We love to travel, which is why we’ve dedicated our lives to getting you from A to B in the most enjoyable way possible. Like every year, we’ve got plenty of trips planned – plenty new places to visit and also some places we want to revisit.
This is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Asia and its popularity is growing year on year. Check out our top 6 reasons below as to why Japan is the place to go this year!
Right at the top of our list is the food and there’s no surprise that it’s here. With Sushi, Ramen and Udon to name a few, Japan has some of the most unique foods in the world and although they are now international staples, as the birth place of these delicacies you can expect the best of the best on every street corner, restaurant or bar. Japan also has the most three Micheline star restaurants in the world, so you can expect quality as well as quantity!
The culture in Japan feels as though it’s all about pleasing you! Although the language barriers can be difficult at times the locals will go out of their way to help you with anything and everything, and as well as being extremely polite and fun to talk to, they seem to have the amazing ability to remember your name, only after the first meeting! All of this means that Japan is the safest place in Asia and one of the safest places in the world, allowing you to have fun and enjoy yourself without constantly looking over your shoulder or being intimidated by a new country.
It just works!
One of the things that never seems to amaze us about Japan is the fact that everything just works! Firstly, it is ridiculously clean! Even Tokyo looks like something you would see in a Utopian sci-fi movie. You will never see litter scattered around the streets, and public servants are always smart and well dressed. Secondly the transport is just incredible! It has the third fastest trains in the world, and the trains are literally always on time. So much so that if a train is more than 5 minutes late you will receive an apology and a delay certificate to show at work. If a train is over an hour late, it may even make the news!
The ancient Buddhist temples and shrines are something not to be missed! These one of a kind structures will blow your mind as to how beautiful and pretty they look amongst the trees in bloom. If you want to see some of the best buildings, head to Kyoto which is one of the best preserved cities in Japan or Nara which is home to 8 UNESCO world heritage sites!
So far we’ve spoken a lot about the cities, buildings and technology in Japan, but have you ever thought about the natural scenery? Mount Fuji is of course the first to come to mind, and, as the tallest peak in Japan it’s absolutely stunning, even to look at from the bottom. There are also plenty of bamboo gardens to stroll through on a spring day.
The most advance country in Asia and even the World
We’ve all noticed that half of the electronics in our homes are made in Japan and what this means is that the country is heavily surrounded by futuristic tech! In fact, everywhere you go you’ll be surprised by something new and amazing making it feel as if you’ve broken free of the 21st century and been flown to somewhere in the future.
What are your thoughts? Are you interested in visiting Japan or do you have somewhere else in mind? Let us know on one of our social platforms where is your dream destination and we might feature it in one of our news articles!
Chartering private jets is great, and Luxwing bring you many of the benefits of owning a private jet, such as 24/7 flights 365 days a year, but what happens when the sky’s not the limit? Today we’re looking at the most expensive planes in the world.
6th – Trump’s Boeing 757 – $100 million
Donald trump’s personal private jet has secured him a place on this list and it’s worth a cool 100 million dollars. The jet was was bought from a Microsoft co-founder, but in typical Trump fashion has been outfitted with his name and synonymous gold colour scheme inside and out. The jet can hold up to 23 passengers who can watch a movie on the 52inch flatscreen TV or take a nap in one of the two bedrooms.
5th – Boeing 747-81 VIP – $153 million
The Boeing 747 is one of the most popular commercial planes in the world, identified by many for its two stories. The Chinese real estate investor Joseph Lau decided that a commercial jet would make a perfect home in the sky, so transformed the plane into a private palace. The plane has a spiral staircase connecting the two floors which gives enough space for several guest rooms, a huge meeting room and even a personal gym!
4th – Boeing 767-33a/er – $170m
Roman Abramovich is no stranger to luxury travel, he is the owner of the one of the most expensive private yachts and several impressive cars. The Russian business tycoons personal jet is a huge Boeing 767, capable of carrying up to 300 people, but Roman has tried to make that a little more personal. There is, however a 30 seat dining room, perfectly spacious enough for carry his Chelsea football team from game to game.
