The Bulgari Spa is a beautiful blend of European spa and Asian touches right 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
- 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
Our Spa Spy review
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. We arrived early in the morning and were ushered into the black-tiled, gleaming lobby where a suited doorman directed us to the spa.
The spa is located on basement level five, so far down it feels as though you’re practically nudging the Piccadilly Line. The 2,000 square metre spa has two floors of exquisite design using oak, onyx and Vincenza stone, making it an exclusive playground for the rich and famous. Although mostly minimalist chic, a gold-tiled hydro pool and a glittering 25-metre swimming pool add a dash of Bulgari bling.
What's on offer?
The oak walled reception has stone floors, a beautiful onyx desk, elegant white lamps and shelves of ESPA products, artisanal oils by Mauli and Bulgari perfumes. The chairs and chaise longue are modern Italian chic with natural-coloured brushed linen. Friendly receptionists greeted us, and gave us a cup of tea and a consultation form then took us on a mini 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 footstalls for perching, a separate slim vanity area with a long mirror and drawers of products and changing accoutrements. There are two marble showers with ESPA products, and a small ladies’ only, white marble steam room.
The pool is divine -- a huge 25-metre swimming pool tiled with blue and gold mosaics. At one end there’s a large alcove hydro pool lined entirely in glimmering gold-leaf tiles which reflect the water colour as emerald green. Descend into the warm water and bubble away on one of six bubble-jet benches and beds, or relax your shoulders under the swan fountain.
Around the edge of the pool are several four-poster poolside cabanas, with draped white cotton curtains giving you some privacy as you lounge. Help yourself to coconut or fruit water and newspapers, or watch the light ripple on the ceiling while listening to splashing water and ambient music -- we felt like we were in the Med, not several metres below the Knightsbridge traffic.
Upstairs, the unisex thermal suite has a seating area with fresh 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, but there was never more than one other person present during our visit. Between the two heat rooms are multi-jet experience showers with chrome fittings and a striking green marble backdrop. You can also cool off by grabbing handfuls of ice from the silver and black ice fountain.
The low-lit relaxation room has eight loungers covered in soft, grey towelling fabric 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 to help yourself to.
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
We had a Coconut Body Experience by Jax Coxo (60 minutes, £200), an ESPA Personalised Facial (60 minutes, £140) and LED Light Therapy (30 minutes, £100).
Nicole, my therapist, collected me from the pool area and led me upstairs to an oak- and stone-walled treatment room. She asked me to close my eyes and choose an ESPA oil for my facial by scent. I disrobed and lay face down on the warm bed, Nicole made sure I was happy with the room temperature and music.
We started with the body treatment. Nicole poured coconut oil along each side of my body, then massaged in a Himalayan salt scrub. I turned over and she did the same on my front before running a hot shower so that I could wash the excess product off. My skin felt beautifully smooth and silky.
I lay back down and Nicole gave me an intense, slow back massage working down to my legs and feet. The warm coconut oil easily absorbed into my scrubbed skin. At Nicole’s prompt, I turned onto my back and Nicole adjusted the bed for my comfort, then massaged my limbs, hands and décolletage.
Nicole wrapped me in soft grey towels and began the facial. She cleansed my skin and then checked it over with a UV lamp. She applied a gentle scrub, working it into my pores with a Clarisonic brush -- a surprisingly pleasant tingling sensation. After removing the scrub with hot mitts, Nicole applied a cooling mask and massaged my scalp with ESPA’s Pink Hair and Scalp Mud. She removed the mask, then applied a serum.
Next up: the LED machine, a curved lamp designed to “activate the epidermis at a deeper level”. It was very bright at first -- even with my eyes closed and goggles on -- but I soon got used to it. Nicole added a blue light (said to be good for combatting acne), a red light (good for collagen production) and a yellow (good for smoothing lines).
At the end of the treatment, I checked my skin in the mirror. It looked youthful and glowing -- I was complimented for days.
At the end of the day I had a blow dry and set in Neville’s hair salon (from £60). I emerged onto the bustling Knightsbridge streets feeling ready to accept my Oscar.
At Bulgari Spa, you can have ESPA body treatments and facials, non-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.
During a spa day, most people order their lunch to a poolside cabana. We pre-ordered and our buckwheat and tofu salad was delivered on large wooden tray with a divine selection of cheeses and warm, fresh bread. We also had a protein shake -- approved, as are many of the healthy options, by the Workshop gym.
You can also order other salads, sandwiches, juices, shakes, smoothies and indulgent desserts.
We loved / we didn't love
The staff: Everyone is friendly, helpful and genuine.
The pool: A 25-metre pool lined with cabanas feels rather special in Zone 1.
We also enjoyed our training session in the gym with the lovely Artur, who gently pushed us out of our comfort zone.
We didn’t love
In such a high-end spa, we were surprised we had to parade our pool-hair past reception and back upstairs to the thermal suite.
Who do you think would like it?
Forbes billionaires, fashionistas, the rich and famous… The Bulgari has welcomed many a celeb.
Couples or friends celebrating a special occasion -- book the Onyx Spa Suite with a private relaxation lounge, hot tub and twin treatment beds.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
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