Now we all know that booking a new luxury vacation is always a gamble and can be stressful. We booked our stress free vacation at the Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda and we had no idea what was in store for us. Our Travel Tuesday turned out to be the needed element to a change of lifestyle, thinking, eating and dealing with the cards the universe deals us each day. Lefay means fairy and we felt like our fairy godmother answered our new luxury holiday wishes. We found out that taking a vacation can mean relaxation and well-being all in one place. It was a total bliss at our four-day excursion on the western shores of Lake Garda, an area that covers almost 78km from the lake to the mountains, part of which lies within the Alto Garda Bresciano Park.
Not only is the location stunning the digs, spas and all-inclusive hotspot changed our life. The team at the Lefay Resorts made us feel at home and ready to change they way we live and tackle daily life. After your first session for your Energy check up with the Lefay Spa Doctor and you’ll know what I am talking about. You’ll wished you had booked a few extra days just work on yourself more and of course to just look at the mountains that surround you. As you can see I am in total bliss and do not care what people think.
New Luxury The Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
Lefay Resorts was born out of the Leali family’s enthusiasm to offer quality wellness experiences that enable gussets to achieve physical and mental rejuvenation in shorter but more frequent stays during the year. The Italian family would be nothing without a matriarch, and the brain behind this awe-inspiring luxury resort is Mama Liliana Leali. She wanted to create a resort that would spread her love for architecture and well-being. Based on the ancient principles of Classical Chinese Medicine with modern western techniques to help guests restore energy and achieve body and mind balance is Lefay Resorts’ aim.
The Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda is the first jewel of the Lefay Resorts collections and has been the first Resort to be awarded the prestigious 5-star superior rating in Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the largest and one of the most picturesque lakes in Italy. The landscape is famed for its atypical natural beauty; with snow-capped peaks of the Monte Baldo, which reflects in the lake’s water and the charming medieval villages, castles and lemon houses. Situated just above the village of Gargnano in the Alto Garda Natural Park, the luxury resort overlooks the opulent Lake Garda, Lefay Resorts and Spa is set within 27 acres of gentle hills, woodlands and natural olive tree terraces on the Riviera dei Limoni.
Travel Tuesday|The Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy
The lemon houses typical of the area inspired the architecture; Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda is remarkably crafted into the hillside. The family tailored made this location to follow their philosophy of eco-sustainability, and was built using biocompatible materials. The Resort and Spa has 93 suites with each offering superb views of the Lake Garda. With five options to choose from the Prestige Junior Suites and The Deluxe Junior Suites; on the ground floor of the property, feature spacious bedrooms with a living area, a dressing room, a marble bathroom with bath and shower and separate toilet.
The Deluxe has a terrace. The Exclusive Suites have a Jacuzzi, bigger terrace, and or private garden or balcony. While The Royal Pool & Spa Suite has up to three bedrooms, Jacuzzi, lake views, private spa, relaxation area, and infrared sauna. There are also Family Suites available. We stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suites, after a day of spa treatments it felt as comfortable as home to watch a movie or to lounge on our terrace and gaze at the sky and the stars.
The luxury spa has all the bases covered for you dinning, relaxing and chillin. You can get up every morning to enjoy the healthy breakfast on offer for all guest, buffet style and a la Carte. They even have more healthy options for naughty sugar-free treats and a juicer on hand so you can press your favourite juice with oranges, ginger carrots and other vegetables to start your day off right.
They offer a modern take on traditional Mediterranean diet. They only use fresh and seasonal local produce and a light menu is available for all guests watching their weight. The resort has 3 restaurants on the premises, La Grande Limonaia; the main restaurant and where breakfast is served and serves Mediterranean dishes and fine wine. Trattoria La Vigna; is open for lunch and dinner and serves typical Italian cuisine to be eaten by the fireplace. The Lefay Vital Gorument concept is an important element of the overall Lefay philosophy.
Trattoria La Vigna; is open for lunch and dinner and serves typical Italian cuisine to be eaten by the fireplace. The other options are to dine by the pool or by the bar. Make sure you order you’re welcome drink to get a boost of energy. Your life will not change over night, so if you want a brandy and a cigar they also have a Cigar Lounge.
We hardly left the compound to re-enter the real world, because the establishment was so peaceful and comforting. We did take a few walks along the grounds and took a speedboat ride in to town for gelato and an aperitif. Now let’s get to why we really come to stay at Lefay Spa and their spa services. The Lefay Spa World is divided into three distinctive areas covering 3,000 sqm and has 21 treatment rooms.
Water& Fire: is the place to mix water and fire elements with indoor and outdoor heated salt water swimming pools, heated whirlpool, five types of saunas, the tranquil “La Luna nel Lago” the in house salt water lake and another must test out Charme d’ Orient area for a North African hamman rituals. This room smells like roses and rose oil when you enter. I found it relaxing after a day in the salt water, treatments and sunbathing. It was the the final touch to a perfect day and the best night cap before bed.
