Nestled in the expansive, lunar rock formations of Göreme, this little enclave of cave dwellings make an awesome escape to add to the birthday bucket list. Sleep in a space surrounded by fairy chimneys on your next b-day eve and spend your day poolside or soaking up the otherworldly landscape of stalagmites, rocky hills and valleys from up above. If this sounds up your archaeology-loving alley, grab your passport and get to packing because your next stop is Turkey’s Local Cave House Hotel.
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Sleep in A Volcanic Stone Cave
Local Cave House Hotel sits in the middle of Göreme, a Turkish town with rock-hewn structures that date back to the tenth century. Inside the hotel, you’ll find nine rustic suites carved into volcanic stone hillside and decorated with local, artisan-made textiles and little outlooks to the fairy chimneys and conical rock formation surrounds. Traveling with your posse for the big birthday antics? Check out the family suites so you can all crash together and spend your late nights chatting away.
Photography: Jananya Pruksanusak
Birthday Worthy Chill Factor
Let’s be real here. Poolside lounging is priority numero uno at a spot like this, where the pool courtyard is like 99.99% of the calling card on a warm and sunny day. If you’re the birthday and chill type, grub up on the hotel’s traditional Turkish breakfast spread and head to the pool with your best book and a cocktail in hand.
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Turn It Up, Up, Up
While Göreme is an amazing little town in and of itself to explore on foot, this bucket list worthy birthday trip won’t be complete without a hot air balloon trip floating over the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia. Best seen from up above, the volcanic terrain spans over fifty square miles and includes mountain ridges, valleys, pinnacles, subterranean cities, ancient churches and villages, and so many varied landscapes to explore. So, get on up!