Exposed stone and rock-hewn features give a nod to this boutique gem’s roots as an ancient cave dwelling.
There’s nowhere quite like Cappadocia. This extraordinary pocket of central Turkey is contoured into an otherworldly terrain of stark Anatolian plains and soaring boulders. A scattering of jaw-dropping cave towns are carved into, and beneath, the rippling hills. Clinging to the highest peak is the tiny town of Uçhisar, home to boutique gem argos in Cappadocia. This huddle of caves and old stone houses – set around a 3.5-mile-long labyrinth of subterranean tunnels – hasn’t always been a hotel, and was once a monastery, lodgings for Silk Road travellers and a linseed oil factory.
A hefty 23-year restoration project has transformed the half-dozen stone buildings and cave dwellings into 51 stylish rooms and suites, all surrounded by pretty gardens and outdoor terraces. From the bare-stone walls and earthy tones of Stone Rooms, to Deluxe Rooms with rock-hewn bathrooms and fireplaces (or chimineas), no two rooms or suites at argos in Cappadocia are the same. The cream of the crop is the Splendid Suite, with a private terrace overlooking Pigeon Valley and Mount Erciyes, or even its very own private plunge pool set in a cave – the best spot for an early-morning dip.
The dining here is as extraordinary as the setting. Imagine waking to leisurely breakfasts of warm-from-the-oven breads, flaky pastries and cooked-to-order omelettes, all while watching brightly coloured hot air balloons float above Cappadocia – nab a window seat for the best views. Later in the day, take to the outdoor stone terrace for an al fresco dinner of Turkish delicacies, washed down with vintages from the hotel’s own vineyard – and served with views of the snow-topped Mount Erciyes.
In Uçhisar, an ancient town climbing the highest peak in Cappadocia
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• Take a hot-air balloon ride for a new perspective on the incredible Cappadocian landscape* • Discover staggering rock churches at the Göreme Open-Air Museum • Climb to the summit of Uçhisar Castle for the best views around* • Venture to the underground cities of Derinkuyu or Kaymaklı*.
Breakfast at Seki Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge