Top 5 Spas

Health & Well-being Edit

Top 5 Spas in Oxfordshire

Treat yourself to a pampering spa experience at one of the top five spas, all easily accessible from Bicester Village.  

BICESTER HOTEL GOLF AND SPA

Distance from Bicester Village: 2.5 miles

Spa at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Just a stone’s throw away from Bicester Village, The Forest of Wellbeing at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa promises to make you look and feel fantastic. With its holistic approach, the spa offers a range of therapeutic treatments and alternative therapies from top skincare houses including Germaine de Capuccini, Jessica, Vita Liberata and Lava Shells, for the ultimate top-to-toe pampering experience.

Facilities: Guests who book in for a spa day or a short break can enjoy full access to the health club facilities, with a hydropool, detoxifying sauna, aromatic steam room, relaxing foot spas and feature showers. There are seven luxurious treatment rooms, two pedicure rooms, a spray tanning room and a dedicated nail bar. The Relaxation Room provides a peaceful haven for post-treatment respite, while the private spa garden offers a tranquil setting for guests to unwind and enjoy a breath of fresh air. 

Ready for anything: Fitness facilities include a 20-metre swimming pool, two air-conditioned aerobic studios and a dedicated spin studio, with more than 56 instructor-led fitness classes spanning strength, cardio and holistic health.

Treatments: The extensive treatment menu offers everything from wraps and massages, to facials, make-up and tanning. The Eastern Journey treatment (£90 for 90 minutes) is an indulgent ritual comprising baobab seed body exfoliation, a saffron body massage and silk body envelopment wrap.

Packages: There are a number of day and overnight packages to choose from, including Stay & Spa (£129 per person) – a one-night dinner, bed and breakfast stay with a 30-minute treatment. 

Address: Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa, Green Lane, Chesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 1TH Telephone: 01869 241204 / Enquiries: spa@bicesterhgs.com

 

MACDONALD RANDOLPH HOTEL

Distance from Bicester Village: 12 miles

Located in the heart of the renowned university city of Oxford, the Macdonald Randolph is an elegant five-star hotel with historical charm. The characterful spa provides a relaxing oasis from the bustling city centre, where guests can melt away their stress and unwind in style.

Facilities: The Spa at The Randolph is hidden away in the cellar. With lantern-lit walkways, it seems a world away from the landmark building in the centre of one of the UK’s busiest cities. Four treatment rooms each offer a choice of lighting and sound, while the relaxation room is a serene place for reflection. The thermal suite comprises a soothing bio sauna, aromatherapy steam room, invigorating ice room, sensation shower and hydrotherapy bath – the perfect start to any treatment.

Ready for anything: The state-of-the-art mini Technogym has everything you might need for an energetic workout.

TreatmentsThe spa offers a varied menu of treatments, using only the finest Elemis and Biotec products. Try the Macdonald Signature Treatment (from £84 for 90 minutes), which includes a deep tissue back massage to relieve tension, an anti-ageing facial and a foot treatment to nourish and condition tired feet. 

Packages: There is a selection of packages to choose from. The overnight spring spa break is currently on offer with 25% off, including a 55-minute pick and mix spa treatment session and use of the facilities.

Address: Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2LN /
Telephone: 0344 879 9132 / Enquiries: reservations@macdonald-hotels.co.uk

 

HARTWELL HOUSE

Distance from Bicester Village: 18 miles

Hartwell House

Built in the early seventeenth century, Hartwell House Hotel & Spa, located in the Vale of Aylesbury, is one of Buckinghamshire's most celebrated country houses. Situated around 100 yards from the main house, the Hartwell Spa offers an ornate atmosphere and a range of indulgent spa treatments from world-class brands including Aromatherapy Associates, BIOEFFECT and Jessica.  

Drawing Room at Hartwell House

Facilities: The spa has four spa treatment rooms and a characterful swimming pool. In a gallery overlooking the pool, the Spa Café and Bar serves informal breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Ready for anything: Guests looking to work up a sweat can hit the gym.  

