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: Sailing in traditional dhows in Chole Bay, Mafia Island

Photograph of the week: Sailing in traditional dhows in Chole Bay, Mafia Island

Setting sail in traditional Dhows in Chole Bay, Mafia Island for sun downer drinks in the most idyllic of settings. Mafia Island is most well known for its exceptional diving and snorkeling – especially in its superbly conserved Marine Park. Besides what can be seen under the blue waters of the Indian Ocean there are […]

Photograph of the week: Baby elephant in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Photograph of the week: Baby elephant in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Captured on safari in South Africa, this photo shows how witnessing elephants in their natural African habitat is a truly enchanting experience. In addition to feeding, their additional day-to-day activities consist of resting and keeping up with their elephant herd. They may also learn some new manners during early years, such as extending their trunk […]

Photograph of the week: San Fernando Valley at sunset

Photograph of the week: San Fernando Valley at sunset

Nestled high in the Hollywood Hills, just off the iconic Mulholland Drive, Modern Mulholland Estate delivers one of the most spectacular views of L.A., as the sprawling mountain-rimmed San Fernando Valley stretches out below. At dusk, soft, atmospheric twilight shades of pink and yellow color the sky, and lights start to sparkle over the Valley […]

To Infiniti and beyond: living the luxury lifestyle in Lisbon

To Infiniti and beyond: living the luxury lifestyle in Lisbon

As one of the best city destinations in Europe for combining a city and beach experience, Lisbon enjoys an excellent, almost year-round climate with warm winds continuing to blow across from the Sahara until well into November. And it was during this month that I was invited to a luxury weekend with Infiniti, to test […]

4K photography - now you can capture the perfect moment every time!

4K photography – now you can capture the perfect moment every time!

Have you heard about 4K photography? If you haven’t, please read my introduction to 4K photography here. If you have, but you’re still learning, you’ll hopefully find my 10 top tips to improving your 4K photography – which were compiled with the help of Panasonic – helpful. If you haven’t much time and simply want to get a quick overview of […]

Short stay: SACO Apartments - St. Martin's, Covent Garden, London, UK

Short stay: SACO Apartments – St. Martin’s, Covent Garden, London, UK

Sometimes when travelling it’s a pleasant change to simply have time to yourself, without the formalities of a hotel. Whilst I enjoy staying in luxury hotels, the privacy you get from luxury serviced apartments or self-catering accommodation is always a welcome alternative. SACO Apartments have serviced apartments at 160 locations in 44 countries across the […]

Short stay: The Wellesley, Hyde Park, London, UK

Short stay: The Wellesley, Hyde Park, London, UK

Opened in December 2012, The Wellesley is a 1920s townhouse boutique hotel has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the art deco style and with every modern convenience. Named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington who served twice as Prime Minister between 1828 and 1834 and later as leader of the House of […]

Short stay: Garden House, Rosewood London, Holborn, London, UK

Short stay: Garden House, Rosewood London, Holborn, London, UK

Situated close to Covent Garden in the Holborn area of the West End, and just a few minutes’ walk from Holborn Underground station on the Central and Piccadilly lines, the Rosewood London occupies a restored Edwardian mansion, complete with Belle Époque charm, the entrance to which can be found via a carriageway and central courtyard. […]

Short stay: The Laslett, Notting Hill, London, UK

Short stay: The Laslett, Notting Hill, London, UK

Newly opened in August 2015, The Laslett by Living Rooms can be found on Pembridge Gardens, just a minute’s walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground station. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this boutique hotel is set across five Victorian townhouses and takes its inspiration from Notting Hill’s cultural heritage and creative […]

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

If you haven’t already seen it, my last special feature reported on our stay at Stone Lodge, the gatehouse to the beautiful Combermere Estate in Shropshire. During our week there, we enjoyed some fantastic weather for the time of year and there were a few new items we were able to trial, and you will […]

How to give your luggage a voice and detect whether it's mishandled when you travel

How to give your luggage a voice and detect whether it’s mishandled when you travel

If you’re a frequent traveller – and perhaps even if you’re an infrequent one – chances are that at some point you’ve had a problem with your luggage. Perhaps it’s been dropped, hurled about, left out in the rain, emerged on the luggage carousel torn or half open, or perhaps it’s not even emerged at […]

Photograph of the week: The view from Out of Africa

Photograph of the week: The view from Out of Africa

This is the kopje (rocky outcrop) from where many of the key scenes in the blockbuster film Out of Africa were filmed some 30 years ago. Whilst the location was used to recreate the romantic Ngong Hills scenes the actual setting is on the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment with incredible views of […]

Taking a closer look at the Indian Ocean

Taking a closer look at the Indian Ocean

Luxury travel provider Kuoni has released a series of fascinating microscopic images that have captured the fine details within grains of sand from the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, La Réunion and Sri Lanka. Kuoni’s initiative behind the project is to show travellers the differences between the Indian Ocean islands. Popular photos of the Indian Ocean islands […]

Special feature: Stone Lodge, Combermere Abbey, Shropshire, UK

Special feature: Stone Lodge, Combermere Abbey, Shropshire, UK

The October half-term is often a time when we look to go away in search of warmer climes but every now and then, we choose to stay in the UK and we are invariably always delighted when we do. There’s no hassle with parking, no waiting in airports, no need for passports, no lengthy security […]

7 things to look out for on the first wellness focused ship in  Antarctica

7 things to look out for on the first wellness focused ship in Antarctica

Climb aboard the first wellness focused ship in Antarctica, where you can enjoy a premium Polar adventure, with an expansive array of health and wellness offerings. The Ocean Endeavour is an expertly engineered small expedition ship, newly refurbished, with a choice of 13 cabin categories and contemporary interiors. The 199-passenger vessel boasts a contemporary aesthetic […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]