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.

Photograph of the week: Paddleboarding with sharks in Moorea

Photograph of the week: Paddleboarding with sharks in Moorea

The photographer pre-visualised this half under/half over image before arriving in French Polynesia. Having travelled there before he was captivated by the crystal clear waters and teeming sea life of the area but wanted to include a human element in the shot. His idea was simple, to showcase the growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding amongst […]

What to look out for with this year's beach trends

What to look out for with this year’s beach trends

It is that time of the year when the layers have come off, we’re seeing more sun, higher temperatures at last, and we hear the beach calling our name. We can practically feel the sand between our toes or taste a smooth, fruity cocktail by the pool. We can’t wait to get our feet wet. […]

Recipe of the week: BBQ mackerel, roasted cucumber, soy and dill dressing

Recipe of the week: BBQ mackerel, roasted cucumber, soy and dill dressing

This is a delicious and light dish perfect for this time of year with Spring firmly in the air. The mackerel works really well with the cucumber because, by roasting it, it highlights the nice, smoky flavour. The soy sauce also brings out the umami, and brings an Oriental feel to the dish. Serves 4. […]

A stargazing adventure with a difference

A stargazing adventure with a difference

There’s a long distance walk in the UK that runs from the longest natural lake in England – Windermere – to the largest manmade lake in northern Europe – Kielder Water. Overshadowed by Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, interest in the route never really appears to have gathered momentum since it was established in 1999. Any […]

Recipe of the week: "Homard Grille" with fennel and sweetcorn

Recipe of the week: “Homard Grille” with fennel and sweetcorn

This dish is a take on a classic lobster bisque using the freshest Scottish lobster. The addition of the lightly soused fennel and the anise flavour of the tarragon help to freshen the dish up, making it an ideal spring/summer starter. The sweet claw meat also adds an extra dimension to the finished bisque. Ingredients […]

Special feature: Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK

Occupying the most idyllic North Cornwall location, overlooking Trebarwith Strand beach, Yellow Cottage is one of a very select group of holiday homes available through Perfect Stays. It sleeps 9 with two king size rooms, a twin-bedded room and a bedroom with three single beds, making it perfect for a large gathering or extended family, […]

Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno

Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno

George Gorrow was born in Australia and raised on the Northern Beaches. He’s one of four brothers and a loving creative and entrepreneur. He was heavily into the surf and skate scene from a young age, so followed that path for a while. His best friend was the number one surfer in the world at […]

Recipe of the week: Potato-wrapped salmon with ham hock broth, cipollini onions, dried cherries and lovage

Recipe of the week: Potato-wrapped salmon with ham hock broth, cipollini onions, dried cherries and lovage

Salmon, wrapped in thin slices of potato and caramelized in a hot saute pan, is a visually stunning presentation. For complexity and depth of flavor, I serve it with a smoky ham hock broth, thickened to a light sauce consistency. Then I rest it simply on a bed of Brussels sprouts with Cipollini onions and […]

Top 10 luxury fashion items for him this Spring

Top 10 luxury fashion items for him this Spring

This post is a continuation of our new, regular series of quarterly fashion round-ups, both for him and for her. For her, see this post, and for him, read on. Greens and blues have been dominant across many of the SS15 collections and statement stripes are also said to be in vogue. Whether you’re looking to adopt […]

Photograph of the week: Canary Wharf above the clouds

Photograph of the week: Canary Wharf above the clouds

Amongst the typically gloomy low clouds of London emerges the iconic Canary Wharf business district. The tallest of the towers, One Canada Square, held the title of Britain’s tallest building for nineteen years, only to be surpassed in 2010 by The Shard. This photo was taken from an Airbus A321 whilst the plane dipped its […]

Recipe of the week: Linguine alla Nerano

Recipe of the week: Linguine alla Nerano

This simple courgette pasta dish was named after the fishing town of Nerano on the Amalfi Coast where it was created and has become a symbol of the village’s cuisine. Basic ingredients can be turned into a masterpiece that offers an authentic taste of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Source the highest quality of produce to get […]

Photograph of the week: Tropical bliss in Zanzibar

Photograph of the week: Tropical bliss in Zanzibar

It was a tranquil, sun-drenched afternoon when this photo was captured at Nungwi Beach Hotel in Zanzibar. Below the wooden staircase was tropical bliss: the white-sand beach was undisturbed, the ocean a pristine, aqua blue. The scene embodies the exotic beauty for which Zanzibar is known. Thank you to Helen Suk of Not Without My […]

Recipe of the week: Black Sheep liver

Recipe of the week: Black Sheep liver

Mixing Yorkshire ale with locally sourced liver, the Black Sheep variation offers a distinctive taste, unlike most liver-based dishes. Complete with crispy streaked bacon or pancetta, together with a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce, the dish has an added kick to it, which is balanced by mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. Serves 4. Ingredients […]

Off-the-grid, remote travel destinations

Off-the-grid, remote travel destinations

What could be more luxurious than chartering a jet to the world’s most untainted stretches of land, only accessible once you’ve touched down at the nearest airfield or airport? Once you’ve touched down, you might need some guidance – a boat ride or some other form of overland transport to arrive at your predetermined destination. […]

Photograph of the week: Brooding Borrowdale

Photograph of the week: Brooding Borrowdale

This photograph taken from the top of High Rigg in the English Lake District shows the raw, dramatic beauty of the area in all its glory. The Lakes is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it receives the attention of travellers worldwide. The rugged landscape of fells carved by dry stone walls […]

The latest luxury travel craze of glouchsurfing - staying in the homes of the rich and famous for free!

The latest luxury travel craze of glouchsurfing – staying in the homes of the rich and famous for free!

You’ve probably already heard of the term ‘glamping’, used to refer to camping in relative luxury – a merging of the terms ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. But have you heard about glouchsurfing? Probably not. This is the new craze that’s been taking the luxury travel industry by storm – and with good reason. Now, in case […]

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