Nearest train station
Set on a car-free mountaintop in South Tyrol, Italy, Vigilius Mountain Resort is an eco-friendly hideaway with pristine views of the Dolomites. The hotel’s dedication to its surroundings starts from the foundation: South Tyrolean architect Matteo Thun’s motto is “nature sets the tone.” In that spirit, the hotel was built from local materials like larch wood, silver quartzite, and clay, with expansive windows that allow the outside world to merge seamlessly with the interior. Vigilius has earned the prestigious EarthCheck Gold certification, which means that the hotel must regularly evaluate its progress and set new goals under EarthCheck’s guidance. The hotel prides itself on using only renewable resources. Rather than oil or gas, Vigilius generates heat from wood chips sourced from surrounding farms. In addition to lowering emissions, this practice generates income for the local community. To keep heat inside, triple-glazed windows were used throughout the property and the rooftop, covered in grass, offers first-class insulation. With the belief that “it is not enough to simply become more sustainable,” as the hotel told us, Vigilius has ambitions to give something meaningful back to the community.
Architect Matteo Thun built a refuge where nature, not man, is the “creator.” Natural materials made from renewable resources seamlessly balance nature and architecture.
The hotel recycles, separates waste, and reduces plastics through such measures as solid shampoo bars.
Energy is sourced from local biomass. First-class insulation and LED lighting reduce energy waste.
Restaurant 1500 uses primarily organic products from the immediate vicinity to craft its dishes.
The hotel regularly hosts local musicians. The team also teaches guests about local traditions and the local dialect.
Guests are invited to connect with nature through forest bathing, guided hikes, outdoor workout classes, biking, and more.
The hotel is located in a car-free zone. Guests can reach the property via the train and a cable car.
Vigilius often publishes stories about environmental protection and sustainable practices on its social media channels.
We spoke with the team at Vigilius Mountain Resort to learn the latest on the hotel’s conscious journey.
Designing a mountain hotel in the car-free Vigiljoch demands great care and respect. A sustainable hotel respects the wisdom of nature, as well as the desires of the people who come here. Some are searching for a long-lost time when they could turn their attention to things that are important to them. Some are seeking a simplicity that is now just a fond memory. So they take the cable car up to the Monte San Vigilio, let go of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and draw new strength and energy from the silence and immediacy of nature. Our big goal for the future is to give something back because it is not enough to simply become more sustainable. One of the projects we are working on is to donate the proceeds of the tap water we sell to an association working on sustainability projects.
We regularly host local musicians in our hotel. We also bring local traditions to our guests and teach them about the local dialect through language cards.
Sustainability should not be perceived as a rule, something you have to pay attention to, but it should be something you take for granted. Creating this awareness among employees and customers is a hurdle, but one that can be overcome by making the idea of sustainability ubiquitous.