There is also a Fitness centre for those dedicated to their work out also facing the lake and infinity pool. After viewing the land scape of the property you might want to be alone or take a romantic walk, Silence between the Stars was made for this reason. There is an out door running circuit, fitness path and has an Energy and Therapeutic Garden which is composed of five meditation areas, each symbolising a different season and stage in life. Ideal for you morning yoga or your new habit stretching of Meridians.
The Lefay Spa merges the ancient theory of Classical Chinese Medicine with modern western technique to help people like me restore energy and attain body and mind balance. I learned so much with the Dr. and the massage therapist who both made me cry. It felt good to release, let go and relax for four-days. It helped that the suites had no clocks in them too.
The Lefay Spa offers three general programs and 5 specific programs. Each program is designed to improve the flow of energy (Qi) through a combination of messages, treatments, exercise classes, and outdoor activities. The luxury of staying here is that you get a personalized following and initial energy consultation and complemented with herbal teas. Don’t forget to drink your tea when visiting this spa hotspot, because it is specifically made for you after you are diagnosed and treated for what ever the Dr. see’s by just looking at you and having a talk about your normal everyday lifestyle.Warning you may leave in tears, but that is a good thing. It opens you up to a new life experience.
I found out so much about myself, so much it’s too personal to share. All I can say is that I was in desperate need of my special tea with the secret ingredient lavender. I learned a lot about myself on this trip. I realized that I need to live by salt water, because the salt water is good for my fragile skin. My favourite part of the stay was my frequent visits to the “La Luna el Lago”, the Dead Sea Salt pool; it cleared up my outbreak of eczema in about two days, the stress of daily life was visible through my skin. Drinks by the infinity pool overlooking the lake as the sun-kissed my skin wasn’t bad either.
You are cutting off your Chi!
Over all I am a changed person inside and out in only four days. I learned that the daily stress we put ourselves under is not worth it. Life is too short and amazing to waste stressing about things you cannot control. The hardest thing for me is to stop crossing my legs, the way Teddy the therapist told me. “You are cutting off your Chi,” He taught me to stop crossing my legs, because you cut off not only circulation in your legs,but the flow of energy through your body. He taught me how to keep the energy flowing at all times and drink lots of water to expand my kidneys for longer life.”Drink lots of water at one time, it’s better than drinking small amounts” he said.
The resort has few different packages to choose from with the options for short stays and long ones, you choose. They offer three general programs and 5 specific programmes. Each programme is designed to improve the flow of energy (QI)through a combination of massages, treatments, exercise classes and outdoor activities and is personalised following an initial energy consultation and complemented with medicinal herbal teas. I cannot really recommend any of the treatments I had, but only say I did not want to leave the spa and return to the real world.
The best advice is to find out what you really are missing in life or want to change about your self, then look at the Wellness & Beauty programmes, General Health programmes, Signature treatments and decide. If you cannot figure it out the Dr is always on duty to advise a programme that best suits you after your initial energy consultation.
After my personal consultation I was advised that I was a Black Turtle person and was told that it is one of the body’s fundamental characteristics in the energetic vision of rhythms. It is called the rhythm of the 5 movements or the transformations. Based on this method the Dr prescribed a treatment and regime for me to follow and almost made me cry in our session. How did they know so much about me by just looking into eyes and looking at my feet? For the following days I was treated to a personalized Massage of the four seasons, “Senza temp” facial anti-ageing treatment, Moxibustion, “Massage of the Centre” an inner energy facial massage the Lefay SPA method and two end this relaxation luxury vacation I took a stretching of the Meridians class. After I was all smiles and shoulders more relaxed to meet with the DR. again for my feed back session.
After my experience I can really say it was worth it and that I have stayed chill for about two weeks. I now look at the world completely different. My outlook is to stay balanced and healthy. With the New Year right around the corner I am thankful to have gotten a chance to get myself together with the help of my new friends at the Lefay Resort and Spa. I have my special brew of tea, notes on the stretching of meridians aimed at improving health and vitality. Now all I have to do is take these methods in to the New Year for a new me.
A two night Lefay Spa Discovery programme costs from 650Euros per person based on two people sharing a room. The price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner with the Lefay Spa menu, initial examination to determine energy levels, personalised phyto-aromatherapy, one energy facial, one personalised energy body massage, one energy hydro-aromatherapy session, one activity for rebalancing physical energy: Qi Gong, Stretching of the Meridians or Tai Qi and entrance to the pools and saunas. This is a great place for singles to regroup and get their life on track and for couples who want to escape for a weekend to fall in love again.
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