The Bulgari Hotel & Spa – A Masterclass in Attention to Subtle, but Exquisite, High-Quality Detail
Knightsbridge may be one of London’s most exclusive areas, but it’s also one of its busiest. If you want to escape the Harrods shoppers and bus fumes, then this hidden gem in the heart of the city is your answer.
As you’d expect from a hotel that boasts the name of the legendary Italian luxury brand, the Bulgari Hotel is a masterclass in attention to subtle, but exquisite, high-quality detail. And its finest moment comes five floors below ground, where you’ll find the tranquil haven that is the spa.
Stepping out of the lift, you are immediately transported into a scented-candled oasis of calm and quiet. Set over two floors, the spa is indulgently spacious, with huge changing rooms and relaxation areas. The treatment menu is impressively extensive with a heavy focus on holistic wellbeing and health – including naturopathy, acupuncture, reflexology and emotional healing with a ‘modern-day wizard’.
Happily, there’s no shortage of more traditional pampering on offer too, with a vast range of massages and facials using the highest quality and newest products. This includes Swiss Perfection Cellular Skincare treatments, a high-performance anti-ageing range, currently exclusive in London to the Bulgari. Other advanced therapies including laser and peels, so whether you want prettifying, pampering or more long-term, results-driven treatments, you’ll find it on this menu.
After too many hours slumped over a keyboard and my first ever half-marathon a week away, a personalised massage seemed the smart choice. Having listened to and noted my concerns about knotted shoulders and training-weary legs, my sympathetic and skilled therapist set to work with ESPA oils.
With satisfyingly just-hard-enough pressure, she expertly kneaded my desk-bound lifestyle out of my back and identified the tightness in my hamstrings that has made running feel like a chore. I am left not only feeling reinvigorated and refreshed, but also with silky soft, fragrant skin.
Scientifically advanced treatments available include Mesotherapy, Radio Frequency Skin Tightening, LED Light Therapy and Micro Needle Therapy. Bulgari Signature Treatments for the face and body and bespoke treatments for men are also available.
Feeling energetic? Then make the most of the state of the art gym. Not so much? Then, once you’re done with swimming, head to the Neville hair salon for a new do.
A swim in the pool. The hotel boasts the largest indoor pool in London and has loungers for post-treatment relaxation. There is also the vitality pool, with a variety of full body massage jets, if you need livening up after your snooze.