The Cave Hotel
I was excited to arrive at The Cave Hotel as it looked very modern which I do like when I stay at hotels, and as soon as I arrived I could tell I was not going to be disappointed. The atmosphere when you arrive at The Cave is extremely inviting; the decor consists of extensive American walnut panelling, textured wall coverings including feature stone walls and bespoke furnishings, it is total luxury.
I stayed in a signature suite equipped with a super king sized bed, two 65 inch HD TV’s, a stunning ireplace feature, living room area, fold-out sofa bed and private balcony with stunning views. The bathroom was to die for as it boasted a rainfall shower, free standing bath, hairdryer, cotton robes, complimentary flip-flops and toiletries. What more could you ask for when staying away from home? Total luxury.. As I do like my coffee and at any time of day, I was delighted to see the room had a coffee machine, this along with the complimentary refreshments and the high speed wifi in the room helped when I had some business to attend to during my stay. I had access to the gym and hydrotherapy pool area and wow, what bliss. The warm water pool looked out onto the golf course and had a glass bridge into a jacuzzi complete with its own opti-myst fireplace. I took the opportunity to have some ‘me time’ so I used the gym and while it is small the equipment is grand with a sprint bok treadmill, an exercise bike, a state of the art water rower and a NOHrD gym wall. Afterwards I de-stressed and relieved my aches and pains in the sauna and hot pools, before cooling off on the poolside loungers taking in the stunning views.
I decided to spend the evening dining at the Firepit restaurant and lounge bar and chose to have the taster menu. It definitely epitomises the words fine dining, the smokey barbecue aromas fill the restaurant and the delicately spiced tastes of the food definitely give the sensation of global cooking. The chef, John Bingley, showcases dishes from all over the world along with the Maitre’d Sergio Gomes helping to bring this exciting new epicurean concept to Canterbury. I had to try some of the cocktails at the Firepit bar which is next to the restaurant and is accessed by a purpose built glass bridge which is all very captivating. A very over-indulgent evening that left me feeling even more spellbound by this fantastic hotel.
The only thing I did not have a chance to try out was the hotel’s 18 hole golf course as this was more of a business trip, I am excited to come back to this hotel and give the golf course a try. If you are looking for a hotel that really has it all then I would recommend The Cave hotel, it will undoubtedly take your mind off of any stresses you may have and will make you relax. If you want a golf trip with friends or if you have a special someone to share it with, it has something for everyone. You will not be disappointed!