Sure, you could stay in a normal hotel with regular walls that are built on a typical foundation. But that’s just so boring. If you’re traveling the world for the experience of it all, why not opt for a totally unique feat and sleep in a cave? And yes, modern amenities are included. Here, ten cave rentals, suggested by our friends at TripAdvisor, that just might trump a four-star hotel.
LAVA CAVE IN SANTORINI, GREECE
Rate: $308 per night
This dwelling may date back to 1875, but it’s since been fitted with all the modern upgrades you could need. Still, its Aegean pearl-white walls and curved cave interior will transport you to an earlier—er, ancient—time. Caveman vibes aside, your claustrophobia will be instantly cured by the panoramic views of the sublime caldera and crystal-clear water.
UNIQUE BECKHAM CAVE HOME IN PARTHENON, ARKANSAS
Rate: $1,100 per night
Fred Flinstone and fam would feel quite at home in this cavern-turned-lavish-6,000-square-foot home. Our favorite detail might be the exposed cave walls and rain shower combo. But if you ever emerge from this cozy stone labyrinth, a glass of wine while overlooking the scenic bluff doesn’t sound too terrible either.
CASA SANTANTONIO IN SANTORINI, GREECE
Rate: $172 per night
Live like a local…well, a local from 18th-century Santorini in this lovely revived mansion composed of three private luxury apartments. Psst, we’d opt for the one with its own pergola and Jacuzzi.
ANITYA CAVE HOUSE IN CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY
Rate: $181 per night
Step back in time in this 600-year-old home built into the land. And while the interiors themselves are truly memorable, there’s just something about sipping a Turkish coffee or homemade wine (yep) on the spacious terrace with incredible mountain views that really makes it special.
AZALEA HOUSES CAVE IN OIA, GREECE
Rate: $345 per night
Oenophiles, this one’s right up your alley. The one-bedroom cave is actually a traditional Aegean winemaker’s home. So it’s no wonder that you can see such vast views of the vineyards of Oia from the property’s lovely, lush patio. Oh, and we have to suggest that you pack your minimalist linens to fit in perfectly with this relaxed-yet-chic architectural aesthetic.
THE ROCKHOUSE RETREAT IN WORCESTER, U.K.
Rate: $270 per night
We can’t think of a better place to finish your novel than in this 700-year-old cave home about two and a half hours west of London. The space is hand-sculpted from a Triassic sandstone escarpment in rural Worcestershire—how could you not feel inspired to get past chapter one (at least)? Plus, since you’ll be totally isolated from civilization, you won’t really have an excuse.
LOFT CAVE SEA VIEWS IN GUIA, GRAN CANARIA
Rate: $166 per night
Located in Spain’s Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa, this rental has everything you want in a cave apartment—a fully equipped kitchen, a cozy bedroom and plenty of rock formations. But it’s the outdoor space that has us swooning. With a private swimming pool and panoramic mountain views, you may never want to go back to your regular ol’ house.
CUEVO DE LUJA IN GRANADA, SPAIN
Rate: $246 per night
With its clean lines and sleek, modern design, this luxurious house will make you rethink why you haven’t been living in a cave your whole life. Well, probably because few caves are as serene and lovely as this one, with a beautiful terrace and spectacular views of the Alhambra palace.
WHITE DREAM IN PUGLIA, ITALY
Rate: $172 per night
Centrally located in the city of Ostuni, this striking abode, built from white stones natural to the region, is only seven miles from white-sand beaches, crystal-clear sea and Torre Guaceto, a gorgeous marine protected area. And if that can’t keep you busy, we should mention the area is a major producer of high-quality olive oils and wines.
CAVE SOCORRO IN GUIMAR, TENERIFE
Rate: $49 per night
Located in a small coastal town in southern Tenerife of the Canary Islands, this cave is basically on the beach. So grab some fresh seafood and cook it up to for an alfresco dinner on your private terrace. And while other amenities are worth noting, our favorite thing about this spot might be the price. Grab a group of six friends, and it’s just $9 per person a night. (That should help cover airfare to the Canary Islands.)