Author Archive for James Jayasundera

James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel in London. Ampersand Travel is an award-winning tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays to Asia and Africa. James was raised in Rome by a Sri Lankan diplomat father and British mother, and from an early age he was travelling throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Although he loves comfort, he is not blinded by five-star luxuries – the Ampersand motto is “luxury is in the experience” and it is that indefinable quality that makes something special which James is always on the look-out for. James founded Ampersand Travel in 2003, and since then the company has developed an excellent reputation for in-depth knowledge of its destinations, candid and impartial opinions on hotels and locations and a formidable network of contacts within the industry and its destinations.

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21 things to do in Nepal

Nepal is the ultimate mountain country; home to the magnificent 8,848-metre-high Mt. Everest, breathtaking Himalayan scenery and high-octane paths – it’s difficult to match Nepal for dramatic scenery. But with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley alone, from ancient temples to stunning palace complexes, and epic wildlife and bird spotting opportunities, there’s […]

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21 things to do in South Africa

South Africa is often listed as the perfect destination for those looking for a world-class safari, but there’s so much more to this vast country than the wildlife-rich game reserves. A heady mix of ravishing coastlines, jaw-dropping scenery, outstanding cuisine and 5-star lodgings means it’s perfect not just for the safari enthusiast, but the adventurer, sun seeker, […]

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19 things to do in China

To think of China and not think of The Great Wall would be unlikely. But as impressive as this feat of humankind is, it is often the less obvious things that make a trip to any country just that bit more special. China, as a vast country, has many wonderful sights from the Great Wall […]

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37 things to do in India

India is one of the most amazing places on the planet. Rich in culture and geographically diverse, people flock to India, from all around the world, every year in search of some of the world’s greatest wonders. It holds the 2nd biggest population, not that one would doubt it by walking through the fantastically wonderful […]

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17 things to do in Sri Lanka

Over the last decade, Sri Lanka has seen a deserving rise in tourism, becoming the place to go for holidaymakers and travel bloggers alike. The revered Tear Drop island of the Indian Ocean is a beautifully spirited nation; its flag is the only one of its kind in the world to recognise three religious’ beliefs: […]

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Top 3 dreamy honeymoon island escapes

Planning a wedding is an exciting experience, but it’s no secret that it can be relatively stressful too! For some, deciding upon the perfect honeymoon destination can be just as tricky… let us eliminate the pressure for you and let you in on our favourite romantic retreats. If you are after a taste of paradise […]

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The best travel documentaries on Netflix

Escape into the real world with some of our favourite travel documentaries showing on Netflix. Our globe has more adventure and magic than any fictional show. We have delved into the world of wanderlust to discover astonishing sights waiting to be explored. From the islands of Japan to treasure hunting in South India’s Golconda diamonds […]

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5 hidden treasure boutique hotels of India

Go beyond the puppet shows and thali feasts of India’s tourist palaces seeking out another gentler and creative India with some of our favourite family-owned boutique properties below. From one of the grandest cities in India, now a faded beauty and nearly unknown, to a celebrity favourite deep in the depths of Rajasthan, India is […]

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5 adventurous family friendly destinations in Asia

Seeking out a long-haul destination in Asia when travelling with children or families can be a daunting experience. Moving away from the well-trodden routes of Thailand villas and India’s Golden Triangle opens up a wealth of opportunities for bucket-list holidays that will be never be forgotten. We have spent many years travelling across the vast […]

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Over-tourism leads to under-tourism

While ‘over-tourism’ has been a hot topic over the past year, its antidote ‘under-tourism’ has gained momentum in the last few months and we are thrilled! We identify hugely with this new trend as we appreciate that tourist hoards can be off-putting for many, especially the discerning traveller who values exclusive experiences when exploring destinations […]

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10 cookery schools to discover around the world

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’… George Bernard Shaw Food is humanity’s greatest connection with each other. One of travel’s enticing rewards is the discovery of new cuisine and exploring the soul of a place through its dishes. We have handpicked 10 of our favourite culinary experiences to delve into; food […]

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7 of the most romantic boltholes in the UK and Ireland

With it being the week of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. From Highland castles reached by Rolls Royce, to Dartmoor thatched pavilions; here are some of the most seductive boltholes around the UK and Ireland for a surprise getaway with your loved one. Thyme Hotel, Gloucestershire Easily reachable from London but a world […]

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The ultimate escape in Burma

This new year we can’t think of anywhere we would rather escape to than the mysterious and magical land of Myanmar, with its serene atmosphere and wealth of experiences on offer: from floating high above the temple plains of Bagan in a hot air balloon for the most striking of views over this iconic landscape, […]

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Asia’s 2019 travel hot list

So many of recent openings have excited us lately that it’s been quite a feat to narrow down the latest and hottest news to a mere handful… we love taking travellers out of their ‘comfort zones’ and introducing people to new or unusual experiences that engage them with deeper and unexpected layers of a destination. […]

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Top 5 hotels in Japan

Japan is without a shadow of doubt one our favourite destinations: from its iconic beauty and extraordinary attention-for-detail to its interesting idiosyncrasies, we always leave this wonderful country feeling inspired. It’s no secret that this striking island is home to spectacular culture, unique sites and world-class cuisine (most of which the Western mind cannot easily […]

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Top 6 destinations in Asia for a luxury Winter getaway

As the winter months creep into the Northern Hemisphere, the temptation to swap the chilly drizzle of the British Isles for brighter and warmer climes elsewhere is at an all-time high. Here are some of our absolute favourite spots to escape to across the globe at this time of year to get our fix of […]