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.

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Have you been enjoying the sunshine lately, or are you heading for sunnier climes? With Summer in full flow in many parts of the world right now, we’ve decided a round-up of luxury travel treats that has a focus on ‘Summer essentials’ would be rather fitting. With these ideas, you can have fun, stay cool […]

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

Located in the Ostankinsky District of Moscow, to the north of the city centre, VDNH lies less than a kilometre from Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Europe. Originally opened in August of 1939, and with a major impetus to revive the area since 2014, this ‘Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy’ is […]

Moscow's Ukrainian restaurant... complete with resident cow!

Moscow’s Ukrainian restaurant… complete with resident cow!

If you’re looking for a dinner with a difference, head to Shinok Restaurant (Ресторан Шинок) on Moscow’s Year 1905 Street. This Ukrainian restaurant first opened its doors in 1997 and, despite its modest red brick appearance, is one of the most iconic places to dine in the Russian capital. On entering, you make your way […]

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

It has been announced that the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un scheduled for later this month will take place at the five-star Capella Hotel Singaporean island of Sentosa. It will be the first time that a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president. Sentosa is one of 63 islands […]

TSUM: Moscow's most fashionable department store

TSUM: Moscow’s most fashionable department store

During my recent trip to Moscow with ‘Moscow Seasons‘ (see posts here and here), I called at TSUM (ЦУМ), Moscow’s most fashionable department store. Located in the Tverskoy District just next to The Bolshoi Theatre, TSUM is managed by the Mercury Group – Russia’s largest luxury goods distributor, with more than 20-years’ experience in fashion […]

Moscow's a cappella festival gala concert - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s a cappella festival gala concert – part of Moscow Seasons

As you may have already read, I was in Moscow recently for the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, an event put on by the Government of Moscow as ‘Moscow Seasons‘ to celebrate some of the best a cappella singers from around the world. And the grand finale for this 12-day singing extravaganza was a […]

Moscow's open air a cappella festival - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s open air a cappella festival – part of Moscow Seasons

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Moscow for the first time to attend the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, one of the largest a cappella events in the world, and part of a series of seasonal street events across the Russian capital known as ‘Moscow Seasons‘. Moscow Seasons is a comparatively new initiative […]

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

May is a wonderful time of year to get out and explore the countryside. The weather is getting sunnier (for much of the northern hemisphere, at least) and yet most places are not yet overrun by tourism. With many families staying at home (whilst school and university examinations are in full swing), it’s a great […]

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Tucked away towards the rear of St. James’ Court, a Taj hotel, and only a short distance from Buckingham Palace, is the exclusive, five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences. This luxurious, all-suite hotel was built at the turn of the 20th century and today consists of 86 luxury suites, ranging from one to […]

Short stay: Slaley Hall, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Short stay: Slaley Hall, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Slaley Hall is a large hotel set in a 1,000 acre Northumberland estate, between Consett and Hexham, and part of the QHotels chain. This elegant Edwardian mansion enjoys a winding approach that gives a feeling of grandeur before you even reach the main building. Enjoying a rural location surrounded by moorland and forest, the hotel […]

Family fun on a Little Londoners package

Family fun on a Little Londoners package

London is a great city to visit with family as there is so much to do, whether you’re travelling with very little ones or teenagers, or both.  But what’s really important, I find, is to make sure you’re centrally located to make the most of all that the capital has to offer. The Trafalgar St. […]

Luxury travel treats: Backpack from Dakine, charger from inateck, trousers from Daiwear and more

Luxury travel treats: Backpack from Dakine, charger from inateck, trousers from Daiwear and more

This week we have some real treats in store for you, from technologically advanced backpacks that could literally save your life to business travel wear for her that is every bit as stylish as it is comfortable. Whatever your type of travel – and your travel needs – hopefully you’ll find some inspiration here for […]

Breaking news: Alert at Papua New Guinea airport

Breaking news: Alert at Papua New Guinea airport

A high school Mathematics teacher has been arrested at April River Airport (IATA code: APR) in Papua New Guinea. Officials were alerted when a scan of the suspected terrorist’s luggage detected a sharpened compass along with other items concealed in his case (including a protractor and other items), clearly designed to cause confusion and panic. […]

Florence and Rome: 5 hotel gems from the Lungarno Collection

Florence and Rome: 5 hotel gems from the Lungarno Collection

Italy is one of the world’s most romantic destinations, and home to some of the world’s best luxury hotels. Among them is the Lungarno Collection which belongs to the family of high-fashion Italian shoemaker, Salvatore Ferragamo. The collection’s unique series of palazzo hotels can be found at strategic locations in Rome and Florence so, next […]

14 of the best cities to visit in April

14 of the best cities to visit in April

April can be a fantastic time of year to get away and enjoy a city break. For many of our readers, it’s a time when temperatures are just starting to pick up a little, when destinations are beginning to open their doors more to tourists, and yet it isn’t a peak time to travel… meaning […]

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland, if not the world. It has a 60-metre drop and forms part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull (the same volcano that erupted in 2010, creating an ash cloud that result in European air space having to shut […]