5 Lovely Day Spas In Oxford & Oxfordshire To Book Now
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5 Lovely Day Spas In Oxford & Oxfordshire To Book Now

Where to wind down in Oxford

It’s true – you don’t need to traipse all the way down to London for a day-long spa retreat. You can find wellness hubs dotted all over the UK, in swanky hotels, private retreats and country houses. Keen to escape the capital for your next holistic holiday? Try one of these brilliant day spas in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

The Best Day Spas In Oxford & Oxfordshire

Indoor loungers

1. The Garden Spa at the Minster Mill

Where? Minster Mill, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds OX29 0RN

What? The recently refurbished Minster Mill is nestled in the countryside just 15 miles away from Oxford, flanked by 65 acres of grounds spanning gardens, wildflower meadows and rolling hills. It’s in the gardens you’ll find the hotel’s wellness offering, The Garden Spa, which features three quiet suites where guests can book treatments – but if it’s a lazy day you crave, simply pull up to the indoor pool on one of the lounders or sweat it out in the rock sauna or aroma steam room.

Treatments: Spa treatments at Minster Mill have been created by ESPA (aka the king of spa rituals), with an emphasis on pure naturals and refreshing remedies. The treatment menu features a range of facials and massages; the Inner Calm Massage promises up to 85 minutes of holistic relaxation, tailored completely to your needs, while the Instant Radiance Facial will leave your skin feeling fresh and radiant. You can also take a turn off the traditional route with a RASUL Mud Therapy Treatment, which sees layers of mineral-rich mud, heat and steam lapped onto your skin to leave in beautifully soft.

BOOK: minstermill.co.uk

Copper bath in low lit room

2. The Old Dairy Retreat

Where? The Old Dairy, Letchmere Farm, Camp Road, Upper Heyford, Oxon OX25 5LS

What? This private day spa retreat can be hired exclusively by groups of two to six guests. The retreat, set up by health and beauty expert Bex Fletcher, is located within the grounds of Fletcher’s rural home in the North Oxfordshire countryside. The Old Dairy Retreat can booked out for the day or longer, and guests can expect to find treatment rooms as well as a wellness room hosting private yoga classes, meditation sessions and Sound Bath Therapy (take a trip to the Udder Barn if group classes are more your speed).

Treatments: The Old Dairy Retreat specialises in VOYA spa treatments. Certified organic, VOYA products revolve around one ingredient, seaweed – an ingredient rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants which can help hydrate, nourish, exfoliate and soothe skin. The star treatment to have on your radar here is the Detox Seaweed Bathing experience, which includes a full body brush and exfoliation, a facial cleanse and a dip in a bath of pure organic, hand-harvested Atlantic seaweed to help release unwanted toxins and alleviate aches and pains. This bathing ritual dates back 300 years and is Ireland’s only indigenous therapy.

BOOK: theolddairyretreat.co.uk

3. DoubleTree by Hilton The Oxford Belfry Hotel and Spa

Indoor pool with large skylight

Where? DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, Thame OX9 2JW

What? Surrounded by sprawling Oxfordshire countryside and neighbouring the nearby Blenheim Palace, the Oxford Belfry Hotel & Spa presents an idyllic setting for a calming wind-down; think a 17-acre garden, onsite restaurant and large indoor swimming pool (good luck finding the will to leave). It’s the DoubleTree spa though that holds most of the hotel’s visitors captive.

Treatments: Another spa to partner with Elemis (like we said, king of all things spa), DoubleTree covers pretty much everything; from massages and manicures to face creams and foot balms. Daily spa packages range from 30-minute midweek boosters (‘Simply Spa’, for reference) to indulgent two-hour slots where you can try up to three treatments (this one’s called ‘Ultimate’ for obvious reasons). Alternatively, book yourself in for a one-off treatment from the menu, which features advanced facials, spa rituals and beauty services.

BOOK: theoxfordbelfry.co.uk

4. Randolph Hotel

Wooden steam room in spa

Where? Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN

What? Quirkiness comes in spades The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels. Situated in the heart of Oxford’s city centre – and nestled amongst some of the university’s iconic colleges – The Randolph pays homage to Oxford’s famous alumni with Alice in Wonderland and Oscar Wilde inspired details and finishing touches (we’re a big fan of the ornate wallpapers and rich colours). During your stay, make sure to visit the hotel’s Wellness Centre, where you can relax in the steam room, sauna or sensation shower before being whisked off into a treatment room.

Treatments: Randolph Hotel has partnered with Made For Life Organics to create its (lengthy) treatment menu. Expect the usual suspects – you can’t go wrong with a good facial or massage – as well as Circadian Reset Rituals designed to help restore physical, mental and emotional balance (while delivering a top-to-toe facial-massage treatment) and a number of relaxing maternity treatments.

BOOK: graduatehotels.com

Indoor pool with painted walls

5. voco® Oxford Spires

Where? voco® Oxford Spires, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PS

What? Located less than a 10 minute drive (and a 20 minute walk) from Oxford bustling city centre, voco® Oxford Spires makes an idyllic hub for exploring the local area – before winding down in the hotel’s leisure club and spa. Guests have access a pool, sauna and steam room, and can book a number of treatments throughout their stay.

Treatments: Treatments here fall under three categories: facials, massages and mani-pedis. If there are a few bits on the menu that catch your eye, you might be better off trying the Spa Day package. As well as access to the hotel’s wellness facilities, the package includes a 50-minute treatment featuring an aromatherapy back massage with either a refreshing body scrub or personalised facial. (And prices start from £70, so it’s a bit of a bargain.)

BOOK: oxfordspires.vocohotels.com

Featured image: The Garden Spa at the Minster Mill