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.

10 of the best places to stay in North America this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in North America this Spring

As the ground thaws and flowers blossom, there’s never been a better time take advantage of North America’s natural beauty. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to take time out and enjoy the outdoors, and one of the best times to explore or take a romantic break. Get some inspiration for where to go this season from […]

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

In an unprecedented move, Geneva Tourism and carefully-selected partners are giving away an amazing 1,000 room nights at some of the finest hotels in the city this Summer. This is a city that’s a well known hub for business but also one that has a flourishing leisure scene, having won ‘Best Leading City Break Destination […]

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent landmark – instead, it was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition but of course it still stands to this day, more than 120 years later, and is the most visited paid monument on the planet. Standing at 300 metres tall, and the tallest building in the world […]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

An island getaway is many people’s dream holiday. If you’re looking for somewhere special to relax this year, whether you seek stunning scenery, beautiful golden sandy beaches or fine food, then Tripadvisor’s recently published top 10 islands in the world might be just what you’re looking for to narrow down your options. Based on the […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

Recipe of the week: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

Recipe of the week: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

The fresh zest of lemongrass is a staple of Thai cuisine; creamy coconut another. This rawfood twist on a classic coconut lemongrass soup enhances flavour and preserves maximum nutrition. Easy to make with ingredients found at any grocer, it is served at room temperature and is an ideal first course conversation starter for a dinner […]

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

This vista which includes the Grand Teton mountain range and Mount Moran is viewed across the Oxbow bend turnout of Snake River. It is a classic view within the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and one of many originally captured by the American photographer Ansel Adams. The Grand Teton National Park is often somewhat […]

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite name: Alkina Lodge Location: Wattle Hill, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Size of accommodation: Approximately 350 sq m What makes it special: Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and are the only houses in the world designed by award winning architects, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin that […]

#1 out of 1,000+ travel blogs!

#1 out of 1,000+ travel blogs!

I’m pleased to report that A Luxury Travel Blog has moved up two places on the Rise #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs to occupy the number one spot. Published by Rise Market Insight, the leaderboard ranks thousands of travel bloggers by scoring them on their social media influence. It is released on Wednesdays each week. […]

Recipe of the week: Steamed red snapper, pickled mustard greens, lime butter

Recipe of the week: Steamed red snapper, pickled mustard greens, lime butter

This is a simple, clean dish. It is inspired by the traditional Caribbean rice and peas and also showcases the greens and herbs that are grown on the island. Snapper pairs well with the rice and herbs. Preserved limes and the butter sauce brings a little luxury and richness to the dish. Ingredients 4 x […]

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

Recipe of the week: Tuna tartare with wasabi mayonnaise and sesame seeds

Recipe of the week: Tuna tartare with wasabi mayonnaise and sesame seeds

This Asian-inspired recipe is an elegant amuse bouche that our Flagship chalets might serve as a surprise course. Tasty and easy to make, why not double the portion for a starter by adding diced avocado and fennel seed croutes? So that it’s at its best, the tuna must be very fresh and assembled at the […]

Photograph of the week: Cemagi Beach in Bali, Indonesia

Photograph of the week: Cemagi Beach in Bali, Indonesia

This stunning birds-eye view of Cemagi Beach in south-west Bali shows the waves rolling in from the Indian Ocean and the Balinese Hindu temple Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus dramatically set on a rocky outcrop. Steps away from the sands, a handful of luxury villas have sea views on one side and a panorama of vivid […]

What travellers really want from hotels

What travellers really want from hotels

What is it that we really want from hotels nowadays? For me, luxury travel is all about service and attention to detail and, when it comes to rooms, hotels aren’t always getting it quite right. Free WiFi is thankfully becoming more commonplace (despite some notable exceptions) but in some cases, the provision of in-room facilities […]

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

This is a photograph of Civita di Bagnoregio which is an Italian hill town about 2 hours north of Rome. The picture does not do justice to this town that has been in existence for 2,500 years. There are no more than 20 people living there now, but more coming back all the time. The […]

The UK's first holiday park exclusively for pets

The UK’s first holiday park exclusively for pets

Whilst you’re busy sunning yourself in a far-flung luxury resort, have you ever stopped to consider whether your pets back home are being similarly looked after?  Soon you need no longer worry as Darwin Escapes are planning to add to their collection of luxury UK holiday resorts and retreats with the launch the UK’s first […]