My experience at the Bulgari Spa at The Bulgari Hotel & Residences in London restored my faith in luxury hotel spas.

Bulgari Spa at The Bulgari Hotel, London

This is not your typical luxury spa. It's sooo much better! Located in Knightsbridge, The Bulgari Spa is one of the largest and most luxurious in London.

No, it's not cheap (we are in London afterall)!  However, for folk like me who have been known to spend $200 or more on a pair of shoes then it felt deeply rewarding to spend money on my inner-self for a change.

With its dim-lit setting, the space feels beautifully calm and tranquil. Wellness facilities include eleven treatment rooms, thermal experiences including steam, sauna, ice showers, a relaxation haven, hair and nail salon, and a very good fitness gym. It's also the energy of the staff that inspired a lasting impression. The team here have curated a staggering experience for guests. Therapists appear grounded and caring.

The spa menu consists of a full spectrum of wellness offerings inclusive of ESPA body rituals, Naturopathy, Osteopathy and Maternity Massages. Their facial menu is one of the best I’ve come across – and presented an impossible choice between Micro-needling, Radiofrequency LED Light Therapy (one of my favorites) and Swiss Perfection Cellular Facials.

The pinnacle for me was the Natural -lift Acupuncture Facial delivered by David Peters, an Eastern medicine specialist (if I lived in London, I would book a treatment with David every month!). While the menu describes his treatment as a cosmetic facial experience that gives luminous results to the skin (which it did), it offers soooo much more.  David is an astute and intuitive healer, and delivers a potent mix of body and face acupuncture with Tui Na facial massage and Facial Cupping. At the start of the 90-minute treatment, I sank into deep rest and lingered there for the entire duration. Afterward, David mixed up a customized serum made from hyaluronic acid and pure rose essential oil for me to take home. I also added on a 30-minute LED Light Therapy Facial to further boost my collagen and emerged feeling completely nourished.

There are many ways to alleviate stress in the body (some healthier than others). Spending time at the Bulgari Spa reminded me how essential it is to switch off in order to feel connected once more. The Bulgari Spa offers half and full-day programs with the option of healthy lunches and juices. Additionally, Bulgari collaborated with the nearby Retreat Cafe and offer members and guests healthy takeaway breakfasts - think gluten-free quinoa granola, coconut water, protein balls and vegan yogurts.

Architecturally, the standout for me is the Italian-esque pool house that features a magnificent green and gold mosaic tiled 25-meter pool. Simply relax in a resort-like cabana, close your eyes and let yourself drift and dream...

Bulgari Hotel & Residences London

171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW.
TEL +44 0207 151 1010

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