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The Middle East's Ultra-Luxury Hotels Centuries-old palatial hotels and glitzy new developments await the surging number of visitors to the region. Read full story from Forbes.com website >
A 1,000-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, the 18-room cave house opened as a hotel in 1999. The people of Central Turkey continue to live in cave dwellings, as they have done for 4,000 years. The rooms are cooled by volcanic rock, which may have helped protect the original frescoes of an 8th-century cave church within the hotel's walls. Guests are treated to five-course meals and live Turkish music. Cost: for a double, which includes a bed, private bath and furniture carved from stone, or 0 for a suite with a fireplace and terrace; apricots, local honey and fresh cow's milk included.
For more information, visit www.gamirasu.com
Living with sheep and satellite TV ( And stay in luxury Gamirasu Cave Hotel )
For more than 4,000 years the people of Cappadocia, central Turkey, have lived in caves. The soft volcanic tufa was first excavated by the Hattis, who made homes in cliffs and phallic columns of rock called fairy chimneys. But, over the millennia, a number of different ethnic and religious groups have followed suit. Chipping away at the porous, pale solidified lava with bronze tools, they have carved out storage areas, animal mangers, niches for oil lamps, chambers for pressing grapes, tandoor ovens and sunken work areas for weavers. Although many of the cave houses are no longer homes – the government has pushed to move residents into modern apartments and some are now being turned into characterful boutique hotels – some traditional residences can still be found. Read full story from Financial Times website >
As if carved out of the cliff face by a chisel-wielding Mother Nature, this hotel is so utterly of its landscape it appears to have been there for thousands of years. So it's a surprise to find the place only opened as a hotel in 1999. As if carved out of the cliff face by a chisel-wielding Mother Nature, this hotel is so utterly of its landscape it appears to have been there for thousands of years. So it's a surprise to find the place only opened as a hotel in 1999.
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Während ihre engen Verwandten hoch oben in den Baumwipfeln umhertollten, blieben die ersten Menschen auf dem Boden und entdeckten die Welt der Höhlen. In deren Innern war es fast kuschelig: trocken, warm und vor allem sicher. Und das sind einige von ihnen auch heute noch. Machen Sie doch mal Urlaub im Höhlenhotel.
Nicht nur die Steinzeitmenschen suchten Schutz in Höhlen. Auch spätere Völker siedelten in den Behausungen, die die Natur ihnen zur Verfügung stellte. So gibt es allein im türkischen Kappadokien über 30 unterirdische Städte. Viele weitere werden noch in den Felsen vermutet.
Die Bewohner von Höhlenwohnungen sind vor Jahrhunderten oder Jahrzehnten ausgezogen. Ohne Licht, Wasser und Strom konnten die Grotten mit den Annehmlichkeiten oberirdischer Behausungen nicht mehr mithalten. Aus einigen der ehemaligen Wohnungen sind Hotels geworden, die es heute mit jeglichem Komfort "normaler" Hotels aufnehmen können. Und sie bieten dazu noch ein einzigartiges Höhlenflair.
Sie haben keine Lust mehr auf Mustertapete und flauschigen Florteppich? Dann schenken Sie sich doch mal einen rundum grottigen Urlaub! In einer behaglichen Höhlennische schlafen, den Tag mit einem Frühstück in der kühlen Grotte beginnen und den Blick vom Felsenbalkon in die Ferne schweifen lassen...
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Cappadocia is located in the middle Anatolian region of Turkey. Due to volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, the Cappadocian landscape is covered with hundreds of volcanic pillars from which, over the ages, people have carved out to form houses and other buildings. Elkep Evi was once an ancient cave dwelling and has been transformed into a 9-room (including two suites) bed and breakfast hotel. Located in Urgup, Cappadocia, all the rooms at Elkep Evi have en-suites and most have a terrace which allows the visitor sweeping views over this truly fascinating land.
The Gamirasu Cave Hotel is also located in Urgup, Turkey and is guaranteed to take your breath away. This former monastery still has a 12th century Byzantine Christian church attached to it and has, in the past, also been used as a prison. The hotel has eighteen rooms including a family suite and has all the features you would expect in a hotel but is set in a fascinating location, with a hiking trail which begins at the front door and winds through a valley
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One hotel in Turkey attracted our attention. That is the Gamirasu hotel in Cappadocia, a 1000-year-old Byzantine monastery, and the cave house with 18 rooms opened as a hotel in 1999. It offers modern conveniences yet still preserving the spirit of the area that has been inhabited for more than five thousand years. Even famous Forbes recognized it and put it on the list of The Middle East's Ultra Luxury Hotels. Some of the rooms were used until recently as the monks' cells. Rooms are cooled by volcanic rock that keeps the temperature on the pleasant 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year. At the same time it is a modern and traditional hotel with a fireplaces and balconies, live Turkish music and original frescoes from 8th century. Furniture carved from stone, even fresh cow's milk, Gamirasu offers all that. This is the perfect place for those who want to feel spiritual while on vacation. If you are still have some doubts we’ll just add that Cappadocia means "The land of pretty horses".
