IT IS the remarkable cave hotel featured in the James Bond No Time To Die trailer, offering luxury in limestone.
The Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa is a five-star fantasy carved out of rock in the heart of the Sasso Caveoso district of Matera, in Italy.
The UNESCO world heritage district sits on a ridge in what is one of the world’s oldest cities, and which was selected as the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
But Bond means business and Daniel Craig’s superspy swansong, which hits the big screen on September 30, shines a cinema spotlight on the hotel.
A fusion of futuristic functionality and ancient materials, every part of the place celebrates the area’s natural limestone rock, from the 35 rooms and suites to the restaurant, bars, and outdoor courtyard.
The rooms and suites have been designed and furnished by architect Simone Micheli, and structurally trace the ancient caves dug into the rock.
Some are carved straight out of the tufa stone while others are built in masonry with a wooden roof, but all are in keeping with limestone living.
The restaurant has an added outdoor area in the private courtyard, sun-washed during daytime and offering candlelit dining under the night sky.
Away from the action, guests can unwind in the unique spa and swimming pool, much of which is sited in recovered underground rooms dating all the way back to the ninth century.
Matera is one of the world’s oldest cities and, over the years, has become a national source of pride and heritage destination.
The 25th Bond movie, of course, will add contemporary thrills for film fans as Bond faces his toughest supervillain yet, Safin, played by Remi Malek.
Craig has confirmed that No Time To Die, filmed in Italy, Jamaica, the Faroe Islands and London, will be his last outing as 007, and the search is on for his successor.
Citalia is offering a four-night stay at the hotel from from £1,149 per person, including return flights from London Gatwick, airport transfers and breakfast daily.
The hotel also features in the Italian specialist’s Ultimate Italian Bond Holiday, which adds stays in Lake Como, Venice, Siena and Rome 007 locations, from £3,099 per person.