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: Sunset at Yaxha

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Yaxha

Nestled amidst the rich history of the Mayan civilization and the country’s lush natural wonders, your Belize experience awaits. Belize is an adventurer’s paradise with majestic forests and a robust history at every turn. We hope this photograph of the sunset at Yaxha inspires you to venture off the beaten path and be immersed in […]

£10,000 prize: vote to win a full set of luggage and a luxury 7-night stay in Phuket

£10,000 prize: vote to win a full set of luggage and a luxury 7-night stay in Phuket

We are delighted to announce that A Luxury Travel Blog has been shortlisted for the category ‘Best Travel Influencer’ in awards led by the prestigious technology title ‘WIRED’ and the leading luggage and lifestyle brand ‘TUMI’. The TUMI x WIRED Innovation in Travel Awards celebrate the companies, destinations and services delivering unparalleled experiences in the […]

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the milestones of 20th century architecture. Its multi-performance venues are the stages of more than a thousand spectacles each year, and its exteriors are also the ‘canvas’ of contemporary artists and performers, as seen here during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light. Thank you to Paolo Evangelista […]

Suite of the week: The Lodge at Benguerra Island, &Beyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Suite of the week: The Lodge at Benguerra Island, &Beyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Suite name: The Lodge at Benguerra Island Location: &Beyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique Size of accommodation: Benguerra Island is 55 sq km, 11 km long x 5.5 km wide Cost per night: from $410 per night Who’s stayed there: Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart & Chantal Hochuli (Former Princess of Hanover) What makes it special: It is the location of &Beyond Benguerra Island […]

5 reasons why you should take a closer look at Itz'ana Resort & Residences

5 reasons why you should take a closer look at Itz’ana Resort & Residences

In a country filled with beaches, jungles, ancient Mayan ruins and crowned with the most beautiful set of islands that the Western hemisphere has to offer, imagine a luxurious, tropical getaway resort, where old-school British civilization meets inspired luxury and well-being. The country is Belize, possibly Mother Nature’s best kept secret. The resort is Itz’ana, […]

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

My latest published trip was to a beautiful luxury self-catering townhouse in the seaside town of Weymouth in the UK (you can read all about it here) where we had a very pleasant stay whilst attending a national sailing event. As with most of my travels, it threw up a new opportunity to trial a […]

Interview with Alexander Coles, Owner of Bespoke Yacht Charter

Interview with Alexander Coles, Owner of Bespoke Yacht Charter

Alexander is the Owner and Senior Yacht Charter Broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter, a company he founded in 2014 after 13 years’ experience arranging luxury yacht charters in the south of France, throughout the Mediterranean and worldwide. More than half of his bookings are repeat clients or referrals from existing clients that include ultra high […]

Photograph of the week: A stormy evening in Moscow's Red Square

Photograph of the week: A stormy evening in Moscow’s Red Square

Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by four of its most iconic buildings: namely the Kremlin, GUM Department Store, the State Historical Museum and St. Basil’s Cathedral, nowhere epitomises Moscow quite like Red Square. Established in the 15th Century and originally known as Trinity Square after the cathedral that stood on the […]

The other 'miracle' of the Japanese bullet train

The other ‘miracle’ of the Japanese bullet train

Trains running along Japan’s network of high-speed railway lines known as the Shinkansen are widely referred to as bullet trains thanks to their incredible speeds of up to 150-200 miles per hour. But 200 mph is only their maximum operating speed – test runs of an even more amazing 375 mph have been recorded for […]

An introduction to 4K photography

An introduction to 4K photography

Photography has come a long way since the advent of the digital camera, the commerical origins of which date back to the late 1980s, and now it looks set to make further advances still, with the growth of 4K photography. Having collaborated with Lumix UK, I’m going to give you a brief insight into how it looks […]

Special feature: Seasides, Weymouth, Dorset, UK

Special feature: Seasides, Weymouth, Dorset, UK

The seaside town of Weymouth has one of the best weather records in the UK with low rainfall and over 1,800 sunshine hours per year, so when the opportunity arose for our sons to take part in a national sailing competition there, we of course jumped at the opportunity. We stayed at Seasides, a self-catering […]

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

My latest published trip was to the UAE and the Maldives (you can read all about it here) where we spent a few nights in Dubai, followed by a heavenly stay at JA Manafaru on the northernmost atoll in the Maldives. The trip also served as a great opportunity to try out a few new […]

Recipe of the week: Nalli gosht

Recipe of the week: Nalli gosht

Nalli Gosht is an exotic dish from Lucknow in Northern India – one of the most famous and delicious of Lucknow’s traditional Nihari dishes. Nihari translates to ‘morning’ in Arabic and refers to an ancient tradition among the Nawabs of the Moghul Empire who would rise at dawn for the first prayers of the day […]

4 amazing luxury travel itineraries to try for yourself

4 amazing luxury travel itineraries to try for yourself

For almost 30 years Elegant Resorts has been crafting luxury travel itineraries, pioneering the way with a focus on personal, private experiences through the expert knowledge of a team of more than 100 travel experts. And the company’s commitment to service has been reflected in a series of top awards, including Best Small Luxury Tour […]

15 reasons why the Maldives is perfect for families too

15 reasons why the Maldives is perfect for families too

The Maldives is commonly perceived as a destination for honeymooners – or at the very least, for couples – but there are many reasons why the islands are great for families too. If you travel as a family but hadn’t considered the Maldives as a potential family friendly destination, then think again. Here are just some of […]

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […]