To become the Italian reference brand in the international market of luxury wellness holidays through the creation of a collection of eco-resorts according to the Italian style and living and the new Lefay concept of luxury.
New Luxury: We believe that the concept of luxury is being redefined and is becoming more and more focused on aspects such as space, nature, silence, time for oneself, discrete service but still with great attention to detail.
Global Wellbeing: For us wellbeing embraces the entire holiday experience. Wide spaces, both indoors and outdoors, the harmony of the architectural integration, the naturality of the material used, the “Vital“ Mediterranean diet and above all the Lefay SPA Method wellness philosophy are all expressions of Lefay Global Wellbeing.
Sustainability: Sustainability means developing a profitable business model by creating something worthwhile, and that means we take our social and environmental responsibilities very seriously.
People: The real key to our success is the excellence of our Staff, whose satisfaction is as strategic as the satisfaction of our Guests.
Italian Character: We offer a slice of contemporary Italian style, taste and elegance. Everything from the interior design, the Mediterranean cuisine, the friendly service and the wellness offering to the attention to detail are delivered in an authentic and traditional Italian way.
Lefay Resorts was born from the vision of Alcide and Liliana Leali in 2006.
After graduating in Economics and Commerce, Alcide Leali began his working life in the family group “Acciaierie e Ferriere Leali Luigi” where he was responsible for overseeing the management and financial sector. The ever-growing corporate experience and responsibility he acquired led Alcide Leali to the appointment of CEO of the Leali Group in 1987 and to the appointment of Chairman in 1995.
Together with his wife Liliana, a graduate in Architecture, they founded the airline Air Dolomiti in 1989 which aimed to provide a high-quality service to business people offering connection services from the main Italian airports to the major European destinations. As a direct result of its reputation as a high-quality company and to the strategic nature of the target market, Air Dolomiti drew the attention of the industry’s major operators: In 1992 it signed a partnership agreement with Crossair, a pioneer of regional transport in Europe, and in 1994 with the German airline, Lufthansa. As a result of the agreement with the German carrier, Air Dolomiti entered into the world’s largest alliance, the Star Alliance. The partnership with Lufthansa was strengthened in 1999 with Air Dolomiti’s entry into the share capital. In 2001, Air Dolomiti entered into a new phase of growth with its listing on the stock exchange and the extension of its fleet with new regional jets. The Air Dolomiti experience ended successfully in March 2003 when Alcide Leali decided to sell the company to Lufthansa.
Following the worldwide recognition obtained with Air Dolomiti, the entrepreneurial couple decided to launch an innovative brand in luxury wellness hospitality through the creation of high -end accommodation featuring unique locations, low environmental impact, cutting-edge wellness offers and the integrated management of services.
In 2006 Lefay Resorts was founded.
In 2008 the first building of the Collection, the Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda was opened in Gargnano on the Brescian banks of Lake Garda.
In the short time since its opening, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda has been recognised with major international awards culminating in 2016 with the “Worldwide Health and Wellness Destination” awarded during the prestigious “Worldwide SPA & Wellness Awards 2016”.
At the same time, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda continues to enhance the experiences offered to Guests with the opening in 2013 of the Royal Pool & SPA Suite covering a total area of 600 sq m and the new Meeting area, while in 2016 the Lefay SPA was extended with the new Charme D’Orient area covering a total area of 3,800 sq m, making it one of Italy’s largest wellness hotel areas.
The company continues to pursue its commitments to sustainability by achieving the major international certifications including ISO 14001, the Green Globe and the “Being Organic and Ecological SPA” Ecocert. In 2014, Lefay Resorts presented its first certified “Sustainability Report”.
WHAT DEFINES OUR RESORTS
Each one of our resorts share the following key characteristics:
Located in destinations characterised by high environmental and landscape value.
Strong road and airport accessibility from key source markets.
Product, architectural style and interior design aligned to a concept of contemporary luxury.
Minimum 80 keys in order to have economies of scale in operations.
Rooms should be of a minimum 40-45 sqm in size.
SPA / Wellness facilities above 3,000 sqm with unique “Lefay SPA Method” signature treatments and medical programmes.
Direct management through management contracts or lease agreements.
Our Expansion Strategy
With the objective to leverage on the success obtained at Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda and its unique management model, Lefay Group will consider and pursue new opportunities with investment partners sharing the same values and objectives.
The first expansion of the Lefay Group will focus on the completion of the Italian portfolio and on the management of properties in Central Europe.
On a very limited number of selected opportunities, Lefay Group will act as operator under a Management Agreement. Based on the specific characteristics of the proposed initiative, Lefay Group might evaluate the opportunity to take over the operations of the property under a Lease Agreement.
Why to choose Lefay Group as your partner
Our sole focus is on the management of “Destination Spa Hotels” – We do know the product better and we invest more time and resources compared to other hotel operators in constantly improving the product and operations.
We will be extremely selective and consistent in the growth of our portfolio. There will always be consistency in the positioning and customer satisfaction.
We have a track record in driving revenues and profitability.
The wellbeing holiday sector is experiencing a tremendous growth and Lefay Resorts represents one of the most successful and innovative player in the sector.
The spa is for us a core component of our business, not an amenity. We have the ability to drive additional spending and a turnover significantly above our competitors.
We do understand development and financial structuring. We can provide a more comprehensive and effective assistance during the development phase.
We have the ability to fully coordinate the product development.
We have created a product that has proven to be year-round in very seasonal destinations.
We have a strong and loyal client base.
We have Italian soul.
What we offer
Technical & Pre-Opening Services
Development services – On projects in which we are also selected to act as developer.
Approach to a new project
Internal Project review
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
Signing of definitive set of Agreements
Technical assistance during the development phase
Management of operations following handover of property