Castello di Ugento takes the issue of safeguarding your privacy very seriously. We have created this Privacy Policy in order to better familiarise you with the information we collect from our guests and visitors to the Castello di Ugento web site and mobile App, and the way in which Castello di Ugento uses this information to better serve the needs of our Guests.

    The term “Personal Information” refers to any information that can be used to identify you as an individual. It can include, among other things, your name, address, age, gender, personal financial history and social insurance or fiscal code.


    1. To Provide Superior Customer Service to our Guests

    Personal Information is collected to assist us in making your reservation and providing the services you request at Castello di Ugento, to ensure we meet your needs while you are staying with us and/or to allow us to contact you in relation to matters that arise from your stay with us. By keeping certain stay related Personal Information on file, such as information regarding guest history and itemised spending, our guests have the ability to confirm prior transactions and reconcile statements or invoices.

    2. To Keep Our Guests Informed

    We may use the Personal Information you provide to send you newsletters regarding our property and to advise you of promotions or to inform you of offers or other information that may be of interest to you. In order to do this, your information may be shared with a third party, for example, a customer relationship management company and/or a marketing and communications company. These companies are under contract with Castello di Ugento and are contractually required to protect all Personal Information to which they have access. If you do not wish to receive information from us you may indicate your wishes on your registration card when you stay with us or you may send an e-mail to: [email protected]

    3. For Marketing Research

    Finally, we may wish to contact our Guests to conduct surveys or focus groups to receive your views of our properties and service delivery. Such information may be collected by a third party under contract with us and they will be contractually required to protect your Personal Information as explained below. Occasionally we will combine information from a number of Guests to better understand trends and expectations. When this occurs, all identifiers are removed and the aggregate information cannot be linked to any specific Guest.


    1. On Our Web Site

    A. Initially Upon Contact With Our Web Site

    When you visit our web site you are initially given a “cookie”, and your computer is assigned an ID number. A cookie is a commonly used piece of software that tracks an individual user’s preferences, and is capable of enhancing your visit to the site. Cookies allow us to provide a customised experience without the visitor having to remind us of his or her preferences each time she or he visits our site. Our cookies do not contain any personally identifying information. By not blocking the use of cookies, you will be deemed to have consented to the use of such a cookie by Castello di Ugento. We advise to review our Cookies Policy.

    Once you have visited our web site and accepted our cookie, an ID number is automatically assigned to your computer or mobile device whenever you visit our web site. Despite the fact that you remain anonymous until you enter Personal Information on the web site, the ID number allows us to log your session, so that we may better assist you should you need some individualised service or support. Once you enter Personal Information on the web site, we associate your ID number with your contact information so we can recognise you on a future visit. We also use it to keep track of information that appears to be of particular interest to you.

    B. While Browsing Our Web Site

    While in the process of browsing our web site, you also provide us with information that does not reveal your personal identity. We use this aggregated, anonymous data mainly for editorial purposes, but we do not connect it to any Personal Information, such as your name or address.

    While browsing our web site, you may also wish to put in a specific “Information Request” about one of our services. To respond to this request, we may ask you for Personal Information, such as your name, zip/postal code, e-mail address, and phone number.

    In the event you choose to provide us with this information, we will only use it for the purpose we have specified to you. We will only e-mail you if you want us to, and you can choose a number of alternate methods by which to receive a reply to a request. Your transmittal of your Personal Information shall constitute your acknowledgment and agreement to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Policy. If you are uncomfortable providing this information over the Internet, you can always call our Reservations Desk for more details.

    If you wish, you may also submit your e-mail address in order to be placed on a subscription list or to receive other information about our products and services. You will be placed on a subscription list only when you indicate your desire to be included. In deciding whether or not to join such lists, please note that they are only used for internal purposes and we do not sell or rent our subscription lists to anyone. In the event you choose to join one of our subscription lists, you may ask to be removed from the list at any time. You will always have the ability to accept or decline any form of communication from Castello di Ugento.

    2. When Making a Reservation

    When you decide to make a reservation, you will be transferred to our reservations page. Even if it may look as being part of our website, the reservation pages are provided by Cloudbeds , which provides to the hotel industry an automatic system of reservation and property management. We need to provide to Cloudbeds the I.D. number of your device but not your personal data. You can also check rates and availability without having to provide your personal data.

    Visitors to our site, who elect to make reservations online, will be required to complete a reservation profile the first time they make a reservation. When you create a reservation profile you will be asked to provide specific Personal Information, including your name, address and contact information, as well as certain guarantee and deposit information to secure your reservation, such as your credit card number. Your transmittal of your Personal Information shall constitute your acknowledgment and agreement to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Policy.

    Your credit card number will be verified using a checking sequence, but we do not authorize any payments at this point. Once you indicate confirmation of your reservation, we will receive all of the reservation information that you submitted.

    Due to the personal nature of the information you provide when making a reservation through our web site employs encryption technology to keep your data secure.

    We also retain a copy of the reservation profile on our web site, excluding the credit card number connected to your ID number. We will then use that information to create a log in our web site database.

    We also may combine information from a number of web visitors in a way that does not identify any user, in order to identify user patterns.

    3. During Your Stay

    During your stay, we record your itemised spending to properly assemble your folio, which sets out your room rate and other expenses billed to your room. We also record this information to comply with financial reporting requirements, including those imposed by auditors and government regulators. We may also collect certain information as required by law (e.g. passport number). Information particular to your stay may also be stored (i.e. health issues, payment difficulties, special requests, service issues). This stay specific information is stored in our property management system and is combined with information from previous visits that you have made to our hotel.

