The Cave Hotel & Golf Resort
The Cave is aptly named, forget dark hole in the ground and instead be in awe of this contemporary sanctuary of natural textures, dark wood finishes, subtle lighting and soft, luxurious furnishings; this is a place that you arrive at to escape everyday life – and frankly never want to leave.
Outside is the luxury chauffeur-driven car available for arrivals from Canterbury, the dark entrance doors open into a vaulted reception area; with the desk framed by back-lit, floor to ceiling natural stone tiles and dark wood-edged, polished tiled floors. Over the mezzanine you can see the welcoming haven of the lounge, with its signature bookcases in the shape of the Cave logo, roaring contemporary fires and soft faux-fur throws. Above, is the glass walkway that transports guests across to the Firepit, the Cave’s signature bar and restaurant, that is fast becoming a go destination in its own right. The surrounding walls offer the first glimpse of the subtle artistic finishes, this time in the form of beautiful metal sculptures, that continue throughout the hotel; a clear indication of the time, thought and investment put in to get this place just right.
In a clear nod to the Aristotle quote on its website, “to satisfy our most primal need, one must sleep well”, Cave has created an adobe like no other; warm, welcoming and cosy; if caveman-chic was a thing in the Paleolithic era, the Cave would have been the pioneer. The aim is not to offer a night’s sleep but an experience, driven from primal, authentic roots. Every room; from the Cave rooms which start at £125pn, the family rooms (which offer interconnecting rooms and pull out sofa beds), and the larger junior suites, through to our own bolthole Signature Suite (from £165pn); offer superking beds with Royal Warranted Harrison Spinks mattresses and custom designed bedding. You’ll find plump mattress toppers, heavy sumptuous duvets, plump super-size pillows and yet more, now infamous, so-soft-you-want-to-wrap-yourself-in-them-forever, faux fur throws.
And that was just the start of the why-I’m-not-leaving-ever-ness of the suite; central dual-aspect open fireplace, two 65inch TVs, one facing the leather sofa and brushed metal coffee table dominated lounge area, the other the giant bed. The bathroom with its heavy floor to ceiling sliding wood door, opening to dark grey tiles, giant walk-in rainforest shower and standalone white stone bath. The other separate bathroom, with glass-enclosed WC and dual vanity sinks. The double floor to ceiling window and door combo, that opens up to a large decked private balcony, with plump sofa and director’s chair-style bistro set, offering views over the golf course. And of course, the lighting. At the touch of a button, close the blinds, light the fire and set the lights; to blaze, movie or chill mode; to create your own stay and sleep experience absolute #bedroomgoals!
If that wasn’t enough, there is also an amazing bridal suite; which offers even more floor space, a private wraparound balcony and in-room UFO stone bathtub; and, wait for it, a 2,700sq ft penthouse, boasting its own butler, private chef (it has its own kitchen, dining room and bar obviously), and cinema screen – and yes it is as marvellous as it sounds!
If you can drag yourself out of your bedroom, the hotel also boasts a spa area; complete with pool, 12-person jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, (the insider tip is to go after sunset, when it is beautifully lit in shades of blue, offering a tranquil and private setting to unwind); a stunning 18-hole Championship and 9-hole Par-3 golf course, set amidst 167 acres of rolling Kentish countryside; and The Firepit restaurant and bar, which you can read about over the page…
Owners, James Tory and Johnathan Callister, inspired by their own numerous experiences at some of the world’s best hotels, set out on a clear mission to bring ‘affordable luxury’ to our beloved county. As Callister said at the hotel’s launch; “My chairman James and I have been lucky enough to stay at some of the best hotels around the world, and have taken our inspiration from those. At the Cave we have tried to put all the things we love into our brand, and all the things that frustrate us, we’ve taken out.”
They have totally delivered.
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Cave Hotel & Golf Resort