This stunner of a boutique hotel in the hills to the south offers a number of choices. The main inn, set in a 19th-century renovated stone house, counts five rooms individually decorated with antiques and frescoes, and there's a library, an excellent restaurant and real hamam. On the extended grounds above are cottages, stone houses and a 12m-high tower folly.
Not normally prone to hyperbole, we would venture to say that this is the finest boutique hotel in Aegean Turkey and owner Müjde Tönbekeci, the erstwhile author and publisher of Küçük Oteller Kitabı (Little Hotel Book) probably knows a thing or two about that subject. Müjde also gives Turkish cooking lessons, including vegan ones. Reach Nişanyan some 800m down a signposted dirt track off the Selçuk road as you descend into Şirince or brave the fairly steep 250m climb to the top of the village from the centre.
Nisanyan Hotel offers views of the historical village of Sirince, near Selçuk and the archaeological treasures of Ephesus. It features a marble swimming pool with water from Nisanyan’s own spring. Accommodation in Nisanyan Hotel is spread over a 5-room inn, a guesthouse, several traditional, independent houses and 6 cottages in a large farm. Carefully restored and stylishly decorated, all the units have verandas and garden terraces with views of the surrounding area. Guests can enjoy a walk around this 2-hectare property or attend concerts and parties which are sometimes held here. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, and gourmet dining can be enjoyed in the garden restaurant. The surrounding hills, covered with olive groves and vineyards, and fringed by pine forest, offer great trekking opportunities. The nearest beach is 20 minutes away by car.