Behind the scenes at our Vitalé menu shoot

Before we announce our new Mediterranean menu at Vitale Cafe and Bar, find out what goes into our food photo shoots...


No visit to Aqua Sana is complete without a bite to eat and a glass of something sparkling in Vitalé – keeping warm inside during the colder months, wrapped up in your fluffy white robe, or lounging on the terrace in the sunshine during summer, savouring the way the condensation clings to your ice-cold glass.

On Friday 16th June, we’ll be unveiling a brand new Vitalé menu at all five of our spas – ahead of the official announcement, here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of our menu photo shoot…

Coming to the new menu are all sorts of light, fresh Mediterranean favourites. We won’t give away too much just yet, but keep an eye out on the 16th for all the delicious details…

For our photo shoot at Woburn Forest (in the slightly-less-glamorous-than-Vitalé function room), we were lucky to have plenty of sunlight streaming in through full-height windows.

As Group Executive Head Chef James Haywood and his team kept the dishes rolling out of the kitchen, we got to work styling, positioning, lighting and shooting.

With all the bright colours and fresh ingredients, we were absolutely spoiled for choice in what to photograph.

Just about every dish on the menu made its way into our shots at some point. Our amazing food photographer Claire came prepared with boards in every colour of Vitalé, from ‘white marble’ to aqua.

Eight hours raced by, and before we knew it we’d flown through our shot list, had many a nibble from plates of salad and boxes of pastries (not necessarily in that order).

(We also photographed the very luxe room service continental breakfast available to guests staying in the Spa Suites – doesn’t that just make you yearn for a lazy weekend breakfast in bed?)

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Maddy Potts

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As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.