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: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

Recipe of the week: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

The fresh zest of lemongrass is a staple of Thai cuisine; creamy coconut another. This rawfood twist on a classic coconut lemongrass soup enhances flavour and preserves maximum nutrition. Easy to make with ingredients found at any grocer, it is served at room temperature and is an ideal first course conversation starter for a dinner […]

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

This vista which includes the Grand Teton mountain range and Mount Moran is viewed across the Oxbow bend turnout of Snake River. It is a classic view within the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and one of many originally captured by the American photographer Ansel Adams. The Grand Teton National Park is often somewhat […]

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite name: Alkina Lodge Location: Wattle Hill, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Size of accommodation: Approximately 350 sq m What makes it special: Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and are the only houses in the world designed by award winning architects, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin that […]

#1 out of 1,000+ travel blogs!

#1 out of 1,000+ travel blogs!

I’m pleased to report that A Luxury Travel Blog has moved up two places on the Rise #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs to occupy the number one spot. Published by Rise Market Insight, the leaderboard ranks thousands of travel bloggers by scoring them on their social media influence. It is released on Wednesdays each week. […]

Recipe of the week: Steamed red snapper, pickled mustard greens, lime butter

Recipe of the week: Steamed red snapper, pickled mustard greens, lime butter

This is a simple, clean dish. It is inspired by the traditional Caribbean rice and peas and also showcases the greens and herbs that are grown on the island. Snapper pairs well with the rice and herbs. Preserved limes and the butter sauce brings a little luxury and richness to the dish. Ingredients 4 x […]

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

Recipe of the week: Tuna tartare with wasabi mayonnaise and sesame seeds

Recipe of the week: Tuna tartare with wasabi mayonnaise and sesame seeds

This Asian-inspired recipe is an elegant amuse bouche that our Flagship chalets might serve as a surprise course. Tasty and easy to make, why not double the portion for a starter by adding diced avocado and fennel seed croutes? So that it’s at its best, the tuna must be very fresh and assembled at the […]

Photograph of the week: Cemagi Beach in Bali, Indonesia

Photograph of the week: Cemagi Beach in Bali, Indonesia

This stunning birds-eye view of Cemagi Beach in south-west Bali shows the waves rolling in from the Indian Ocean and the Balinese Hindu temple Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus dramatically set on a rocky outcrop. Steps away from the sands, a handful of luxury villas have sea views on one side and a panorama of vivid […]

What travellers really want from hotels

What travellers really want from hotels

What is it that we really want from hotels nowadays? For me, luxury travel is all about service and attention to detail and, when it comes to rooms, hotels aren’t always getting it quite right. Free WiFi is thankfully becoming more commonplace (despite some notable exceptions) but in some cases, the provision of in-room facilities […]

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

This is a photograph of Civita di Bagnoregio which is an Italian hill town about 2 hours north of Rome. The picture does not do justice to this town that has been in existence for 2,500 years. There are no more than 20 people living there now, but more coming back all the time. The […]

The UK's first holiday park exclusively for pets

The UK’s first holiday park exclusively for pets

Whilst you’re busy sunning yourself in a far-flung luxury resort, have you ever stopped to consider whether your pets back home are being similarly looked after?  Soon you need no longer worry as Darwin Escapes are planning to add to their collection of luxury UK holiday resorts and retreats with the launch the UK’s first […]

What's it like to fly the DJI Phantom 4 drone?

What’s it like to fly the DJI Phantom 4 drone?

Despite having been founded only 10 years ago, Chinese technology company DJI has grown to be comfortably ahead of the game when it comes to the drone market. You may have already read my initial review of the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone, but now DJI have taken us by surprise with the introduction of […]

Sniffer cats to replace dogs in airport security trial

Sniffer cats to replace dogs in airport security trial

Sniffer dogs are having to step aside for their feline counterparts at a Papua New Guinea airport and, if trials are successful, we could soon be seeing sniffer cats – rather than sniffer dogs – at airports all over the world. It has long been known that cats have in the region of 200 million […]

Suite of the week: Reunion Resort 2500, Reunion Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA

Suite of the week: Reunion Resort 2500, Reunion Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA

Suite name: Reunion Resort 2500 Location: Reunion Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA Size of accommodation: 11,700 sq ft Cost per night: from £1,155 per night What makes it special: Reunion Resort 2500 is unlike any other vacation home, intricately designed throughout with 13 unique themed bedrooms and various other extraordinary facilities, perfect for the larger family group. Set in the […]

Photograph of the week: Grand Place, Brussels

Photograph of the week: Grand Place, Brussels

Sadly, Brussels has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but hopefully the city can bounce back from terror just like other cites such as London and Madrid have done in the past. Pictured is one of the city’s main attractions – the main plaza in the heart of the Old Town, […]

Win a smartwatch, tablet, portable WiFi hotspot and more!

Win a smartwatch, tablet, portable WiFi hotspot and more!

To celebrate the launch of their new smart watch, the ‘Nigma’, WorldSIM are giving away a collection of their best travel gadgets. One lucky winner will win a smartwatch that can be used as a phone as you can put a SIM card inside, a 7” Android tablet, a portable WiFi hotspot so you can […]

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