The Enchanted Cave
Airbnb
The Enchanted Cave
Airbnb

Curl Up in a Cave

Finding unique places to stay these days isn't tough — there are tiny homes and treehouses and houseboats galore on vacation rental sites. But in keeping with these anxiety-laden times, we couldn't help but feel like caves might be just the thing for escaping everything. They're darker, cooler, and — in many cases — quite isolated from the rest of the world. Here are 15 caves across the planet that offer an unusual getaway.


Related: 25 Vacation Rentals with Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages

Lava Cave Suite
Vrbo

Lava Cave Suite

Santorini, Greece
Check prices and availability

At just under 500 square feet, it's not big, but it is luxurious, with an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi and terrace offering spectacular views of the Aegean sea. Legend has it that this space once served as a late 19th-century sailor's home.

Lava Cave Suite
Vrbo

Lava Cave Suite: Pearly Whites

Inside, the cave is sparsely but tastefully decorated with "pearl white" walls and a king bed and includes a small kitchen and bath. 

Beckham Creek Cave
Vrbo

Beckham Creek Cave

Parthenon, Arkansas
Check prices and availability

Gather up your covid-bubble peeps for a stay at this northwest Arkansas cavern that's been transformed into a high-end retreat overlooking the Ozark Mountains. There's a catch-and-release pond on the 256-acre property, as well as a fire pit and lots of hiking trails.


Related: Best Fishing Spots in All 50 States

Beckham Creek Cave
Vrbo

Beckham Creek Cave: Underground Luxury

The 5,800-square-foot property sleeps 12 and includes four bedrooms, four baths, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and other modern amenities like an LED smart TV and WiFi.  

Hand-Carved Cave House
Vrbo

Hand-Carved Cave House

Trenton, Georgia
Check prices and availability

Located just south of the Tennessee border (aka the state that has the largest underground cave system in the U.S.), this 700-square-foot rental features a quiet and idyllic country setting that offers plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts including mountain biking, rock climbing, and caving. Or head to Chatanooga, just 17 miles away, to explore its dining and shopping scene.


Related: Free and Cheap Underground Spaces to Explore

Hand-Carved Cave House
Vrbo

Hand-Carved Cave House: Cooking With Fire

At the end of the day, head back to the rental to cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, sip wine by the fire pit, or soak in the hot tub while taking in the views. 


Kokopelli's Cave
Airbnb

Kokopelli's Cave

Farmington, New Mexico
Check prices and availability

You won't be roughing it at this northern New Mexico rental. At 1,600 square feet, it includes a fireplace, TV/DVD, Bluetooth stereo, washer/dryer, and more. Man-made using blasting and hydro-drilling techniques, the owners note it is located 70 feet below the surface.

Kokopelli's Cave
Airbnb
Bedrock Homestead
Airbnb

Bedrock Homestead

Boulder, Utah
Check prices and availability

If you like your caves with a side of isolation and fresh air, this is the accommodation for you. Located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on 40 acres of farmland, this cave rental requires a four-wheel drive to get to and offers limited 21st-century amenities, but you'll be rewarded with peace, incredible views, and star-packed nighttime skies.

Bedrock Homestead
Airbnb
French Cave Apartment
Airbnb

French Cave Apartment

Centre, France
Check prices and availability

This troglodyte home — which is what the French call domesticated cave dwellings — is located only a few miles from the area's many historic castles and is just north of the scenic River Loire.

French Cave Apartment
Airbnb

French Cave Apartment: French Digs

The apartment includes a large bathroom, bed, and kitchenette. It also has a terrace overlooking the town of Ambroise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci.


Cave La Chumbera
Airbnb

Cave La Chumbera

Monachil, Spain
Check prices and availability

Colorfully and eclectically furnished with white painted "walls," this tiny home-like cave has a kitchenette, two bedrooms, and a bath.

Cave La Chumbera
Airbnb

Cave La Chumbera: Grill by the Pool

It also features a terrace with a grill overlooking the Andalusian countryside. A shared pool is on the property, and village amenities and a bus stop are only about a minute's walk away.

