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.

The ultimate, bespoke luxury travel experiences in the Spirit of Discovery

The ultimate, bespoke luxury travel experiences in the Spirit of Discovery

If your idea of cruising involves being herded ashore as part of a large group and visiting the usual tourist traps at speed, without getting a real feel of the destination, think again. Saga Cruise‘s new ship, Spirit of Discovery, is all about personal discovery, both on and off-shore. Read on to learn more and […]

Short stay: Lantern & Larks glamping at Exton Park, Rutland, UK

Short stay: Lantern & Larks glamping at Exton Park, Rutland, UK

On a large country estate in England’s smallest county lies a wonderfully secluded Lantern & Larks glamping site. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by June who showed us to our ‘tent’ located in a peaceful walled garden on the Exton Park estate. There’s no electricity, no WiFi and no mobile signal. To some this […]

Luxury travel treats: Travel case from WOLF, Weekender bag from Billingham and more...

Luxury travel treats: Travel case from WOLF, Weekender bag from Billingham and more…

We have some great treats for you currently, regardless of where your travels take you. There’s something for everyone in this week’s round-up, whether you seek something stylish to carry your jewellery or are looking for a backpack for some outdoor excursions. Or perhaps you’re just heading somewhere with your loved one for the weekend, […]

The ultimate luxury in Portugal

The ultimate luxury in Portugal

Portugal’s Algarve is home to some of the most enchanting, dramatic coastlines to be found in Europe, not to mention the superb golf courses, delicious food and charming towns. The Portuguese are especially hospitable people, which makes a trip there even more enjoyable. Add to this the fact that the Algarve boasts some incredible, spectacular […]

Luxury travel treats: sailing special

Luxury travel treats: sailing special

This week we’ll be driving to Brittany in France so that our boys can compete in the World Championships for the boat that they sail. It seems fitting, therefore, that this week’s round-up of luxury travel treats has a focus on sailing gear. Whether you’re into race sailing or something a little more leisurely, you’re […]

Photograph of the week: Flamingos at Molentargius Saline Regional Park, Sardinia

Photograph of the week: Flamingos at Molentargius Saline Regional Park, Sardinia

It’s not just the tourists that flock to Sardinia each year, leaving flushed by the summer sun. Large colonies of spectacular pink flamingos are now a regular sight along the lagoons of Molentargius Saline Regional Park in Cagliari where thousands come to nest and raises their young in the lagoons. Oristano on the west coast […]

The UK's newest World Heritage Site is also its biggest

The UK’s newest World Heritage Site is also its biggest

So, as you may have heard… the area I am proud to call home – the English Lake District – is now officially a World Heritage Site, putting it alongside the iconic Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a site of global, cultural and historical significance. Not only is it […]

TourPal New York audio tour guides

Experience the best of the world’s top destinations with this amazing new app

Imagine experiencing Barcelona with an actor, who is also a professional tour guide, at your own pace with an amazing new app. Tourpal is a new worldwide audio tour application that offers just that. Not only does this Barcelona tour include 25 points of interest, but it’s also especially interesting and funny. The actor takes […]

Belmond Andean Explorer culture

Explore Peru’s awesome, majestic landscape in Orient Express style

Now you can explore Peru’s awesome, majestic landscape in Orient Express style. Belmond, the company who created the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express have launched a new legend: the Belmond Andean Explorer. The first luxury sleeper train to travel through a part of South America offers a truly unique way to discover some of Peru’s most notable landmarks. […]

Yangshuo sunrise

Spectacular luxury hotel to open in restored sugar mill in Guilin, China

The boutique hotel group who won the travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars in May 2017 will open a spectacular luxury hotel in a restored sugar mill. Alila Hotels and Resorts will debut the Alila Yangshuo in Guilin, China in July 2017. The former working sugar mill is set against a backdrop of stunning landscapes, […]

Here's how the most stylish dogs travel

Here’s how the most stylish dogs travel

From puppy jet lag kits to fine-dining for your furry friend, these days there’s so many super ideas to treat your best friend to a wonderful luxury holiday. Some of the concepts are fantastic including delicious handmade gourmet biscuits for dogs and monogrammed beds. Of course once you decide where you and your adorable furry […]

Ritz Carlton Cruise Exteriors Visual

Ritz-Carlton hotel group launches luxury cruise ships

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection looks set to defy cruise ship stereotypes. Ritz-Carlton Hotels recently revealed their plans for their luxury cruise line, which is scheduled to launch late in 2019. The three ships that are being designed will be like hybrids of small ocean liners and private superyachts. According to Bloomberg the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection […]

Special feature: Stargazers, St. Mawes, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: Stargazers, St. Mawes, Cornwall, UK

After a lengthier-than-expected 12-hour drive (we faced a lot of congestion around Bristol), we were immediately put at ease when we arrived at our accommodation in St. Mawes on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula, greeted by the words “Relax – it doesn’t get much better than this” above the entrance. We were staying at a beautiful property […]

Mount Everest Base Camp to get a luxury hotel, helipad, restaurants and a museum

Mount Everest Base Camp to get a luxury hotel, helipad, restaurants and a museum

Conquering Mount Everest is at the top of most adventurers’ wish-list. But now even the less adventurous are flying into the base camp on day trips and even enjoying champagne breakfasts there. Although there are actually two base camps at Everest, it has traditionally been the one situated in the south, on the Nepalese side, […]

Neyk: the world's most luxurious submarine

Neyk: the world’s most luxurious submarine

If you’re considering buying the perfect toy for your that special someone in your life or yourself, then you can be sure you’ll make a splash with the remarkable, bespoke submarine: Neyk. This is officially the best private luxury toy I have discovered to date. Ocean Submarines say that Neyk will be available from early […]

Gran Hotel Kempinksi La Havana pool at night

UNESCO old quarter Havana welcomes Cuba’s first 5-star hotel

Now you can experience redefined luxury in the historic, UNESCO protected heart of Havana’s old quarter. Perched atop a remaining section of Havana’s almost 350 year old colonial wall, is the new 5-star Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. Cuba’s first 5-star hotel opened on 7th June 2017. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana […]