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A very special spa

A very special spa

If you haven’t yet discovered the Bulgari Spa in Knightsbridge, prepare yourself. In the basement of this plush hotel, just opposite London’s Harrods, is a true haven of peace, tranquility and… (you probably didn’t guess it) vitamin injections. Not only is the gym here the best I’ve ever encountered in a hotel, but the spa also offers some of the most advanced beauty treatments in London.


But let’s back up a bit. First, the all-important basics, which here of course are nothing but beautiful. The Bulgari Spa includes a 25 metre pool, steam room, sauna, ice showers and 11 treatment rooms. It’s open from 6.30am-10pm every day to hotel guests and members (not many of the latter though; true luxury shouldn’t feel like a busy tube train at rush hour).


Those who join up certainly pay for it but, having experienced life underground at the Bulgari, I am beginning to see why. After a 30-minute Fire and Ice facial, where I was told plenty about the facial vitamin injections available at the spa – said to make your skin look incredible – I spent an hour sipping tea on a lounger in the silent, relaxation area (free wifi provided for those who simply can’t stop, and yes, I *may* have sent an email or two). All in all, remarkably effective at rejuvenating both mind and body, not to mention readying me for the bustle above.


There’s also a fitness suite, linked to the high-end Workshop Gymnasium run by superstar personal trainer Lee Mullins, who uses high-tech testing, such as food intolerances, resting metabolic rate and DNA testing, to ensure you get the maximum chance of achieving serious results. Early birds might also like the 7.30am yin yoga meditation classes on Monday mornings. Yin yoga is a type of yoga practice where postures are held for much longer than normal so as to really release tight muscles. Start there, then hit the spa, maybe pop in for a cheeky facial before you leave, and you can consider yourself Bulgari-d and ready for your week.