Turkey’s elite have long flocked to the southern Aegean resort town of Bodrum for its calm azure seas (great for snorkeling and sailing) and proximity to Lycian, Roman, and Ottoman ruins. The area’s latest addition is EV, a hilltop hotel designed by Turkish architect Eren Talu. With 48 rooms and eight heated pools (you do the math), your privacy is just about guaranteed whether you take a dip outside or in the whirlpool in your ultramod, white-on-white room. Plasma-screen televisions and 24-hour butler service will please the most reclusive of travelers—true lovers of seclusion may even choose to skip the hotel’s open-air restaurant and whip up dinner in their own fully equipped gourmet kitchens. But if you’re ready to emerge once the sun sets, head down the hill for Bodrum’s renowned hedonistic pursuits: the bars and clubs stay open till dawn.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.