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
Couldn’t be more pleased with this hotel. The rooms are modern yet rustic. The shower is really good. The view from our room was picturesque. The gym was well equipped with nice exercise equipment. The breakfast was plentiful. The staff and the service was first class. I really loved everything about this hotel.
we had a fantastic 2 night stay in one of their suites. the resort has some amazing views of the Tuscan countryside. easy to reach...hardly an hour away from both Siena and Florence.
Our room was modern and walked into a beautiful garden which had some amazing Tuscan views. Rooms are very well appointed with a spacious living area, outdoor area.
The hotel has a lovely golf course and spa. had the pleasure to play their 9 hole mountain course and the hotel concierge did all the arrangements.
wished to have stayed here for a few more nights !!
I have known Castelfalfi resort for over 15 years as have a home in the area. I’ve seen a sleeping beauty of a town come back to life over this time. The restoration of the buildings has been exacting and the new hotel fits beautifully in the surroundings. You will not find better views in Tuscany.
La Rocca offers gourmet meals and La Via Del Sale restaurant has a great menu that my teen children can enjoy.
The new Spa is amazing with its indoor solarium and pool. The services are excellent and special mention to Federica and Illaria who are the estheticians. Last week I had the best facial I’ve ever had.
I would recommend exploring the area by car - the landscape is beautiful and visit nearby hill towns San Gimignano and Volterra.
My family, friends and I always look forward to dining, golfing, and spa at Castelfalfi.
We are grateful that this Borgo has been restored to its former greatness.
I’ve traveled a lot through Italy and I believe this is one of the best resorts in Tuscany.
super rooms and super service and fantastic view on the Tuscan hills
indoor and outdoor pool , near golf course
Michelin restaurant 500 meters from hotel(not expensive)
the whole hotel area is very nice.
We've just returned from spending 6 nights at the Castelfalfi Hotel & Resort and it was absolutely spectacular, probably one of the best places we've ever enjoyed.
From the moment you arrive, the doormen, porters and reception team are friendly and efficient and this continued throughout our stay. Whether it's the window cleaner, the restaurant staff or housekeeping, everyone we met had a smile and genuine greeting for us, the staff are without a doubt a highlight of this place.
Our room overlooked the pool area and it was gorgeous with a huge bathroom and walk in shower, generous wardrobe space and coffee machine for us to enjoy. The bed was extra large and the room was really quiet during the evenings, so we enjoyed a very peaceful sleep.
It was my husband's 50th birthday whilst we were away and Francesca in guest services was brilliant and helped me organise a few surprises for his special day. This started with a champagne breakfast overlooking the valley and continued with 2 special cakes for him to enjoy!
We loved breakfast in the hotel although our only small criticism was the volume of smokers, and as non smokers ourselves at mealtimes in particular we were outnumbered by the tables smoking. (maybe guests could be seated smoking/non smoking?)
We also enjoyed supper at the hotel restaurant and it was fantastic, I ordered a vegan dish (although I'm not vegan) but it was super tasty and the desserts were wonderful.
The restaurant team are so friendly and passionate about their role, offering suggestions of dishes to try and what would be most traditional/Tuscan as we'd asked to experience that during our stay.
About a 2/3 minute walk from the hotel is the resort Italian and we ate here almost every day, either lunch or supper as the food was so fresh and we kept wanting to try different dishes! There's also a gelato store within the resort, about a 3 minute walk from the hotel.
We used the hotel app during our stay and this enabled us to book our restaurant choices as well as ensuring seating outside. We also used the app to organise booking activities.
The pool area is quite small in the hotel but getting a bed was never an issue, we wandered down mid afternoon one day and there were plenty to choose from. The team in the pool bar were excellent and very attentive, we enjoyed fresh salads and far too many cappucinos.
During peak season there is a much larger pool adjoining the hotel and this was also really quiet although it was due to close during our stay.
The hotel offers an activity program and we LOVED it, Michaela & Edward took us for classes of pilates, yoga and meditation and it was sublime. The yoga platform overlooks the valley so you can relax with stunning views and we did something almost daily. If there had been more classes offered, we would have signed up.
In advance of our stay, guest services suggested that we hire a car and this was essential for us as the nearest village is quite a distance but with the car we were able to explore and on one of our days, we drove to the nearest train station (approx 25 mins) and then jumped on the train directly to Florence which was great. (and stress free) Parking was approx 4 euros for the day and our tickets were 11 euros return.
Within the resort there's also a bike hire shop and we took out bikes for a day and explored more within the estate and also a couple of the local villages. As the bikes are ebikes it didn't feel like hard work even though the area is quite hilly.
The hotel overall is quite understated and quiet but it was exactly what we were looking for, the food was superb throughout our trip and there were so many breathtaking views that we struggled to fit everything in.
The Castelfalfi staff were totally first class and the Tuscan countryside was even better than the pictures so we're already planning our return visit in 2019.