The exquisitely designed Bulgari Spa can be found in the heart of London’s affluent Knightsbridge. Descend beneath the five-star hotel and you’ll find a stunning 25-metre swimming pool, golden vitality pool, thermal facilities and divine treatments. The Bulgari Spa focuses on overall wellbeing, with programmes designed to harmonise and balance from the outside in. Escape to one of the wooden poolside cabanas for absolute serenity.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- 25 metre swimming pool
- Gold leaf tiled vitality pool
- Male heat experience rooms
- Female heat experience rooms
- Unisex steam room
- Relaxation room
- Neville hair salon
- Gentlemen's grooming room
- Private Onyx Spa Suite
- Swiss Perfection
- iS Clinical
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A two-minute walk from both Harrods and Harvey Nichols, The Bulgari Hotel London is a modern building with a pale stone exterior and floor-to-ceiling windows. Valet parking is available if you arrive by car, or the Piccadilly line stops just around the corner. The spa facilities are subterranean, but light is used very cleverly; the pool feels almost like dawn on an exotic isle.
What's on offer?
The wood-lined spa reception area sets the tone with minimalist sofas and chairs, a wall of products, and white stone pillars and floor. Friendly receptionists greeted us and gave us a cup of tea and a consultation form. They took us on a mini-tour and showed us through to the changing rooms.
The changing rooms are carefully divided, so no one area feels too large or public. The two changing spaces (one with a private cubicle) are also wood lined with stone floors; they have full-size lockers, a vanity area, shower and bathroom areas, and a white marble steam room. The showers are stocked with shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. You'll find all the accoutrements you need to pamper post-spa in the three vanity tables.
The pool area is the wow factor at Bulgari Spa. The 25-metre pool sits alongside a wall of textured Vicenza limestone (a motif throughout the spa). The green water and golden lighting warm up the space so although it's underground it doesn't feel dark. There are seven poolside cabanas draped with cotton to give a sense of privacy, each with a full-length lounger, big fluffy towel and a small table with a call button if you want to order food or drinks. The gold-leaf vitality pool has various water features: lie back on the air beds, dip under the waterfall, or take a throne in the bubbly chair. The mixed-sex thermal room is also poolside; rinse off in the waterfall shower then step into the marble steam room – large enough to seat eight comfortably.
Upstairs are two separate fire-and-ice experiences; one for men, one for women. Each has a traditional wooden sauna, white marble steam room, an ice chute, and two showers. Both heat facilities would comfortably fit eight, but there was never more than one other person present during our visit. The back wall is lined with green onyx which reflects beautiful colours and light into the space.
The relaxation room has seven loungers covered in soft, grey towelling fabric, divided by light cotton curtains. There is also a flickering vertical fireplace, a variety of nuts and fruit to nibble on, fruit-infused water as well as plenty of magazines if you want to read while you relax.
You can hire the private Onyx Spa Suite for two or three hours. The suite has changing facilities, a steam room, showers, a double treatment room, and a large dual bath with two recliners. If you're set to impress, or are a couple who prefer a little privacy, the Onyx Suite is the icing on the cake.
At the end of your spa day, you can have a manicure, pedicure or blow dry at Neville Hair and Beauty. The space has honey-coloured wood with black leather chairs, large mirrors and vintage magazine covers on the walls. In the gentleman's grooming area, you can have a wet shave, mini nail treatment or haircut; the space is more masculine with limestone, wood, black leather and chrome.
There’s also gym – named Workshop – with plenty of personal trainers to support you in your fitness goals.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Kloris Stress Melting Ritual with CBD Balm (90 minutes, £270) and Acupuncture with David Peters (60 minutes, £200).
My spa partner and I arrived for our Kloris Stress Melting Ritual and were shown through to the Onyx Suite where we could experience our treatments side by side. After a quick consultation about areas to focus on we both settled on the wide and warm treatments beds ready for the massage. My therapist, Nicole, asked me to take three deep breaths and began the massage by applying the CBD balm onto my back and arms. She massaged oil on top and used hot stones to warm my skin and muscles helping the CBD oil to sink in. The blend of balm, oil and hot stones was super silky on my skin: it felt like the stones were gliding over my tired muscles. Nicole used quite strong pressure, using the stones to loosen muscles that were painfully tight. She adjusted the towels and worked her way down the back of my legs and feet.
I turned over on the bed and Nicole continued the pattern of applying the balm first then re-visiting each section of my body with oil and hot stones from my toes, up my legs, a gentle massage on my stomach and décolletage, a deeply stretching massage on my neck and finishing with a scalp massage. My partner and I both felt completely blissed out after the massage and retreated to the low-lit relaxation room.
David Peters is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner who uses a blend of acupuncture and body work to create holistic treatments which will make you look and feel better. We started with a consultation where I talked about my lifestyle and health issues. David explained that he would look at my body and address the problems he found as he worked. I settled on the treatment bed and he firmly massaged my back, shoulder and arms to warm and relax my muscles but also assess where he would place the acupuncture needles. He inserted the needles along my back and arms and then placed a warming lamp over my back. He followed the same pattern with my legs, stomach arms and scalp, each time massaging then inserting the needles along the myofascial lines.
The mix of TCM and massage created a unique treatment that made me feel cared for and balanced. Spa heaven.
To finish my day in style, I also had a hair wash and blow dry. I was picture perfect and ready to head out into the city.
The Bulgari Spa London offers traditional facials, massages and body treatments. The treatment menu also includes more in-depth body treatments (such as the Mauli rituals), advanced facials by 111Skin, Swiss Perfection and iS Clinical, reflexology, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and shiatsu. There are options for mums-to-be and men, too.
If you visit The Bulgari Spa for a day, you can order salads, sandwiches, juices, shakes, smoothies and healthy desserts by the pool. We tried the superfood salad, which was colourful, fresh, and just perfect for a relaxing spa day.
If you want something more substantial, you can find fine-dining options and a selection of freshly baked Italian pastries with tea infusion offerings upstairs in the hotel.
We loved / we didn't love
The pool: A 25-metre pool lined with cabanas feels rather special in central London.
Our treatments. The Kloris massage was wonderfully indulgent, especially in the setting of the Onyx Suite. The acupuncture was unusual and inspiring, I felt genuinely cared for.
The understated elegant design. There's no need to be flashy when you have beautiful materials, fixtures and fittings.
We didn’t love
There isn't much to not love about Bulgari Spa but different people will have different views on the single-sex thermal areas. If you're visiting for a romantic spa day, though, you won't be able to heat it up together anywhere other than the poolside steam room. That could be your excuse to book the Onyx Suite, of course...
The gorgeous pool got busy with lane swimmers around lunchtime.
Who do you think would like it?
Bulgari Spa comes with a price tag; we saw well-heeled Londoners and quite a few international guests on our spa day. Regulars also come back time and again for the advanced facials.
To add to the more European flavour, there were quite a few men in the spa when we visited. The grooming area is a great space for men who want a swim, a wet shave and a cigar!
If you're not a Kensington local or international traveller, Bulgari is a special treat. The spa is perfect for a birthday, anniversary or other celebration when you want to have the very best.
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The Bulgari Hotel has several bars and restaurants to choose from, offering breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and dinner.
85 rooms and suites at the Bulgari Hotel.
SPA OPENING TIMES
Monday to Friday 06.30 – 22.00
Saturday and Sunday 07.30 – 21.00
SPA TREATMENT TIMES
Monday to Friday 08.00 – 21.00
Saturday and Sunday 09.00 – 20.00