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 November 23, 2015
Toscana Resort Castelfalfi To Open New Five-Star Hotel In Italy In 2016

 Toscana Resort Castelfalfi today announced it is opening a new 120-room five-star hotel in 2016. It is the newest five-star hotel being developed in Tuscany and will be built on the 2,700 acre estate in Tuscany, located in an 800 year old Medieval village.

The new five-star property is owned and managed by TUI AG, a multinational travel and tourism company which invested €23.5 million in the hotel. Slated to open by Fall/Winter 2016, it will be three stories high and designed to blend seamlessly into the Tuscan landscape, with a variety of accommodations from standard rooms to suites, which will feature terraces or private garden areas.

Additional features at the new five-star hotel include a 6,500 square foot restaurant featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Designed in muted and earthy tones, the restaurant will have views overlooking the resort's picturesque valley and a covered veranda with outdoor seating. An 11,000 square foot spa will be home to an indoor-outdoor pool, treatment rooms and a variety of areas designed for relaxation and rejuvenation including a sauna, bio sauna, hammam, salt cave and ice cave. The five-star property will also offer more than 2,000 square feet of meetings space and a 2,000+ square foot gym.

Guests will be able to enjoy Toscana Resort Castelfalfi's current amenities, including the 27-hole Golf Club Castelfalfi, regarded as one of the most challenging in Italy, tennis, a cooking school, the Medieval Borgo (village) with a dozen shops, a separate pool and wellness complex and two restaurants: a trattoria, Il Rosmarino, and the exclusive restaurant, La Rocca di Castelfalfi, as well as activities such as truffle hunting and tasting the estate-produced wine.

A certified Clima Hotel, the energy efficient property is being constructed according to green building principals using traditional, low environment impact materials such as wood and stone, with central biomass heating fueled by woodchips produced on-site. The hotel is designed with great attention to energy efficiency and waste management, thanks to the installation of water filtration system to recycle waste water, a bio-filter that allows for the complete recovery of food waste, the sorting of collected waste and the selection of low emission LED lighting.

The hotel's 120 rooms, characterized by a natural, earthy color palette, will include 67 Standard Rooms (325 square feet), 24 Superior Rooms (375 square feet), six handicap-accessible Superior Rooms (475 square feet), 15 Executive Rooms (450 square feet) and eight Suites (~650 square feet). Additional lodging options at the resort include a 31-room Hotel La Tabaccaia, 48 apartments in the Medieval village and 18 casali (villas), available for sale or short term stays and a new residential community, La Collina, with 18 apartments under construction.

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is an 800-year-old Tuscan village located in the heart of Tuscany's Golden Triangle between Florence and Pisa; the estate is owned and operated by the international travel group TUI who took over the 2,700-acre property in 2007. Castelfalfi is undergoing a €250 Million restoration and revival as a historically preserved, world-class residential and resort complex for full-time or vacation usage. The first hotel La Tabaccaia opened in March 2013 and the estate also features 48 apartments and 18 Italian casali (villas/farmhouses) available for sale and rental and custom-designed to the owner's preference.

The resort, which strives to be environmentally friendly via the usage of renewable bio-fuels and conditioned rainwater, also includes a 27-hole golf course carefully curated and immersed in nature, spa and wellness center and swimming pools with stunning views over the Tuscan countryside. Tuscan farm-to-table cuisine can be experienced through the estate's olive groves, vineyards and restaurant Il Rosmarino, headed by Executive Chef Francesco Ferretti or at the new restaurant in the castle, La Rocca di Castelfalfi, headed by Michelin Star Chef Michele Rinaldi. Castelfalfi manages its own olive oil, organic honey, farro and wine production as well as retail shops in the borgo. Travelers can arrive to Castelfalfi year-round via Rome and then hop on a train to Castelfiorentino, the closest station to Castelfalfi, for a 30-minute drive to the estate.