We sent Amy Dennis to try the beautiful Lefay Resort and Spa for the ultimate detox…
New Year’s resolutions often get the better of most of us but if you’re determined to throw out the old habits and embrace a new, healthier life, then this is the spa retreat to help you on your way. The Lefay resort, on the shores of stunning Lake Garda, one of Europe’s most exclusive holiday boltholes, is an eco resort with a whole host of programmes. After finishing the year on excess, sign up to the hunger regulation programme and watch in admiration as the professionals at this well-heeled resort plan out your body weight and shape modification plan.
At any other spa these words would terrify the customers, but here at Lefay, the serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings stand you in good stead for life-changing health decisions. Set in 27 acres of olive groves and sweeping trees in its spot within the Alto Garda National Park, the views here are breathtaking. At this time of year a dip in the infinity pool may be beyond brave, but breakfast on the terrace and a walk through the “therapeutic” gardens along to Garda’s peaks will blast off any 2013 cobwebs before you dive in to the indoor pool and your planned programmes.
The staff ensure that you stick to your goals and are immersed in a plan of nutrition and exercise programmes benefited with therapeutic sessions, including massages and phytotherapy, which uses herbal extracts to give your immune system the bolster it really needs at this time of year.
As well as making you feel good, the resort ensures that the environment isn’t suffering for our wellbeing. The eco-sustainability of the Spa is an important part of the practice for owners Alcide and Liliana Leali and with that they set up a social responsibility programme for the local area to ensure that wellness reaches far beyond the four walls of this beautiful complex.
The serene polished-wood bedrooms each with private terraces framing the intimate view of Lake Garda, are calming and simple, perfect to retire to after a long day of exercise, while those able to splash out on the Royal Pool & Spa suite can splash in to their very own heated infinity pool and enjoy a chef cooking up a special meal in their own kitchen and dining area.
If the in-room chef all sounds a little anti social then guests not on the strict diet programmes can enjoy a wide variety of both Italian regional, Mediterranean and international specialities in the two restaurants. Where normally a menu of rich Italian food would be a holiday of excess here the chefs specialise in creating the deliciously fresh produce in to a dish of health, wellbeing and nutritional goodness.
For more information visit lefayresorts.com