3rd – Boeing 747-430 – $233m
As the richest monarch in the world, the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal is expected to have something luxurious for international travel. This is the largest of his 4 planes and includes a living room, bathroom and bedroom, all decorated in gold – not forgetting the solid gold wash basins. The jet cost $100 million dollars from Lufthansa, but the Sultan spent a further $130 million to personalise it.
2nd – Airbus- a340-300 – $450m
Capable of carrying 375 passengers up to 9,000 miles, this is the private plane of the richest man in Russia – Alisher Usmanov. With a base price of $230 million, it was already an expensive bit of kit, but after spending almost the same again adding a few accessories and personalisation to the plane, you can expect the best in terms of Technology, design and security.
1st – Airbus A380 Superjumbo Jet custom – $500 million
This is the second jet of Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal of Saudi, the first of which could have also made this list. At $500 million you can expect the best, so it’s not a surprise its nicknamed the kingdom in the sky. Amongst other features, the plane includes a Turkish bath, a prayer room with self-adjusting prayer mats that always face mecca and a garage, so that you can bring your Rolls Royce along for the ride.
Safaris are a great way to see animals in their natural habitat, in a responsible and safe manner. They are great trips to take with the family, and you are bound to see hundreds of species of animals, as well as explore some of the more exotic parts of the world. Luxwing love helping you make the best memories by traveling to such places, in comfort and in style. Give us a call and we will help arrange your unique safari holiday today. Guaranteed to be a vacation to remember. Take a look at our 5 most recommended safaris below for a little motivation and inspiration.
5. Chiawa Camp, Zambia
Starting off our top five is the tranquil Chiawa Camp in Zambia. It has won countless awards, and was once crowned the best safari property in Africa. The family owned camp offers the best guides and equipment (they recently won best safari guiding team 2017). The camp also offers the highest level of personalisation for all guests, whilst helping to sustain the surrounding wildlife and habitats. There are 9 tented rooms, which include his and her basins, indoor and outdoor showers and king sized beds with Egyptian cotton liners, all elevated on timber decks.
4. Uncharted Affrica Safari – Botswana
Jacks Camp is part of Uncharted Africa Safari and is anything but mainstream. It is situated in the vast salt pans of Makgadikgadi and is full of the desert wildlife you’d expect, including a huge number of wild meerkats. The salt pans can be explored by quadbike or on horseback, by highly trained guides and often alongside university researchers, studying the surrounding habitats. This is one of the quietest places on earth, so it would be irresponsible not to take full advantage of the once in a life time experience of sleeping under the stars in such an unpolluted area. Back at the camp, there are ten private tents, each with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and a mirage like swimming pool – not something you expect to see in the middle of the desert. There is no electricity, internet or cell phones in the camp, allowing you to become one with nature and completely take in the vast open spaces that you are surrounded by.
3. Micato Safaris – Kenya
Micato is a nine-time winner of Travel Leisures ‘best Safari Outfitter’ award, and when it comes to luxury safaris, Micato is at the top. Its 15-day Grand Safari is the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate in luxury travel’, if you do decide to embark on this voyage, you will be traveling to six spectacular locations using air transportation and of course be greeted with five-star accommodation at each point. They also offer plenty of other once in a life time activities like a hot air balloon safari and wild gorilla tracking.
2. Zarafa Camp – Botswana
For three out of the last four years, Zarafa has won Safari awards ‘Best Safari Property’, this is partly down to the 320,000 acres of reserve, which is home to 8,000 elephants, crocodiles, lions, hippos, birds and so much more. But what really makes Zarafa special out is the accommodation that you’ll call home during your holiday. There are only four suites, each with a private plunge pool and with views over the lagoon. The staff work early mornings and late nights, so are always on call shall you need anything. The camp also has some of the best award winning cuisine, and when you arrive you’ll be greeted with complementary, top of the range cannon camera equipment and a telescope to use during your stay.
