Hotel Il Castelfalfi
What We Love
- The location in an 800-year-old medieval village and resurrected historic estate once owned by the Medici family
- Ecofriendly architecture that harmonizes the hotel with the Tuscan countryside
- Wonderful spa with knowledgeable practitioners and extensive menu
What To Know
- The resort is about hour away by car from Pisa and Florence
- There are few restaurant options outside of the resort, but its on-site choices are wonderful
Once owned by the Medici family, this 2,700-acre, 800-year-old medieval village in Montaione fell away from the public eye—that is, until lifestyle hotel brand TUI Blue saw its potential. With the help of the surrounding village’s government, the town has been resurrected into a sprawling five-star resort. Il Castelfalfi, the region’s first new-build hotel in years, offers suites with both sunrise and sunset patio views. Across the street, a disused tobacco factory is now an adjacent boutique hotel, ruinous farmhouses have become holiday homes, and acres of surrounding lands now make up Tuscany’s largest golf course. Out of respect for the local land—a watercolor backdrop of rolling Tuscan hills—the low-slung profile of Hotel Il Castelfalfi is deliberately designed to interrupt the landscape as little as possible, agricultural operations on estate grounds produce the bottles of wine and organic olive oil that you’ll find across the resort, and a biomass power plant provides heating and air-conditioning. Dining is a pleasure in any of the restaurants. Enjoy La Via del Sale’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes from the covered veranda overlooking the countryside, where a sumptuous breakfast buffet complete with a glass of Prosecco is a wonderful start to the day. The 11,000-square-foot spa (home to an indoor-outdoor pool, bio sauna, hammam, and salt and ice cave) and plethora of sun chairs all make for tempting spots to relax between meals.
In the Area
The property feels miles away from anywhere thanks to the rolling hills that surround it on all sides, but the village offers a few quaint distractions including a small alimentari (grocery store) as well as a pizzeria, Il Rosmarino. At the entrance of the village is the tower of the ancient castle, La Rocca, now home to La Rocca di Castelfalfi, whose patio is a beautiful place to watch the sunset over Tuscan specialties like Ribollita and ravioli. In addition to the property’s 27-hole golf course, outdoorsy types will also love the nearby nature preserve, where guests can go horseback riding and foraging for rare white truffles. The resort’s Tenuta di Castelfalfi winery and olive press are also just a short cycle or longer stroll away. Public transit is all but non-existent, so if you want to explore further afield, a rental car is a must.
How to Get There
My boyfriend and I stayed for five nights as our first holiday together. I had built a busy itinerary built around the various fitness classes, wine tastings, golf and restaurant experiences that the restaurant has on offer. Upon arrival our hire car was parked swiftly and luggage taken to our room whilst we drank our welcome drink. We then settled by the pool for the afternoon enjoying the pool bar menu and hotel's own wine from Castelfalfi vineyards. The food here was very good value and delicious! The photos of this hotel are a true representation; the pool SPARKLES, the lobby bar, which serves a great selection of pre-dinner drinks with appetizers, provides an unforgettable viewing platform to watch a STUNNING sunset, breakfast overlooking vast Tuscany is BEAUTIFUL.
As for the room it was clean and modern, the bed was huge and comfy, the bathroom very large and clean with a powerful shower (no bath).
Customer services is very good. The app to book the experiences is very useful - Castelfalfi vineyards visit was fantastic, stretching class relaxing, brainkinetic fun, HIIT class less demanding. Concierge also booked us truffle hunting at Savini Tartufi which was a magical experience.
There were few negatives...
(1) A couple of drinks were missed in the evening and at breakfast but more than compensated.
(2) After a heavy few days on the final night we decided on an early night but were suddenly woken up by a huge firework display - it would have been good to have known about this prior as I struggled to sleep afterwards and felt sad to have not stayed up later to have seen the grand display.
I would be interested in visiting again - particularly once the golf clubhouse has been built next year. Fantastic and romantic visit for a young, new couple.
This Hotel is simply amazing, you dont just stay in a hotel per se but an entire Tuscan village owned by the hotel overlooking the most amazing scenery imaginable. The resort boasts 6 swimming pools which cater for all tastes and flavours including a very elegant pool bar area inside the hotel itself. The rooms (we had both a suit e and an executive room over 5 days) were superb, the executive room was on the ground floor with the terrace opening up onto the garden and pool area, while the suite was a double room apartment size area which we were upgraded to was unbelievable with a view on the first floor which was exceptional. Some people here have said that the rooms were sterile in decor but I disagree, I think they have been very tastefully if minimally decorated and are large, comfortable and exceptionally clean, the bathrooms are bigger than most hotel rooms!
The food available on site ranges from average to mind blowing, depending on where you eat, the in house hotel restaurant is good bordering on average. The pizza restaurant up the road also owned by the hotel is very good, we had the steak and a pizza which were of very high quality. On our last night we ate at La Rocca (Michelin Guide Listed) and was really good. Breakfast is excellent.
The staff are very professional and helpful and made us feel very welcome and at home without being over bearing which was lovely.
I really cant recommend this hotel enough, please go and enjoy the Tuscan hospitality while being pampered in the lap of the luxury.
Grazie Mille Tui Blue @ Castelfalfi for an unforgettable experience.
What a great place to spend a very relaxing week. Between Florence, Siena and Pisa, this is a new hotel built in an abandoned village. Well it isn’t abandoned any more. Along with its neighbour, this hotel has brought life back to the hilltop and is a paradise for those who love this part of the world. Views are spectacular, rooms and meals are excellent, and the opportunities to visit the pearls of Italy are here.