Unique new travel experiences, coupled with major transport developments, are further boosting the popularity of the top five worldwide destinations offered by specialist independent tour operator Wix Squared.
Intrigued by the chance to discuss philosophy with an artist in his studio in Sri Lanka or thrilled at the thought of exploring Bhutan by helicopter? Newly-launched Wix Squared has these among many enthralling options for those seeking inspiring and bespoke experiences.
Private access to wrestling stables in Japan, creating a new scent with a perfume maker in Morocco and exploring Oman on a private mobile tented safari are just some of the other new ingredients the company can include in devising luxury, tailor-made holidays.
This year sees the launch of many hotels all over the world, new flight routings between countries, airport expansions, gourmet restaurant arrivals and the addition of some incredible new experiences with Wix Squared.
A number of boutique hotels are being introduced to Sri Lanka’s coastline, tea plantations, cultural triangle and national parks. Sri Lanka is the perfect honeymoon destination or an ideal twin-centre with the Maldives for the ultimate in luxury. It also works well for families wanting a gentle introduction to Asia.
Wix Squared has some exceptional guides to get under the skin of the country, from a Jaffna resident and keen cyclist in the north, a local surf champion and teacher in Hikkaduwa, a professor of botany to bring Kandy’s Botanical Gardens to life, the local artist who invites guests to his studio in Kandy to discuss philosophy, music and art, to an eccentric British novelist, travel writer and poet, resident in Bentota, a gemologist-cum-philosopher-cum-philanthropist in Galle, the owner of a tea plantation and tea factory and an experienced naturalist in Yala and Wilpattu National Parks.
In Japan, the Shinkansen (bullet train) recently started operating from Tokyo to Hokkaido to access some of the best powder skiing in the world and it will continue to expand its routings in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. This spring, sees the introduction of a number of new luxury sleeper trains such as the Seven Stars in Kyushu, the Twilight Express Mizukaze predominately on Honshu and the Train Suite Shiki-Shima operating between Tokyo and Hokkaido.
Internal flights, boats, or connecting trains will take guests to Honshu’s neighbouring islands were they can ski in Hokkaido, visit the art on Naoshima, go hiking in Shikoku or relax on the beaches of Okinawa. We can introduce guests to an architect living in Kyoto, an ex-sumo wrestler-turned journalist with private access to Tokyo’s wrestling stables, an instructor of Samurai sword fighting, a specialist in art and culture in Japan, a calligrapher and a master of the tea ceremony.
The long awaited Bhutanese Six Senses Lodges are due to open in the 2nd half of 2017, in Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, Thimpu & Gangte. These will add to the choice of luxury hotels, including the Amankora lodges, COMO hotels, Taj Tashi and Gangte Goenpa Lodge. Wix Squared suggests combining a number of these hotels with local hotels and one of their excellent accompanying guides to get a true flavour of Bhutan.
The option to explore the country by helicopter has recently been introduced and the exciting introduction of hot air balloons in the Gangte valley is on the horizon. A perfect way to end a Bhutanese journey is with the incredible Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Alternatively join the crowds at a colourful festival or trek into the wilderness surrounded by alpine forests and snow-capped mountains. Wix Squared can introduce guests to professional archers to teach their national sport or experienced cyclists and local Lamas to offer a spiritual blessing.
Having been based in Morocco for over 5 years, Wix Squared founders, Alex and James Wix, have a wide range of contacts on the ground to ensure every holiday and event runs smoothly. They have specialist guides in the medinas, the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and along the coast who can open doors in Berber villages, teach guests to surf, cook traditional cuisine and haggle their way through the souks.
A new terminal recently opened in Marrakech, thereby increasing the number of flight schedules and streamlining the immigration arrival process where Wix Squared can also arrange fast track. The highest peaks in north Africa to the rolling sand dunes in the Sahara and a wild coastline make Morocco a superb destination for both culture and relaxation. Experiences range from meeting a professor of architecture, creating a bespoke scent with a perfume maker and tasting the local lesser-known Moroccan delicacies in the souks with a gastro guide.
In Oman, Muscat’s airport extension is due to be completed in 2017 which will increase the number of flights in and out of Salalah in the south. The popularity of Salalah has increased with the recent launch of Anantara Al Baleed Resort, the first luxury hotel in this region.
For the more adventurous, Wix Squared can arrange trips to southern Oman, accessed from Salalah, in a private mobile tented camp to incorporate adventures in Mirbat, Rub’ al Khali and the Empty Quarter or charter a boat through the Daymaniyat Islands or up to the Musandam Peninsula. Clients can explore the barren Wahiba Sands, the soaring Hajar Mountains and the sweeping Omani coastline, also by private mobile tented safari. Alternatively discover the old dhow making village of Sur or the vibrant Nizwa cattle market with expert guides driving through wadis and along sand ridges. Other experiences can include birdwatching with an expert ornithologist, trekking with Bedouin guides, stargazing with an astrologer or learning to paramotor, micro-light, paratrike or paraglide.
And if all those options provide too much choice, clients can alternatively opt for Wix Squared’s Mystery Travel facility, where the company selects the best country and crafts the perfect itinerary for the ultimate surprise holiday, based on personal tastes and interests.
And the company has the answer to that other travel question – What will the weather be like? For the best time to visit any of the above top destinations or other countries in the Far East, Middle East and Indian sub-continent as well as Iceland and Australia, Wix Squared now offers an interactive online weather map. Visitors to the Wix Squared site can click on the month they want to travel, then hover over the highlighted destinations to get a summary of what is good or not about travelling to that destination that month.
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About Wix Squared
Wix Squared is a luxury, tailor-made tour operator, offering inspired travel and events from Mystery Travel to hand-crafted detailed itineraries and phenomenal events This owner-run travel and events specialist has been set up by Alex and James Wix who, with over 25 years combined experience in the travel and hospitality industries, are passionate about the destinations they offer. A Wix Squared holiday will give clients access to uplifting experiences, interesting people, dramatic landscapes, cultural wonders, architectural marvels, gastronomic encounters, unusual places to stay and event locations in some of the most exciting destinations around the globe. Alex Wix has visited some 40 countries, many on a regular basis, developing invaluable first-hand knowledge and personal contacts. James Wix spent several years with the leading events company, Admiral Crichton, designing and executing events all over the world. He also runs the luxury Riad Farnatchi and Farnatchi Spa in Marrakech and is opening a new restaurant in Marrakech’s medina ‘Le Trou au Mur’ in May 2017.red