Being stuck somewhere sometimes it is not that bad. Over the past year, due to all the COVID-19 travel restrictions, I spent a lot of time in my beautiful native country: Italy! During this period of time I took advantage of “being stuck” in my country, exploring its amazing territory and discovering truly sublime places. One of the most breathtaking and phenomenal places I have been to recently is surely “Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda”, in the north of Italy. As soon as I got there, I immediately felt a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. A warm and elegant welcome by the staff together with the best weather I could dream of totally made my day!
11 hectares of natural park, surrounded by gentle hills and natural terraces rich in woods and olive groves overlooking a spectacular view of the lake.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda is located in Gargnano, a small town near the Lake Garda in the north of Italy (Lombardy Region). This marvelous resort was built on top of the hills, surrounded by 11 hectares of natural park, overlooking the lake. When I arrived there, I was really impressed by the heavenly location indeed!
It takes approximately 2hrs30min from Milan Malpensa Airport and 2hrs20min from Milan city center (by car). I drove from Turin city center and it took approximately 3hrs30min! The Resort offers a covered garage with valet parking service, free of charge for every guest.
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THE SPA & WELLNESS CENTER
The SPA & the wellness area are the undoubtedly the “hearth” of Lefay Resort Lago di Garda: they are indeed located right in the middle of the building itself, the actual “core” of the entire property. The main goal of Lefay Resorts is to offer to their guest not only a luxurious hotel to stay, but also the most incredible retreats for the body and for the soul, creating unforgettable signature treatments in an otherworldly atmosphere.
An exclusive temple of wellness extending over 3,800 square meters, where body and soul are rejuvenated through the rediscovery of vital energy.
The SPA at Lefay Resort Lago di Garda is fairly big: it has indeed a wide pool, partly indoor and partly outdoor. The guests can choose where to relax, lying on the indoor longhairs or outdoor in the garden.
Together with the big pool, there is a very quiet and silent area only for the treatments. I had the immense pleasure to try some of the best signature massages, starting from the one in the outdoor private cabane, that overlooks the lake during the sunset. Seriously a sublime experience! The therapists are very professional, attentive, kind and ready to adapt to all your needs. Fantastic!
Following my first sublime treatment, the second day I had another incredible experience: “La Vita Nei Sensi”, 2hrs30min of pure awesomeness!
A sensory journey that starts with a roughage scrub and a Lefay olive oil wrap to regenerate, energize and make the body’s skin soft and smooth. This is followed by a massage using hot volcanic stones along the body’s energy points and meridians of the body with a re-balancing and relaxing effect. The essences of lemon, rose, rosemary, orange and lavender envelop the senses and body, bringing serenity to heart and mind.
Not only a remarkable experience itself, but the “wrapping up in olive oil” part was a surprise for me as I never had such a treatment before in my life (among many all over the world!). After the scrub, the therapist literally wrapped me up in a plastic envelope, after pouring all over me some warm olive oil. She left me in it for a while, and I fell deeply asleep! Afterwords, she woke me up and I had a hot shower to clean myself, in order to get ready for the last part of the treatment: the hot stones massage. My skin never felt so soft, it was incredible! 😉
To complete the full circle of pleasure of my senses, the therapist brought me a delightful herbal tea, that I enjoyed while staring at that wonderful view: a treat for my eyes indeed!
But the amusement is not finished: during my stay at Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda I also tried “La Luna Nel Lago”. It is a room where there is a small pool with very hot-salty water (you can actually float!) and a moon above it. ‘Luna’ means ‘moon’ in Italian, and ‘lago’ means lake, so it feels like a magical night in the lake under the moonlight! So romantic…
As mentioned before, the wellness is the core of Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda. One floor down the SPA reception there is the wellness center with a fully equipped gym that overlooks the infinity pool and the marvelous view of the lake. It’s very cool working out there!
THE LUXURIOUS SUITES
When I stepped into my luxurious suite, I got impressed by the view from my terrace. The level of privacy and quietness was truly unbeatable!
I really appreciated also the warm welcome in my room, with sparkling wine, some gifts from the SPA and the welcome letters all handwritten: adorable!
The suite is spacious and recently refurbished, so all the amenities are new. I loved the bath from where you can admire the terrace view! All the body products are made by LEFAY SPA, and all very good.
I will never forget the magnificent sunsets from my suite, after a delightful day at the resort enjoying every single corner of it!
Here, a few high quality cosmetics by LEFAY SPA, gently gifted upon my arrival. The “Marea” face cream is really good!!!
THE CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Together with a spectacular wellness center and a dreamy location, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda has 3 food spots:
- La Grande Limonaia Restaurant: fancy and sophisticated, gourmet food, open for breakfast & dinner
- Trattoria la Vigna: perfect for a fancy lunch overlooking the lake
- The Pool Bar: casual, perfect for a drink or a light lunch by the pool
In the morning the breakfast is served at La Grande Limonaia, with a rich buffet and a very professional staff which is ready to provide you with everything you might need. You can also have breakfast in the room, but this time I preferred to have it by the main balcony of the restaurant as it is simply fantastic!
I had my first lunch at Trattoria La Vigna, where you can go also wearing your robe or casual clothes. However, the food is fairly sophisticated and delicious. The service is great as at La Grande Limonaia Restaurant and the view is wonderful too! Perfect spot for lunch!
During my stay, I had dinner twice at La Grande Limonaia Restaurant and I found it very impressive. Every dish was beautifully presented and very tasting, using only fresh and seasonal products. The high quality of the ingredients was indeed immediately recognizable in each bite!
Personally, I loved the table on the “terrazzino” on the left side of the restaurant as it has a fabulous view and a private corner – which I appreciated a lot!
As I mentioned, every dish was very good, but probably the most remarkable was the mix of crudités.
In the afternoon, I had some bites and a drink at the Pool Bar. It has a wonderful view too, simple and light plates and fresh delicious drinks for a chilled break.
THE MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE AT NIGHT
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda is surely a sublime resort during the day, but it also has a very magical vibe at night! It is so romantic and beautiful all day long, all night long!
The lounge area has been recently fully refurbished, with all brand new furniture. The piano and the candle lights combined with the new elegant design offer a very marvelous atmosphere to the guests.
There is also a bar corner in the living area where the guests can order some drinks throughout the evening, while enjoying the pleasant atmosphere.
After dinner, I adored walking outside near the pools, that were illuminated with different colors. So magical!
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda represents surely the quintessence of the Italian excellence, in terms of quality, service, location and amenities. I cannot wait to go back for another heavenly retreat!
And you, are you lusting for the Sublime?