The fairy-tale-like area of Cappadocia needs to be seen to be believed. This geological wonder of honeycomb hills and interesting rock formations is like something from another planet. In addition to the amazing natural features of the area, human history is central to the region. People have long used the soft stone to carve out underground homes in the countryside. These caves were once inhabited by Hittites, Persians and the early Christian Romans. This cavernous like architecture has resulted in a proliferation of exciting and unique hotels opening in the area as visitors flock to take in the jaw-dropping natural wonder. The Luxury Editor has picked out a few of our favourite luxury hotels and lodges in the area.
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Kayakapi Premium Caves
This carefully UNESCO supported renovated historical building near Urgup offers the perfect romantic getaway, special family occasion or an educational adventure. The boutique hotel boasts spacious rooms, each with unique features like fireplaces, natural stone bathtubs, or personal hammam sauna, courtyard or terrace. All cavernous, softly lit rooms feature under floor heating and are peacefully neutral in décor. The hotel boasts a lovely swimming pool for respite from the summer heat, whilst the onsite spa offers a range of massage and beauty treatments. The hotel has two dining options but is also just a five minute walk from Urgup town centre within Goreme National Park.
Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge
Enjoy living sustainably whilst also living the life of luxury at the Ariana Luxury Lodge. Breathtaking views over the Uchisar Valley, a deluxe concierge with private guided tours, plus and American-diner style restaurant and beautiful grounds, make this lodge a great option to call home whilst visiting the area. The hotel itself is a stunning feat of architecture, managing to stand out and blend in with the surrounding landscape. Named after an ancient sun goddess, Ariana Lodge is a contemporary hotel with stunning grounds and sun terraces atop the hillside, ideal areas for a spot of yoga or an alfresco massage. The hotel is a light-filled, modern space adorned with bold artworks, ancient mosaics and vaulted ceilings. Rooms are contemporary with feature lighting, designer furniture and marble bathrooms.
Seraphim Cave Hotel
For an exceptional and authentic Cappadocia experience with top quality service and the luxury facilities expected of a 5-star resort, the Seraphim Cave Hotel is the place to stay. Housed in a historic mansion built in 1853, protected on the historic register, the hotel has lots of charming public spaces including a stunning terrace bar ideal for taking in the famous sunsets and the serene courtyard is the perfect place to spend a relaxed evening. Each of the 21 rooms are unique with dark antique-style furniture and opulent textiles, creating individual indulgent cave-like hideaways. Guests at the a la carte Tasula Restaurant can enjoy the finest authentic local cuisine. For relaxation, the hotel boasts a wellness area with an indoor heated pool, sauna, massage rooms and Turkish bath.
Hanedan Cappadocia Suites
History and modernity beautifully comes together in this majestic luxury hotel. The hotel is located in Mustafapaşa which offers beautiful panoramas of the incredible natural landscape as well as the town itself. Away from the commercial centre of Cappadocia, the hotel enjoys peace and tranquillity. Rooms are opulent and regal with sumptuous soft furnishings, Turkish patterned rugs and metal decorative beds, giving a homely touch to the cavern-like rooms. Some rooms and suites boast incredible vistas too. The hotel can organise a range of activities for guests including the Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tour, ATV quad bike rides, jeep safaris and horseback riding – all great ways to explore the beautiful natural landscape.
Cappadocia Cave Suites
Located in the city of Goreme, at the heart of one of the most stunning locales in the Cappadocia region, Cappadocia Cave Suites combine the charm of an original cave dwelling with the benefits of a luxury hotel. All the rooms in this hotel are carved from rock resulting in unique shapes and sizes. The quirky but elegant rooms combine antiques, wrought-iron beds, and fold-art textiles with all the modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs and in most rooms, Jacuzzis. Larger suites boast fireplaces and several rooms have charming inside fairy chimneys. Patios are dotted around the hotel meaning guests can sit back in wicker chairs and enjoy the views whilst the hotel has plenty of inviting and intimate public spaces, giving you a real sense of privacy. The hotel includes a restaurant serving cuisine that reflects local ingredients and traditions.