1. Royal Malawane – South Africa
And finally, at our number one position is the Royal Malawane. If you’re looking for somewhere to get the best cuisine as well as see some amazing animals, then then Royal Malawane in South Africa is for you. Not only is it the winner of the Best Safari Cuisine 2017 by Safari Awards, the ranch also has the most qualified guides in Africa so you can find the best animals and the most trusted information from the best sources.
The minimal six detached suits as well as a further two ‘Royal’ sweets mean you’ll have plenty of privacy. Even when enjoying the gym, spa, library or pool. If you’re into golf Africa’s best golf course – Leopard Creek, is also a short helicopter ride away, and the possibility of seeing wild animals on the 18-hole course is a truly memorable experience.
So where will you be going this Spring? If you like the look of any of our recommended safaris or already have an idea in mind, give us a call or chat with us online through our website, and we will help get you as close to your chosen destination (and the wild animals), as fast as we can!
It’s another busy month for all of us here at Luxwing. February is full of sports, fashion and cinema, and we want to help get you to as many events as quickly as possible. Don’t forget that February the 14th also marks Valentine’s day, and if you want to show that special someone how much you care, why not charter a private jet and let us help plan the most memorable date possible.
For all you Rugby fans, February is of course the start of the 6 week long, 6 nations championship – without doubt the world’s greatest rugby tournament where England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales battle it out, playing 3 matches a week across their home turfs, to see who will be crowned this year’s greatest national team within Europe.
• Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series – Baie de Monaco, Monaco – 4-day event finishing on the 5th February 3rd
• Bordeaux International Show Jumping Contest – Held in Bordeaux, France – 3-day event finishing on the 5th February 4th
• Galway International Rally 2017 – Held in Galway Ireland – 2-day event finishing on the 5th
• England Vs. France, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in London, England
• Scotland Vs. Ireland, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland February 5th
• Italy vs. Wales, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Rome, Italy February 6th
• Garanti Koza Sofia Open, held in Sofia, Bulgaria – 6 day event finishing on the 12th
• Open Sud De France – Held in Montpellier, France – 6-day event finishing on the 12th
• FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 – Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland – 2-week event finishing on the 19th February 8th
• Biathlon World Championships 2017 – Held in Hochfilzen, Austria – 12 day event finishing on the 19th February 11th
• Italy vs. Ireland, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Rome Italy
• Wales Vs. England, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Cardiff, Wales February 12th
• France vs. Scotland, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Paris, France
• White Turf Horse Race day 1 – Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland February 13th
• IBSF World Championships 2017/ Feb 13-26/ Konigssee* -Germany
• ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament/ Feb 13-19/ Rotterdam – Holland February 16th
• The London Bike Show – Held in London England – 4-day event finishing on the 19th February 19th
• White Turf Horse Race day 2– Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland February 20th
• Open 13 – Held in Marseille, France – 6-day event finishing on the 26th February 22nd
• FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 – Held in Lahti, Finland – 12-day event finishing on the 5th March
• 2017 Winter Military World Games – Held in Sochi, Russia week-long event finishing on the 28th February 23rd
• Budapest Boat Show – Held in Budapest, Hungary – 4-day event finishing on the 26th February 24th
• Budapest Motor Festival – Held in Budapest, Hungary – 3-day event finishing on the 26th February 25th
• Ireland vs. France, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Dublin, Ireland
• Scotland Vs. Wales, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in Edinburgh, Scotland
• Atlético de Madrid Vs. FC Barcelona – Held in Madrid February 26th
• England Vs. Italy, 2017 Six Nations Championship – Held in London, England
• White Turf Horse Race day 3 – Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland
Music and arts
There are some great events in the music and art scene this month, including one of the largest music award ceremonies in the world – The Brit Awards. There is also plenty for those who prefer smaller a scale events, all of which could make for a great Valentine’s date.