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Gamirasu Hotel, Turchia
Nel cuore della Cappadocia, Il Gamirasu hotel è un antico eremo bizantino, dove i monaci si ritiravano per contemplare e riflettere. Nel villaggio di Ayvali, non lontano da Urgup in Cappadocia, l'albergo conserva le sue sembianze alquanto eremitiche.
Tra le 18 camere del Gamirasu hotel, sei sono delle antiche abitazioni-cave, scavate nella roccia di tufo, completamente restaurate. A prossimità, datante del XII secolo, un'antica chiesa bizantina fino a poco fa ancora utilizzata. La storica facciata è stata restaurata con cura e l'albergo esala senza dubbio un sentimento di tranquillità e di dolce intimità nelle segretezze delle caverne. Da apprezzare per una luna di miele o una vacanza in coppia. Per assaporare un'atmosfera di ritorno ad un tempo primitivo più puro, di un ritrovo con sè stessi. La più grande camera è la cave suite, in un arredo della regione con vista sul giardino delle Rose ...
The Gamirasu Hotel
We arrived unruffled and on time, on a Pegasus Airlines' flight to Kayseri's small airport. It was to be an hour's transfer in darkness to our hotel on remarkably good and virtually empty roads. There were few lights in the countryside but the profile of low mountains in the background could just be seen. It was only for the last few miles that we drove on a single carriageway, and everything seemed all too easy and comfortable for a soft adventure holiday ... Read full story from motorbar.co.uk website >
Nestled within one of the many moonscape valleys of Cappadocia lies a secluded retreat center of authentic cave dwellings, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. Here, amidst fertile volcanic soil in the prime agricultural heartland of fruit orchards and vineyards, the 25-room establishment features simple but well-appointed rooms along with offering impeccable service.
Passing through the tiny village of Ayvali, just a few kilometers from the larger tourist centers of Urgup and Goreme, our van descended the last narrow street before crossing a bridge to bring us to the front door of the hotel...
Turkey's rocks of ages: 'Fairy chimneys,' tunnel cities of Cappadocia
(03-16) 04:00 PDT Ayvali , Turkey -- Night descends on this desolate valley as the yatsi - the final Muslim prayer call from the muezzin - ricochets across the gorge.
A donkey brays, its hooves giving off a staccato clop-clop as it heads for home. Otherwise the village is serene except for the locals sharing a feast on a stone deck nearby, chattering away in what is, to our ears, indecipherable Turkish. The light casts eerie shadows upon holes in the cliff where villagers made their homes for thousands of years. Read full story from SFGate.com website >
WHERE TO STAY : Hotel Gamirasu, in village of Ayvali about 6 miles south of Urgup, offers 18 rooms and suites built into the caves of an ancient monastery. Standard rooms about 0 per night, up to 0 a night for suite with fireplace, sauna and DVD player. Buffet breakfast included. Gamirasu restaurant serves a six-course Turkish dinner. Owners can arrange free one-way transportation from Kayseri airport. 011-90-384-341-7485, www.gamirasu.com.
For other hotel options in all price ranges: see www.cappadociahotels.com.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looking for somewhere unusual to stay?
Online travel networking tool TripAdvisor has released a list of the world's 10 quirkiest lodgings according to traveller popularity and TripAdvisor editors. "Our quirky hotel list is perfect for travelers seeking something out of the ordinary," said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor. Following is the list, with average nightly rate unless stated otherwise:
6. Gamirasu Cave Hotel: Ayvali Koyu, Urgup, Turkey A cave dwelling and restored monastic retreat, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel features windy passages and rooms overlooking the village of Ayvali. A layer of volcanic rock, also known as Tufa, keeps the caves warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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An Open Letter from Turkey
...To complete this experience, we stayed in a cave hotel called Gamirasu in Urgup, sleeping in rooms carved into the caves. Each room was unique, and they all had little quirks that added to the charm of our group experience. Our room had an exquisite marble bathroom—the ceiling, floor and walls were completely made of marble. Almost all of the buildings and homes in Turkey—hotels, shops, streets, pillars—display diverse types of marble in the most wonderful colors. The buildings are hundreds of years old, yet they look so new... Read full story from Shore Magazine website >
For a couple from L.A., the perfect honeymoon involves ancient ruins and whirling dervishes--relaxation, too. Exploring Cappadocia's eroded landscapes, hand-chiseled subterranean cities, early Christian chapels, and trademark rock formations (phallic "chimneys" hollowed out and big enough to hold hotels and cafés) is an ideal finale. "We're always looking for the 'hidden treasure'--type places to see," said Kristi. They're going to love the honeymoon suite at Gamirasu Cave Hotel.
