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.

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […]

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood stars such as Kirk […]

What's it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

What’s it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

On a recent trip to the Maldives, we had a short stay in Dubai which happened to co-incide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. Of course, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai simply out of respect, whether […]

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

Here’s a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that there’s a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen increasing popularity over the […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

The term ‘boutique hotel’ dates back to the 1980s and people could be forgiven back then for thinking it was nothing more than a passing fad. More than 30 years on, however, the boutique hotel industry has experienced tremendous growth – it’s become mainstream terminology and, far from just lasting the distance, the popularity of […]

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

To determine the must-see places in Peru, we spoke to leading Peruvian tour operators, Machu Travel Peru. The company is committed to the highest levels of service as borne out by their reviews on Tripadvisor (an impressive 369 reviews stating ‘excellent’ out of 384 reviews). Machu Travel Peru also takes pride in giving back to […]

A visit to Frankfurt's best new restaurant

A visit to Frankfurt’s best new restaurant

The highlight of our recent stay in Frankfurt – other than the private flight with Jetfly to get there – was dinner at the newly-opened, pan-Asian restaurant, Breeze by lebua at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel – already an esteemed culinary destination and home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Francais. But, before all that, we called at […]

What's it like to fly privately with Jetfly?

What’s it like to fly privately with Jetfly?

It was a Thursday morning and I walked the short distance from my hotel to Denham airfield in Buckinghamshire. Opposite the appropriately named Biggles cafe is the Jetfly lounge where I met my fellow co-passengers just before 8am for a private flight to Frankfurt. By 8.20am we were up in the air, looking down on the […]

Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers

Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers

The island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is known as a luxury beach hideaway destination in which to relax and rejuvenate. Only an hour’s flight from its capital city, Bangkok, and with direct international or connecting flights from key gateway cities, it is convenient to visit this tropical island from anywhere […]

Have you a hoard of unused foreign currency at home? Here's a solution...

Have you a hoard of unused foreign currency at home? Here’s a solution…

If you’re like me, you probably have various small sums of money kicking about at home, in a variety of different currencies – and some for destinations you might not return to for years to come. Some of it you can’t even easily change back into your local currency as they’ll only accept notes of […]

Interview with Lucy Fox, PR leader at RMG PR & Events

Interview with Lucy Fox, PR leader at RMG PR & Events

Lucy Fox is a travel and lifestyle PR working for luxury agency RMG PR & Events. She started her career running a first class travel business and has worked alongside many industry figureheads. As joint founder of Fox Rendall International, she was awarded the worldwide Hyatt Hotels account responsible for managing the UK press function. […]

Recipe of the week: Rock lobster and seaweed sushi: tiramisu of king crab flavored with coconut and lemon

Recipe of the week: Rock lobster and seaweed sushi: tiramisu of king crab flavored with coconut and lemon

A finely sculpted tiramisu of King Crab is the perfect delight for seafood lovers seeking a mix of sweet taste of desserts. This very delicacy reflects the professionalism and enthusiasm of the chef who precisely designed it in a way that it is appealing and mouth-watering to even vegans. High in protein and exotic in […]

Top 10 luxury fashion items for her this Summer

Top 10 luxury fashion items for her this Summer

Love Summer? Then you’ll love this range of luxury fashion items to keep you looking cool no matter how hot it gets! From sandals to swimwear, there’s something here for everyone. So, what are you waiting for?  Treat yourself today from this selection of the latest must-have items for your wardrobe this Summer. Blue lagoon halter bikini from Verano […]

Suite of the week: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, West Sussex, UK

Suite of the week: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, West Sussex, UK

Suite name: Great Dixters, Master Suite, Cedar Lodge Suites Location: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, Turners Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK Size of accommodation: 100 sq m (Master Suite) Cost per night: from £348.00 per person (for the Duplex Master Suite) What makes it special: A memorable stay for all the right reasons! A philosophy soaked up […]

Changing perceptions of the Great British holiday

Changing perceptions of the Great British holiday

When you say the words “UK family holidays” it is quite likely you will instantly think of a cheap and cheerful caravan park close to the beach. Well it’s about time we changed that perception! The truth is that there’s an array of stunning locations in the UK, which are ideal for families or individuals […]

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