Doesn’t everyone dream of dining in a 13th-century deconsecrated church and slumbering in a prehistoric, candlelit cave dwelling? At Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita hotel in Matera, Italy, these dreams become reality. (Plus, the views of the expansive, archaeological Park of the Murgia Matera from natural terraces make the jet lag totally worth it.) Here are a few other cavernous escapes we think you should carve out some time to see:
This former-monastery-turned-stylish-hotel features 12 rooms set in caves on the banks of the Loire. And when you’re ready to come up for air, the sunny terrace and pool (and bar sculpted into rock) are simply divine.
Though the hotel’s guest cottages are above ground, the hotel is built along cave-peppered cliffs that drop into the sea. So, in between an Aveda spa treatment and a candlelit dinner at the cave restaurant, guests can cool off by swimming in and out of the caverns below.
Carved from 3 of Cappadocia’s remarkable “fairy chimneys” (thin spires of rock), the hotel’s 18 suites meld Hittite, Roman and Byzantine architecture with 21st-century amenities and breathtaking views of the Goreme Valley.