On the surface, hotel bathrooms are fairly standard. A shower, a sink, a toilet and some nice, fluffy towels and the space is ready to go, right? But not so fast—whether the project is a new build, a renovation or an adaptive reuse, designers often must overcome unanticipated challenges when creating bath areas for guestrooms. Not only must the space meet the latest guest demands and brand standards, but a wide range of logistics can affect the overall look of the room.
Located in central Turkey, the Cappadocia region is known for its breathtaking landscapes and arid climate. Visitors flock to the area to take in otherworldly rock formations and cave dwellings that have been in use for thousands of years. Cappadocia’s incredible appearance is due to volcanos that were active in the area 2 million years ago, leaving behind lava flows that turned into a soft porous stone known as tuff.
Over the years, water and wind have eroded this stone layer, carving out deep pockets and structures known as “fairy chimneys.” Now tourists visit to take in the bizarre formations and partake in a hot air balloon ride, one of the most popular activities in Cappadocia. But where to stay? A cave hotel, of course.
Making the most of its history, Cappadocia’s towns are filled with cave hotels, these ancient dwellings transformed into vacation stays. From high-end luxury to rustic charm, each hotel offers a different experience and ambiance. We take a look at some of the unique cave hotels in Cappadocia, which have transformed ancient dwellings into comfy suites.
Anitya Cave House – Ortahisar
Located in the small village of Ortahisar, known for its rock castle, Anitya Cave House aims to blend modern life with historic caves. With just two units, the project is a labor of love for the owners, a doctor and an actress. They meticulously restored and decorated the house to their tastes, creating cozy, homey rooms that will make you want to extend your vacation. One suite has a private terrace with sweeping views of the valley, allowing you to relax and take in the view while sipping a glass of wine.
Hezen Cave Hotel – Ortahisar
Also in Ortahisar, the Hezen Cave Hotel brings a contemporary twist to the traditional cave hotel. Though historically influenced, the interiors are decidedly modern. Clean lines and contemporary decor contrast with the cut stone walls and views into the countryside. As is the case for many of these vacation stays, the Hezen can help organize a myriad of activities in the area, from visiting the underground city of Derinkuyu to horse back riding.
Museum Hotel – Uchisar
The 30 rooms and suites of the Museum Hotel are restored versions of ancient cave dwellings. True to its name, each acts a museum preserving the history and tradition of Cappadocia. The founder, who is an antiques collector, used his own collections of rugs, tapestries, furs, art from the Ottoman and Byzantine eras to give the space a magical feel. Guests can participate in cooking lessons or dine in the hotel’s restaurant, where ingredients are sourced from their nearby “eco-garden.” If you want a touch of luxury, rooms include jacuzzis with some even featuring massage rooms and a private garden.
House Hotel Cappadocia – Ortahisar
Soak in luxury at the House Hotel Cappadocia, which includes a spacious spa complete with a Turkish hammam. The modern interior design keeps the spaces light and bright, with suites having separate living rooms and bedrooms. Each interior is slightly different, with three styles described as Regal Classical, Luxury Raw, and Contemporary Classic.
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The appeal of a hotel residence is singular—turn-key luxury managed by the most trusted names in hospitality. It’s no wonder then that top hotel brands continue to include homes in their ambitious projects, and that the global jet-set keeps on buying. A particularly exciting addition to the space is the West Enclave, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence (the Ritz’s “reserve” designation is granted only to the brand’s utterly top-of-the-line service-oriented resorts), a collection of four- and five-bedroom homes with stunning ocean views and easy access to the resort’s signature amenities. Whether you fancy an exotic vacation villa or an urban pied-à-terre, there’s something to please everyone in these move-in-ready aeries around the world. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most extraordinary examples.
A laid-back, sand-between-the-toes spirit pervades this sophisticated pied-à-terre. “The look is intentionally unusual, but there’s also a sense of fun because we’re in Miami Beach,” Alessandro Isola says. It’s a vision in white, accented by water tones.
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The apartment is one of 26 that Interior Design Hall of Fame member John Pawson conceived for the Ian Schrager Company’s Residences at the Miami Beach Edition. Some occupy a new structure on top of the hotel’s original 1950’s building. The unit renovated by Isola’s namesake architecture firm for Italian owners, however, is in a neighboring building. Working within Pawson’s characteristically minimal 1,500-square-foot layout, Isola delivered a two-bedroom that can accommodate a couple and up to four children.
Leather upholsters the master bedroom’s custom platform. Photography by Kris Tamburello.
Multipurpose features make that possible. The master bedroom can double as a private lounge of sorts, thanks to the bed’s white leather-upholstered platform, which extends far beyond the mattress to invite daytime relaxation. In the children’s room, the same leather covers padded paneling that wraps from the walls to the ceiling and even part of the floor. “It’s a tiny room, so I turned it into a raised cocoon that frames views of the sea,” he says. “The padding also gives the kids a soft play area.” Better yet, the paneling conceals a pair of pull-down bunks to supplement the two beds opposite.
Small modifications to the kitchen and bathrooms made a big difference. In the former, he livened up the existing stainless steel and white with splashes of blue. Pendant fixtures have globes in ombré teal Venetian glass. For benches, he sawed a tree trunk into segments, then coated the sides in turquoise resin for what he calls a conceptual “merging of land and water”—a process that took him eight months to perfect. In the children’s bathroom, he replaced a too-small wall-mounted sink with a freestanding cylindrical version.
Built-in shelving in the apartment’s living area along is powder-coated aluminum. Photography by Kris Tamburello.
Storage is another design motif. In the living area, a wall of shelving is powder-coated in graduated blues, like a wave rolling past.
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From the super-hotel that is The Ned to the capital’s cool little gems, like Ham Yard Hotel, London is awash with inspiring and design-savvy places to lay your head. You would be forgiven for thinking, therefore, that a new property from Novotel – part of the French Accor group – wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting as some of the big-name openings flinging open their doors in town. You’d be wrong.
Resembling three interlocking circles and covered with thousands of white porcelain tiles that reflect the shimmering waters of Lake Alster, the Fontenay, will debut in the German city of Hamburg this fall. The Leading Hotels of the World property will be the first five-star hotel to debut in the European city in 18 years.