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Vigilius Mountain Resort

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Vigilius Mountain Resort, Lana, Italy

Set alongside a dramatic tree-covered couloir at a rarefied altitude of 4,921 feet in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, this minimalist, eco-friendly hideaway is accessible only by cable car—in this case, Europe’s second oldest, the Vigiljoch. Guests board the vintage 1912 cable car on the outskirts of Merano for a nearly vertical seven-minute ascent away from the vineyard-covered valley floor to Vigiljoch. There, they discover an outdoor paradise and a low-slung, carbon-neutral enclave with 41 TV-free rooms, two restaurants, and a spa, all designed from larch and slate sourced from the nearby hillsides. —Farhad Heydari


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