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.

Photograph of the week: Cala Pi beach, Majorca

Photograph of the week: Cala Pi beach, Majorca

This week’s image is of the Cala Pi beach which is a small sandy beach hidden between amazing rocky seacliffs at the extreme southeast of Majorca – the largest island in the Balearics. There are many hidden beaches in Majorca but this one is a must see for all travellers. The only access is a remarkable […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Bell Gorge in Australia's rugged Kimberley

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Bell Gorge in Australia’s rugged Kimberley

The Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s great adventure journeys and is home to some spectacular landscapes. Remote and sparsely populated, this legendary road trip takes you through ancient lands, awesome gorges and incredibly beautiful waterfalls where you can swim in freshwater pools. The wildlife is abundant and the scenery is amazing. Spanning 660 […]

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

For those who haven’t seen my ‘tried and tested’ posts on A Luxury Travel Blog before, this is an ongoing series where I give a brief overview of products I have trialled on my travels. On my trip to the ILTM international luxury travel conference in Shanghai this year, I road-tested a few new products, […]

Every traveller's nightmare: losing all your photographs

Every traveller’s nightmare: losing all your photographs

In the old days of photography, if a precious picture (and by that I mean a print) was destroyed for some reason, you had the negatives that you could fall back on. So long as they were still intact, you could get a re-print. The advent of digital photography has changed all that. People often […]

A resort for the honeymoon of your dreams: The Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Crete

A resort for the honeymoon of your dreams: The Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Crete

Thinking and planning where to spend one’s honeymoon can make for an incredibly difficult decision. Thus it is important to find the right destination, the right package and special offer that best fits your individual needs. With a variety of honeymoon offers provided the Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Crete, may just be a […]

Photograph of the week: Beaches aglow in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Beaches aglow in the Maldives

Beaches at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island glow blue at night with bio-luminescent phytoplankton. The glow is activated by movement and here the lapping of the waves on the shore reveals them as a beautiful glowing line. Bio-luminescence is seen around the Maldives from September to December. Thank you to Adam Bruzzone of Adam Bruzzone Photography for […]

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Kat Judge, along with her husband Al, runs the chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays based in Morzine, France. They offer truly exceptional catered Alpine chalet holidays to their guests. Ever since Al and Kat met at a fancy dress party in Stoke Newington in 2006, they talked about moving from London to the Alps to […]

Recipe of the week: Filet Oscar

Recipe of the week: Filet Oscar

The Filet Oscar is a classic recipe that blends two true heroes in ‘surf and turf’ with an authentic American steakhouse twist. “Oscar Style” literally means topping one of the finest steaks, the filet, with the fresh taste of asparagus, generous servings of lump crab meat and a creamy Béarnaise sauce. The result is a […]

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Located close to the famouse Boldt Castle and only a few boat minutes away from Alexandria Bay, this island has it all. The island offers even enough room for the essential life – as its name implies “Just Room Enough Island”. Hub Island, as it’s also called, offers one of the best terrace views in […]

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Aztec Energy Bars are prepared with a cornucopia of oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was a food of the gods in the Aztec world, used in ritual […]

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

This stunning shot of Sugarloaf Rock as seen from the Cape to Cape track shows the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Australia’s South-West. The Cape to Cape track is an iconic Australian coastal walk in the world-renowned Margaret River region, which winds through beach, bush and the Boranup Karri forest. Thank you to […]

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […]

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […]

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

Travelling – and, more specifically, flying – can be a stressful experience. (I write this as someone who should really be packing for a trip right now!) That said, there are some simple measures you can take to make the process run much more smoothly, and thus make the experience less stressful than it needs […]

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