After a hectic four weeks this could not have come at a better time, I was invited to stay at The Lefay Resort & Spa in Lake Garda set on the top of a mountain, surrounded by fresh air, perfect views for a relaxing break.

Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, the first jewel of the “Lefay Resorts Collection”, is located in Gargnano, inside an 11 hectares natural park in the heart of the spectacular and renowned Riviera dei Limoni, surrounded by gentle hills and natural terraces rich in olive trees and woods overlooking the lake. Partner of the prestigious networks Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Healing Hotels of the World, Virtuoso and Kiwi Collection, it is the first 5-Star Superior Resort on Lake Garda. It was opened on August 8th, 2008.

After a short flight just an hour and 35 minutes with tail winds on our side we arrived at Verona airport. The passport control was as speedy as the flight and before we knew it we were through and greeted by our driver ready to whisk us away for a spa break never to be forgotten.

The journey from the airport was for the first half hour motorway but even this managed to capture my attention with delightful views along the way.

After a short while we turned off and drove through village after village, with a mixture of old and new buildings surrounded by nothing but greenery, with amazing back drops of mountain everywhere.

There seemed to be a lot of Gelaterias along the way, tormenting my tastebuds, gelato is my favourite.

The views are stunning every where you look you can see olive trees dotted around on every spare piece of land, they look amazing against all the beautiful different shades of terracotta painted buildings, Lake Garda had won me over on arrival.

We drove through the village of Gargnano and was told this is the nearest village just another ten minutes and we would be there, having a quick glimpse as we drove through catching sight of boats and wonderful scenery, restaurants and bars which I experienced later during my stay.

We arrived after and hour and fifteen minutes at the bottom of a winding road leading to the top of the mountain, large ornate gates faced us, this was the entrance to Lefay Resort and Spa.

Our driver stopped and said “Welcome to Paradise” and it most certainly looked like paradise to me.

We were shown to the terrace and giving a fresh juice and warm towel to enjoy the view and relax before being shown to our suite. Situated on the ground floor in a prestige junior suite overlooking Lake Garda, the view were spectacular, the suite was extremely spacious, every detail had been thought of with exclusive furniture made from local, natural materials, Italian marble bathroom, a large king size bed crisp white cotton sheets and the most beautiful walnut and olive floors.

I could go on and on giving detail after detail of the truly amazing tasty 5 star meals I experienced, the delicious wines and wonderful spa treatments, but this place needs to be experienced to get the real feeling, I could not believe how relaxed I was.

The spa also promotes the exclusive Lefay SPA Method, this begins by being seen by the doctor who planned my treatments for me, after having an hour consultation running through all my details, we discussed my sleep and digestive pattern and health issues I may have, even down to a personally tea recipe made just for me. This modern spa covering 3,800 square metres; is an exclusive temple of wellness designed to pamper and delight the senses. The extensive à la carte spa menu offers a wide range of treatments,

This eco-resort with award-winning spa was constructed using stone pillars and wooden beams, taking inspiration from Lake Garda’s lemon houses. Lefay SPA is the first spa in Italy obtaining Ecocert’s prestigious new certificate “Being – Organic and Ecological Spa”, Level: Excellence.
Ecocert, the French organisation recognised worldwide for its certification of cosmetic products, introduced “Being – Organic and Ecological Spa” for wellness centres that offer the highest standards in the field of sustainability and guarantee a place of relaxation to their guests by combining the experience of natural wellbeing with a strong commitment to the ecology of the planet and its resources.
So not only is this amazing spa looking after your best interests, it is looking out for the planet too!