While sailing over Cappadocia through a hot air balloon is the best way to see the entire region, sharing the same sunrise experience from the ground is just as magical. The balloon-filled morning skies against the golden rock formations make for a dreamy landscape. The place is so picturesque and out of this world; words are not enough to describe its wonder.
Every day at sunrise, hundreds of balloons rise over the town of Göreme. Hence, choosing a hotel that offers an amazing view of this scene was my goal. Since I’m not a morning person, I prefer simply getting up to my feet and see the view than driving somewhere far at 5 AM.
I researched several cave hotels in Cappadocia before deciding on Sultan Cave Suites. This hotel has a whopping 5* reviews on TripAdvisor, and somehow, it always comes up in recommended accommodations.
After staying here, we’re immensely convinced. The room was huge and clean, the staffs are always helpful and amicable (my favorite), and nothing beats the lovely view from the hotel’s balcony.
The following day after our epic hot air balloon ride, we woke up early again to witness the infamous sunrise view from the hotel’s balcony. To my surprise, it was so popular the terrace got pretty crowded even before daylight. Guests are all stylishly dolled up and ready to capture the perfect Instagram shot.
The wooden floors are adorned with bright colored carpets and throw pillows. And there’s a vibrant breakfast of fruits and tea arranged on an elevated platform. We found out later on that the food is not for eating. It’s real, but it’s only meant for photo taking. This setup is done every morning for guests to enjoy.
It almost feels like a tourist trap, but I’d have to admit that the idea is a genius! The entire thing turns out great in photos. And I’m sure it’s also a marketing strategy to draw people in. Who doesn’t want an elaborate, otherworldly photo like these?
It was such an unforgettable memory I am grateful to have shared with my man. :)
Would you stay in a cave hotel?