TUI Resorts & Hotels has launched building works on the site of the future Castelfalfi Resort in Tuscany (300 km away from Livorno). This is a grandiose construction with total costs exceeding 250 million of Euro.
Right now the owner plans to build only the first phase of the project. It will include a luxurious hotel, serviced apartments and country houses. These buildings will occupy the territory of 247 acres. When these facilities start accepting guests, TUI plans to add 2 more hotel-boutiques. The only object complete at the moment is a golf course with 18 holes.
The building has started from the hotel. It will have 32 guestrooms and this is not a newly built property as TUI renovates old tobacco factory. Other objects from the first phase are also now new. Country houses (there will be 26 of them in total) will be built on the basis of derelict farms. The restaurant will be organized in an old medieval citadel.
Michael Frenzel, TUI AG CEO, says this resort in Tuscany is currently the primary goal of the hotelier. The company wants to restore old objects carefully while preserving the natural beauty of this amazing place.
The hotelier is the owner of the village in the center of Tuscany. It was purchased by TUI in 2007. The full name of the village is Tenuta di Castelfalfi and this is a hilly place with wonderful olive groves and vineyards.
It is also reported the resort will get over a half of its energy supply from the local biomass processing station.