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.

Mollies Boutique Hotel, Auckland, NZ

Mollies Boutique Hotel, Auckland, NZ

Named Best New Small Hotel in the World in Harper’s Hideaway Report Awards, Mollies boutique hotel has spacious, luxury, premier executive suites in Auckland city with harbour views, to  ensure your vacation in New Zealand is an unforgettably romantic and luxuriously indulgent experience. Mollies’ facilities now include a new spa, massage & exercise rooms, plus
The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

There’s no need to shiver in chilly climates!   More than 40 members of The Leading Hotels of the World across Africa, Europe and the Middle East are offering heart-warming rates through the Leading Winter Sun program. For instance, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai has rates as low as AED 987 per room,
Bora Bora Cruises

Bora Bora Cruises

For those who prefer island hopping without unpacking, Bora Bora Cruises‘ 226.4-foot yachts (Tu Moana and Ti’a Moana) offer seven-day luxury cruises to Bora Bora, Huahine, Raitea and Taha’a. Guests can also charter the yachts and determine their own itinerary. There are only 30 spacious cabins with soaring ceilings, large windows, glass-enclosed baths, plasma TVs
Bristol Plaza, New York

Bristol Plaza, New York

Designed for the discerning long-term visitor to New York, Bristol Plaza offers the comforts and ambiance of residential living combined with the flexibility and benefits of five star services. Bristol Plaza can fill the needs of the executive who plans to be in New York for an extended stay of a month and more; the
Lufthansa Private Jet

Lufthansa Private Jet

Global market leader NetJets and German airline Lufthansa have partnered to create Lufthansa Private Jet. This new service, available in Frankfurt and Munich, allows Lufthansa’s top 100 customers access to NetJets aircraft to make flight connections and offers NetJets US owners travelling to Europe seamless connections as well.
Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya has its grand opening scheduled for February 2006. The deluxe all-inclusive resort was in its early stages of construction last October when Hurricane Wilma struck. A comprehensive evaluation by the El Cid construction company revealed minimal damage to the $40 million resort near Playa del Carmen. Upon
Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

A stunning design for a major new public space – Grand Canal Square – in Dublin’s Docklands, has been unveiled by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. At 10,000 sq metres, the Square, located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock facing on to the water, will be one of the largest paved public spaces
Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgecreek Development‘s massive and  much-anticipated Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake resort is apparently running ahead of schedule. The resort, a 26-acre lakefront property in the Rocky Mountains is located 200 kilometres southwest of Calgary and 10 minutes West of Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass. It will be the setting for a spectacular resort complete with
Luxury tourism in Tanzania

Luxury tourism in Tanzania

Tourism in Tanzania is booming, thanks in part to the numerous recent investments by major luxury hotels such as the Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, Movenpick and Sun International. Kempinski has opened its first properties in East Africa, the Kilimanjaro Kempinski on the Dar es Salaam waterfront and the Zamani Kempinski Resort Hotel on the Island

Travel is the number one leisure activity of China's wealthy

The Shanghai-based Hurun Report  has released the result of  its latest survey on the lifestyle of China’s richest people. The survey covers nearly 600 mainland Chinese with an estimated wealth of at least 10 million yuan. Among the top 10 most popular leisure activities, 28 per cent of them said their number one hobby was
Musha Cay in miniature

Musha Cay in miniature

John Melk, owner of the private island Musha Cay Resort, has announced plans to develop a second, nearby island in the Bahamas. The much smaller,  20-acre Lansing Cay, situated just across from Musha Cay’s west side, is in the initial planning stage and is planned to be an ultra-exclusive island paradise on a smaller, more
New South Wales' outback in need of luxury

New South Wales' outback in need of luxury

New tourism research has found that there is strong demand for a luxury resort in far west NSW. Three-thousand people responded to the  survey conducted by the  Outback Regional Tourism Organisation. The results will be used to attract more visitors and investors to outback New South Wales. The organisation’s executive manager, Wincen Cuy, says most
Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

A new 161-room deluxe hotel has opened on Brisbane’s South Bank. The $90 million Saville South Bank Hotel has as one of its key architectural features a 25m heated lap pool which boasts a transparent wall looking on to Grey Street, and views from the pool deck to South Bank and the city. The hotel’s
Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton Hotels, which has owned the Waldorf since 1949, is expected to announce today that  it will launch a chain of luxury hotels under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The new brand will include business hotels and resorts worldwide and match or exceed the chain’s current luxury leaders, Hiltons and Conrads, for its level of amenities. Starting
Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Fiji’s Yasawa Island Resort has won a top international accolade in the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006, announced yesterday at a gala event in New York. The exclusive retreat was chosen over three others for the Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway title in the 2006 Americas Awards for Excellence. Hidden in the most remote

New 5 star hotel in Barcelona

Metrovacesa has acquired a five-star hotel in Barcelona and plans to prepare it for opening at the beginning of 2009 at a cost of 52 million euros.   The hotel has 251 rooms, 80% of which have sea views, and  it will be operated by Barceló Hotels & Resorts when it opens.   The hotel