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.
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On top of a hill, nice property. The check in was smooth and staff very curtious . The room itself was very simple yet elegant. It had all the aminities of a good 5 star hotel would have. The bathroom was nice and clean with lorenzo toiletries .
The spa and pool area was really nice with all facilities like saunas, steams, jacuzzis etc. the gym was very functional and nice . The breakfast was very nice tooo. The staff really went out of their way to take care of everything u need, on the whole a true 5 star experience. A must stay in tuscany
Incredible place in form of a typicall small Tuscany village-ressort! Only 5 min. drive away stunning 27 holes of Golf! Nice new clubhouse under construction! Top equipped rooms / bathrooms in the hotel (a second armchair in the room would make it much more cozy! Enough space would be available!). Very friendly staff! Perhaps the whole ressort a bit too faraway of other gastronomic infrastructure, if you don't want to have dinner everyday in the same place.
They produce their own wine and olive oil! Breakfast-Buffet with a large variety of choices! Only the order-procedure for the different offered "eggs" is laborious: the waiter have to put it in the electronic order-system and than you have to be patient until you get what you want (sometimes already "cooled")!
But what really bothered us, were some people in the sauna area, who behaved against all rules: loud children, even babies with diaper pants in (!) the sauna cabin and also in the pool. Control of the existing regulations for this area does not work at all! Drink/Food-Offering is only tea and plain water and a basket of apples (e.g. no dried fruits or different juices as you can find it in wellness-areas north of the alps). If you want to read a book lying on one of the inside loungers its difficult to find one, where you have enough light for reading.
Furthermore for us Austrians very strange, that you have to wear bathrobes in the sauna area! Conclusion: "wellness" in Italy and "wellness" in Austria are two completely different things!
Considering the above points, price/performance-ration could be improved!
What an incredible place the views are spectacular and the rooms are so big and spacious. The bathroom has a huge walk in shower and bath. My son loved the place. The food is good too. All the staff are amazing. If you have time play a round of golf will be back one day for sure. The place is great for excursions to Florence
Pisa Siena and others all within one hour of the hotel and the drive is truly fantastic. Thanks again to all the staff