Bespoke Getaways: Your trip of a lifetime

To help clients explore the delights of South Asia, Hem Patel set up the specialist tour operator, Bespoke Getaways based in Norton St Philip, Bath. He tells us how he creates the perfect travel experience for clients to achieve the trip of a lifetime.

What inspired you to set up Bespoke Getaways?
I have had a rich and varied career working and living in Asia for twenty years. During this time I worked with world class companies in senior leadership roles. Whilst I lived in Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore, I travelled extensively for business and leisure across the entire region. The experience has provided me with a huge insight into the people, the history, the culture and the cuisine. Indeed, you could say that Asia has always been in my blood! I was born and raised in England, my parents are from Gujarat India. I want to use my knowledge and expertise to help others appreciate the beauty, charm and warmth of the region.

What is unique about your tours?
I apply all the knowledge and experience I have accumulated to create bespoke tours. I take time to listen to what the clients are looking for, ­­­­­­­­­and understand what they enjoy most to create their ‘trip of a lifetime’. My itineraries are not whistle-stop tours, they provide an opportunity for a deeper and more immersive experience, at their pace, in luxury and comfort. I only work with small groups, maximum of eight. I am not only responsible for creating their itinerary, I also accompany them throughout their trip. I offer a hassle-free and stress-free experience; allowing the client to focus on enjoying the moment and create unforgettable memories.

What are some of the hidden gems that you have discovered?
There are so many, but if I had to name one it would be Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting beautiful landscapes, rich history and charming people. It’s important to realise however, that there are hidden gems everywhere. You can find them in each destination, a charming boutique hotel, a little known cultural site, a spectacular view, a wonderful restaurant that doesn’t cost a fortune, a place to enjoy a fabulous cocktail. It all depends on what the client is looking for. Having lived as an expat for many years I managed to discover many hidden gems, and I am still discovering new ones every time I visit!

What customers have said about Bespoke Getaways tours:
“I’ve got been on the holiday of a lifetime for the last 3 weeks” – David & Maggs
“Hem looks after everything!” – Josie
“Hem is your man for the ultimate Asia experience” – Jill

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