Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has worked in the travel industry for approximately 20 years and, more specifically, in the online sector since the very earliest days of the WWW.

Recipe of the week: Trio of lobster

Recipe of the week: Trio of lobster

Some people may be afraid to cook lobster, but this recipe demonstrates how to do it, and do it well. This luxurious dish uses three imaginative ways to showcase some of the best seafood that the British Isles has to offer; the trio of lobster includes lobster thermidor tail, lobster and prawn pie, and crispy […]

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On our latest family trip, we visited Sani Resort in Greece, just a short drive from Thessaloniki and one of only a handful of resorts in the area that remains open through to the end of October – perfect for those of us seeking a little winter sun in the October half term week! On […]

Photograph of the week: King penguins on South Georgia

Photograph of the week: King penguins on South Georgia

Louise Miller’s party made their first landing of the day at St Andrews Bay on South Georgia. Hundreds of king penguins covered the shore as far as they could see. Most of the passengers had already headed down the beach towards a glacier to the north. Louise on the other hand was busy photographing them […]

Tantalising Tanzania... just for her

Tantalising Tanzania… just for her

From the thunderous sounds of stampeding hooved wildlife to the roar of lions heard while drifting over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, or the less-travelled Tarangire National Park, Africa is a luxury traveller’s portal to glimpse a place on earth where little has changed over the last few millennia. Women who dream of […]

Recipe of the week: Back of sea bass, green asparagus, crispy vegetable marinade with virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar

Recipe of the week: Back of sea bass, green asparagus, crispy vegetable marinade with virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar

When in Morocco earlier this month, attending PURE Experiences, I had the honour of also participating in a cooking workshop with 2 Michelin star chef Philippe Jourdin who oversees the four restaurants at the beautiful Royal Palm Marrakech. Philippe is a winner of the much-coveted ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ and in the workshop he demonstrated […]

The Ritz-Carlton Residences blend old world tradition with modern city living in Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Residences blend old world tradition with modern city living in Montreal

On 31st December 1911, at exactly 11.15 pm, right before New Year’s Eve, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal first opened its doors. Heralded into the world with an old-fashioned ball attended by the city’s elite, the hotel had an illustrious start that made it a headliner from the get go. Since then, it has hosted everyone from […]

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

On travel review sites, anyone can write a review of a hotel, regardless of whether or not they’ve stayed there. According to a study by Market Metrix, as many as 40% of user reviews are fake. There are other problems with user reviews of hotels. Certain types of travellers are much more likely than others to […]

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

On our arrival at the Sani Resort, a family-owned ecological reserve covering some 1,000 acres and with stunning, golden beaches, we were warmly welcomed by the ever-helpful Angelina in Guest Relations, offered a glass of fizz and presented with a useful map of the resort, outlining the various accommodation offerings, the marina, the restaurants and […]

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry 'datschi' with vanilla-thyme foam

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ with vanilla-thyme foam

Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ is inspired by local and seasonal ingredients of the Carinthian mountain and lake area with its flora and fauna. It uses blueberries, a seasonal fruit. Furthermore it contains thyme, a herb which grows in Carinthia. The dish combines the tradition of Austrian flour based pastries and the Mediterranean influence of Carinthia – […]

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

The wet limestone-paved Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Old Town Dubrovnik glistened under the street lights. First established around the 7th Century, the Old Town became an important sea power in the Mediterranean during the 13th Century. Dubrovnik is increasingly popular with cruise ships and tourists. However this walled city is quiet during the winter […]

Overcoming geographic internet restrictions when travelling

Overcoming geographic internet restrictions when travelling

When I was in China this year, I found that – a little frustratingly – I was only intermittently able to access the likes of Facebook and Twitter from the hotel where I was staying. It was a flying visit but, had I been a little more prepared, the use of a Virtual Private Network […]

Photograph of the week: Lightning bolt over Bellagio

Photograph of the week: Lightning bolt over Bellagio

Bellagio forms part of the golden triangle on Lake Como, comprising Menaggio, Varenna and Bellagio. This small and beautiful town with luxurious hotels and villas is extremely popular with overseas visitor and has been crafted by the Romans and the last few thousand years of mixed governance. Bellagio has seen many storms in its history […]

Recipe of the week: Balinese pork ribs

Recipe of the week: Balinese pork ribs

Despite being part of the world’s most populous Muslim nation, the island of Bali is a Hindu enclave where pork is readily enjoyed. It is considered a traditional food source and is eaten in conjunction with religious ceremonies and as well as within the home on a regular basis. Balinese cooking uses lots of exotic […]

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Whether you’re going on safari for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveller who has been on safari many times before, look no further than Shamwari Game Reserve. We stayed there recently and had a truly amazing time. Here are 20 reasons why this reserve serves as an excellent luxury option. 1. Accessibility In […]

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having stayed at the wonderful Long Lee Manor on the Shamwari Game Reserve, we moved on to the reserve’s family friendly Riverdene Lodge accommodation. Many game reserves won’t allow any children at all until a certain age, but what makes Riverdene Lodge unique is that kids of all ages are welcome – and extremely well catered for – and […]

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having taken a short flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, we were taken by our driver to the Shamwari Game Reserve where we were to spend the next few nights, leaving the industry of PE with its ’mechanical giraffes’ (cranes that looked very much like giraffes) behind and passing the Maitland sand dunes as we departed this […]

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