Forget boutique hotels and find yourself a subterranean cocoon to retreat within this summer - we’ve got plenty of suggestions…
If you’re anything like us, you’ll be frantically searching for the best places to go this summer round about now. After a long and snowy winter, a couple of weeks under the sun seem like a wellness necessity.
But if you want a bit of quirky fun, nothing beats bedding down in a natural cave. From a white-stoned nest overlooking the ocean in Santorini to a cavern-like home in Arkansas, a cave of your own is an offbeat option that lets you dial right back to nature.
So, come ditch the 5-star hotel for an unusual cocoon, with our pick of the most amazing re-purposed caves around the globe…
Unique Beckham Cave Home, Arkansas, USA
Fancy sleeping like Batman? Beckham Cave is the ultimate destination for an experience out of the norm. Nestled in a natural cavern, this incredible home includes four bedrooms, bathrooms with rain showers and a dramatic view of the valley. The 6,000 square feet of natural rock can accommodate big groups in search of a cosy stay and a setting less ordinary…
4 bedrooms, Sleep 16, from £793 (£50 per person) per night
Lava Cave, Santorini, Greece
Santorini is always a good choice for a romantic escape – so, why not swap a hotel for a luxury cave?
This former sailor’s home dates back to 1875 and has since been upgraded to a luxury rental. Lava Cave has all the modern amenities you would want from a holiday and more. The Aegean island-style hideaway also offers a surprise: a private veranda with an exquisite indoor-outdoor Jacuzzi. Grab a pew, and wallow in the jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Caldera’s stunning beauty.
1 bedroom, Sleeps 3, from £223 (£74 per person) per night
Casa Santantonio, Santorini, Greece
On the same island, Casa Santantonio is just as beautiful as Lava. This re-designed 18th century mansion retains much of its traditional architectural heritage and style, with a veneer of contemporary polish. The house includes three private luxury apartments, with the Senior Cave apartment located on the first floor of the building. Here, a pergola with a Jacuzzi is waiting for you to spend long warm evenings watching the sunset.
2 bedrooms, Sleeps 5, from £125 (£25 per person) per night
Anitya Cave House, Cappadocia, Turkey
2018 is the year to go back to Turkey. This incredible one bedroom cave-house is more than 600 years old – maintaining the charm of old Turkish architecture. Located in the heart of Cappadocia, the incredibly spacious terrace captures panoramic views across Urgup – home of the Insta-famous hot air balloons rides. Ready to snap some enviable selfies?
1 bedroom, Sleeps 6, from £131 (£22 per person) per night
Azalea Houses Cave, Oia, Greece
Hidden, yet again, in the depths of paradisiac Greece, this one-bedroom home is an idyllic summer retreat. Once a traditional winemaker’s house, the property has been transformed into a luxury residence, keeping its original hellenic character. The icing on the cake? A large terrace overlooking the village, the vineyards of Oia, and the Aegean Sea.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, from £250 (£125 per person) per night
The Rockhouse Retreat, Worcester, UK
Searching for somewhere closer to home? The Rockhouse is waiting for you in rural Worcestershire. Set in three acres of woodland, the house is hand-sculpted from a Triassic sandstone escarpment near the Wyre Forest. Retreat within, and grab a little green therapy in the nearby wilderness.
1 bedroom, Sleeps 2, from £195 (£98 per person) per night
Loft Cave Sea Views, Guia, Gran Canaria
Set in a rural area of the Spanish Grand Canaria island, this cave is made for lazy afternoons in the sun cradling a fresh fruit juice. The two-bedroom house surrounded by green mountains features a garden and a terrace but most importantly, an inviting swimming pool overlooking the ocean.
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, from £120 (£30 per person) per night
Cuevo de Luja, Granada, Spain
Fancy living the dream cave but with a luxe touch? Head to Spain to discover this incredible house located in the heart of historic districts, between the Sacromonte and Albaicín. Cuevo de Luja is a three-bedroom house split across two floors. Classically designed but with a sleek, modern finish, the best feature has to be the beautiful terrace on the second floor, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Alhambra.
3 bedrooms, Sleeps 9, from £178 (£20 per person) per night
White Dream, Puglia, Italy
White Dream is the perfect name for this serene Italian cave. An off-radar gem, it’s hidden in the heart of the fascinating historical centre of Ostuni. Brilliantly located, the cave is only seven miles away from the famous Apulian white sand beaches, crystal-clear sea and the beautiful nature reserve of Torre Guaceto.
1 bedroom, Sleeps 2, from £125 (£63 per person) per night
Cohabitat Sassi, Matera, Italy
Based in a central location, just a few metres from Piazza Vittorio Veneto and other attractions in Matera, Cohabitat Sassi is a great place to base yourself for a getaway around the charming Basilicata region. This cave apartment for two is a classic Italian property that’s been carefully restored with modern adaptations and a great artistic touch.
1 bedroom, Sleeps 2, from £93 (£47 per person) per night