Northern Italy Cave Dwelling
Airbnb

Northern Italy Cave Dwelling

Matera, Italy
Check prices and availability

Stay in an area of this northern Italian town known as the Sassi di Matera, a complex of cave dwellings in the Gravina River valley that are also considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. With one bedroom, a bath, and a kitchen, this 1,000-plus-square-foot rental can accommodate a family of four.

Northern Italy Cave Dwelling
Airbnb

Northern Italy Cave Dwelling: Historical Connection

The rental also includes a large patio perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing and taking in views of the surrounding area, which has been named both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a European Capital of Culture. 


Inkunzi Cave
Airbnb

Inkunzi Cave

Winterton, South Africa
Check prices and availability

Located in this small South African town near the banks of the Tugela River, this Bushman- themed cave rental offers dramatic views of the nearby Drakensberg mountains, another UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inkunzi Cave
©TripAdvisor

Inkunzi Cave: A Famous Musical Hook-Up

Amenities include a lounge area overlooking an outdoor rock pool, WiFi, bathroom with "rock" bath and separate shower, and kitchen. And music lovers take note: The owner points out that the residence is also near the "world-famous" Drakensberg Boys Choir, which holds concerts on most Wednesday afternoons.


Acusa Seca Cave House
Airbnb

Acusa Seca Cave House

Artenara, Spain
Check prices and availability

Nestled into a secluded hillside in the Gran Canarias mountains, this minimalist cave-dwelling, which the owner says has "roots reaching back into the 6th century," can accommodate six guests, and includes a kitchen and bath.

Acusa Seca Cave House
Airbnb

Acusa Seca Cave House: Adventurers Welcome

This rental is best suited for the adventurous who don't mind giving up modern-day amenities like WiFi for what one reviewer called a "once in a lifetime" stay. Other reviewers concur: One said it was the "most memorable Airbnb experience you could ever imagine," while another noted that the location and views make you feel "connected to the gods."


Related: Bucket List Experiences for Adrenaline Junkies

Eureka Springs Hobbit Cave
©TripAdvisor

Eureka Springs Hobbit Cave

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Check prices and availability

If you've always wanted to make like Frodo and the gang, this trio of Arkansas hobbit caves — each with a king bed, Jacuzzi tub for two, 50-inch flatscreen TV, DVD player, and WiFi — will let you do so in style.

Eureka Springs Hobbit Cave
©TripAdvisor

Eureka Springs Hobbit Cave: Ring Around the Deck

Each hobbit house also includes a covered private deck where you can take in the sites and sounds of the surrounding Ozark countryside. 

Anitya Cave House
Airbnb

Anitya Cave House

Cappadocia, Turkey
Check prices and availability

At around 900 square feet, this cave home is located in an area of Turkey known for its geological features, which include "fairy chimneys" and more otherworldly landscapes and, of course, caves.

Anitya Cave House
Airbnb

Anitya Cave House: Get Smart

This rental features a fully equipped kitchen, a smart TV, and a home theater system. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over Mount Erciyes from the cave's private terrace.

The Rockhouse Retreat
©TripAdvisor

The Rockhouse Retreat

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Check prices and availability

Rockhouse is somewhat famous in the UK, having been featured on a number of British television shows. Its website notes that: "The grueling restoration of this 800-year-old hand-sculpted wonder created a wave of national and international media coverage." Close to many nearby attractions, the rental can sleep two.

The Rockhouse Retreat
©TripAdvisor

The Rockhouse Retreat: Into the Woods

Other amenities include a kitchen, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, dining terrace, and three acres of private woodland to explore. 

Desert Cave Hotel
©TripAdvisor

Desert Cave Hotel

Coober Pedy, Australia
Check prices and availability

This area of the Land Down Under is renowned for its underground residences, known as "dugouts," and its opal mining industry. The Desert Cave opened in 1988 and offers 50 rooms, including 19 below-ground rooms like the one pictured here.

Desert Cave Hotel
©TripAdvisor

Desert Cave Hotel: Game On

The hotel also has what it claims is the "world's only underground bar and gaming room," a below-ground shopping arcade, and it offers desert cave tours. 

The Enchanted Cave
Airbnb

The Enchanted Cave

Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia
Check prices and availability

This cave for two located west of Sydney offers incredible views of the surrounding area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site know for its eucalyptus forests, sandstone plateaus, and gorges.

The Enchanted Cave
Airbnb