Author Archive for James Jayasundera

AMANOI VINH HY BAY

12 of the best hotel interiors

As travellers today are more frequently in search of the unique and insta-worthy, ever more ravishing interiors are fast replacing the cookie-cutter ‘hotel look’ around the world. There is nothing more exciting than staying in a hotel that far exceeds expectations, capturing the ‘wow factor’ from the very first sight, and the industry is brimming […]

Indonesia

Summer in Indonesia

Summer is often the best time to travel, especially for those who are travelling with their family, and it’s a little-known fact that the very best time of year to visit Indonesia is during the summer months. Unlike the rest of Asia, where blisteringly high temperatures and heavy monsoon rains can threaten to make your […]

fortress bhutan

Your complete reading list for Bhutan

In order to really make the most of your holiday, it is worthwhile to do a bit of reading about the country before you go. Bhutan has just four bookshops – three of them in Thimphu – and a limited selection of books in English, so we do recommend you try to buy before you […]

Geoffrey Bawa's Sri Lanka: an architectural tour

Geoffrey Bawa’s Sri Lanka: an architectural tour

Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, the late, great and talented Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003), was at the heart of Sri Lanka’s often overlooked modern design and architectural history. He helped give Sri Lanka the individual and sophisticated sense of style that it exudes today, and created sustainable architecture long before it became a fashionable trend. Since […]

HANOI

The best restaurants in Vietnam for the luxury traveller

Vietnamese cuisine is distinct, mouth-watering and bursting with flavour. A divine concoction of sweet, salty, sour and hot flavours, not overly spicy, with rice, noodles, fresh vegetables and herbs all playing a big role; there’s no wonder that over the years it has become more and more popular around the world. With a staggering 500 […]

7 of India's most romantic spots

7 of India’s most romantic spots

India may perhaps seem a place to be tackled, rather than somewhere to relax or romance, but we have had some of our most memorable moments with loved ones on the subcontinent. There is a wealth of places to escape to, whether for a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday celebration. What could be more passion-kindling than […]

COWORTH PARK

The best hotels in the UK for an alternative Christmas

It’s fair to say that Christmas is not a relaxing time of year; families coming together in a cacophony of noise, the enormous pressure of perfecting the Christmas feast to feed the masses, end of year exhaustion… If only there were warm, cosy, characterful sanctuaries, for one to take refuge in at this hectic and […]

Celebrate in style: India and Sri Lanka

Celebrate in style: India and Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka both offer unlimited potential for creating celebrations of a lifetime. Gather up your favourite people in the world and head east for an adventure to never forget – whether in a Maharaja’s palace rising out of the desert or a tropical private peninsula. Arrive by elephant, private plane or magic carpet […]

Travel guide to Aman Resorts

Travel guide to Aman Resorts

Phenomenal luxury, exquisite comforts and an astonishing array of different cultures and landscapes, Aman serves up the best of the best every time. Below we have listed their properties in Asia, but specifically highlighting what we love about each one. Carry on reading and let us know in the comments if you have any other highlights […]

Ladakh

5 of the world’s most outrageously underrated destinations

September is upon us, and 2017 has seemingly whizzed by in a flash… But looking back at our travels of this year, we’ve managed to fit it all in; from Nepal to the Cotswolds, Thailand to Bhutan and India to Indonesia, we’ve travelled throughout Asia and the British Isles in search of the finest experiences […]

Sumba Island

The 5 best destinations in Asia for a Summer holiday

The British summer time is often the best time of year to travel, particularly for those who are travelling with the family. But it is worth bearing in mind that there are only a handful of destinations in Asia that have good weather in August and September. Temperatures can soar to unbearable heights and the […]

Coworth Park, Berkshire

6 of the best family friendly hotels in the UK

The British Isles have been having the most glorious summer weather this year, and more and more people are choosing to escape to the green countryside with their clan, rather than going abroad. The British Isles are perfect for family holidays, whether you are looking for a short weekend break or long school holiday, there […]

Kemiri, Uma Ubud

The best restaurants to try in Bali

Despite Bali being a relatively small island, it offers an abundance of fine dining restaurants. From haute cuisine to BBQ style food, all tastes are satisfied. Below is a list of restaurants we love, and we hope that you enjoy them too. Of course, if there is anywhere which we have not mentioned and you […]

14 books to read before you go to India

14 books to read before you go to India

At Ampersand we feel that to really make the most of your holiday it pays off to swot up and do a bit of homework before you fly. Indians are avid readers and throughout the country, as well as at airports and hotels, you will find excellent bookshops, stocking titles on everything from art and […]

hong kong

24 hours in Hong Kong

One of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Asia, Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan jungle, with a show-stopping skyline, a legendary kitchen, a wild coastline and beautiful countryside. High finance and high fashion collide amidst the soaring skyscrapers of this culture capital, and charming colonial sights and exotic nightlife alike are dotted throughout the […]

Divali

6 of India’s best festivals for the foreign traveller

India undoubtedly has the globe’s largest collection of events, festivals and happenings. The joyful clamour and colour of festivals spread their tentacles from the smallest villages to the largest cities, giving the most eye-opening glimpse into local culture. Ancient ceremonies and contemporary customs merge together to create the world’s most buzzing calendar of both religious […]

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