Lefay Lago di Garda – Lake Garda, Italy
On the pine and olive-strewn slopes and citrus avenues of Lake Garda, Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, enjoys a spectacular hilltop vantage point. Set in its own 11 hectares of gardens and parkland and with a mountain backdrop, Lefay Lago di Garda is the destination for a pure relaxation.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its amazing views, wellness offering and spa. This is the place to come for some serious “you” time.
Style:Luxury Wellness Escape.
Location:High in the hills above Gargnano, on Lake Garda.
Rooms:96 suites with glorious views.
Swimming:Heated indoor and outdoor pool. Also in the lake!
Children:With a Kids Club, children's food menus and even a children's spa menu, the Lefay Garda is a fantastic place for families with plenty to keep the little ones occupied.
Accessibility:Two rooms available for those with reduced mobility.
Open From:February - December.
Price:From €470 per room, per night.
Cool and spacious, in an understated neutral palette, the suites invite nature in, through their full-width, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Lake Garda. Floors are walnut and olive, natural fabrics dominate throughout and the pink and white marble bathrooms are very seductive.
Lefay Garda celebrates the Mediterranean diet, with most produce coming from local farms, with olive oil from the trees in the grounds, citrus fruit from the lake shore and foraged herbs. Seasonal ingredients are created into light, delicious and healthy cuisine and served in two restaurants and at the pool bar. La Limonaia has a menu dedicated to Italian classics served with a twist, all with magnificent views of Garda.
At Gramen, the menu is meat and dairy-free, showcasing local plant-based ingredients – resulting in delicious and colourful plates.
The Spa, is naturally, the crowning glory and the heart of the resort. Indeed, it is a veritable sanctuary. The Lefay Spa team have created an innovative wellness method, combining classical Chinese medicine with Western scientific research. Individual health programmes are devised for each guest, with a holistic approach to both mental and physical wellbeing.
There’s a long list of signature treatments, together with a hammam, multiple relaxation areas, outdoor treatment gazebos, saunas of varying temperatures, a gym and a fitness studio, it’s little wonder that the Spa is the recipient of many awards. In the grounds, there’s a running circuit and a fitness trail with different stations for different exercises, together with a therapeutic energy garden. If you step out of the grounds, Lake Garda and its environs offer a wealth of activities. You can play at the Gardagolf Country Club, enjoying 27 holes with a view. The lake is host to regular regattas, and guests have the opportunity to have private lessons at the Vela Gargnano. Mountain biking, walking, horse riding, wine tasting.
With family suites available, children are most welcome and are catered for beautifully. As well as a children’s menu in the restaurant, there’s a children’s Spa menu. And for parents who’d like to enjoy the full Spa experience, they’re looked after at the kid’s club. For entertainment further afield, take them to nearby Peschiera, one of the best amusement parks in Italy.
Lefay Resorts take its social and environmental responsibilities very seriously – Garda has its very own “Green Book” detailing its efforts and commitment. The area is host to wonderfully varied biodiversity in both flora and fauna. Respectful of its location in a protected nature park, Garda blends in architecturally with its surroundings. It is built into the hillside with thick vegetation on the roofs, thus reducing energy usage and allowing for thermos-insulation.
The resort uses renewable energy provided by its own biomass plant, whilst photovoltaic panels use solar energy. Water usage is carefully maintained, with a rainwater collection facility and there is a dedicated recycling programme, with biodegradable products used wherever possible and no single-use plastics. Natural materials have been used throughout, and wherever possible, from local sources, such as Verona marble.
Near Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy
High in the hills above Gargnano, on Lake Garda – 88km from Verona and around 200km from both Milan and Venice.