Quirky luxury hotels - Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

Tuesday, 6 March 2014 12:16 PM

Set in the area of Cappadocia in central Turkey, lies a vast area crisscrossed with lunar-like landscapes of deep valleys, undulating peaks and dramatic rock formations. If there ever was a perfect spot for a cave hotel, then this would be it.

Carpeted with ancient volcanoes, the area is home to the strange fairy-chimneys, bizarre conical like rock formations, weathered into weird and wonderful shapes over the years. For thousands of years the people here have been using the fairy-chimneys by carving out cave storerooms, stables, houses and even entire underground cities out of the rock.

It is under these where the Kelebek Special Cave Hotel has been built, a romantic almost castle-like structure topped by two fairy-chimney peaks. Until 1993 the hotel was in fact the family home of owner Ali Yavuz and has now been turned into a quirky stay for guests.

Think of staying in a cave and you’re probably picturing dark slimy walls, thick damp air and cold drafts whispering through the rock, however the luxurious Kelebek Hotel is a far cry from such imaginings, with beautiful stone-arched rooms, candle lit alcoves and bright windows. Each room is filled with elegant furniture; wrought iron bed frames, clawed-footed chaise lounges, wood carved wardrobes and magnificent mirrors.

Indulge in true Turkish style with a visit to the hotel’s Turkish baths or hammams, decorated with ornate tiles and gilt edged taps, and relax with massage or cleanse in the sauna. The hotel also has its own outdoor pool, and adding to its old-world charm, is tiled with mosaics depicting the first world map created by Piri Reis in 1513.

While away your days here, sitting in the garden terraces overlooking the strange landscapes beyond, enjoying traditional Cappadocian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, or exploring the area with activities such as, jeep safaris, hot air balloon rides, hiking and tours to see the whirling dervish ceremonies.

All your preconceptions of what a cave should be like will immediately vanish after a stay at the Kelebek Special Cave Hotel.

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Quirky luxury hotels - Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

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Set in the area of Cappadocia in central Turkey, lies a vast area crisscrossed with lunar-like landscapes of deep valleys, undulating peaks and dramatic rock formations. If there ever was a perfect spot for a cave hotel, then this would be it.