What could be more romantic than sleeping in a fairy chimney? No idea what it is, but like the sound of it? Turkey's otherworldly region of Cappadocia is covered with ancient rock formations, hollowed out as far back as Roman times and made into stunning houses and temples.

The country's only Relais & Châteaux hotel is in one of these 'fairy chimneys'. Built into the rock face, with 180-degree views, the Museum Hotel has 30 unique rooms (if you want to really push the boat out, book the ultra-plush Eflatun Kosk suite with its unrivalled views).


Banish images of cold and damp caves; these are cosy refuges decked out with Jacuzzis and Persian rugs. Up on the terrace, there's a Roman-style swimming pool, an alfresco bar, and peacock and turtle gardens. This is rustic luxury with oodles of history. Culture vultures can take tours to the fascinating Unesco monasteries carved into the rocks, and explore vast underground cities used to escape Roman persecutors, while gourmands can enjoy cookery lessons or go on foodie tours of the region.


WOW FACTOR An exhilarating hot air balloon ride above the fairy chimneys.

GO Matiana Travel www.matiana.com.tr offers tailor-made trips to the Museum Hotel www.gototurkey.co.uk; flights from the UK with Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com cost from £152