Sleep in a (Luxe) Turkish Cave? Yes Please!

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I have never slept in a cave, but I have always wanted to. At Yunak Evleri in Turkey, guests sleep in ancient caves—that have been updated to modern tastes, including WiFi and hydromassage spa bathrooms.

A combination of 7 cave houses (there are a total of 40 private cave rooms) that date back to the 5th and 6th centuries are connected via labyrinthine passageways and stairways to a “new” Greek Mansion from the 1800s which serves as the reception to this totally unique 5-star lodging.

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The hotel is a great jumping off point for travel in Turkey’s Cappadocia region, an incredibly unique area rife with “fairy towers” of rock (see image below), incredible views, and geological wonders galore:

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Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago, during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs, underlie the Cappadocia region. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits. Göreme became a monastic centre in 300–1200 AD.


But I have to admit, I might find it a bit of a challenge to leave a cave hotel; with so many paths and spaces to explore, it seems as if it would be endlessly fascinating—and a great place to get some writing done!

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