Like a feeling of being at the end of the world. As soon as you set foot at Milan airport, a three-hour journey looms to reach the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti. You have to walk along the mountains and lakes of northern Italy to see the hotel emerge, at an altitude of 800m, on the borders of the village of Pinzolo. A valley in the heart of the Dolomites, mountains classified as World Heritage by Unesco, where the urban hubbub is only a distant memory. Depending on the season, you can come across calvin harris, Miley Cyrus or the influencer Chiara Ferragni. But, far from the tinsel of a Courchevelthe region attracts above all by its authenticity.
Oasis of relaxation
After the opening in 2008 of an establishment at Lake Garda, Domenico Alcide Leali and Liliana Leali opened a second Lefay Resort in the Dolomites in 2019. The idea for this hotel with 22 residences and 88 suites? Offer an oasis of relaxation, far from the old-fashioned image of thalassotherapy, spread over two floors. The clientele, which we meet in bathrobes at the bend of a corridor, is rather thirty years old. As a couple or with friends, she came to enjoy the 5000m spa2 of the hotel, whose reputation is second to none. It was acclaimed in 2022 by readers of the travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, seduced by the multiplicity of choices. There is a salt cave, a gym and three swimming pools, including an outdoor (and heated) pool with a breathtaking view of the peaks. The sauna trail, inspired by Chinese medicine, can be explored according to mood and desire: the “White Tiger” area to enjoy steam baths or the “Red Phoenix” to immerse yourself in an ice bath.
In the forest
From the outside, the Lefay Dolomiti looks like a life-size chalet. The lobby, decorated with warmth and taste, is all woodwork and natural tones. The bay windows – ubiquitous, even in the massage rooms – offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding nature at every minute.
The concept materializes even more beautifully in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, named Grual in reference to a nearby mountain, and decorated by Studio Alberto Apostoli: walls adorned with trees and vegetation deployed on the ceiling. The enchanted wooden atmosphere echoes the menu imagined as a gourmet itinerary, classified according to altitudes: valley, alpine pasture and high mountains. Leader Matteo Maenzawent to Anne-Sophie Pic and Jean-Francois Trap, draws on local ingredients: venison, potatoes from the Gresta valley or cheeses from Trento. For those who want to escape, the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort is accessible by ring road. In summer, the place lends itself perfectly to walks and hikes… in peace.
Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Via Alpe di Grual, 16, 38086 Pinzolo TN, Italy. https://dolomiti.lefayresorts.com/fr
To go further… and higher
At 1750 meters above sea level: The best spot to admire the Brenta massif is on the restaurant terrace Malga Ritorto. On the program: a warm atmosphere and a menu that gives pride of place to Tyrolean dishes, such as canederli.
At 2275 meters above sea level: To better understand life in the mountains, a detour to the museum Lumen imposes itself. A space of 1,800 square meters where the art of photography and the history of mountaineering meet.
At 2752 meters above sea level: a Finnish sauna with a direct view of the mountains. It is now possible at the shelter Lagazuoiwhich offers a moment of comfort, after the effort, to skiers and other hikers.
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