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Hotel Highlights

  • Mountaintop retreat accessible only by cable car
  • Great for mind, body, soul and the environment
  • Incredible views of the Tyrolean mountains

Overview

This boutique hotel in South Tyrol mixes stylish, minimalist design with warmth and character. Set in the spectacular scenery of the Dolomites, Vigilius Mountain Resort is ideal for activities (skiing, tobogganing, hiking and horse riding are all within reach) as well as melting down in the spa or taking in the views.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Vigilius Mountain Resort with us:

A bottle of prosecco in your room and, for stays of two nights or more, a free hay bath each

Facilities

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Vigilius Mountain Resort hotel – South Tyrol – Italy

Need To Know

Rooms

35 rooms and six suites.

Check–out

Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $351.56 (€282), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast, unlimited use of the cable car and activities such as archery and Five Tibetan Rites exercises.

Also

The hotel spa has a range of treatments, including massages. There is a steam room, sauna, gym and daily yoga classes. The hotel offers free archery lessons.

Hotel closed

23 March to 3 April; 16 November to 3 December.

At the hotel

Internet. TVs on request. There are film screenings in the library at 10pm every night. All rooms have balconies or terraces.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms on the second floor at the front of the hotel have great views, as do the more secluded-feeling upper rooms at the back.

Poolside

Several quartzite-lined indoor pools and outdoor sundecks.

Packing tips

Equipment provided for Nordic walking, as well as mountain bikes, hiking sticks, rucksacks, snow shoes and spikes. So just pack the right wardrobe for such adventures!

Also

Dogs are allowed, for €18 a night (not in the restaurant). At weekends, there's a minimum two-night stay. Four-night minimum stay 9–13 April; seven-nights: 9–23 August and 21 December to 6 January.

Children

Children’s prices vary with age: children under three stay for €25 in low season; children over four stay for €80 in high season.

Food & Drink

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Vigilius Mountain Resort hotel – South Tyrol – Italy

Hotel Restaurant

Fresh from stints at El Bulli and Falai, Mauro Buffo heads up Restaurant 1500. His light, modern dishes include sea bass in courgette with avocado cream, veal with foie gras and beetroot puree, and passion fruit foam with apricot ice cream. Buffo’s menu champions local ingredients (with gluten-free options too), and there’s an impressive range of international wines to wash your food down with. If you're craving traditional fare, sample hearty Tyrolean cooking, including stews and strudels, at Parlour Ida.

Hotel Bar

Parlour Ida operates a bar until midnight and has an outside terrace. You can also order drinks by the log fire in the lounge.

Room service

24 hour; restaurant menu available until 10pm; picnics can also be prepared if requested the day before.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Active Alpine style.

Top table

A corner table near the window at 3pm.

Local Guide

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Vigilius Mountain Resort hotel – South Tyrol – Italy
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

In summer, paragliding, Five Tibetans and archery are all on offer. In winter, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and winter hiking are among the possibilities: the hotel can organise day trips to Sellaronda and offers free transfers on Fridays to the ski resort of Schwemmalm, about half an hour away.

Local restaurants

The cable car to Vigilius runs regularly every 30 minutes until 7.30pm in summer and until 5pm in winter, thereafter by appointment only. On Monte San Vigilio, with great views across the valley, Gasthof Sessellift (+39 0473 564 828) serves traditional lunches and is a ten-minute ride by chairlift from the hotel. In Merano, head for elegant Kallmünz within the walls of a palace on Piazza Rena (+39 0473 212 917) for modern Italian cuisine.

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Dramatic Dolomites

Vigilius Mountain Resort

Pawigl 43, Lana, South Tyrol, 39011

Planes

The nearest airport is Bolzano (30 minutes from the resort), with daily scheduled flights from London via Rome with Alitalia (www.alitalia.com). Flying into Innsbruck is another option.

Trains

The main train station is in Bolzano, but you can also take local trains to Lana village. For Italian train times, see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

The resort is in the car-free area of Vigljoch mountain in South Tyrol, accessible via a cable car from the village of Lana. The closest main road is the A22; the SS238 and SP101 run just past Lana.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

At the end of an epic race along Italian roads, we spot the cable car: it’s the only way to reach our mountaintop retreat. I’m reminded of classic war flick Where Eagles Dare, only I don’t think Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood arrived at their mountain destination in a Punto. They didn’t have accommodation like this, either. Every window of our contemporary cabin frames a…
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Vigilius Mountain Resort

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

At the end of an epic race along Italian roads, we spot the cable car: it’s the only way to reach our mountaintop retreat. I’m reminded of classic war flick Where Eagles Dare, only I don’t think Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood arrived at their mountain destination in a Punto. They didn’t have accommodation like this, either. Every window of our contemporary cabin frames another spectacular view of velvety mountains. Where land and sky meet, the awesome Dolomites rise. Muscles unknot, features relax, voices hush.

