Venturing along the historic and iconic sceneries of Turkey used to be a mere dream to me. And being able to shoot the architecture, landscapes and capture even snapshots of the culture there are truly overwhelming and satisfying that I’ve never expected that I would reach this point in time. This might sound too good to be true, and it was also to me before it really happened and slowly unfolded in front of me. More than featuring the prestigious accommodations I’ve had during my adventure in Turkey, I also believe that the people who have supported and been supporting me boost and inspire me to take photos, send tweets, and post blog entries and other social media updates. For this, I want to share this “dream turned into reality” moment with you all.
Btw guys! I have no tips or prices here on my BLOG post… Everything is actually unplanned and some of the tips and prices are shown on my Cappadocia VLOG ( Youtube : Deegee Razon ” How I see Cappadocia, Turkey by Deegee Razon )
As the holiday season is approaching, maybe you would want to visit Turkey or whenever you want to have an exploration in the West, you can look at this blog post (and some of my posts about Greece) for my review and experience of two the hotels I have been to during my unforgettable get-away in Turkey.
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Artemis Cave Suites
Unlike any other hotels I’ve been into, especially during my stay in Greece, the Artemis Cave Suites exuded a unique ambiance because of its location and design. It is a deluxe cave hotel located in the heart of Goreme, Cappadocia in Turkey. The region has a semi-arid climate which means the area only receive a small amount of precipitation or rain, but experience more precipitation than desert regions. Also, what makes it unique is its stone structure wherein the rooms seem to be located in make-shift caves. The view from the hotel is magnificent as you can marvel the glorious land mass, valleys, and even stare at the floating hot air balloons during the sunrise.
Artemis Cave Suites offer two kinds of rooms: the cave rooms and the stone rooms, which ranges from the simplest one to the most luxurious. The stone facade and interiors of the hotel and the rooms themselves make the experience more unique. With this kind of structure, the coldness inside the room, like a cave, is preserved. The cave rooms are not only replicas of caves, but real ones wherein modern furniture and luxurious amenities are offered. The stone room, on the other hand, are the typical Cappadocian rooms build with local stones. Something new has been offered by the hotel, and it is what makes great businesses.
Aside from this, some of their activities that can be enjoyed in Artemis Cave Suites are balloon flights, horseback rides, ATV safari explorations. In the Balloon Flight, guests are given the chance to enjoy and view the landscape of the Cappadocia from up above while they are riding colorful hot air balloons. This experience reminded me of the Philippines’s own Hot Air Balloon Festival in Pampanga. The hot air balloon ride offered by Artemis Cave Suites let tourists see the valley and astounding landscape of Cappadocia. Horseback rides let guests travel paths, valley lines, and village gardens that cannot be reached by cars. Tour guides lead them along hidden tracks of Cappadocia. Also, one of my favorites is the ATV safari ride wherein you can explore hill tracks, see the greenery of pines, and be captured by the amazing panoramic view of Cappadocia.
Taskonaklar Hotel Cappadocia
Some of the greatest memories I will truly treasure were spent in another hotel in Cappadocia which is the Hotel Taskonaklar Cappadocia. Carved into volcanic rock, this cave-like hotel gives tourists panoramic views of the area’s unique landscape. If you want to have a unique experience that mixes humanity, history, and nature, this hotel is a great pick for you. Their fairy chimneys which are products of thousand years-worth of erosion, spells “beautiful disaster” as it is now a dream town with underground cities, rock churches, and centuries-old frescoes that are carved into shelters. The experience here is one of the greatest I had so far since it was as if I’m in a film wherein the picturesque view of the valleys of Cappadocia could be seen. The word “breath-taking” is not enough to describe how Turkey, aside from its rich history and culture, has made me realize how this astounding this world is and the greatness of Turkish culture.
Taskonaklar Hotel Cappadocia offers standard rooms, junior suites, suites, and royal suites with jacuzzi to its guests in order to give them almost limitless choices on how they would like to experience Turkey. But no matter what room you are in, you will still have the same glimpse of what Cappadocia has to offer. Some of the activities offered are balloon tours, horse rides, walking tours (which are good for those who are tired of roaming around their cities and dealing with traffics), culture and archeology tours (for educational purposes and to pique the interests of academics and those with curious minds), jeep-safari organizations, and the magnificent picnics at sunset.
Get-aways in Greece and Turkey used to be an impossible dream to me. But with all the support you guys have been giving me and other blessings I have been receiving, I believe that simple thanks to you guys in every post will never be enough. These trips have made me realize how amazing the world is. Whether you’re a believer of a supreme being or not, we can still agree that the world is captivating. I have been to some places in the East then some regions in the West. I don’t know what’s next for me now, but I like to think that the future is bright. And as citizens of the world, it’s important to always choose sympathy over apathy when it comes to different issues both in the local and international scenes. I’m just wishing for a better world for us and for the next generations to come. And it starts with our own selves. Exploring the world will be more fun.