Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel 'Best Travel Influencer' Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted "one of the world's best travel blogs" and "best for luxury" by The Daily Telegraph.

Inflight gifts for Little VIP travellers flying with Etihad Airways

Inflight gifts for Little VIP travellers flying with Etihad Airways

Last week I wrote about Emirates has opened a new lounge for younger flyers at Dubai International Airport. Now it’s the turn of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, which has this week launched a new experience for families flying with them. The airline has partnered with the award-winning theme park, Warner Bros.
5 simple ways you can travel more sustainably

5 simple ways you can travel more sustainably

Travel looks destined to make a strong return this year – at least in some parts of the world. As we return to some degree of normality, it’s important not to neglect our responsibilities. With an increase demand comes a potentially greater impact on the environment so, where we can, we should think about how
Kempinski Palace Portorož to undergo 6.5 million euro renovation

Kempinski Palace Portorož to undergo 6.5 million euro renovation

While the seaside destination Portorož enjoys a peaceful time before the spring and summer season and with the majority of the hotels closed, the iconic Kempinski Palace Portorož is set for a renovation with the MK Group, the owning company of the iconic hotel, investing an additional 6.5 million euros over the course of the
New Four Seasons tented resort in Punta Mita, Mexico

New Four Seasons tented resort in Punta Mita, Mexico

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality companies, announces plans for an innovative resort concept focusing on highly customizable itineraries led by personal guides, sustainable design and programming inspired by the nature and history of Mexico. The new luxury tented resort will be an expansion of the existing Four Seasons Resort
What you shouldn't miss at Vivid Sydney 2022

What you shouldn't miss at Vivid Sydney 2022

Staged over 23 nights, the Vivid Sydney 2022 festival will deliver mesmerising art displays, 3D light projections, uplifting live music performances and deep-dive discussions from the world’s brightest minds. Plus, in a festival first, the renowned Light Walk will stretch continuously for 8km, linking the Sydney Opera House to Central Station with 47 installations and
The luxury of campervanning

The luxury of campervanning

There’s something special about being able to take to the open road, stop when and where you like and yet have all the comforts of home still with you – a cosy bed, heating, a hot shower and even the kitchen sink. Whilst campervans and motorhomes are often not regarded as luxurious, there is an
New resort in the Maldives for Mandarin Oriental

New resort in the Maldives for Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new resort on a private island in The Maldives that is scheduled to open in 2025. The resort is currently under development on a pristine Indian Ocean site and will stretch across three private islands on Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll, accessed by
Win an all-inclusive cruise for two to the Norwegian fjords on board MSC Virtuosa!

Win an all-inclusive cruise for two to the Norwegian fjords on board MSC Virtuosa!

MSC Cruises is giving away a seven-night holiday for two adults on MSC Virtuosa, departing from Southampton on June 11, 2022, and sailing to the Norwegian fjords. With an easy embarkation at Southampton, you’ll spend a day at sea exploring what the ship has to offer: from the MSC Starship Club that features a bar
11 hidden gems in Copenhagen

11 hidden gems in Copenhagen

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone else about these secret places in Copenhagen! You’ve seen The Little Mermaid, spent an unforgettable night in Tivoli and had your picture taken with the royal guards at Amalienborg Palace. Now it’s time to explore the hidden gems of the city. Here are 11 hidden gems for your next visit, as
Crystal Cruises closing down

Crystal Cruises closing down

Crystal Cruises has announced that it has laid off all of its 238 staff and closed its Miami office. The luxury cruise operator which has been in the news recently due to its ships being pursued by federal agents through Bahamian waters due to $4.6 million in unpaid fuel bills, revealed that top executives, managers
Bermuda lifts travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Bermuda lifts travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Bermuda has announced updated COVID-19 protocols, offering new travel guidelines that will streamline the process for vaccinated travellers visiting the island, by land or sea. Effective from 7th March 2022, the revised guidelines will continue to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, while making it even more convenient for visitors. “We welcome visitors
The hidden Swedish gems behind those weird IKEA product names

The hidden Swedish gems behind those weird IKEA product names

Bolmen, Järvfjället, Skärhamn, Kallax and Toftan. For years now the world has marvelled at and struggled to pronounce, IKEA product names*. What most don’t realise is that the global furniture giant often names their wares for real places in Sweden. Now Sweden wants to invite the world to visit these fantastic locations. What does a
Top 10 cheapest cities in the world for five-star hotels

Top 10 cheapest cities in the world for five-star hotels

Research by LuxuryHotel.com has looked at the cost of a one night stay at five-star hotels across the world to reveal the cheapest cities in the world for a night of luxury. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by hotels in Asia, and is devoid of any hotels from Europe. Here are the 10 cheapest
'Hello Turkiye' #helloTürkiye

'Hello Turkiye' #helloTürkiye

The Turkish name for Turkey – Türkiye – is how the Turkish government want you to refer to the country from now on. The “ü” is a little unusual for non-Turks and sounds something like a long “u” combined with an “e”, with the whole pronounciation of the word being something akin to “Tewr-kee-yeah”. This
Win a 3-night stay in Malta!

Win a 3-night stay in Malta!

It may be small, but the island nation of Malta packs a mighty punch; with ancient fortresses, endless hidden coves, and a thriving modern art scene, it makes for an unforgettable getaway. Condé Nast Traveller has teamed up with the Hilton Malta to give one lucky winner, plus a guest, the chance to spend three
Emirates opens new lounge for young flyers

Emirates opens new lounge for young flyers

Young travellers flying Emirates as unaccompanied minors can now relax and wait for their flight in a newly upgraded lounge dedicated for them at Dubai International Airport, located next to Emirates’ First Class Lounge in Concourse B. Emirates’ lounge for unaccompanied minors is open 24/7, and the newly upgraded facility offers fun video games, drinks