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.

Recipe of the week: Crab and mango salad with wasabi yoghurt

Recipe of the week: Crab and mango salad with wasabi yoghurt

This is a simple little starter. It is really fresh and clean. The sweetness of the mango helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the crab. Use extra large locally caught cock (male) crabs which have huge claws which give a high yield of delicious white meat. If you don’t want to serve this […]

Photograph of the week: Full moon in Death Valley

Photograph of the week: Full moon in Death Valley

A full moon rises over the Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley National Park, California. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater is the lowest point in North America. The vast, surreal crust of hexagonal shapes change constantly as salt crystals form, expand and then become eroded with wind blown dust and passing rain […]

Taking better travel photographs: 9 great composition tips

Taking better travel photographs: 9 great composition tips

Photography is an art that few of us will every truly master. In the words of photographer Martin Parr, “Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.” That said, we can always aspire to better things and these 9 top tips to achieve better composition […]

Short stay: Raffles Singapore, Singapore

Short stay: Raffles Singapore, Singapore

Raffles is an iconic, colonial style all suite hotel – with 103 suites in total – and was declared a national monument in 1987; in 1989 it was restored to how it looked in 1915 – renovations that took two and a half years to complete. Re-opened on 16th September 1991, today this historic hotel […]

Short stay: Fairmont Singapore, Singapore

Short stay: Fairmont Singapore, Singapore

Designed by I.M. Pei and opened in 1986 between Marina Bay and the downtown core of Singapore, Fairmont Singapore stands at the crossroads of this colourful, complex nation. Conveniently situated for business, world-class shopping and entertainment, it is just 20 minutes’ drive from Singapore Changi Airport. The welcome I am not sure how they did […]

Suite of the week: Romantic Honeymoon Suite, Villa Fiorentino Positano, Campania, Italy

Suite of the week: Romantic Honeymoon Suite, Villa Fiorentino Positano, Campania, Italy

Suite name: Romantic Honeymoon Suite Location: Villa Fiorentino Positano, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy Size of accommodation: 120 sq m internal, 100 sq m external Cost per night: From €650 Who’s stayed here: Gilberto Gil What makes it special: It’s one of the best suites for a romantic honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast and is the top of the range apartment at […]

Recipe of the week: Pasta Straccio Seafood

Recipe of the week: Pasta Straccio Seafood

Pasta Straccio Seafood is a creative, unique dish that puts a spin on the classic lasagne with seafood in place of mince. The clams, mussels, squid and shrimp are a light alternative to meat, with the punchiness of the basil pesto and the creaminess of the béchamel source balancing it perfectly, and the edges giving […]

A Taste of Austria: an amazing timelapse video that'll inspire you to visit soon

A Taste of Austria: an amazing timelapse video that’ll inspire you to visit soon

Prepare yourself for a quick insight into Austria’s amazing natural beauty. If you love travelling around Europe, you’ll want to know more about Austria, famed for its gorgeous mountain scenery, its architecture and its music. The following video made by Vienna-based FilmSpektakel offers a brief but fantastic insight into all three. The company spent two […]

5 unique ways to experience New York (and how you can win your flights and £1,000 spending money to go yourself!)

5 unique ways to experience New York (and how you can win your flights and £1,000 spending money to go yourself!)

The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. The city so nice they named it twice. Call it what you will, there’s no doubting the appeal of New York City. Today the city attracts more than 50 million visitors per annum and this year will see the number of hotel rooms pass the 100,000 mark […]

Photograph of the week: Polar bear in Svalbard

Photograph of the week: Polar bear in Svalbard

Polar bears, unlike their brown bear cousins, are active year-round, though they will often fast through the Summer months when restricted to land by the melting ice shelf. During the height of their feeding season an adult male bear can weigh up to 700kgs and measure up to 3 metres in length, making them the […]

Suite of the week: Villa Giardini del Principe, Sicily, Italy

Suite of the week: Villa Giardini del Principe, Sicily, Italy

Suite name: Villa Giardini del Principe Location: Between Palermo and Cefalu, Sicily, Italy Size of accommodation: 450 sq m immersed in 10,000 sq m of mature landscaped gardens Cost per night: From €645 per night for the main villa Who’s stayed here: High-profile businessmen, American entrepreneurs, highly distinguished doctors What makes it special: A rare sea-front villa in Sicily, this magnificent […]

The easy way to check on your duty free purchase allowance

The easy way to check on your duty free purchase allowance

It’s well known that when entering a country you must declare goods that you have purchased overseas, but keeping a detailed record of each and every item can be hassle when all you want to be doing is enjoying the trip. Actually, though, it needn’t be… thanks to today’s technology, the task of recording all […]

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Anyone who has ever played the famous Monopoly boardgame will already be familiar with the whereabouts of one of our latest stays. The Athenaeum is located in Mayfair, among some of London’s prime real estate, so to have the pleasure of an entire apartment there – rather than just a hotel room – was a […]

Photograph of the week: Sunrise at Haleakala crater

Photograph of the week: Sunrise at Haleakala crater

Everyone who ever traveled to Maui must have heard about the breathtakingly beautiful sunrises observed from atop the Haleakala crater. And everyone who ever attempted this trip can attest to its difficulty: driving up the winding mountain roads for a couple of hours in the dark and then enduring the unbearably cold temperature just to […]

The smart new luggage that syncs with your smartphone

The smart new luggage that syncs with your smartphone

Wouldn’t it be good if your luggage could weigh itself? Or if it could lock and unlock itself depending on how close you are to it? Or if it could charge your phone or other devices? Or if could send you a reminder if you accidentally left it somewhere? Or how about if you could […]

Singapore in style... and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

Singapore in style… and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

“This is coconut soup with fish sperm, matsutake mushroom and abalone,” said the waitress. She’d uttered it without so much as batting an eyelid. It took me a while to process what had just been said. Did I really hear that correctly? I checked – and, sure enough, I had. It was my first night […]