Oxfordshire's top five spas

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

By Bicester Village

18 July 2019


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:


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: 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.

Treatments: The spa offers a varied menu of treatments, using only the finest Elemis and Biotec products.We offer packages that include treatments, 4hrs use of facilities plus a lunch, cream tea or afternoon tea.

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: 01865 256 485 / Enquiries:


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.

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.

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:

Minster Mill

Surrounded by 65 acres of glorious gardens, wildflower meadows and peaceful woodland, Minster Mill is set on the banks of the River Windrush in the picture-perfect Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell. The 38 rooms and suites are dressed in sleek, streamlined ‘Skandi’ style with contemporary lightings and fittings, mid-century furniture and individually-designed bathrooms. Experience outstanding cuisine prepared with the finest regional, seasonal ingredients in the restaurant, with handsome vaulted ceilings, original oak beams and an open fireplace. Set in a high gallery overlooking the restaurant, the Mill Bar serves selected fine wines and Champagnes, along with perfectly-shaken classic cocktails.

Facilities: From nature walks and cycling, to tennis and croquet, to a whole mile of superb fishing banks. Relax, unwind and indulge in super-soothing spa treatments at the Garden Spa with three tranquil treatment rooms, indoor heated plunge pool, a poolside rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain and tropical rainforest showers.

Treatments: The Garden Spa is a tranquil haven in the heart of Minster Mill’s grounds. The indoor heated plunge pool is beautiful and intimate and a poolside rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain and tropical rain forest showers complete the picture. Relax, unwind and indulge in super-soothing spa treatments in one of the three spacious treatment rooms, including one double treatment suite. For an alternative treatment experience, we have a wonderful RASUL mud therapy area, which can stand-alone or be enjoyed alongside a choice of more traditional spa therapies.

Address: Minster Mill, Mister Lovell, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, OX29 0RN 01993 774 441 / /


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.

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.

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.

Packages: There 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: