There are very few things that can get me out of bed at 5.30am, ready to brave London's commuting rush hour, but the opportunity to experience the new summer season retreat at the Bulgari Spa in Knightsbridge was an offer I couldn't refuse.
I arrived at the Bulgari Hotel and Residences around 9am where I was guided to The Spa, five storeys below the bustle of the city - a hidden sanctuary. Stepping out of the elevator was like stepping into another, serene universe.
After checking in at reception I was shown to the relaxation suite. Sometimes I get a little nervous about 'relaxing' and feel that I need to (somewhat counterproductively) plan relaxing activities - buy magazines, update my iPod, download some podcasts - but I could have happily stayed here all day doing nothing more than sipping on chilled coconut water and inhaling the heavenly aroma that fills the two-storey complex. Unfortunately, that would have meant I would have missed out on a 'Perfect Legs' treatment...
'Perfect Legs' is a 1, 2 or 3 day retreat at The Spa, where you can choose from 2 of 5 treatments each day, as well as enjoying the beautiful spa facilities. The taster treatment that I experienced included body brushing (which I've previously advocated here) and invigorating massage to detox and aid lymphatic drainage, helping to eliminate issues such as cellulite and fluid retention. I was really impressed with the treatment and the attention to detail throughout was second-to-none, from the luxurious detoxifying body oil that was selected, to the towels that were warmed for comfort.
Other impressively high-tech treatments available at the 'Perfect Legs' retreat include technologies such as Radio Frequency, Micro Needle Therapy, and Pure Flow, which uses the principles of counter-pulsation technology and compression to improve fluid movement in the body. I find the treatments so fascinating and am really impressed with The Spa's genuine focus on wellness.
Also worthy of mention is the beautiful pool complex, which features a 25m swimming pool and a gold-leaf tiled vitality pool. The Spa also has a steam room, sauna and ice showers, which I wish I'd have known about after spending a couple of hours in a 30°C poolside cabana. I know, I know... poor me...
For more information or to sign up for 'Perfect Legs' for summer, contact The Spa on +44 (0) 207 151 1055, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to let me know what you think!