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TIPPED AS ONE OF 2024’S ‘HOTTEST’ DESTINATIONS WIX SQUARED ADDS TURKEY TO ITS PORTFOLIO

  • 27 February 2024

WIX SQUARED

Inspired by the breadth of new property openings and growing demand for this East-meets-West treasured land, Wix Squared adds Turkey to its portfolio. In time for what is tipped to be a bumper 2024 summer season, the luxury tour operator introduces itineraries starting from five-nights themed around ‘City, Coast and Culture’. 

With Wix Squared, guests will not only stay in beautiful locations across Istanbul, Central Anatolian and along the Aegean coastline, but experience local culture firsthand with the best specialist guides. Whether it’s exploring the finest of Grand Bazaar merchants with a personal shopper; lifting the lid on Turkish gastronomy with cookery connoisseurs; roaming the many UNESCO-protected ruins with an archaeology expert; popping a cork with knowledgeable winemakers; or flying high over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with a specialist hot air balloon pilot: every itinerary is designed to meet the interests of the individual. 

Wix Squared recommends the journey begins in Istanbul, considered one of the greatest cities in the world, exploring the seven contrasting neighborhoods, stunning architecture, and sampling the city’s delicious cuisines. Wix Squared can quite literally open doors, taking guests through a secret door onto the rooftop of the Grand Bazaar, following in James Bond’s footsteps in Skyfall.

The Peninsula Hotel leads the five star-options on the Bosphorus, with Four Seasons Sultanahmet making its mark in the former political prison, Sultanahmet Jail, and Ecole St Pierre offers a charming cafe-vibe just under Galata Tower. Plus, newcomers Sanasaryan Han Hotel is well located in Sirkeci and Orient Occident Hotel offers elevated boutique luxury. 

From uncovering the treasures of Istanbul to sinking into the history of Cappadocia, enchanting “fairy chimneys”, rock formations, underground cities and cave hotels await.  With Wix Squared the magic of this area can be truly appreciated – whether enjoying a spectacular early morning hot air balloon over Cappadocia with champagne breakfast, dining overlooking Pigeon Valley or wandering by moonlight with a local specialist guide off the beaten track through Rose Valley.

Whether guests seek accommodation above or below ground there is a cave hotel to suit everyone. Elika Cave Suites are designed to emulate village life, Zeydem Suites are cosy and great for families and Argos Hotel provides wonderful views and outstanding service, whilst history buffs will love 1811 Cave Hotel.

From caves to coastline, the resorts and boutique hotels scattered along the Aegean shorelines are the ideal place to unwind and Wix Squared can advise travellers on exactly which properties are best for wellness gurus or adventure seekers. For those looking to travel beyond the more touristy hot spots, Manici Kasri is another outstanding new hotel in Mount Ida. The Stay Warehouse is an oasis of adult-only luxury and Alavya is a beautiful boutique hotel in the effortlessly cool Alacati, whilst Amanurya, Six Senses Kaplankaya, Bodrum Loft, The Mandarin Oriental and Makacizi are stunning resorts down the coast towards Bodrum. The resort of D-Maris Bay in Marmaris is a nature-lovers paradise and Villa Mahal Hotel offers a chic boutique option further south.

One of the most scenic ways of exploring the Turquoise Coast is by wooden gulet and Wix Squared will ensure guests are looked after by the best crews and boats around. For the hydrophile, there are miles of shoreline to try kitesurfing, snorkeling and diving, with instructors on hand to share their best kept secrets of the coastline. 

With expert knowledge, Wix Squared can also tailor visits to Thrace’s and Urla’s thriving wine routes, Pamukkale’s Travertine Pools, the not-to-be-missed Ephesus’ Ruins and Trabzon’s Sumela Monastery, with guides who know when and how to get the best from these iconic landmarks. 

‘CITY, COAST & CULTURE’ by Wix Squared is priced from £3,200 per person based on two people travelling on bed and breakfast, including 8-nights in Turkey staying at Ecole St Pierre, Istanbul (King Room) for 3 nights, Argos, Cappadocia (Standard Double Room) for 2 nights, Alavya, Alacati (Classic Double Room) for 2 nights and includes guided activities, private access to the rooftop of Istanbul bazaar, food tour in Ishmir and hot air balloon ride, plus transportation, domestic flights as per the itinerary and international flights with British Airways in economy class from London – Istanbul return. For bookings, please contact https://wixsquared.com, 0203 8086 383.

Wix Squared can also twin Turkey with a number of easy to connect destinations: Bali, Nepal and The Maldives with longer journeys priced on request.