Travel | April 3, 2017 9:00 am

An Alpine Resort So Pretty You Might Not Even Want to Go Outside

It's called the Tofana. Does that mean "heaven" in Italian?

Whether you’re planning your next ski trip or looking for some summer hiking in the Alps, we’ve got a place you need on your radar, stat. 

This is the Tofana in the Italian Dolomites, the beneficiary of a soup-to-nuts renovation, intended to heighten the relationship between the hotel itself — founded in the early part of the last century and still run by the same family — and the spectacular nature that surrounds it. Earth-friendly tones of blue, brown and green reference “alpine meadows, biotopes, moss forests, and rock caves of the Badia Valley,” according to Inhabitat. Exterior lines mimic the zig-zags of climbing routes, while pine trees on balconies lend a sense of an unbroken forest. 

Tofana (12 images)

The work comes courtesy of Tyrolean architecture firm studio noa*, known for its commitment to projects that harmonize human needs with the surrounding environment — like the reworking of a World War I-era military observation point into a lookout tower for the public, done up in larch beams. In other words: fewer weapons, more beauty. It’s a philosophy we can live with.