Offering innovative wellness, spa and thalassotherapy experiences from East and West, Lefay Resort & Spa is a luxury retreat in Northern Italy. Embracing its natural surroundings and promoting sustainability in its design and ethos, the resort has been the winner of World Travel Awards ‘Europe’s Leading Green Resort‘ for two consecutive years, in addition to being recognised by World Luxury Spa Awards, Tatler and the Boutique Hotel Awards. Compare Retreats checks out one of Italy‘s most luxurious destination resorts.
Located in Gargnano, in the heart of the ‘Riviera dei Limoni’, Lefay Resort & Spa rests alongside Garda Lake in the Province of Brescia, Italy. Situated approximately one hour from Brescia Airport (also known as Montichiari Airport), the resort is ensconced within 11 hectares of natural park and encircled by rolling hills and natural terraces.
Lefay’s gorgeous grounds and stylish facilities are the epitome Italian style. There are five room categories: ‘Prestige Junior Suites’ (50 square metres), ‘Deluxe Junior Suites’ (50 square metres), ‘Family Suites (73 square metres), ‘Exclusive Suites’ (83 square metres), and ‘Royal Pool & Spa Suites’ (600 square metres, including infinity pool and private spa area).
All suites have spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs, along with private terraces with spectacular views of the surrounding woods, olive groves, and Garda Lake (Italy’s largest lake). Contemporary design, modern furnishings and high-end amenities compliment the resort’s deluxe vibe and discrete charm. Everywhere you turn, you’re met with pleasing aesthetics—which, more than just being nice to look at, are part of the resorts eco-policy that incorporates sustainable design, a renewable energy tech-centre, CO2 emissions reduction and rainwater harvesting.
Lefay is a family-friendly resort, so along with four family suites and a dedicated play area, there is a children’s food menu and spa treatments for kids.
Describing its food as ‘vital gourmet’ cuisine, the gastronomic offerings at Lefay are delicious. The retreat advocates the Mediterranean diet, which emphasises plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts; replaces salt with herbs and spices to flavour food; and replaces butter with healthy fats such as olive oil (Lefay produces its own extra virgin olive oil from the olive groves on the property). Slow-cooked dishes ensure rich flavours and traditional Italian favourites are served with a contemporary twist. Seasonal, organic, local produce is favoured and all meat and seafood are ethically sourced.
Blending treatments from East and West, the spa menu at Lefay brings the best of both worlds into a truly memorable wellness experience. The resort has a huge array of signature treatments and customised wellness programmes which include 10 wellbeing packages: ‘Discovery’, ‘Essence’, ‘Integral’, ‘Beauty’, ‘Posture’, ‘Sleeping’, ‘Weight’, ‘Weight Intensive’, ‘Detox’, and ‘Detox Intensive’.
Describing its spa as a ‘Temple of Wellness’, the resort’s spa spans 3,800 square metres and comprises an outdoor saltwater pool, various thermal whirlpools, an indoor thalassotherapy pool, multiple saunas (there’s six) and multiple relaxation/meditation areas, all designed to rid the body of stress. There is also a cutting-edge fitness area and an outdoor fitness trail with running circuit and exercise stations.
By the end of your week at Lefay, expect to feel toxin free and inspired to maintain a healthy lifestyle upon leaving the resort.