Why Lefay Resort & Spa is one of the best hotels in Lake Garda

Morning mist drifts between the mountain slopes, burning up to reveal water as deep and blue as the sky. The day’s heat rises, bringing with it the scent of flowers from the surrounding parkland. At sunset, an orange glow seeps across the glassy surface as another evening settles over Lake Garda.

A setting such as this is made for casting away everyday cares and soothing the mind. And at Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, you have countless ways to bring your body and spirit along for the ride. Here are just six special things about this retreat that will stay with you long after the private transfer back to the airport.

1. A fresh philosophy

Everything about Lefay is grounded in finding a balance. The pairing of Classical Chinese medicine and western science to create wellness plans. The seamless way the resort itself sits within the landscape (and we don’t just mean the infinity pool overlooking the lake). And the mixture of opportunities to get your head clear and heart pumping. It all adds up to an experience that’s restful and reinvigorating in equal measure.

2. Eco style that’s more than skin deep

Feel good, while doing good. Lefay extends its thinking about personal health and happiness to the surrounding environment, with impressive sustainability credentials including a commitment to become carbon neutral. From the ‘bio-architecture’ that means the resort fits right into its surroundings to the use of local wood, stone and natural fabrics in the guest rooms, it’s living proof that eco truly can be chic. 

3. Not your average spa treatments

Whether you just want to enjoy a massage and a facial on your holiday or you’re looking for a full week of wellness, guests are spoilt for choice at Lefay Spa. There are Thalasso treatments based on the healing powers of the sea, high-tech options such as oxygen beauty therapies and even ancient Chinese practices such as moxibustion and acupuncture. Don’t miss the chance to experience La Luna nel Lago ­– the atmospheric salt-water pool bathed in moonlight.

If you’re looking for longer-term results, the resort’s resident doctors can create personalised plans based on what you want to achieve – such as weight loss or better sleep. 

4. Getting active

It’s not all about rest and relaxation. Swim laps in the infinity pool or take to the jogging trail to soak up glorious Lake Garda views. Grab a bike to go further afield, or stay closer to home and take a guided tour of Lefay’s enchanting therapy garden. Guests are also welcome to join complimentary tai chi, yoga and pilates classes – as well as book a private session to perfect their technique.

5. From healthy eating to pure indulgence

At some spa hotels, you may feel as if you’re being put on a diet as well. Thankfully at Lefay Resort you’ll follow the Mediterranean way of eating, which means flavour, seasonality and quality are always the order of the day. The menus cater for those looking for light and healthy options – but there’s also a good helping of hearty dishes and indulgent desserts (this is Italy, after all). Look out for regional ingredients such as candied lemon and silky black truffles – along with organic vegetables and, of course, a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.  

6. Go exploring

From speedboat tours and private sailing lessons to horseback rides and olive oil tastings, Lefay Resort puts countless inspiring ways to discover Lake Garda at your feet. 

For a taste of local life, explore Gargnano and the Riviera dei Limoni, below the resort. Be sure to visit a limonaie to see where this stretch of the lake got its name. High stone pillars and wooden beams wrapped in fragrant citrus trees are what remain of these centuries-old lemon greenhouses – save space on the camera for a shot of one.