Except for the door and a tiny window, the room is entirely carved out of the volcanic hillside. The hotel sits in the little-known village of Ayvali, where Kristi and Dave will be treated to views of the eerily pockmarked valley below. If they're lucky, there'll be an evening of folk songs in the village's main cave.
Best of 2005 - Turkey for families
From the beaches of Bodrum to the caves of Cappadocia, there are adventures galore at low prices. Cappadocia has several hotels excavated out of the rocks, but the Hotel Gamirasu (00 90-384 341 5825, www.gamirasu.com), six miles from Urgup in the quiet farming village of Ayvali, is especially good for families. Here donkeys and chickens roam far from traffic, and children can safely explore the local curiosities. The hotel’s vaulted rooms were originally dug out of the rock by monks 1,000 years ago, and it comes complete with its own frescoed chapel. A pool will be ready for summer 2005, and baby-sitting is available, as are six-course Turkish meals, based on organic ingredients from the owner’s garden. A family suite sleeping four costs £69 a day, B&B, including free transfer from Kayseri airport. While in Ayvali, visit the frescoed churches in the Goreme valley or the underground cities.
Amazing accommodations by Melissa Gaskill, 15 Dec 2004
Gamirasu Cave Hotel If you have ever felt like retreating to a cave, you probably did not imagine one as comfy as Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Ayvali Village, Cappadocia, Turkey. Originally a monastery, the hotel's 18 rooms were carved by hand from volcanic rock centuries ago. Today, they are comfy nests instead of monastic cells, complete with natural cotton futons, kilims and Turkish rugs, showers and heat. The deluxe suite has a fireplace and a balcony with views of the fanciful rock formations that dot the desert countryside. Nearby are villages of cave houses, and you can explore on horseback, donkey or bicycle. Innkeeper cousins, Ibrahim Bastutan and Suleyman Cakir, natives of the village, can point you to the area's ruins, historic cave church, rug and antiques shop, winery and gardens. Rates of 55$ to 350$ a night include organic Turkish breakfast featuring local apricots and honey, and a traditional six course dinner is also available. Essentials: About 450 miles from Istanbul, 200 miles from Ankara. From either Kayseri or Nevsehir airports in Cappadocia, it is less then an hour to Gamirasu. Contact the hotel to arrange transportation. 011-90-384-3417485
London Spring 2004
Right off the beaten track, the beautiful Gamirasu Hotel on the edge of Ayvali Village, south of Ürgüp, boasts its own frescoed church and a series of comfortable stone-arched and cave rooms.
M & C MAGAZINE
Unique hotel rooms in trees, rocks or lighthouses ...
In Cappadocia, Turkey, at the 18 room Gamirasu Cave Hotel ( www.gamirasu.com ), visitors stay in former monk's quaerters carved out of the hillside or made from volcanic rock. Some suites have vaulted ceilings and valley views...
The donkey that lives in the cave across the stream trumpets the dawn in a loud bray. He cohabits with a cow, and at seven a woman, wearing trousers that are so baggy they look like skirt, sets a pail beneath the cow and milks it. Nearby, her two little boys play on a stone bridge that dates from Roman times. When she has finished, she leads the donkey and cow up the cobbled road to a pasture for the day's grazing. I am propped up by pillows in a warm bed watching all this trough the lace curtains if my cave in the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. Eight hundred years ago there was a monastery here, but in caves carved out of soft volcanic rock. My hotel has been built on the ancient site. Guests of the hotel dine in the same cave as the original monks and sleep in adjoining caves, but in modern comfort...
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Be Like Batman
Be like Batman with a cave of your own. This is now a possibility at this cave hotel. “A cave, you probably did not imagine one as comfy as Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Ayvali Village, Cappadocia, Turkey. Originally a monastery, the hotel’s 18 rooms were carved by hand from volcanic rock centuries ago. Today, they are comfy nests instead of monastic cells, complete with natural cotton futons, kilims and Turkish rugs, showers and heat. The deluxe suite has a fireplace and a balcony with views of the fanciful rock formations that dot the desert countryside. Nearby are villages of cave houses, and you can explore on horseback, donkey or bicycle.
Innkeeper cousins, Ibrahim Bastutan and Suleyman Cakir. Volcanic rock called “tufa” is perfect insulation material which keeps the temperature between 17 - 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year.”
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By Paul MANSFIELD; 13 April 2002
A cave of one's own The troglodyte community in Cappadocia is as fascinating as the surrounding landscape, says Paul Mansfield. IN the Anatolian village of Ayvali the day starts early. At sunrise there's a wake-up call from the muezzin in the village mosque.
An hour or so after daylight the villagers are already going about their business. Women in headscarves and traditional dresses bring loaves of bread up to the communal oven. There's a pile of pumpkin rinds in the main square, their seeds having been removed for sale. A villager is sifting a pan of dried white beans. By the time I get back to the Hotel Gamirasu after my morning walk, breakfast has been laid out, and a glass of apple tea is waiting.