I’ve been dreaming of a spa weekend for a long time and after putting it on my 30 before 30 wishlist earlier this year I knew it was something to properly look into. Thankfully my best friend was totally into the idea and after a lot of searching on the internet, I settled on a package through Q Hotels at The Oxford Belfry. Spa weekends can be a mine field and vary in cost so drastically that some would require me to get a loan out just to afford one weekend. Thankfully Q Hotels offered such a great package that I couldn’t say no, but more on that later.
We knew we wanted to head out of our home county of Hertfordshire but we didn’t want to travel to the other side of the country so Oxford seemed like a great option, especially as it would allow us a day in the city after we’ve finished at the spa.
We arrived at 11am fully expecting to leave our bags at reception and nip back to properly check in later in the afternoon but despite being a Saturday within the school holidays we were advised that our room was ready and we could check in there and then. Little things like this make such a big difference when you’re having a weekend away and it was so nice to be able to unpack and change in our room rather than in the spa bathrooms.
After a quick change, we headed straight to the spa where after getting our gowns and slippers we bagged some loungers ready for me to head off at midday for my treatment. Within the package, we booked we each got a one-hour treatment and I opted for a full body exfoliation which left my skin super soft along with a back and shoulder massage which was the perfect pressure I did almost fall asleep. My friend had her treatment at 1pm and as soon as we were done we headed to the bar to have our lunch. Despite missing the normal lunchtime buffet we had so many choices as I went for an omelet with chips and a side of onion rings which was included within the lunch package.
The rest of our afternoon consisted of relaxing with a book on the poolside loungers, doing some lengths in the warm pool and trying to endure more than three minutes in the sauna, I didn’t manage it! It was so relaxing and I truly think everyone deserves the chance to have a spa weekend and really turn off from the world. While down at the pool I didn’t have my phone and it was so nice to just turn off for a bit and be a bit selfish.
While down at the pool it was pretty warm being inside so it was really important to stay hydrated so I made sure to take some bottles of Aqua Carpatica* water with me. When you’re at a spa sometimes you forget about how much you need to drink especially if you use the sauna which is why I had a few bottles on hand to drink throughout the day.
The water is the world’s only nitrate free mineral water and the still spring water is derived from the Bajenaru aquifer and is harvested to the surface using environmentally friendly technology to keep it free of impurities. There’s a variety of still and naturally sparkling waters but the still versions are always going to be my favourite as I find them more refreshing. Some of the varieties come in glass bottles and it’s strange how much nicer water can taste being drunk out of a cold glass bottle, I get why people tend to prefer coke in a bottle.
We ended up spending a few hours lounging in our hotel room watching reruns of Would I Lie To You before our dinner reservation. All of the staff which we had contact with from those on the reception and in the spa to those in the restaurants and bars were all so lovely and made us feel really relaxed and at home.
With dinner, we were given an allocation of £28 each for food off whatever we ordered and you just paid for drinks and anything extra. We decided to skip starters as nothing really took our fancy but our burgers, chocolate tart, and hot chocolates went down a real treat. I love how it wasn’t a complete set menu and you could order whatever you liked. Thankfully ITV was showing Crazy, Stupid, Love so we got into our PJ’s and settled down to watch Ryan Gosling’s abs, and you know the rest of the movie.
The following morning I felt so refreshed from a wonderful relaxing sleep that breakfast could not have come quick enough, and with a full English buffet included within our package I stocked up before we checked out ready to explore what Oxford city center had to offer.
Now I said I’d come onto the package later and it’s that time. I booked the spa package which included an overnight stay at the Oxford Belfry for two with access to the spa facilities, a one-hour treatment each, lunch, dinner, and breakfast and it cost us about £130 each. Considering a one-hour treatment alone is around £50-60 I thought this was great value for money and definitely something I’d be prepared to spend on again.