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.

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

The Australian countryside is home to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife experiences. Parched, red desert sands stretch through the centre; the top end swelters beneath lush jungle canopies; and of course, the iconic coastline creates endless opportunities to surf and swim. It has all the ingredients to make up a [...]

Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter

Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter

What better way to enjoy the holidays than by treating someone dear to you with a special Easter gift? Whether you’re looking for something stylish or simply craving some chocolate extravagance, here are our top 10 luxury gift ideas to whet your appetite (quite literally, in some cases!) this festive season. C900 Worldtimer from Christopher [...]

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. The hours of research needed to find the perfect destination and the right accommodation can be more than a little overwhelming. Hardly seems worth it for yet another tourist trap experience. What if you could [...]

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Mariek Anselme is the Co-Founder of A.M.A Selections, the new premier luxury vacation rental agency on the French Riviera. Mariek currently resides in the South of France near Cannes. Although half French and half American by birth, Mariek grew up moving quite often and has lived in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. [...]

Recipe of the week: St. Clement’s creams

Recipe of the week: St. Clement’s creams

A luxurious set lemon cream, with a boozy orange jelly. It is delicious and surprisingly light. A glorious recipe, but you do need to think of all the stages first, perhaps making the cream one day, then the next setting the jelly on top. Remember to zest the lemons and oranges before you squeeze them [...]

Photograph of the week: Fishermen of Huanchaco, Peru

Photograph of the week: Fishermen of Huanchaco, Peru

At the end of the day, fishermen of Huanchaco ride the waves back into shore to sell their catch. They have held on to their pre-Inca custom of building nimble crafts from the totora reed that grows around the area. When they ride these light vessels, straddling them, it looks as if they are sitting [...]

Yachting in Europe without breaking the bank

Yachting in Europe without breaking the bank

When was the last time you had really good fun? If you like travelling around the world, there’s always an original way to rediscover your favourite destinations. Have you ever considered a yacht charter? With a yacht charter, you can enjoy your vacation from a completely different point of view – the sea. With the [...]

Recipe of the week: Perfect chutney and thyme pork chops

Recipe of the week: Perfect chutney and thyme pork chops

This recipe draws on the classic combination of traditional sweet and savoury flavours to create a delightfully well-rounded Spring time dish using chutney, red wine and other jars or bottles you might have received as a gift that you’d like to use. It serves four and is best served with a peppery rocket and watercress [...]

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

The Grand National needs little introduction. One of the biggest single betting events in sport, it is also one of the most famous horse races in the world – a handicap steeplechase that’s been running since 1839. Held at Aintree, Liverpool, UK, this year the highlight of the National Hunt calendar has a new sponsor, [...]

Photograph of the week: Mount Cook, New Zealand

Photograph of the week: Mount Cook, New Zealand

Although it’s been shrinking over the past 20 years, Mount Cook, otherwise known as Aoraki, is still New Zealand’s highest mountain. Surrounded by rugged lanscapes, lakes and even glaciers, it attracts walkers and climbers from all over the world. The weather conditions are extremely interchangeable in Mount Cook National Park, but that doesn’t stop people [...]

A hotel fit for a Wimbledon champion

A hotel fit for a Wimbledon champion

Andy Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion and the first British winner of the men’s singles Wimbledon Championship for an incredible 77 years, has opened a luxury hotel in Scotland. Cromlix, which is close to the tennis player’s home town of Dunblane, is a 15-room five star luxury hotel with a restaurant overseen by French chef [...]

A waterslide so vast, you can see it from space

A waterslide so vast, you can see it from space

The Chinese government has this morning announced sensational plans to transform a short stretch of the Great Wall of China into a waterslide.  In a massive project that is estimated to cost upwards of 160 million Chinese yuan, the length of wall that spans from 愚人节 to 戏说 will undergo a programme of re-enforcement before being divided [...]

Luxury in London, life at Walt Disney World, flying business class with British Airways and reflections on Cuba

Luxury in London, life at Walt Disney World, flying business class with British Airways and reflections on Cuba

Each month myself and a few other luxury travel bloggers highlight our latest travelling exploits as part of a small, select group known as the Luxury Travel Blog Network.  Whilst I wrote a review of my short stay on the outskirts of Cape Town from my trip to South Africa, here’s what the others have [...]

Recipe of the week: Chic mini arancini

Recipe of the week: Chic mini arancini

Bring the flavours of Sicily to your next cocktail party by preparing its signature dish of cheese wrapped in fried panko breadcrumb risotto. Named after Arancina, the Italian word for the golden little oranges they resemble, these mini arancine can be assembled quickly and can be prepared ahead of time. These little cheese pops will [...]

The stylish and spirited beauty of Barcelona, Prague and  New York

The stylish and spirited beauty of Barcelona, Prague and New York

Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each is beautiful in its own right, and all seem to be a time when a longing for traveling abroad emerges, wanderlust is rekindled, and a yearning grows to awaken in those places that have been but a dream. To sate your desire to roam, StyleHotels recommends three of the world’s most stylish and [...]

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

On my latest visit to South Africa, we stayed at the beautiful Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia region on the outskirts of Cape Town. This is the oldest wine growing region in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1685, and a great location for anyone visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, widely regarded as one of the finest [...]

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