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.

Short stay: Carloft, Berlin, Germany

Short stay: Carloft, Berlin, Germany

Carloft is an apartment with a difference in the Kreuzberg region of Berlin, on the corner of Liegnitzer Straße and Reichenberger Straße. As its name implies, this is an apartment where you can park your car in a lofty position – right outside your apartment, irrespective of which floor that might be on. The car (in […]

Photograph of the week: The Taj Mahal from the Garden of the Moon

Photograph of the week: The Taj Mahal from the Garden of the Moon

The Moon Garden of Agra, located right across the river from the Taj Mahal, is one of the best places to see the famous structure. The garden features remains of what many people believe was the start of a replica Taj Mahal to be built in black. While that has never been confirmed, there are […]

Luxury travel with four-legged friends... your tips, please!

Luxury travel with four-legged friends… your tips, please!

Meet George… our new puppy. He’s a lively 10 week old English Springer Spaniel and, of course, our new travel companion! Right now, he’s keeping us busy, chewing anything he can get teeth into and generally being a mischief. This is going to be a steep learning curve for us all, not least when we […]

Database of travel bloggers

Database of travel bloggers

Are you a travel blogger looking to work with new clients? You know, the sort who actually pay you rather than just bombard you with press releases that they seemingly expect you to put on your site for free… I’m increasingly being asked by paying clients to recommend other travel bloggers to work with, and have […]

Photograph of the week: The Cloud Gate, Downtown Chicago

Photograph of the week: The Cloud Gate, Downtown Chicago

The Cloud Gate, better know locally and affectionately as The Bean, is a surreal, giant reflective structure in downtown Chicago that brings the tourists flocking for this skewed vision of the Windy City’s skyline. Designed by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor and dominating the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, The Bean throws back crazy images […]

Blogging, Berlin and the BMW X4

Blogging, Berlin and the BMW X4

I had the honour of being invited to Berlin by BMW recently and they arranged for me to be shown the city by Christine Neder, a famous German travel blogger and author of Lilies Diary, as part of their #BMWstories campaign. Christine, herself a resident of Berlin for 4 years, had been given the task […]

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On our mountain bike trip around the islands of Scotland this Summer, we had a great time exploring islands such as Eigg and Raasay, and staying at a number of luxury hotels and B&Bs along the way, all of which you’ll find detailed on the blog. We also had the opportunity to try out lots […]

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned by cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald and home to the first Michelin star on Skye, Kinloch Lodge is easily accessible via both the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the bridge across to Skye. Impressively voted one of the world’s best small hotels in CondéNast Traveller magazine, the entranceway to Kinloch Lodge is littered with some of […]

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

We met Mitch Partridge, aka Syke Ghillie, in the car park outside Portree Tourist Information Centre, before heading out in his vehicle for an afternoon of foraging and fun. Mitch offers a respected ghillie service for the experienced angler, offering tuition for individuals and groups, but also turns his hand to other outdoor activities such […]

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Run by Rick and Georgie de Boer (son-in-law and daughter to the owners of Peinmore House next door), Canowindra B&B lies on the outskirts of Portree on the Isle of Skye. This luxury bed and breakfast is overlooked by Ben Tianavaig with stunning views of the Cuillin mountain range to the south and the Old […]

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Just a short drive from Portree is the village of Sconser from where you can take the CalMac ferry, MV Coruisk, to the island of Raasay. Raasay is just 14 miles long and 4 miles wide, with a population of around 200 people. Taking her name from the freshwater Loch Coruisk on the Isle of […]

Win $4,000 towards your dream trip!

Win $4,000 towards your dream trip!

Picture yourself driving through Sri Lanka’s national parks and encountering leopards. Imagine yourself exploring Japan’s many beautiful temples and gardens. How about soaking up the rays on one of Southeast Asia’s amazing white­sand beaches? These and many other luxurious activities are available for you in Nezasa‘s new Dream Trip Contest in which US $8,000 in […]

Recipe of the week: Rhubarb cheesecake

Recipe of the week: Rhubarb cheesecake

An exquisite and light, deconstructed rhubarb cheesecake, this dish is perfect for a summers evening and will definitely impress your guests! Why not try serving this dish with a glass of Braccheto d’acqui piemonte. Braccheto is a local red variety from Piemonte with a very fruity and flowery taste and smell which would go very […]

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned and very ably run by Don and Margaret Greer since 2007, Peinmore House is a beautifully kept B&B that can be found by following a signpost to the Braes on the outskirts of Portree. From this peaceful location, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cuillins to the south and the distinctive Old Man […]

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

We had looked into visiting the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna but, on studying the Calmac timetable more closely, realised that this wasn’t possible as a day visit from the mainland. Although the ferry operator does run a service to the islands from Mallaig, there is only 10 minutes or so between […]

Photograph of the week: Serengeti sunset

Photograph of the week: Serengeti sunset

A quiet moment in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth and is home to Africa’s highest concentration of predators. It is most famous for the migration of a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras that travel south for the rains every October and November, and then return north […]