In many parts of the globe, water is a valuable asset. In hotels, a lot of water is used for the sun-shading gardens and green spaces, vast golf courses and refreshing swimming pools. However, thanks to sustainable architecture and a range of measures, freshwater consumption can be reduced without impairing the guests’ holiday experience.
Il Castelfalfi – TUI Blue Selection in Tuscany sets a pioneering example. The hotel and the surrounding resort meet 97 per cent of their water demand from their own wells. Drinking water for the entire property is supplied through a network of underground pipes. It is provided by wells in the resort’s own adjacent forests, is purified and supplied to the buildings. A sustainable system is also used for the irrigation of the vineyards covering 23 hectares and the 10,000 olive groves as well as the golf course. Rainwater is collected in artificial lakes. Five dams and pumps are used to irrigate the golf course and the gardens and to flush the toilets.