There are no WORDS to describe how enchanting, magical, splendid and perfect our 4 nights were in Goreme at Bora Ozkuk's Cappadocia Cave Suites. Bora - the owner and longtime childhood friend of my family, organized our tour, our rooms, visits to gorgeous hidden geological spots and local ceramicists, artisans, whirling dervishes, cooking classes and carpet weavers, and most importantly - an unforgettable surprise birthday for me - which started with a dazzling Hot Air Balloon ride at sunrise, an impeccable breakfast with all the colors of the rainbow on our plates, omelettes to order with my favorite 'sucuk' and 'pastirma', continuing on to a day's exploration through parts of the valley that only a true local would be able to take you to, and an evening of cocktails overlooking the sunset, with one of my most memorable meals in Turkey (lamb stew over eggplant puree), and the chefs bringing out a homemade 'secret' recipe Birthday cake with my name and candles!
I shared a room with my sister, and my family and a dozen friends had rooms nearby. I was convinced my room was the best - one of the highest cave rooms, balcony and picturesque patio view, until I looked at all our friends' rooms and realized, every single room is equally fabulous and beautifully original. It was comfortable, quiet and tranquil at night, and we awoke to hot air balloons flying right above us in plain sight. If you could have ever asked for 'balloons' for your birthday, this was truly a special experience, balloons galore.
Our stay was altogether adventurous, outdoorsy, and relaxing; luxurious with our jacuzzi and bountiful with the freshest homemade food. The staff was adorable, 100% caring and respectful, and exemplifies the great Turkish hospitality you hear of. The neighborhood is the best block you could be in, the highest point for views 360 degrees, a 5min walk from the apex lookout point where we watched the full moon rise at night, and a 5 minute walk down the hill to the town, transportation and shops. We never set foot in a restaurant in Goreme, all our meals was a taste of home and a million choices to choose from (I'm mostly a vegetable eater, and indulged in the apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, berries every morning!)
I'm planning to come back with a group of friends/colleagues. It's an idyllic romantic getaway. If it's any testament, I went up in the Hot Air Balloon not once but TWICE on separate days :) No matter the political situation and minor protests in Istanbul at the time (May/June 2013), Turkey is 100% travel-able, safe and sound. I've already referred 6 of friends to Cappadocia Cave Suites and they had a fabulous time. There is no better way to experience Turkey!!
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- Also Known As:
- Cappadocia Cave Hotel Goreme
- Cappadocia Cave Goreme
- Cappadocia Cave Suites Goreme, Turkey