Name: Sevan Nişanyan
Hotel: Nişanyan House Hotel
Location: Sirince - Selçuk - Turkey
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Sometimes there are places you stay during a vacation, where you don't want to leave. This is one of those places. We added extra nights just to rest and soak up inland Turkey (and visit Ephesus) from this unique, little gem of a hotel, which is actually a labor of love by Sevan Nişanyan, whose day job is as a "lexicologist, a political commentator, a travel writer, a human rights activist and several other things besides." Jump below to take a tour.
There are many different types of rooms, since Sevan has assembled and built this sprawling collection of buildings over the last decade. We stayed in the Tower House (recommend) which is new, but there are many other options from the Inn to separate cottages.
I loved the old fashioned keys.
I fell in love with this pool. Completely made out of carrera marble (black on the bottom), it was inspired by a Roman pool that Sevan saw somewhere else in Turkey. It's about 36' long and 16' wide, with only 5' of depth throughout. Aside from the stunning, silky marble, the waterfall at the end is genius idea for the filter. It filled each day with bugs and Ursula and I called it the Bee Pool.
THE RESTAURANT & INN
We had sunset dinners every night in the small restaurant, where the food was amazing, the wine excellent and the view to die for.
This is the outdoor dining area
Amazing single piece of marble carved into a fountain. The flowers are changed daily.
The Inn has the restaurant downstairs and rooms and living room upstairs. It's the first building Sevan built.
Ursula and I spent one afternoon in the tiny, private Hamam washing ourselves and learning to use various soaps, scrubbers and copper pots of cold water to keep ourselves cool.
THE TOWER & OUTSIDE
Impulsively, Sivan built a tower a year ago which is not only an amazing structure, providing an unparalleled view, but it also threatens to send him to jail again for building code violations. He is a resolute protester against silly Turkish laws and rules, and his entire compound stands as an ongoing protest against "stupidity in goverment" as he puts it.
These are lights within gourds. They are everywhere in Turkey and all around Nisanyan House Hotel, but these were particularly nice ones.
The stone roads are also very common here.
Breakfast is incredible, included with your room and served in an outdoor dining room at the top of the hill.
(All images: Maxwell with an assist on some from Instagram :-))