• Musica Nova Helsinki 2017 – Held in Helsinki, Finland – 13-day event finishing on the 12th
• La Folle Journee – Held in Nantes, France – 6-day event finishing on the 5th February 3rd
• Berlin Graphic Days – Held in Berlin, Germany – 3-day event finishing on the 5th February 4th
• The Vienna Opera Ball – Held in Vienna, Austria February 10th
• Strasbourg Mon Amour – Held in Strasbourg, France – 10-day event finishing on the 19th February 17th
• De klenge Maarnicher Festival – Held in Marnach, Luxembourg – 5 month event finishing 15th June February 22nd
• BRIT Awards 2017 – Held in London, England
• Art Madrid 2017 – Held in Madrid, Spain – 5 day event finishing on the 26th
If films are your thing, then you’re in luck! There are several film festivals this month as well as another huge British award show – The BAFTA’s. Check out some of our recommendations below to see the latest indie films and major league blockbusters.
• International Short Film Festival – Held in Clermont-Ferrand, France – 9-day event finishing on the 11th February 7th
• Premiere Vision Paris – Held in Paris, France – 3-day event finishing on the 9th February 9th
• Berlinale International Film Festival – Held in Berlin, Germany – 11-day event finishing on the 19th February 12th
• BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) – Held in London, England February 16th
• Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017 – Held in Dublin, Ireland – 11-day event finishing on the 26th February 23rd
• Stockfish Film Festival – Held in Reykjavík, Iceland – 11-day event finishing on the 5th March
Be the first to know what the latest trends are in this year, with February’s fall/Winter fashion shows, taking place in the most fashionable cities around the world. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you arrive in style in one of our private jets.
• London Fashion Week – Fall/Winter – Women’s – Held in London, England – 5-day event finishing on the 21st February 22nd
• Milan Fashion Week – Fall/Winter – Women’s – Held in Milan, Italy – week-long event finishing on the 28th February 25th
• SUPER Pitti Immagine –Held in Milan, Italy – 3-day event finishing on the 27th February 28th
• Paris Fashion Week – Fall/Winter – Women’s – Held in Paris, France – 10-day event finishing on the 8th March
Fairs, Shows and Carnival
If you want to dedicate some time to a hobby or would just like to spend a weekend away shopping on valentine’s day, then why not check out one of these fairs, shows and carnivals? From Gin to Wine and from Diamonds to spas. Find out what the best in the world has to offer at one of these expos.
• Automotoretro – Held in Turin, Italy – 3-day event finishing on the 5th February 4th
• Bruges Beer Festival 2017 – Held in Bruges, Belgium – 2-day event finishing on the 5th February 7th
• Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair – Held in Stockholm, Sweden – 5-day event finishing on the 11th February 10th
• Helsinki International Boat Show 2017 – Held in Helsinki, Finland – 10-day event finishing on the 19th February 11th
• Nice Carnival – Held in Nice, France – 16-day event finishing on the 26th
• Venice Carnival – Held in Venice, Italy – 18-day event finishing on the 28th February 15th
• Holiday and Spa Expo – Held in Sofia, Bulgaria – 3-day event finishing on the 17th February 17th
• London Gin Festival 2017 – Held in London, England – 3-day event finishing on the 19th February 22nd
• VINARIA Wine Festival – Held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 5-day event finishing on the 26th February 23rd
• Barcelona Carnival – Held in Barcelona, Spain – 8-day event finishing on the 1st March
Business and Media
If you want to do some networking or just keep up to date with the current trends in your industry, then these are the most popular business events that we recommend this month.
• Transmediale – Held in Berlin, Germany – Month-long event finishing on the 5th march February 27th
• Mobile World Congress – Held in Barcelona, Spain – 5-day event finishing on the 2nd March
Luxwing are here to make your trips abroad as easy as possible, so let us know how we can help. As always, if there is an event you’re keen to visit but can’t see on this list give us a call. We’ll do our best to get you there and plan every aspect of your trip – so that you can enjoy the rest.