Category: Asia

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 […]

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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 […]

5 places to blow your tastebuds away during a visit to Hong Kong

5 places to blow your tastebuds away during a visit to Hong Kong

For me, a city visit in Asia is all about getting in the maximum number of quality eating experiences and then working from there. The highlight of a trip to Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi or Kuala Lumpur is the food and Hong Kong is certainly no exception. I’ve compiled a list of 5 great places to […]

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Top 3 best designed resorts in the world

What makes a resort special? Food, service and location are three key commonly stated factors, but the design of any resort plays an important role in tying the resort to its location through its style and the materials used. The design can also epitomise the soul of the particular resort or an overarching value to […]

Discovering all things green in Sri Lanka - The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Discovering all things green in Sri Lanka – The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a must visit in any itinerary to Kandy. Giant trees, colourful flowers and varied plants both indigenous to Sri Lanka and planted by dignitaries span 147 acres.  The beginning of this garden dates back to 1371 during the time of the ruling Sinhalese king. It was then run by the […]

2 resorts in Phuket that offer vegan luxury

2 resorts in Phuket that offer vegan luxury

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and one of the most popular travel destinations in the country; it’s also the place to find some of the country’s premier luxury resorts and hotels. You can easily find yourself relaxing under the tropical sun, looking out to the Andaman sea and enjoying the luxury whilst making the most […]

The 5 best places to spend Christmas abroad

The 5 best places to spend Christmas abroad

Our favourite destinations for Christmas getaways involve lots of sunshine and warm weather.  It’s hard to beat the idea of escaping the short wintery days, swapping your Christmas jumper and grey skies for a swimsuit and two weeks of beautiful sunshine. Here are some of the best places to visit at Christmas time: Barbados Being […]

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