    In addition, we may retain the content of any document (including letters, comment cards, electronic documents such as e-mails and other similar forms of communication) that you send us before, during or following your stay. This information may be shared with employees of the hotel, but never with third parties.


    1. At Castello di Ugento

    We go to great measures to ensure that all Personal Information is kept in a secure location, be it a database or filing cabinet. Furthermore, we take steps to ensure that only designated individuals have access to this information.

    2. In Our Guest Reservation System

    In order to serve you better we also store certain guest information in our Reservation Platform, which is a protected platform holding our guests data.

    The stored information includes guest name, address, phone numbers and credit card number. We may also store certain information regarding your service preferences.

    3. In Our Marketing Database

    Castello di Ugento maintains a database of Guest information, which is used for marketing, promotion and research purposes. Guests will only receive such information only if they have provided permission on their Hotel registration form, on our vweb site, or in some other form. Any information sent provides a clear notice of how to discontinue receiving promotional materials.


    When you log-in to complete or modify a Booking Profile, Guest Service Profile, your online interaction with us is protected from eavesdropping using the highest level encryption technology based on the browser you use. In order to ensure your privacy and the protection of information you choose to share with us, we allow only encrypted communications from all of our web forms.

    It is important to note that any e-mail communication is not secure. This is a risk inherent in the use of e-mail. Please be aware of this when requesting information or sending forms to us by e-mail (for example, from the Contact Us section of our web site). We recommend that you do not include any confidential information (i.e. credit card information) when using e-mail. For your protection, our e-mail responses to you will not include any confidential information.

    Finally, to be prudent, please be sure to always close your browsers when you are done using a form or the reservation site. Although the session will terminate after a short period of inactivity, it is best to close your browsers immediately upon completion.


    If you are invited and elect to create a Guest Profile, on our web site, you will be asked to furnish specific Personal Information. You might also be asked to provide a password for use each time you log-in. Once you have created a Guest Profile, we may add online session data to your Guest Profile on subsequent visits to our website. When you provide information, including revised information to your Guest Profile, we may use the information you provide to update other databases maintained by us.

    By completing your Guest Profile you are considered to have provided consent to share your Personal Information within Castello di Ugento in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


    Agents, contractors or third party service providers of Castello di Ugento may receive your Personal Information in the course of providing their services to better meet your needs as our Guest. Using contractual or other arrangements, Castello di Ugento ensures these parties protect your Personal Information in a manner consistent with the principles articulated in this Privacy Policy.

    We will only share Personal Information about you outside Castello di Ugento without your consent, where: (a) it is required or authorised by law (for example, in response to a legal subpoena); (b) it is required to provide you with services you have requested in which case you will be considered to have implied your consent (e.g. car rental); (c) if your stay has been paid for by a third party we will provide billing information to the paying party; or (d) if you have failed to pay amounts owed to a property.

    If Castello di Ugento suspects any unlawful activity is taking place, it may investigate and/or report its findings or suspicions to the police or other relevant law enforcement agency.


    We understand that you may like to know what Personal Information we hold about you. We are happy to assist you with your request. To protect your Personal Information, however, we require that you prove your identity to us at the time your request is made. You may make the request to our Director of Hospitality.

    When you make a request in person, we will require you to produce some form of photo identification such as a passport or a driver’s license and you will be asked to sign a request form.

    Where you make a request by other means, we require the request be made in writing via fax or letter including a copy of a government issued identification and signature. We also require home and business addresses and phone numbers so we can check them with our files and satisfy ourselves as to your identity.

    The above information is required to create an audit trail of how the request has been handled. Where a request is made, any correspondence or application may be kept and added to your Personal Information.

    Castello di Ugento reserves the right to decline access to your Personal Information under certain circumstances. If your Personal Information will not be disclosed, you will be provided with the reasons for this non-disclosure.


    If at any time you wish to update or access your Personal Information, you can do so by contacting our Director of Hospitality:
    For hotel and resort Guests, contacting our Corporate Guest Historian:
    • via e-mail at [email protected]
    • via letter – Attention:
    Castello di Ugento
    Director of Hospitality
    Via Castello 13
    I-73059 Ugento (LE), Italy


    Your Personal Information will be stored for the period of time required by law in the jurisdiction of any hotel holding the information. It may be stored indefinitely by Four Seasons as long as there is a business purpose for doing so. From time to time we may delete your Personal Information if you have not stayed with us for a certain period of time.


    Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and we will post the revised policy on our web site (www.castellodiugento.com) so you are always aware of how we treat Personal Information. Without your express consent we will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy with respect to Personal Information already collected about you.


    La Salentodamore SCARL, owner of Castello di Ugento, is an Italian business subject to the “codice in materia dei dati personali” (commonly known as “codice della privacy”) the law of the republic of Italy, issued on June 30th 2003, n. 196, which includes the “Testo Unico” focused on the protection of personal information. We apply the requirements of this law (and any other applicable laws) to how we handle all Personal Information wherever received. All transfers of Personal Information between countries will be subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and in compliance with these laws.

    Questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy should be directed to our Director of Hospitality by writing to the following address:

    Castello di Ugento
    Direttore Ospitalità
    Via Castello 13
    I-73059 Ugento (Lecce)

    E-mail: [email protected]