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Haute Men; A Gentleman’s Spa and Cigar Signa...

Haute Men; A Gentleman’s Spa and Cigar Signature Experience

There is a revelation of first class indulgence in a Gentlemen’s Signature Experience within London’s Bulgari Hotel. Few spa packages finish in a cigar lounge with  exhaling fragrant Cuban tobacco plumes and a tumbler of whiskey.
Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop EntranceAntonio Citterio and PartnersWhile phrases like “deep cleanse” and “exfoliation” are common as Moor mud, alcohol and leaf tobacco don’t feature at all.  Which heads up an entirely new Gentlemen’s Grooming range – the Bulgari is truly onto something.  Where the rivals are reliably metro sexual, they’ve gone manly; while the rest cater to diet-conscious David Beckham’s, they seek rakish James Bond (Roger Moore-era) types.
bulgari-spa-hair-salon-3Beckham’s and Bonds alike would have relished the Experience’s 90-minute first half, which takes place entirely in the two-story, 2,200 sq ft bulgari Spa’s bespoke barber salon. The opulent, murmurous spa’s enormous colonnaded pool, numerous treatment rooms and discreet, low-lit vibe.  Very quickly, both body and style are happily restored.

Bulgari 21.07.1440749 (1)Next, a short face massage and scalding hot towel to relax your pores, comes an old-fashioned wet shave, straight out of Victorian London.  The closeness is impressive, even compared to a top-of-the-range DIY razor.

Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop StairsA quartz-stone massage and some product tips later, rising five floors back to ground level, before climbing a secluded staircase into the bijou Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge.  From the compact humidor, you may select one of ten fine Cuban cigars, plus a carefully-selected whiskey, cognac or rum in accompaniment.  Sensibly, the wisdom of manager Mike Choi: he was runner-up in 2013’s Habanosommelier World Championship, which, in ordinary speak, means scarcely anyone on the planet knows more about cigars.Bulgari London - LemaThe leathery lounge.  Saffron walls are illuminated by pools of soft yellow light; above them are black-and-white photos of celebrity cigar-lovers, Roger Moore included.  Jazz music plays languidly and an artisan backgammon board stands by, ready for action. If the stated aim of a spa package is to make one feel better, then, well, box ticked.  Ticked with aplomb.  And ticked without a deep cleanse in sight.

By Lenz Pierrelys


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