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.

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda, Crete

Regular visitors to Crete are probably aware that the small fishing town of Elounda is one of the island’s most desirable resorts. I’ve had the pleasure of staying in a number of the town’s best luxury hotels over the years, but none as small or intimate as my most recent stay at Elounda Gulf Villas […]

Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

The Milky Way rises over Delicate Arch, an 80-feet tall, free-standing sandstone arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The most widely recognised of the park’s 2,000 arches, Delicate Arch has become the unofficial symbol of Utah, appearing on the state’s license plates and reproduced in countless publications. Unfortunately, such an iconic landmark is bound to […]

Bringing your luxury travel memories back to life through artisan crafts

Bringing your luxury travel memories back to life through artisan crafts

Those of you who travel regularly and have an interest in different cultures around the world will, I’m sure, have one or two much-treasured items at home that serve as mementos from those trips. You might also have a story or two to tell in terms of the difficulties you went through in finding the […]

New luxury villas project unveiled in Tuscany

New luxury villas project unveiled in Tuscany

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, a 5-star design resort located on Tuscany’s Silver Coast, has announced the launch of an all-new luxury residential project called Argentario Golf Residences. Up to 20 new villas will be built on the panoramic hills overlooking the eco-friendly Argentario golf course and Orbetello Lagoon, a WWF protected reserve. This peaceful […]

A luxury Orlando vacation home with a difference!

A luxury Orlando vacation home with a difference!

Are you looking for something a little different for your family next time you head to Florida? Then look no further than this amazing 6-bedroom luxury vacation home from Jeeves Holiday Homes. This unique property is just 12 minutes from Walt Disney World and boasts accommodation that your kids are sure to love… Let’s start with the […]

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

Those of you who read about our trip to North Cornwall will know already that we had a great week, and were spoilt with both wonderful accommodation and some great weather. On my last trip we tried out just three new items – an advanced backpack, a high quality travel organiser and an app that […]

Photograph of the week: The foothills of India's Himalayas

Photograph of the week: The foothills of India’s Himalayas

The stunning scenery at the foothills of India’s Himalayas is a photographer’s dream, though the journey to get there, only possible by road, is long and gruelling. This shot looking over the apple orchards at Seetalvan, Himachal Pradesh, takes full advantage of the magnificent light and somehow made it all worth it. Thank you to […]

Win a new Sigma lens for your DSLR camera!

Win a new Sigma lens for your DSLR camera!

If you have an interest in photography, you’ll be familiar with the name Sigma.  Although the company lends it name to a range of camera models, it is best known as a manufacturer of quality lenses. Some of you may recall that earlier this year I road-tested the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro | Contemporary lens on […]

Introducing Indonesia's new 5-star beach club and villa resort

Introducing Indonesia’s new 5-star beach club and villa resort

With the introduction of BASK Resort, a new luxe beach club and villa resort development debuting in early 2016, the unspoiled island of Gili Meno is soon to become the go-to destination to visit in Indonesia for in-the-know jetsetters. A welcome alternative to the now overdeveloped island of neighbouring Bali, Gili Meno’s natural beauty is […]

Recipe of the week: Shan khao-swe (Shan noodles soup with chicken)

Recipe of the week: Shan khao-swe (Shan noodles soup with chicken)

Shan noodles are one of the famous foods in Burma. They are derived from Shan State which is in the eastern part of the country, and they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or as a snack between meals. Here is a recipe for Shan khao-swe which is a very popular dish, with […]

Photograph of the week: Hot air ballooning over Bagan

Photograph of the week: Hot air ballooning over Bagan

Bagan is one of the top 4 destinations of Myanmar which is an ancient city with over 10,000 Buddhist temples. During the 9th to 13th centuries, it was the capital of Pagan kingdom. Bagan is most beautiful to watch during the sunset and sunrise. The hot air balloons of Bagan provide the birds eye view […]

Recipe of the week: Pear-celery cream soup

Recipe of the week: Pear-celery cream soup

This fairly simple recipe will impress your guests without too much work and without requiring many ingredients. The ingredients are a perfect mix between pears and a creamy soup, together with some traditional Austrian Drautaler cheese. The intention of this soup was to create something special with unusual combinations – some new, unconventional ideas mixed […]

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 […]