Cappadocia Turkey 50240
A well-kept secret, Takaev manages to stay free of touristy types. While many cave dwellings employ modern furnishings to counterbalance their natural environs, this hotel embraces its earthiness by eschewing sleek bathroom fixtures and chic furniture. That's not to say guests are sleeping on slabs of stone; far from it, as beds are spacious and comfortable. At sunrise, as hot-air balloons float towards the clouds, visitors fill up on a bounty of Turkish pastries and orange juice freshly squeezed by the hotel's proprietor, who is also a willing leader of hikes into the Rose Valley.