Category: Asia

Top 5 destination hotels within 5 hours of Hong Kong

Top 5 destination hotels within 5 hours of Hong Kong

Whether you live in Hong Kong or in Europe/USA, Hong Kong is a well-known and frequently-vistied business and leisure travel hub. Locals enjoy its proximity to exotic locations while the city acts as a stopover for travellers from around the world, typically on their way to Thailand (Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai, Phuket, Koh Samui) or Indonesia […]

Horse carriage at Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad India

5 of most spectacular hotel arrivals in the world

Long gone are the days of arriving to a hotel to tediously queue at a lobby and await your turn so someone at the reception desk is free to attend to you. Luxury travelers demand more, much, much more. Many of the more boutique hotels and resorts have done away with reception desks, and even […]

3 new reasons why Siem Reap should be on your travel radar

3 new reasons why Siem Reap should be on your travel radar

For many years visitors have been heading to Siem Reap from every corner of the globe to explore the ancient jungle temples of Angkor Wat, and rightly so, as a UNESCO world heritage site they are truly remarkable; however, we are going to suggest 3 new reasons why Siem Reap should be on your travel radar […]

Photograph of the week: Halong Bay, Vietnam

Photograph of the week: Halong Bay, Vietnam

The World Heritage Halong Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Halong translates as ‘descending dragon’ and legend tells that this mystical seascape was created when a great dragon charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouging out valleys and crevasses. As the creature plunged into the sea, the […]

Sri Lanka's culinary delights

Sri Lanka’s culinary delights

Sri Lankan food is some of the freshest and tastiest cuisine I have ever come across. Often described as a mix between Thai and Indian, the cuisine is influenced by the island nation’s abundant fresh produce, exotic spices and rich cultural history of regal heritage, subsistence farmers, and colonisation. With diverse recipes from the North […]

5 of the most exciting places to run your first marathon in 2017

5 of the most exciting places to run your first marathon in 2017

A commitment to getting fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. It often comes along with setting ourselves a challenge, something to accomplish in the coming year that will give a real sense of achievement. Now what if you could combine fitness, a challenge and a travel adventure? Five exciting marathons, all […]

Water Garden, Sigiriya

10 of Sri Lanka’s best new luxury hotels

There are some truly exceptional boutique and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, and more are popping up each year. From the ultra-stylish to cosy colonial tea bungalows, there is something to suit everyone’s preferences. Following a recent research trip, we at Ampersand have found and experienced ten of the very best new luxury hotels in […]

14 of the world's most romantic retreats

14 of the world’s most romantic retreats

With February 14th on the horizon, take five minutes to fantasise about these swoon-worthy sanctuaries: our handpicked selection of the most romantic retreats in the world… Maldives – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi The Maldives – one of the most exclusive destinations on the planet – has to be the top choice for a once-in-a-lifetime escape. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi […]

3 little-known places to visit in Burma

3 little-known places to visit in Burma

It’s no secret these days that Burma is one of the friendliest and most unspoilt of all the countries in Southeast Asia. The plains of Bagan have become one of the most recognisable images in travel, and the charms of Shwedagon Pagoda and Inle Lake are well-known to adventurous travellers. But though tourists have cottoned […]

5 South India experiences, away from the crowds

5 South India experiences, away from the crowds

With a diverse array of natural riches; golden sand beaches, colourful temples, colonial heritage and diverse wildlife, South India has many fantastic experiences on offer. Its popularity as a destination is a blessing and a curse. Whilst visitors have contributed to the prosperity of local communities, the sights have become more congested and iconic places […]

Maharajas Express

India’s 3 best luxury trains

Journeying through India can be a heady mix of dust, noise and crowds. Step on board a train and you enter a world of attentive service, gilded dining cars and parlour games in the bar. Once only used by maharajas and dignitaries, a selection of trains now run itineraries from three to seven nights to […]

Top 3 places to see wildlife away from the crowds in Sri Lanka

Top 3 places to see wildlife away from the crowds in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is blessed with incredible diversity; idyllic tropical beaches, exotic tea plantations and rich culture. But, top of most visitors wish list is to experience its colourful jungles and get a first-hand glimpse of the resident leopards and elephants. What I find strange is that most visitors head to the same national parks where […]

5 reasons to visit Oberoi's new Sukhvilas in India... soon!

5 reasons to visit Oberoi’s new Sukhvilas in India… soon!

With the new year just begun, many of us are thinking about where we will travel to in 2017.  One hotel that should be on your to-visit list is Sukhvilas – the new luxury property from Oberoi in the Indian city of Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a gateway to the Himalayan town of Shimla. And while […]

2 luxury resorts in the Maldives that love vegan guests

2 luxury resorts in the Maldives that love vegan guests

There’s nothing better than finding luxury resorts that welcome you as a vegan traveller, especially if you find these resorts in the Maldives, one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations. The Maldives is one of those timeless locations, home to some amazing luxury resorts and now there is more choice than ever before. Luckily, this means […]

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Here’s where the best New Year’s Eve celebrations were around the world

Another year has gone and there were some incredible festivities around the world. If your New Year’s Eve ended in the usual anti climax of queues and busy crowds in the same bar you go to all year, then why not plan something different to see out 2017? If you fancy planning a more exotic […]

Neemrana Fort Palace

India’s top 3 boutique hotel chains

The luxury traveler to and within India has long been spoilt for choice in accommodation, with a slew of iconic city and palace hotels, contemporary havelis and wildlife tented camps and lodges operated by the ubiquitous names in the luxury travel industry – Taj Hotels and Palaces, Oberoi, Aman, Leela. India’s renowned sense of warm […]

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