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.

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

In 1973 Robin Buchanan-Smith, a Church of Scotland minister, bought the Isle of Eriska with his wife Sheena and, more than 40 years on, it remains in the family to this day, with elder son Beppo now at the helm and very much involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel. Over those four decades, the property […]

A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK

A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK

You could be forgiven for not knowing about Kilchurn Castle. A castle like this in England would not only be well sign-posted, but you’d also be charged entry to go in. In Scotland on the other hand, there’s not so much as a single sign from the road. It was only on reaching the village […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Try this wonderful recipe for pan-seared diver scallops at home. Enjoy a culinary adventure featuring compelling blends of international and local culinary traditions as well as a magnifique boost to a healthy lifestyle. Diver scallops make for a great meal because of their very high protein content, essential micronutrients and low fat count. All of […]

Photograph of the week: A moonlit Palm Beach

Photograph of the week: A moonlit Palm Beach

The light of the full moon caresses the dancing waves of the sea in this week’s photograph of the week which was captured along the shoreline of Palm Beach, Florida. The barge in the background casts the sole shadow on the horizon, while the light from a midnight cruiser shines in the distance. Thank you […]

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world's oldest hotels

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world’s oldest hotels

One of the joys of travel is the chance to stay somewhere completely different from your home. And unless home happens to be in a medieval fortress, then opting for a hotel which started life as a castle certainly ticks that box. Built in the 13th century, Ashford Castle in Ireland’s County Mayo is absolutely […]

Suite of the week: Owner's Suite aboard Burma Boating's classic sailing yachts

Suite of the week: Owner’s Suite aboard Burma Boating’s classic sailing yachts

Suite name: Owner’s Suite aboard Burma Boating‘s classic sailing yachts Location: Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar Yacht length: 85-105 ft Cost per trip:  1,800 euros per person (5 nights) What makes it special: Experience one of Asia’s last untouched island regions aboard one of Burma Boating’s 4 classic sailing yachts with full crew service and private chefs. The 800 untouched beaches […]

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Camping or caravanning might not be everyone’s idea of luxury but, if you’re going to do it, one way to do so with a little comfort, significantly more style than those white caravans that you see, and without any of the hassle of pitching a tent, is with an Airstream; and so we stayed in this iconic vehicle on a […]

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 […]

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