From man-made mysteries to underwater formations, the world is full of alluring and scenic caves just waiting to be explored.
Whether travellers are looking to be pampered in a unique cave hidden under a vineyard in Napa or to channel their inner Viking while indulging in a traditional Icelandic feast, there are a number of inviting experiences across the globe for curious cave dwellers to uncover.
Viking Feast in an Icelandic Cave | Hotel Rangá
Feast like Vikings in a mysterious Icelandic cave, the country’s oldest still-standing archaeological remains, just minutes from Hotel Rangá. Guests of the South Coast property are invited to enjoy delicious dishes prepared by the hotel’s chefs in a setting from another time.
While little is known about the Caves of Hella, some signs indicate the caves were in existence when the Vikings came to Iceland in 850 A.D. Guests of Hotel Rangá can book a private three-course feast including gourmet gravlax, a decadent lamb shank served over whipped potatoes and a special skyr dessert in this unique Icelandic atmosphere.
Dine by candlelight, listen to live entertainment, and sip local craft beer or handpicked wines while being catapulted back in history.
(Main article photo credit for Hotel Ranga – Ingibjorg Fridriksdottir @inki)
Adventure in Bonaire’s Natural Scenic Caves
The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is home to over 300+ caves, including both dry and wet ones. Visitors can crawl, snorkel and climb through stunning formations like thousands of year-old stalactites and stalagmites, see incredible ancient coral imprints and even come in contact with some cave creatures, from the marine variety to the winged kind.
The cave system plays a vital role in the Bonaire’s overall ecosystem. Eco-friendly tours are led by experienced guides who provide geological details about the island’s underground world and are necessary to explore the caves of Bonaire safely, as many are (hidden) and found in their natural state.
Say Spahh in an Estate Cave | Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California
While The Meritage Resort is a sprawling Napa Valley property featuring on-site tasting rooms, a six-lane bowling alley, and dining options ranging from burrata all day at Olive + Hay and a French pop-up experience all above ground, one of the most serene spots is Spa Terra, located 40 feet under a vineyard.
Nested in a 22,000-square-foot Napa Estate Cave, the underground spa offers an array of treatments ranging from wine-infused massages to a new Man Cave menu with a Cave Man Facial and Grape Crusher Massage. The unique space is also used for special events and wellness classes.
Cenote Suites | La Valise Tulum
A chic, adults-only hideaway in one of Mexico’s hottest and most easily accessible destinations, La Valise Tulum channels the mysticism of ancient Mayan civilization.
Located on a secluded beach dotted with swaying palms, spacious suites with king beds roll onto balconies for al fresco nights under the stars while a spa edged with lush jungle offers native cacao ceremonies, bee venom facials, and ancient Mayan mud rituals.
Then there’s the piece de resistance – an on-site cenote, or underground cave, known for its healing waters. For a truly magical stay, book one of the signature Cenote Suites, which feature outdoor showers, private Jacuzzis and direct access to the jungle cenote.
Underwater Caves in Saba
Tucked away in the Caribbean Sea, the five-square-mile Dutch Caribbean island of Saba sets the stage for an off-the-grid, nature-immersive getaway.
As the peak of a volcano that pokes out from the ocean below, Saba is tiny but quite mighty. Under the sea, Saba plunges below as steeply as it rises above.
Thirty protected dive sites are found closely off-shore, many of which are bucket-list sites amongst the advanced diving community, such as The Pinnacles, five formations that rise from the ocean floor up to depths of 100 feet.
Nestled between The Pinnacles, divers will encounter underwater scenic caves and tunnels formed by past volcanic activity and nourished by deep ocean currents. Brave souls can dive deeper to explore the caves and find schools of colourful Parrot Fish, sharks and turtles too.
Cave Dwellings turned Boutique Hotel | Argos in Cappadocia
Carved into the cliffs of Turkey’s historical region, Argos in Cappadocia is an intimate boutique hotel that immerses its guests in the history and nature surrounding the charming town of Uçhisar.
This ancient monastery turned boutique hotel offers 51 uniquely designed guest rooms that are made of scenic cave dwellings that blend in with the volcanic landscape.
The hotel’s “Splendid Suites” submerge guests into the region’s history, offering a private pool and fireplace that exudes a sense of romance while staying in a cave decorated with stone arches and breathtaking cave-style architecture.
Guests can also enjoy the diverse topography of Cappadocia from their private garden or terrace. For a truly memorable escape, the hotel offers tailor-made experiences, including a private hot air balloon ride, full moon walks, local culinary tours, cooking classes, and much more.
Blue Holes | South Andros
Venture to the Andros islands in the Bahamas, the home of the most blue holes in the entire world. Blue Holes refer to sinkholes or underwater caves formed during the last ice age when ocean levels were 300-400’ lower than current levels.
The Andros Blue Holes are tidal freshwater blue holes which are unique in the world and can be found both inland and offshore. Nestled on the island of South Andros, Caerula Mar Club is a boutique luxury hotel that brings the best service to the serene island.
Caerula Mar offers guests the opportunity to swim, snorkel, or dive in these natural wonders. The resort will arrange tours for adventurous guests, where they can learn about the folklore of the island as well as many of the healing aspects of plants.