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.

Short stay: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK

Short stay: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK

Whatley Manor, situated three miles from Malmesbury in a sleepy corner of Wiltshire, was purchased in 2000 and painstakingly restored and brought back to its former glory by the Landolt family. This traditional country house hotel was converted from a 19th century farmhouse and opened in 2003 with a commitment to make it a destination […]

4 new luxury hotel openings in the Balearic Islands

4 new luxury hotel openings in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands, an autonomous division of Spain – made up of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera – are located between Spain and the North African coast. They are also one the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Europe. Read on to learn about the islands’ newest luxury hotels. New designer hotel in […]

17 of the latest luxury developments in Dubai

17 of the latest luxury developments in Dubai

With the world’s biggest ferris wheel rising, hotel expansions at Atlantis, The Palm in excess of £77m and Damac’s new luxury property due to open this year, it is an exciting time to be in Dubai. Have your breath taken away by the mesmerizing performances of La Perle as they begin their first shows or […]

Jack's Flight Club Maldives

Jack’s Flight Club review: how to save hugely on flights so that you can splurge your holiday £s on the more exciting things!

I was recently made aware of a great website and cheap flight deal finding service for flights departing the UK and Ireland – it’s called Jack’s Flight Club. When I say cheap, I don’t mean saving a few quid – I mean saving hundreds of pounds on long-haul flights to some very attractive destinations. In […]

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 […]