Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda – Our 50th Birthday treat!
Following a breathtaking 15 minute twisty drive up the side of a mountain from the small Italian town of Gorgano, we finally arrive at Lefay Resort and Spa. And oh my it was worth waiting for!
This beautiful spa resort is set in 27 acre grounds, literally in the mountains above Lake Garda and Lefay Resort and Spa sits perfectly, comfortably nestled in the mountainside.
It prides itself on being eco-sustainable.
The rooms use natural fabrics, electricity is completely from renewable sources, with almost two thirds generated on site. Rainwater is recycled and the resort even produces its own olive oil.
On arrival we are taken onto the terrace for a welcome drink.
The views are simply stunning, exquisite, breathtaking in fact; right there, right then, I fell in love with the Italian Lakes. So secluded and so peaceful Lefay captured my Italian dream.
Lake Garda is the biggest Lake in Italy, truly beautiful.
From almost all parts of the resort you are able to breathe in the views with the tiny charming Italian towns beneath, where orange trees line the lakefront. It is such a picturesque location.
Instantly I felt a calm waft over me
Starting at reception with charming, attentive staff, pretty plants and exquisite aromas from perfectly positioned candles. The beautiful surroundings only inspired relaxation, a tranquility that is hard to describe.
Lefay Resort doesn’t try to hard, the attention to detail excellent. The staff are professional throughout and nothing is too much trouble, the service is special.
The Spa is award winning (I do love a Spa) and I’m not surprised.
A totally tranquil area, quietly efficient, a wonderful array of treatments, but you know, it was the small things that revealed its pure class. Face down on a massage table, a bowl of orchids were placed below, something beautiful to look at rather than the floor. My full body massage, the highlight of my treatments, was so good, warm lavender and lemon oils, blissful.
And to the food
Lefay Vital Gourmet champions the Mediterranean diet and the most authentic flavours of the region. Seasonal ingredients with a lot of extra virgin olive oil, all used to create straightforward delicious food.
There are two main restaurants:
La Grande Limonaia is the Resort’s main restaurant, again the scenic views staggering. The menu features contemporary flavours with dishes that are simple but well cooked and packed with flavour. Breakfast is also served here; with a huge choice, (with a nod to healthy). There was a gluten free section too and my favourite part, a juicer, operated by you the diner, what fun.
(Having said that, it hits me that the whole resort was relaxed and unexpectedly unpretentious). We choose an amazing sea bass, simply cooked in a salt crust, served with roasted vegetables, delicious.
And a chocolate cappuccino mouse dessert, so light with an intensive chocolate coffee flavour, one to be remembered.
The Infinity Pool
The highlight for me will always be lying by the infinity pool (post massage) amazing views ahead, eating my simple lunch of caesars salad with a Mojito. Total bliss.
And not to be missed, if you do visit, check out the Salt lake – extraordinary! An indoor private pool “La Luna nel Lago” temperature 37°C and 10% Salinity; floating heaven with detoxifying and relaxation properties!
Lefay believe that the concept of luxury is being redefined and they are becoming more and more focused on aspects such as space, nature, silence, time for oneself, discrete service but still with great attention to detail.
Do you know what, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda I think they’ve cracked it! Pricy for a reason
This article is also featured in Kuoni Magazine
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