Arranged over two subterranean floors, this vast spa includes a 25 metre indoor pool, relaxation area, large change facilities, high tech gym and steam room and sauna. The pool is impressive and is lined with shimmering green and gold mosaic tiles and gold leaf tiled vitality pool. It’s the centrepiece of the spa and a real treat.
Modern, clean lines, with a few clever lighting effects create a wonderful ambience – this is a spa of distinction. Wood panelling through the corridors, change rooms and into the treatment rooms can be disorienting – you will often find yourself asking – where the hell am I. The pool and relaxation room are set off with an almost austere looking sand blasted Vicenza stone.
I love the day beds around the pool, many with canopies and curtains for maximum privacy. You could easily spend a few hours chilling by the pool. The relaxation room is calm, serene with a small fire burning in the corner that’s mesmerising. Bulgari doesn’t impose a country house feel on inner city spa style – far from it. Contrasting the stark Vicenza stone with curtained relaxation beds – it’s light, airy and ever so chic.
This came in two parts, the Pure Flow Machine and a Detox Ritual.
Bulgari is the only spa in the UK to offer Pure Flow Pulsation treatments. Highly unusual and (in my view) supremely effective, these counter-pulsation therapies are designed to boost circulation, increase energy and to restore equilibrium, the clinically proven Pure Flow Pulsation therapy uses a combination of passive cardiovascular and oxygen therapies to optimise fluid movement in the body.
You are connected to the machine with straps and a heart monitor that pumps air to massage your legs and thighs in time with your heartbeat. One of the oddest treatments I’ve ever had, and in all honesty my legs felt amazing afterwards. The theory is that it simulates circulation and lymph drainage – great during a detox programme and perfect to help remedy jet lag and aching muscles after a long flight. It was uplifting and awakening too – I was alert and really felt great as a result. No creams or potions are used. You hop into a pair of spa pyjamas and can dim the lights to sleep or read. Following this I then went on to try the detox therapy.
The Detox Ritual begins with body brushing courtesy of an almost razor sharp brush that’s truly exhilarating. ESPA body scrub then helps refined the skin after which warm algae based mud is painted on all over the body and you are then wrapped up in a light silver foil. It’s loosely wrapped, so not claustrophobic. It’s a little like being wrapped in turkey foil and it works – it retains your natural body warmth and gets the mud working on the pores to activate the detox process. Whilst resting you are treated to a relaxing head massage ensuring total relaxation. This is all showered off to continue with a head to toe body massage using ESPA rituals and protocols. Supremely effective, it was smooth flowing helping to simulate the lymph system and reduce tension in the muscles.
Pure Flow Pulsation – 30 minutes £200
Detox Ritual – 120 minutes – £270
The Bulgari Spa
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