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.

Mhondoro Game Lodge opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Mhondoro Game Lodge opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

African safari luxury has been redefined with the opening of Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. Bringing high-end design and exceptional game viewing to the malaria-free, ‘Big 5’ reserve, Mhondoro is a ground-breaking safari experience less than three-hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Mhondoro is the first South African lodge to offer […]

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5 fantastic ways to experience Myanmar

Paradise is hiding in Myanmar, with its beautiful golden sunsets, which are best viewed from one of a plethora of gilded pagodas, which dot the lush landscape. The country formerly known as Burma has the power to delight even the most seasoned traveller. Myanmar is home to majestic rivers, sacred stupas, amazingly rich architectural sites, […]

Photograph of the week: Tower Bridge, London

Photograph of the week: Tower Bridge, London

London’s Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century and spans the River Thames, connecting Tower Hamlets to the north and Southwark to the south. Designed by Sir Horace Jones, the central span of the bridge can be raised and lowered to allow ships through. Today, you can visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition which […]

Photograph of the week: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Photograph of the week: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

It’s estimated that around 100,000 people pass through Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo every hour, making it the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. The traffic lights are on a two-minute cycle with pedestrians coming from five directions. On the second floor of the Q-Front building on the north side of the crossing is a Starbucks […]

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Beautiful Burgundy: best enjoyed on a private luxury barge cruise

Stunning sunsets are mirrored on the twilight water of meandering rivers, which adorn the beautiful Burgundy hills. And, thanks to Edge Charter, your private luxury barge cruise route is embraced by verdant hillsides, picturesque villages and pretty French vineyards: a landscape which no doubt will inspire you, just as it inspired artists Turner and Sisley. […]

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Inspirational places in Poland that you won’t want to miss

In choosing a travel destination, we often thirst for enriching experiences, beauty, palpable history and an injection of another culture. In fact T.S. Eliot said: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” So many […]

Win some limited edition DELSEY luggage!

Win some limited edition DELSEY luggage!

Did you know that a DELSEY bag is sold every 10 seconds?! 70 years on from the creation of this global benchmark of design and innovation, the brand is celebrating a timelessness that has travelled all over the world and is today represented in 5 continents and 110 countries. Born in 1946 from the collaboration […]

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Built between 72AD and 80AD under the Emperor Vespasian, today the Colosseum takes pride of place in the heart of Rome although at the time of its construction it was situated on the outskirts of the city since the centre was originally built on the banks of the river. At 189 metres long, 156 metres wide […]

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is the name behind the new IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous. Overlooking Majorca’s idyllic beaches, it is one of the group’s most luxurious accommodation options for adults only. Majorca has something to celebrate: next month, the Balearic-based group IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will be opening its first hotel on the island […]

Where should you retire after a life of travelling?

Where should you retire after a life of travelling?

We all love to travel but one day a time comes in our lives when it’s nice to settle down somewhere. Have you ever thought about all the places you’ve been on holiday and where you’d like to be when you retire? Whether you’ve travelled extensively or not, UK-based insurance company SunLife have come up […]

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Arguably one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland (and with good reason!), Seljalandsfoss has a 60 metre drop over a cliff that once formed Iceland’s coastline. The cliff is eroded in such a way that you can actually walk behind the waterfall and admire it from all angles. You can reach it from the Route […]

5 essential men's fashion items for your next luxury vacation

5 essential men’s fashion items for your next luxury vacation

Looking forward to your next vacation but not sure what to wear? Don’t worry – we spoke to our good friends at menfashion.com about those must-have items for your suitcase, and they came up with five fantastic suggestions. Here are some ideas for what to pack. Au Noir Shirt – Nadal Purple First up, the […]

And the winner of Best Travel Blog is...

And the winner of Best Travel Blog is…

I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while but things have been so busy. Earlier this year I was shortlisted for the award of Best Travel Blog in the Travelmole Web Awards and I attended an awards ceremony sponsored by Pure Michigan at the Rah Rah Room in London’s Piccadilly area. The awards aim […]

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Set in Northamptonshire countryside and just 5 miles from Northampton, Sedgebrook Hall is a Victorian country house, set in 13 acres of grounds, that has been extended into a conference hotel (and part of the Principal Hayley group), catering largely for conferences, events and weddings. The welcome We arrived quite late after a long journey […]

7 reasons why families should consider a luxury stay in Tallinn

7 reasons why families should consider a luxury stay in Tallinn

After having a family, many of us feel a duty to compromise on the destinations we visit and types of holiday we choose. Far from finding ourselves able to embrace new and inspiring travel experiences, we instead find ourselves choosing destinations that we think will appeal to all ages. If this sounds like you, then […]

Photograph of the week: Yushu, China

Photograph of the week: Yushu, China

The city of Yushu is located in the southern Qinghai province at 3,700 metres above sea level, and, although it lies outside the Tibet Autonomous Region, a large proportion of the 270,000 inhabitants are Tibetan. Sadly, in April 2010, the city was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1, killing approximately 2,000 people. Since […]