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Leisure Club and Spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Leisure Club and Spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

At Macdonald Randolph Hotel and Spa, we provide you with the perfect oasis to unwind and relax. Our calm and tranquil spa provides the most luxurious of retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Voted amongst the top 50 best spas in the world, our facilities provide you with the perfect environment for a workout and Oxford’s golf courses, parks and rivers offer hours of leisure-time activities.

One review of “Leisure Club and Spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel”

    Richard Rosser, Editor

    25th January 2017

    Monday’s are normally busy days in the office, but I afforded myself a rare day off in view of my rather exhausting day the day after running my second London Marathon. I wasn’t going to turn down GM Michael Grange’s kind offer of a post Marathon massage in the Randolph’s impressive spa, so at 2pm, Tina and I arrived for our first of two treatments, a deep and soothing massage and a chilled glass of champagne.

    The spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel is dimly lit throughout, smells wonderful and is, embarrassments aside, intoxicatingly relaxing. My massage was perfect with ailing limbs soothed and memories of marathons and a stressful week preparing for a large event ebbing away in equal measure. Bob Geldof wouldn’t have written anything disparaging about Mondays had he experienced my Monday at the Randolph and we hadn’t even got going.

    Following the massage and facial (I was told I looked hours younger!), and Tina’s “Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow” treatment, we made our way to our luxurious room overlooking Beaumont Street and all that effort expended in the spa had given us both an appetite for some tea and cake and our second glass of champagne! How very English and how perfectly relaxing. Tea at the Randolph couldn’t have been more appropriate and set us up wonderfully for dinner in the recently opened Acanthus Restaurant.

    Following extensive renovation, Acanthus and the new Cartoon Bar have added a superb extra dimension to Oxford’s leading hotel. With direct access to the restaurant and bar from the road (and no need to go through the hotel reception), the dynamics of what was considered a hotel restaurant only have now changed for the better. The Cartoon Bar is a great destination for a light lunch and a glass of fizz or a chilled glass of wine after work. Decorated to the highest spec, the bar is a massively positive addition to the Randolph and Oxford.

    But we were there for dinner and a quick nose around the new restaurant layout. Retaining many features of the original restaurant, Acanthus builds on these with excellent new aspects such as the chef’s table with a window into the stunning new kitchen and a cozy dining area adjacent to the chef’s table.

    The food was in keeping with the excellence we had experience so far. The new menu is diverse yet containing many favourites to satisfy all tastes. Not only that but it’s incredible value for money. The service was also impeccable and we managed to enjoy a few more glasses of champagne and chilled white wine to accompany our meals.

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