Take the cable car up into a lush emerald oasis in the sky and spy design hotel vigilius mountain resort reclining in effortless eco style, the air fragrant with the lingering scents of larch trees, mountain pine, foxgloves and alpine roses.
A collaboration between owner Ulrich Ladurner and cool cat architect, Matteo Thun, vigilius mountain resort is a sustainable ode to nature that was designed in response to Ulrich’s daring line: “You will not be able to create anything more beautiful than this place already is.”
Blurred within San Vigilio’s incredible mountaintop landscape, vigilius mountain resort lies amidst the larch forest as if itself a fallen tree, a wooden-clad bastion of seamless and oh-so comfortable style, built upon the admirable ethos, ‘eco not ego’.
An out of the ordinary eco design den of streamlined wood and pure simplicity, at vigilius mountain resort nothing is too ‘over done’ and yet comfort, design and style are all. Larch wood panelled boutique rooms mirror their forested neighbours and heated stone opens up to swathes of panoramic glass views overlooking meadows, violet darkening sky and the Dolomites, the proximity of which will make you want to blink and rub your eyes. Feel snug amid raw clay walls as a clean, natural palette is splashed with sophisticated accents of burnt amber and tactile, cosy fabrics.
A place to chillax in and connect - to yourself, nature, or just your fave people - vigilius mountain resort is a space where inside and outside merge seamlessly. Panoramic views, raw materials and clever luxe touches accompany fireplaces that scatter light both indoors and out, and fountains that flow with Ladon’s famous sparkling mineral water.
Bubbling from a natural spring that has been popular for centuries, and traced with healing radon – the likes of this precious H20 is bottled in Italy’s designer Merano, and sold for a pretty penny, too. Here, it is simply on tap, for washing in, drinking and even brushing your teeth with.
A design hotel dripping with eco credentials and sustainable awards, ranging from Wallpaper Design to Eco Hotels of the World, vigilius mountain resort represents a conscientious, natural palace placed in Italy’s soaring skies, an ‘A-class ClimateHouse’.
A place of myth and legend that is only accessible by cable-car – leave it all down below and ascend Italy’s skies for some seriously soulful Peter Pan vibes.
San Vigilio in Italy’s South Tyrol sits 1,500m above sea level overlooking the incredible Dolomites. Near to world-famous ski destination Kronplatz and the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park, the San Vigilio region and vigilius mountain resort must be reached by a seven-minute ride on the Monte San Vigilio cable car.
The cable car is the only way to get from Lana up to 1 500 m above sea level in seven minutes and arrive at a place full of energy where nature is still allowed to live in harmony with itself.
Designing a mountain hotel in South Tyrol up Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch demands great care and respect. The architect Matteo Thun solved this great challenge based on the clear principle of “eco not ego”: The 5-star vigilius mountain resort hotel in South Tyrol was supposed to become a refuge where nature and not man is understood as the “creator”. Wood and large expanses of glass are the construction elements of this first A-class ClimateHouse hotel in Italy, where exterior and interior merge successfully. A pleasant symbiosis of modern design and comfort.
Enjoy a cosy alpine breakfast or starlit evening in vigilius mountain resort's panoramic Restaurant 1500, modelled on a classic hay barn and crowned with a raised timber gable roof. Based around regional flavours and local, organic produce, from fresh wild herbs sourced in Monte San Vigilio to the special taste of local potatoes – celebrated each year in their very own festival (yes, really), the Chef de Cuisine has a sixth sense for manipulating the addition of such herbs and veg, every time making each dish its own. With a hotel-wide focus on wellbeing, Restaurant 1500 offers gluten-free options as well as a vegetarian menu, and even has a special alpine menu.
Indulge in a valley-famous breakfast at Restaurant 1500 before a mountainside walk, perhaps, abundant in gluten-free breads, different muesli and sweet pastries, or go for some cosy vibes in the beautifully welcoming Stube ida. A traditional ode to the region’s past, Stube ida is warmed by the stunningly tiled 100-year old South Tyrolean stove, and presents hearty, meaty dishes, perfect for post-ski socialising. Or chillax on the sunny terrace with coffee, homemade cake and Vernatsch wine in hand, all overlooking the silhouette of the glowing Dolomites.
For the cosiest of vibes head inwards into the heart of vigilius mountain resort, and their secret, snug wine cellar. Stuffed with a collection from Italy’s best growers - the Mediterranean climes of South Tyrol are famed for the flavour and vivacity of their wines – enjoy with a plate of nibbles in a classic atmosphere of chilled, secluded calm.
Up atop a mountain in breath-taking San Vigilio, where the air smells fresh with the scents of larch trees, alpine roses and mountain pines, it’s hard not to get in touch with nature, body and soul. Indulge in some heavenly chillaxing in a pamper-filled spa sesh, or work up a stylish sweat with some active mountainside sports – either via vigilius mountain resort's free ‘move and explore programme’ or spend an afternoon, a day, or a week, with a personal trainer all of your own.
Like the rest of this ‘naturally’ charming hotel, the spa effortlessly blurs distinctions between the inside and out. From the transcendent infinity pool with inside panoramic views of the Dolomites, which guides you out into the open-air whirlpool, connected through a glass door guarded by a little wood of fragrant larch trees, to the local herbs and flowers used in each of the healing spa treatments, the energy of this mountaintop setting makes it so much more than just a spa.
Indulge in some pampering of the holistic kind, with mountain pine peels to hay baths, and enjoy the use of local, organic produce, with juniper which detoxifies, to the larch tree’s anti-inflammatory properties, to the use of hay flowers, St. John’s wort and arnica, all of which are grown in the direct vicinity.
Hop into the Finnish sauna or sweat it out with a steam bath, or indeed, just keep it simple, and wake up with a gentle morning workout, The Five Tibetan Rites®, prepared to get you ready for your nourishing day ahead.
A pioneer and a maverick, owner Ulrich Ladurner has had a special connection with San Vigilio, and the vigilius mountain resort plot, since he was a child.
Connected to the environment around him and wholly aware of the area’s incredible healing energy, he shifted his idea into a dream, and his dream into a reality, and with the help of superstar architect Matteo Thun, created vigilius mountain resort, a very special – and indeed, out of the ordinary – kind of hotel.
Adoring his attentive, authentic staff who give the place its special warmth, and all the way through disregarding the naysayers, Ulrich listened to his dream and created an even better version of it.
All in all, he’s our kinda guy.
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