Beckham’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.
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.
A 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.The 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