The Vigilius Mountain Resort hotel in the South Tyrol is totally tuned-in. It has not been plonked onto the landscape; it nestles there. In fact, Vigilius fits in better than most of the traditional dwellings scattered about these parts. Sleek wooden beams two storeys high stretch horizontally for several hundred metres. At one end, the structure encloses a hillock from which sprouts a cluster of firs, giving the impression of a green monument. The other end is stopped by ‘culinariums’ (that’s ‘restaurant areas’ to us). Plenty more gorgeous wood forms an almost traditional chalet, topped off by a glass treehouse.

No doubt creator Matteo Thun would take exception to such vulgar descriptions. He’s a classically trained artist who can apparently turn his hand to anything he chooses. Vigilius is so beautifully functional and quietly inspiring that it’s hard to believe it was one of his first architectural projects.

We’re greeted very personably in a wide, loungey reception. This area doubles as a place to stretch out and flick though glossies. Mrs Smith is keen to try a cowhide sofa the size of an ocean liner. ‘No rush, take your time,’ seems to be the Vigilius way, but I’m eager to take the tour.

Our eyes are immediately drawn up to the glass ceilings as we’re led along the museum-like corridors. We pass by a split-level library that transforms into a screening room come nightfall. We marvel at the frankly enormous lightshades (seriously, each one is the size of our Fiat) and ask what’s showing tonight. ‘Whatever the guests want,’ we’re told. A few steps away is the sunken piazza. Smart, comfortable, designer furniture surrounds a fire that looks like a special effect. As in all areas of Vigilius, the views are exceptional. The glass wall also accesses a big, private verandah. There’s no bar as such, but a wooden cocktail menu has been left to entice, and staff are always around to take an order.

No time for indulging right now – we’re determined to cut to the chase. Behind a big wooden door lies our generously sized ‘living area’, which we find superbly user-friendly and totally relaxing. Open-plan, but cleverly divided with various partitions and simple, functional furniture, it’s very design-mag without being cold or uninviting. Almost everything is in birch, brushed and soaped to accentuate colour and grain. Slipping out of our shoes, we run and slide over the beautiful floorboards – it’s like a natural foot massage.

There are no pictures in our room (or anywhere else in the hotel for that matter); the art is provided by Vigilius’ stunning setting. A ruby-hued modern sofa, ripe for resting weary limbs, and a medicinally comfortable bed face another wall of glass. Our eyes are treated to the sight of a small meadow giving way to a forest of Alpine neatness, framed by bright-blue sky and the mountains, miles away, in perfect focus.

So, what’s there to do at 1,500 feet? We soar and get sore. Having missed out on archery owing to our delayed arrival (note to Mrs Smith: satnav in the future, please) we are anxious to get some serious action under our belts. Stage one consists of jumping off our mountain strapped to some charming locals. Paragliding around these parts is a breeze, with plenty of locations to choose from. And it provides more of those mind-boggling views. Our flights take off a short trek from Vigilius, and turn out to be as comfortable as floating about in a favourite armchair.

After barely a panini break in a local café, we’re off to stage two: riding on a couple of Norwegian/Arabic-cross horses. What a way to see the mountains. Our posse crosses rocky rivers and steeply banked streams, picks its way through paths covered with fallen trees, and jumps the occasional boulder. Hushed fir forests give way to winding mountain paths and reach into previously inaccessible villages. Fabulous! But three hours in the saddle takes its toll. We work up some serious muscle aches with which to challenge the staff at the Vigilius spa.

If you’re not fussed about treatments, Vigilius also offers infinity pools, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, all with incredible views as standard. A devoted follower of pampering, Mr Smith makes a beeline for watsu: pool-based shiatsu, involving a fair amount of floating and a few pressure points. Mrs Smith stews in a fresh-hay bath that calls for a little more mettle. Toxins are purged as the temperature rockets.

The last of our stresses and strains are serviced in the culinarium. Three amuse-bouches are followed by a delicate pig’s head salad and ravioli of radicchio. Finally, sea bass with broad beans and saddle of venison with bitter chocolate and cherries work their way into our adventure. All washed down with lashings of delicious Südtirol Riesling.

On departure day, running late for our flight, Vigilius staff eyebrows are raised as we seek direction on how to travel 300 kilometres in under two-and-a-half hours. Our action-film adventure isn't over yet.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Vigilius Mountain Resort's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved absolutely everything! The setting, location, the design, the staff and service, the food, the 'Explore Move' Programme (especially Andy), the spa facilities, the peace. Vigilus Mountain Resort is the only place we have ever returned to.

Don’t expect

We think they should serve cocktails in the lounge as currently drinks can be obtained from Stube Ida and staff will happily bring drinks through, but there is no apparent attended service in the lounge. Complimentary aperitifs are served between 6 and 8pm which is lovely, but there is no bar, as such.

Rating: 10/10 stars