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Who needs a reason to travel? Not you. Not me. But just in case you're tangled in decision-angst about where to stay, have a look at these adventurous resorts.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey

Gamirasu Cave HotelGamirasu Cave HotelGamirasu, tucked into a cave in Cappadocia, Turkey was originally a Byzantine monastic retreat. Opened as a hotel in 1999, this 25-room warren offers modern conveniences (like indoor plumbing) without detracting from the ancient spiritual energy.

We love the Gamirasu Cave Hotel because of its rich history, but also because for less than $300 US per night, you and your lover can hide away - literally. Indulge in in-room massage treatments, horseback riding (free of charge), a hot air balloon tour and even meditate as a whirling dervish.

Come for the romance, the energy and the simpleGamirasu Cave HotelGamirasu Cave Hotel pleasure of hiding away with your lover. Don't come if shopping, beaches or gourmet food tops your priority list.


If you go...

Visit Gamirasu Cave Hotel online or see what travelers at Trip Advisor have to say.

Hotel Address: Gamirasu Hotel Office
Istiklal caddesi No: 19 / 9 50400, Turkey


Poseidon Undersea Resort, Iagana, Fiji

Seaside views are so 2008. At Poseidon Undersea Resort, your view is much more Cousteau-flavored with all the amenities of a five-star resort. Think submarine-style views of all the flora and fauna most of us see only the big screen.

Opened in January 2010, Poseidon features six restaurants, seven bars (including a tree-top bar), underwater lounges, underwater chapel, underwater conference center and 24 underwater and 48 island villas. And don't forget the full-service spa, with treatment rooms above and below.

Poseidon Undersea ResortPoseidon Undersea ResortThe underwater villas sit on the seafloor, 40 feet below the surface, and are 70% window - a 4" clear acrylic. With a push of a button, food is released near your pod to draw the spectacularly colorful sea life of Fiji closer. Most suites are standard hotel size (550 sq ft) but the Nautilus Suite is a luxurious 1,000 sq feet and decorated in the spirit of Jules Verne fictional submarine.

Nervous about bedding down submarine-style? Don'tPoseidon Undersea ResortPoseidon Undersea Resort be - tourist submarines have a 100% safety record and all emergency systems are driven from shore. Each unit can be reached through the main corridor (on the seafloor) or through a safety hatch that dive staff regularly checks.

If you go...

Visit Poseidon Undersea Resort online.

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad, India

There's something about tree houses that bring us full circle back to our childhood. Thankfully at Vythiri, the fantasy of being one with nature comes with more amenities than your mom provided when you were 12. The Ayurvedic spa is a nice added bonus.

Vythiri Resort offers a wide variety of accommodations, but the two tree houses (bedroom with bath attached) are the real reason to visit. The hotel is dedicated to eco-friendly travel, so don't expect everything you'd get in a run of the mill resort. Heavy luggage is not allowed into the tree houses, nor is alcohol, food or children. Use of electricity is kept to a minimum.

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad, IndiaVythiri Resort, Wayanad, IndiaThe restaurant serves local dishes and is only open during pre-set meal times. Spend your days at the spa, exploring the forest or hiding away in your tree house.

Come to Vyrithi if you want to forget the rest of the world exists. If shopping or visiting local markets tops your list, this resort isn't for you. Rates for two nights start at $300.

If you go...

Visit Vythiri Resort online or see what travelers on Trip Advisor have to say.

Hotel Address: Vythiri Resort, Lakkidi P.O
Wayanad 673 576, Kerala, India
Distance to surrounding activities
60 kms from the nearest major town, Calicut
85 kms from Calicut International Airport

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I loved the photographs. They make all these destinations look very intriguing. I think it would be fun to experience the adventures.

The Cave Hotel is one eerie p;ace to sleep in but if your on an adventure, what the heck! It is classic and very spooky adds up to the adrenaline rush that one is longing on travels! This is also one on my bucket list. =)

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