which offers a steaming hydro pool, sun loungers and a Love Island -style firepit and seating area, as well as a third sauna and outdoor showers. The only catch is that is that this retreat is currently only open to David Lloyd Cambridge members (unless you book a package as part of a treatment), so you’ll have to commit to signing up if you want to become a spa regular.

ABOVE The new spa at David Lloyd

Cambridge is part of a £3.5 million refurbishment

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