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Lago di Garda, well-being, Italian style

L|L LAVAL-SUR-LE-LAC

The biggest lake in Italy is, in a word, glorious. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, where the horizon blurs between water and sky, you feel like you are on the ocean. We were between destinations when we stopped in the historic village of Gargnano, in the province of Brescia, to sample the Lefay Resort & Spa.

After turning off the main road, we wound up and around in typical European style for another six kilometres, intoxicated bythe heady scent of lemons, arriving at last at a most spectacular sight. Modern buildings set into a mountainside, in the middle of an 11-hectare garden, surrounded by mature vegetation, overlooking the magnificent lake. The more you explore, the more you understand all the awards so proudly displayed in the lobby, in particular the European Health & SPA award for Best Spa

Destination, 2015.

Primarily a couples resort, the establishment has a philosophy of hospitality based on total well-being. Here, luxury means gorgeous surroundings, sublime views, silence, an opportunity to think only of yourself, and discreet, attentive service.

Every experience is infused with sophistication, comfort and superb technology. At our disposal were an infinity and sea-water pool, a multitude of baths and saunas, private spas, and walking trails for quiet contemplation and communing with nature. Equally pleasant is soaking the local culture while strolling around the village, or relaxing in an outdoor café. Sailing is hugely popular here, with numerous regattas held throughout the season. While the superlative view of Lago di Garda and the majestic mountains alone are worth the visit, a stay at Lefay is a dream opportunity to recharge and restore.

The food is of the same superior quality as the other services. Chef Matteo Maenza, whose mentor is none other than Gualtiero Marchesi (generally considered to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine) directs a team of 22 chefs and assistants. The menu, inspired by the Mediterranean diet, features an abundance of lemon, capers and truffles, the finest local, seasonal products, and, of course, extra-virgin olive oil. Not surprisingly, the property has its own olive groves and vineyard.

Open 11 months a year, this really is the ideal place for a few days’ retreat. Owners Alcide and Liliana Leali have ensured perfection in every detail, and their commitment to social and environmental values commendable. Now, we’re just waiting to return!

Many thanks to Vision Travel Solutions for this recommendation.

Chef Mateo Maenza generously shares his locally sourced gourmet menu with us.

Discover it at:

MENU CHEF MATTEO MAENZA

lefayresorts.com

With the cooperation of Vision Travel Solutions

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