Inside the spa at the Bulgari Hotel Roma

European Spa explores the Bulgari Spa at Bulgari Hotel Roma, which opened on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore last summer


By Wendy Golledge

11 January 2024

The Bulgari Hotel Roma in Italy is Bulgari Hotels & Resorts ninth opening, and the first in the brand’s home town.

Featuring a distinctive, bold, Italian style – typical of Bulgari – Hotel Roma was designed by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo. The Southern face of the building is decorated with a 70sqm mosaic by Ferruccio Ferrazzi, offering his personal interpretation of the Roman foundation myth.

The 1,500sqm Bulgari Spa is a wellbeing temple, recreating the atmosphere of the ancient Roman baths.

It features eight columns clad in ribbed arabesque marble rising from the swimming pool.

The pool is fed by two bronze spouts that echo Morpurgo’s fountain. They were forged with the same lost wax technique that was used for statues in ancient Greece.

Coloured glass windows infuse the pool area with a warm, natural light.

A Roman themed swimming pool
The Bulgari Spa evokes the atmosphere of ancient Roman baths

The Onyx Spa Suite

The Bulgari spa boasts nine treatment rooms including one Onyx Spa Suite. This features side-by-side treatment beds, a relaxation area and an oversized green onyx hydro massage tub with a green alabaster backdrop.

Lemi Group has supplied Florence and Portofino Evo treatments beds.

As well as the 25-metre Roman bath-themed pool, facilities include a vitality pool made of mosaic tiles. These are inspired by the patterns of the historic Terme di Caracalla Baths. Pools are by Culligan and Starpool, with mosaic tiles by Bisazza.

The spa employs 13 therapists under spa director Alexandra Bullpitt, including one technical director, two beauticians and 10 freelance therapists.

An augustus statue in a spa vestibule
The Bulgari Hotel Roma building was originally designed by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo between 1936 and 1938

High-end spa treatments by Mauli and Augustinus Bader

The spa offers Augustinus Bader’s wellness treatments including an exclusive Bulgari facial. The treatment combines Augustinus Bader’s philosophy with the ancestral Gua Sha technique to improve the circulation and metabolism of the skin.

Other treatments on offer include Sapphire 3® onixLight, a device which uses the latest LED light therapy coupled with negative ion therapy for skin refinement.

Ritual treatments use Ayurvedic brand Mauli Rituals, which harnesses rare and refined Indian botanicals. Treatments include the two-hour Total Relax ‘Oja’ ritual and the ‘Shakti’ Divine Feminine nurturing ritual.

“A true temple of wellbeing, the Bulgari Spa evokes the atmosphere of ancient Roman baths, with marble columns rising from the pool and coloured glass to bathe the space in soft, warm light. Encompassing 1500sqm, it’s an oasis of peace to rebalance body and spirit.”

Alexandra Bullpitt

Spa director, Bulgari Spa at Bulgari Hotel Roma

The spa’s therapists are qualified in an array of massage techniques including reflexology, hot stone, lymphatic drainage, four-hand and deep tissue, meaning all treatments can be personalised for specific needs. The spa also offers a hair salon by Roberto D’Antonio.

Bulgari spa suppliers

Sofas, relaxation beds and soft furnishings are supplied by Flexform, Dedar, Aggape Casa, Maxalto and Azucena, while uniforms are sourced from Cirri Collection

Towels and spa linens are provided by Rivolta Carmignani and the spa’s software supplier is book4Time.

A wood panelled spa treatment room
Treatment beds at the Bulgari Spa Roma have been supplied by Lemi Group

Workshop Gymnasium fitness concept

There is a fitness space offering Workshop Gymnasium’s unique fitness concept – a training method exclusively created for Bulgari by Lee Mullins.

Each Workshop Gymnasium trainer specialises in a variety of training methods. Sessions involve a Workshop Framework Assessment – a detailed series of scientific body evaluations that helps the trainers define a personalised programme.

Equipment includes Concept 2 rowers, Technogym fitness equipment and Hyperice recovery products.

Additional fitness equipment is supplied by Nucleus, Keiser, Blk Box, Nuo Bell, Watson, Perform Better, Prime, Rogue Europe, Airex, Manduka andf Lacertusus.

The Workshop Gymnasium fitness concept was created exclusively created for Bulgari by Lee Mullins

The Bulgari Hotel Roma

The hotel counts 114 rooms, most of them suites, decorated in four different colour palettes: white, yellow, red and green.

Originally designed by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo between 1936 and 1938, the building is decorated with frescos, mosaics and sculptures.

As with other Bulgari Hotels, Italian architecture and interior design practice ACPV Architects’ Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel have overseen the architectural project and the interior design of the hotel.

Together they have created a balance between the history and heritage of imperial Rome and the brand’s unique, modern style.

man looking at camera with chin on his hand

"The opening of Bulgari Hotel and Spa Roma is a real milestone for Bulgari as we can finally welcome our guests in the Maison’s hometown. The Bulgari Hotel Roma is a real temple of luxury hospitality and wellness."

Jean-Christophe Babin

CEO of Bulgari

There are five signature-dining options at Bulgari Hotel Roma. Each is curated by three Michelin star chef Niko Romito, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs.

A unique rooftop terrace, La Terrazza, is furnished with cabanas and lounges areas, offering views of Rome’s skyline.

Part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewellery shop.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts have properties in Milan, London, Paris, Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, Bali and Tokyo. Properties are set to open in the Maldives and Miami in 2025 and Los Angeles in 2026.

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