Reconditioning from the rigours of city living finds its natural counterpart in the tranquil embrace of Lefay Resort & Spa, cradled by the majestic scenery of the Dolomites. This sanctuary offers a seamless transition from the urban hustle to a haven of serenity amidst nature’s grandeur. On a crisp weekend in January, H&H writer Isabelle Shury headed to the alpine retreat to experience the new “Active & Balance” programme. From invigorating hikes to sauna stretching, read on to find out what unfolds during 3 blissful days at Lefay Resort & Spa.

The journey to Lefay begins with a picturesque drive, winding through the captivating landscapes of Trentino villages and tracing the serene shores of Lake Idro. As the journey progresses, the dramatic silhouette of snow-capped mountains gradually unfolds, signalling the approach to this idyllic retreat. Italy’s reputation for wellness finds its zenith in Lefay, where state-of-the-art facilities seamlessly merge with sumptuous accommodations and exquisite cuisine, setting the stage for a truly immersive experience.

Perched atop the town of Pinzolo, Lefay commands panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello-Brenta Geopark. The architecture harmonizes with the natural surroundings, boasting vaulted ceilings and plush suites adorned with local fabrics. Each morning, guests awaken to the invigorating mountain air, grounding themselves on private terraces before embarking on their wellness journey.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an itinerary outlining the resort’s “Active & Balance” program, which integrates the healing power of the alpine environment with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nature, energy, rebalance, and nutrition form the pillars of this program, offering a holistic approach to well-being. From Nordic walking to sauna stretching, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a curated blend of indoor and outdoor activities, tailored to their preferences and pace.

At the heart of Lefay lies the renowned “Lefay Spa World,” a sanctuary designed to restore balance and vitality. Inspired by Chinese philosophy and the concept of energy (Qi), the spa encompasses five distinct zones, each offering a unique sensory experience. From the rejuvenating heat of the bio-saunas to the tranquil embrace of the salt grotto, guests embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation, guided by the rhythms of nature.

Sauna stretching sessions and therapeutic massages provide moments of profound relaxation, allowing guests to release tension and restore harmony to mind and body. Fitness activities, including yoga and Pilates, offer opportunities for gentle movement and mindfulness amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites. As the day unfolds, guests can retreat to the indoor-to-outdoor heated pool, where panoramic views of the valley provide a serene setting for relaxation.

The culinary experience at Lefay is a celebration of the region’s rich gastronomic heritage, with menus inspired by locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes. From hearty breakfast buffets to gourmet dinners, each meal is a feast for the senses, highlighting the flavours and aromas of the Dolomites. At Dolomia, the resort’s main restaurant, guests can indulge in creative interpretations of Italian classics, accompanied by fine wines and impeccable service.

Venturing beyond the spa, guests can explore the natural wonders of the Dolomites, with guided hikes and outdoor excursions offering opportunities for adventure and discovery. Whether skiing through pristine powder or hiking to hidden waterfalls, the rugged beauty of the mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop for exploration.

Returning to the resort, guests can unwind in their luxurious accommodations, where plush beds and panoramic views await. Each suite is meticulously designed to offer the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, with elegant furnishings and modern amenities ensuring a restful stay.

In the morning, guests awaken to the gentle sounds of nature, ready to embark on another day of exploration and relaxation. Whether enjoying a leisurely breakfast on the terrace or practising yoga amidst the tranquil surroundings, there are endless opportunities to reconnect with oneself and the world around them.

As guests bid farewell to Lefay and return to the rhythms of city life, they carry with them a sense of peace and rejuvenation that will stay with them long after their departure. For those seeking an escape from the stresses of modern life, Lefay Resort & Spa offers a sanctuary where nature, wellness, and luxury converge to create an unforgettable experience.

In conclusion, Lefay Resort & Spa is more than just a destination—it’s a journey of self-discovery and renewal. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a moment of tranquillity amidst the beauty of the Dolomites, guests will find everything they need and more at this luxurious alpine retreat. With its unparalleled amenities, breathtaking scenery, and commitment to holistic wellness, Lefay invites guests to embark on a transformative journey of body, mind, and spirit.

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words by Isabelle Shury