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20 Nov 2019

One Year In: Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, Italy

Words by  Photo by Juergen Eheim

Beneath the city of Matera in the south of Italy, the Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa has been welcoming visitors for a year

The dramatic spaces in Sassi di Matera – districts in Italy known for their ancient caves – created a unique backdrop for the Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa. We find out how the hotel, designed by Simone Micheli, is performing, one year after opening.

Client: Cosimo Dell’Acqua, co-owner, Dierresseti

Aquatio has become a reference point for the whole city of Matera – a hospitable structure of excellence and wonder in which celebrities and locals alike choose to stay.

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We managed, despite the site’s historic nature, to only architecturally intervene in places already dug into the tuff.

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To ensure the highest levels of comfort and wellbeing for our guests we have brought in custom-designed furniture and fixtures.


The result is a beautiful, yet thoughtful, space that encourages total relaxation.


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Over a year after opening, the retreat is doing very well. 


Architect: Simone Micheli, architect, Simone Micheli, Architectural Hero

Aquatio is a real work of art to experience.


The purity and sinuosity of the terrain informed the design of all interior spaces, furnishings and lighting.

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Everything inside Aquatio was born of the choice to respect this unique and atmospheric place: the Sassi di Matera.

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The distinctive nature of the setting was the reason why custom-made white, flowing and minimal furniture was a must.

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Each detail has been created specifically for the luxury hotel and spa.


The Aquatio project first opened back in 2018.


Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was also designated one of 2019’s two European Capitals of Culture.

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This only added further value to the ambition of Aquatio and now, one year after its opening, it is still one of the most appreciated projects in the city.

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