Treatments: When it comes to treatments you’re spoiled for choice, whether you prefer massages, facials, scrubs, wraps or quick 25-minute luxuries. The BIOEFFECT cellular hydration facial (55 minutes £76.50), A specific and luxurious massage technique increases the skins circulation and ability to accept this highly efficient plant based protein. The custom designed massage techniques used, along with a decadent hydrogel intensive hydration mask, ensures a unique journey and experience influenced by BIOEFFECTs Icelandic heritage.

Spa at Hartwell House

Packages: The Spa at Hartwell House offers health and beauty experiences, half and full day packages (from £85) and individual treatments to both resident and non-resident guests.

Address: Hartwell House, Oxford Road, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP17 8NR / Telephone: 01296 746500 / Enquiries: info@hartwell-house.com

 

CHAMPNEYS TRING

Distance from Bicester Village: 27 miles

Champneys Tring – Britain’s original health spa – is the ultimate wellbeing haven, offering a variety of innovative yet traditional spa treatments. Complete with a Downton Abbey-esque driveway, the estate is set in 170 acres of idyllic Hertfordshire countryside. With a strong focus on health, it’s the ideal place to destress, rebalance and restore your mind and body.

Facilities:  Champneys has something for everyone, with 62 treatment rooms, a relaxation hideaway, manicure and pedicure salon, hair salon and Wellbeing and Detox Centre – the first of its kind in the UK. The spa has a 25-metre swimming pool, plus an array of indoor and outdoor wet facilities including a thalassotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, plunge pool, laconium heat room and jacuzzis. Healthy, alkaline cuisine is served in the elegant dining area.

Ready for anything: Energetic guests can explore the surrounding parkland with complimentary bike hire and guided hiking trails, or take to the tennis and badminton courts. There are also two fitness studios with a supercharged selection of up to 20 fitness classes each day.

Treatments: Choose from a wide selection of beauty treatments by Carita, Elemis, Decléor, Aromatherapy Associates and Jessica. We recommend the Champney’s Pick Me Up Facial (£45 for 20 minutes), a hydrating treat that leaves skin beautifully nourished. 

Packages: Champneys offers a host of spa days and stays. For those serious about transforming their health, the week-long Escape From It All package offers an extensive fitness and treatment schedule with support and motivation from a team of professionals.

Address: Champneys Tring, Chesham Road, Wiggington, Hertfordshire HP23 6HX / Telephone: 01442 291000 / Enquiries: reservations@champneys.com 

 

DORMY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Distance from Bicester Village: 34 miles 

Located in a 400-acre country estate with fabulous views of the Cotswolds, farmhouse-style rural retreat Dormy House has a luxuriously laid-back atmosphere, for the ultimate hygge experience – think cosy corners, log fires and sumptuous interiors. The House Spa is a sensory sanctuary with soothing Scandinavian-inspired facilities. 

Dormy House

Facilities: The spa boasts six tranquil treatment rooms, plus a private couples’ suite connected to a Rasul Mud Room for hot mineral mud bathing. Lined with comfy loungers, the serene 16-metre indoor infinity pool provides the perfect spot for leisurely lengths, while the outdoor spa terrace is home to a hydrotherapy hot tub. Designed to cleanse, soothe and invigorate, the thermal suite features a lavender-infused sauna, juniper-laced hot Finnish cabin, mineral-enriched salt steam room, cooling drench shower and refreshing ice experience. The Greenhouse, a laid-back spa café with a sun terrace, offers a relaxing environment in which guests can enjoy nutritious lunches and snacks.

Dormy House pool

Ready for anything: Fitness-enthusiasts will love the sleek personal training studio and well-equipped gym.

Treatments: The House Spa offers a selection of more than 50 soothing and rejuvenating face and body treatments from sought-after spa brands Temple Spa and Natura Bissé. For a truly authentic Cotswolds experience, try the bespoke Temple Spa treatment – specifically created for Dormy House using locally sourced lavender. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Nail Parlour offers an array of finishing touches for hands and feet.

Dormy House Treatments

PackagesThere are a number of day and overnight packages to choose from, including the Wellness Day Retreat (£300 per person) – a full day of pampering to bring you back into balance.

Dormy House, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LF / Telephone: 01386 859910 / Enquiries: reservations@dormyhouse.co.uk

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