5 Bubble Luxury Spa 2018

The Bulgari Spa


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.

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Features

  • XXL robes available
  • Women only days
  • 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
  • Gym

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

The graceful, pale stone façade of the modern Bulgari Hotel fits well among Knightsbridge's grand dames, with Harrods, Burberry and Harvey Nicks as neighbours. On arrival, our doorman led us through the gleaming lobby, past the tempting Bulgari handbags on display, and called the lift to the spa on basement level 5.

The 2,000 square metre spa has two floors of exquisite design. Although mostly minimalist chic, a gold-tiled hydro-pool and a glittering 25-metre swimming pool add a dash of Bulgari bling.

On offer

What's on offer?

The oak-walled reception has stone floors, a beautiful onyx desk, chic chairs, elegant white lamps and shelves of ESPA products, artisanal oils by Mauli and Bulgari perfumes. Flickering ESPA and Bulgari candles scent the room. Friendly receptionists greeted us and gave us a glass of sparkling water and a consultation form, then took us on a tour of the spa.

The changing rooms are a bit of a squeeze considering the spa's footprint; two small areas have oak lockers and little black stools for perching, a separate slim vanity area with a long mirror and drawers of products. There are three marble showers with ESPA products, and a small ladies-only, eucalyptus-scented white marble steam room.

The pool area is divine: a huge 25-metre swimming pool tiled with blue and gold mosaics. At one end is a large alcove hydro-pool lined entirely in glimmering gold-leaf tiles. Descend into the warm water and bubble away on one of six bubble-jet benches and beds.

Around the edge of the pool are several four-poster poolside cabanas, with draped white cotton curtains. Help yourself to water, apples, nuts and newspapers, or press the button to order a hot drink or snack.

Upstairs, the single-sex thermal suite has a seating area with towels, robes and slippers, as well as fresh water. Large glass doors lead to a white marble steam room infused with essential oils, and a wooden sauna. Both would comfortably fit eight. Cool off under the multi-jet experience showers or by grabbing handfuls of ice from the ice fountain.

The low-lit relaxation room has seven loungers separated by white gauze curtains. Choose a magazine or gaze at the flickering fireplace encased in the wall. A sideboard has snacks, fruit-infused water and coconut water.

Another highlight of the spa is the Workshop Gymnasium, founded by celebrity trainer Lee Mullins, who designs holistic programmes based on balance, strength and posture, and offers one-to-one training. For a post-spa hairdo and spruce, try Gentleman's Grooming or Neville Hair and Beauty.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We had the David Peters Signature Revitalising Body Experience (70 minutes, £250) and Swiss Perfection Cellular Purifying Control Facial (90 minutes, £550).

David, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, met me in the relaxation area and led me to the treatment room. We began by talking about my lifestyle and health concerns, and he explained the philosophy behind the treatment.

For my back massage, David used a deep, firm pressure with short and targeted strokes to manipulate my muscles. The massage was intense at times, but the subtle scent from the ESPA Deep Calm fitness oil helped to relax my mind. I was relieved to discover that the acupuncture that followed was completely pain free, the needles so fine I couldn't feel them. David massaged my legs and feet using intense strokes, with tapping and chopping motions, before removing the needles and inviting me to roll onto my back. David lightly massaged my stomach before applying acupuncture needles to my stomach, feet, décolletage and scalp. He massaged my hands and arms before removing the needles.

After the treatment, David took me back to the relaxation room and gave me a glass of sparkling water. I felt relaxed, revitalised, uplifted and more balanced, and my usual aches and pains were eased for weeks afterwards.

A few moments later, Nicole came to collect me for my facial. She showed me through to her treatment room and explained the stages and science of my Swiss Perfection facial.

Nicole began with a deep cleanse of my face, neck and décolletage using three different cleansers and thick grainy exfoliant. She then examined my skin under a light. Next, she used an Anti-ageing Transdermal Skin System (ATS) machine: three different galvanic probes pulsed currents into my skin to target early signs of ageing and pigmentation. This was relatively pain free; my skin just felt a little hot and it tingled towards the end.

Nicole misted my face with a cooling spritz, applied an oxygen ampoule and a refreshing collagen mask. As this set, she placed an LED light above my face: the red light for anti-ageing and blue for anti-bacterial. She removed the mask, then applied various cool serums, a moisturiser and lip balm to finish. My complexion was calm, clear and bright. Any fine lines around my eyes and my usual deep smile lines disappeared for days. 

I ended the day in Neville Hair and Beauty for a wash and blowdry, using deliciously scented Oribe products, with the lovely Aphrodite. I sipped champagne while she created loose waves in my hair.

At Bulgari Spa, you can have ESPA body treatments and facialsnon-surgical cosmetic treatments, Mauli rituals, and Jax Coconut body rituals. Wellness therapies such as acupuncture, emotional healing and traditional Chinese medicine are also offered by resident practitioners.

Food facts

Food Facts

Food is served in the private poolside cabanas. The healthy menu complements the spa's wellness philosophy. Choose from salads, flatbreads, wraps, juices, shakes and indulgent desserts. Our pre-ordered quinoa salad with avocado and sundried tomatoes was fresh and delicious, with a bit of a zing. We also enjoyed our antioxidant smoothie which was designed in collaboration with Workshop.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved 

Lounging poolside in our private cabana: A 25-metre pool in London is pretty special; lying there watching the rippling light reflected on the ceiling feels a world away from the hubbub of Kensington.

Never having to lift a finger: Staff were so helpful, genuine and friendly. Nothing was ever too much for them.

Our personal training session in Workshop: Daryl was a fantastic personal trainer and completely tailored the session to my lifestyle and ability.

We didn't love

Having to parade our pool-hair through the glamorous reception and back upstairs to the thermal suite.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Anyone serious about fitness and wellbeing: The Bulgari Spa has a holistic approach to wellness. Work on your physical health in Workshop, nourish your body poolside, and recover with Chinese massage and acupuncture.

Friends or celebs in need of a little privacy: Book the Onyx Spa Suite with a private relaxation lounge, hot tub and twin treatment beds … for a mere £700.

Results-driven spa-istas: Our clinical facial and LED lamps had rather dramatic results.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded The Bulgari Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble rating of 5 Bubble Luxury. It's a seriously special place to be; the facilities are first-rate, the treatments are unique and effective, and their holistic approach to wellness is positive and life-enhancing. The staff are so genuine and helpful that we felt like royalty for the day.

Scarlet Spy visited in April 2018 and awarded it 5 Bubble Luxury.

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Spa Location

Spa location


London,
United Kingdom,
SW7 1DW

(0)20 7151 1055

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Extra Information

Dining

The Bulgari Hotel has several bars and restaurants to choose from, offering breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and dinner.

Accommodation

85 rooms and suites at the Bulgari Hotel.

Opening Hours

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

Treatment menu

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