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: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

This year I had the pleasure of attending ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia – an exclusive, invitation-only event held in Shanghai – and stayed in the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai which was very conveniently located opposite the event venue. I only stayed a few nights and spent most of the time attending events, but here’s […]

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

If you’re looking for a luxury riding holiday in the UK, then look no further than bespoke horseback adventure organiser Liberty Trails. Established by Elaine Prior following three years of negotiation with landowners and National Park authories, the company offers horseback safaris for discerning riders across Dartmoor, combined with gastronomic adventures in close partnership with Relais […]

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

This image was taken around midnight from Star Clippers’ ‘Royal Clipper’, looking straight up at the stars above the Adriatic while sailing from Venice to Rovinj in Croatia. Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails and is the largest commercial passenger vessel of its kind. The photographer used a 60 second exposure with the […]

A family mountain biking trip in the Lake District, UK

A family mountain biking trip in the Lake District, UK

We’ll soon be going on an adventure, exploring some islands on the west coast of Scotland, with mountain bikes and the occasional luxury stay thrown in. It promises to be a great experience – if the weather holds, at least – and amazingly we’ve always tended to be rather lucky in that regard with our previous trips […]

Powerboat racing on Windermere, Lake District, UK

Powerboat racing on Windermere, Lake District, UK

A bylaw came into force on England’s longest lake in the year 2000 setting a speed limit on the lake of 10 knots (12 mph), despite much controversy. Proponents argued a speed ban was required on environmental and safety grounds whilst opponents pointed out that this was the last remaining lake in the Lake District where […]

Recipe of the week: Bea’s cheesecake

Recipe of the week: Bea’s cheesecake

Nothing beats a good cheesecake and this tried and tested recipe creates a decadent and smooth dessert that is pretty much the perfect end to any meal. With a crumbly crust, vanilla filling and a wonderfully creamy topping, serve a slice of this with some fresh fruit for a delicious sweet spring treat. Serves 12. […]

Short stay: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, UK

Short stay: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, UK

My stay at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was all too brief, arriving at around midnight and leaving the next morning in order to catch a flight to Shanghai from Heathrow. That said, it still gave me enough time to get a brief insight into why this beautiful George Gilbert Scott designed building has become […]

7 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

7 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On a trip a short while ago (not written about on this blog), we went on a short, not-so-luxurious camping trip on the excellent National Trust campsite in the Langdales in the heart of the English Lake District. Unfortunately it was cut short with a visit to hospital (I’ll spare you the details!), but I did at […]

Photograph of the week: A secret spot near Corrubedo, Galicia

Photograph of the week: A secret spot near Corrubedo, Galicia

Galicia might be a region out of the well-known touristy Spanish circuits and, in some sense, it might be good to leave it like that. It has a rugged nature awaiting to be explored that, sometimes, delights us with stunning captures like this long-exposure one. This picture was taken at a “secret” spot near Corrubedo, […]

Interview with Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group

Interview with Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group

Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, managing new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations. The firm’s clients include BMW, Converse, Starwood, IBM, Philips, and Zappos to name just a few. Rana has appeared as a guest on The Today Show and MSNBC and was featured on the front business […]

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

I’ve been in the aviation industry for 25 years in charter sales roles, working for two major airlines and another large broker prior to Smart Aviation. I spend my time running the Smart Aviation charter broking team, as well as personally arranging private jet flights for my clients. My clients can be the rich and […]

Top 10 sunglasses to keep you looking stylish this Summer

Top 10 sunglasses to keep you looking stylish this Summer

Looking for a pair of sunglasses that will keep you looking stylish this Summer? Then look no further… whether you’re simply looking to deflect the sun, hide a hangover, spice up your outfit, or make a fashion staement… here are 10 of the best to keep you looking stylish throughout the Summer months. DARTY from […]

Photograph of the week: Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Photograph of the week: Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

This photo of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay was taken at the famous SkyPark on top of Marina Bay Sands hotel. It shows the popular Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertrees shining bright at night. During the day, visitors can stroll through the air-conditioned domes to see an array of flowers and plant life from […]

Interview with Ben De-Kalo, CEO and Founder of Worthy

Interview with Ben De-Kalo, CEO and Founder of Worthy

Ben De-Kalo is the CEO and founder of Worthy, the premier marketplace for pre-owned luxury. Worthy is already becoming quite popular as the need for a fast and secure online marketplace is surely felt. Whether someone wants to sell their Rolex and use the funds for a holiday, or wants money for an unwanted diamond […]

Recipe of the week: Atlantic salmon, maple soy, sesame bok choy and Phuket mango salsa

Recipe of the week: Atlantic salmon, maple soy, sesame bok choy and Phuket mango salsa

The great combination of tropical fruit and fresh seafood are matched perfectly with the sesame bok choy and the Asian soy, maple syrup marinade in this delicious Atlantic salmon dish, served with a Phuket mango salsa. This is a beautiful, light dish to share on a warm summer’s day with a glass of your favourite Chardonnay or […]

Win an amazing road trip for two!

Win an amazing road trip for two!

As part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK’s #openroadessentials campaign, I’ve decided to share a few road trip essentials that I take on my own travels. This is a really fun project to get involved with so do take a look at the link at the end if you fancy taking part (there’s a great prize to be […]