Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa

Basilicata, Matera

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  • Charming cave hotel in the heart of Matera Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Unique spacious rooms where modern function and ancient simplicity blend
  • Luxurious spa featuring a swimming pool carved into the rock 

Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa is a most unusual and utterly enchanting five star hotel. Located in the heart of Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Matera, one of the world’s oldest cities and the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this luxurious cave hotel has been carved out of the rock.

Opened in 2018, Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa was designed and furnished by renowned architect Simone Micheli. The brilliance of stitching modern function and technology with ancient material and simplicity is to be seen to be believed.

Every part of this cave hotel experience celebrates the natural limestone rock, from the 35 rooms and suites to the restaurant, bars, and outdoor courtyard.

The highlight of your cave hotel stay will no doubt be time spent unwinding at the unique spacious spa and swimming pool, which features recovered underground rooms that date back to the 9th century.

Ideal duration to visit Matera is a 2-3 night stay.


Bars & Restaurants

Lobby Bar & Lounge

Enjoy a refreshing drink or cocktail in the hotel's bar/lounge.

Main Restaurant

Flavours and colours of the Basilicata region are served up for lunch and dinner in the restaurant, which also has secluded outdoor seating. Savouring the local cuisine with an excellent wine from the cellar as you dine by candlelight in magical atmosphere beneath the stars in the heart of Sasso Caveoso, immersed in its ancient history.

Spa & Wellness


The Aquatio boasts 500 m² of SPA facilities, an evocative area occupying the very heart of the complex, restoring underground spaces which have been traced back to the ninth century. The largest cave space contains an infinity pool which has been plastered using traditional techniques.

The old recovered cisterns have been transformed into sensory showers and some of the lounge-beds created from ergonomically shaped tufa. There are also massage areas for individuals and couples, hammams, sauna baths, beauty-treatment compartments and relaxation areas.

About the location

Holidays to Matera will transport you to a simpler age. Located in Basilicata, a region in southern Italy, Matera is one of Italy’s oldest cities and is believed to have housed the country’s earliest settlers.

Home to Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, Matera is unusual in that it is a city of stone - and remains a relatively hidden and unknown destination outside of Italy, despite its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The natural caves and stone houses, known as the Sassi di Matera or stones of Matera, are formed out of the bountiful local tufa limestone, which makes for a unique landscape. Today, tucked away in the caves are residences, cafés, hotels, and even art galleries, promising a memorable and unusual experience.

Brimming with traditional piazzas, Benedictine churches and museums there’s plenty of charming culture to unearth as you explore the Sassi. Around Basilicata you will find ancient rock churches that were once cut into the hillside. This is a real Italian experience.

Matera was the backdrop of the opening car chase scene of the recent James Bond 007 film, No Time to Die.

Transfer Time
The Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa is a 1 hour drive from Bari Airport.
Deluxe Room

Max 2 Adults

Aquatio Luxury Cave Hotel & Spa’s Deluxe Room is both charming and modern, with its contemporary furnishing and stark limestone walls.

Featuring a queen bed or two twin beds fitted with luxurious bedding, the deluxe room is complete with climate control (both air conditioning and heating), and a satellite flat-screen TV.

The ensuite bathroom features a bidet, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers to use. Complimentary toiletries are also included.


Suite 3-Hybris

Max 3 Adults

Aquatio Luxury Cave Hotel & Spa’s Suite is cleverly-designed so that it is wonderfully spacious, featuring a seating area for relaxation. The private bathroom includes a bidet.

Amenities include a satellite flat-screen TV, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.


Early Booking Discount

10% early booking discount for stays up to 6 nights completed between 01 April - 31 October booked at least 60 days before travel. 

Free Night

1 free night for stays of 7 nights or more completed between 01 April - 31 October 2023.


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Wonderful hotel where you can sleep in a cave dwelling
Judith K, Seattle, Washington
Tripadvisor review May 25 2023
This is a resort with rooms spread out in a historic sassi district, but also centrally connected. The rooms are essentially remodeled cave dwellings, turned into elegant bedrooms and bathrooms...
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Luxury in a Cave!
CharlieOrlando, Orlando, Florida
Tripadvisor review May 24 2023
If in Matera, might as well stay in a "cave hotel". Aquatio fits that description perfectly. Everything, all rooms and common space, even the pool, are in various cave rooms. The modular furniture...
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What our customers think

We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist