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.

The best up-and-coming regions in France

The best up-and-coming regions in France

Most travellers who have ticked Europe off their bucket list have roamed the palace of Versailles, inhaled the fragrant lavender fields of Provence and sipped their way through Bordeaux. For 20 years Discover France has been taking travellers off the beaten path for authentic experiences in the country’s lesser-known regions. Here are the outfitters favourite […]

Photograph of the week: Fiery sunset in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Fiery sunset in the Maldives

This beautiful, vibrant photograph was taken from a private beach on an island resort in the Maldives. Stunning, fiery sunsets such as these can be seen in the magical ‘golden hour’ just before darkness, and this particular shot was taken just seconds before the sun slipped below the horizon. Thank you to MacLean Fraser for permission […]

Luxury in California, 12 shades of blue in the Maldives, family travel advice and top tips for a trip to Antigua

Luxury in California, 12 shades of blue in the Maldives, family travel advice and top tips for a trip to Antigua

Last month, whilst I was off reviewing an apartment in Kingston-upon-Thames on the outskirts of London, my fellow luxury travel bloggers and members of the Luxury Travel Blog Network were dotted across various other corners of the globe. Here’s what the others were up to in April. Nadine visited the recently renovated Relais and Châteaux […]

Recipe of the week: Gressingham duck with potato pancake, cider and apple sauce

Recipe of the week: Gressingham duck with potato pancake, cider and apple sauce

To achieve a crisp, well-done duck you have to roast the whole bird. It is best to use whole ducks, as the carcass is used for the sauce and the legs and fat can be used to make confit. If well-done is the desired result, crisp duck confit is ideal. We hope you enjoy this […]

Photograph of the week: Bucket Regatta, St Barths

Photograph of the week: Bucket Regatta, St Barths

The annual ‘Bucket Regatta’ was held in the waters off the island of St. Barths where various classes of yachts sailed the course around the island on a wind-whipped day. By the afternoon, the waves grew to 2-3 metre swells providing challenging race conditions and thrills for all involved. As the sun set on Gustavia, […]

Special feature: Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

Special feature: Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

Less than an hour west of London lies Kingston-upon-Thames – a thriving suburb of the capital, with a relaxed but vibrant feel to it. There we enjoyed a leisurely stay in one of the brand new Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, close to Kingston Bridge and overlooking the River Thames. Once we located the apartment […]

7 dos and don'ts for booking hotels online

7 dos and don’ts for booking hotels online

The advantages of booking your hotel accommodation online are well known. You can do it any time, from the comfort of your own home or your smartphone. You can take time to research the best options, check hotel locations on Google Maps and ensure you get the best rate. In short, it’s just more convenient; […]

Top 10 fine dining establishments in Norfolk

Top 10 fine dining establishments in Norfolk

Norfolk is fast emerging as a go-to destination for fine dining. The culinary perception of the region has traditionally been based on hearty gastropubs and quaint cafes serving seasonal, locally sourced produce. But in recent years the county has quietly been building a strong reputation for top-end cooking – earning Michelin stars, AA rosettes and […]

4 ways to find luxury for less

4 ways to find luxury for less

If you’re not lucky enough to have your own superyacht and your travel splurges tend to overstretch your budget more than you would like, maybe you need to re-think your whole approach to luxury travel. Even on modest budgets, it’s still possible to travel in considerable comfort. You just need to know how, so here […]

Today is World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day

Did you know that today – 25th April – is World Malaria Day?  According to the World Health Organization, malaria is responsible for around 660,000 human deaths every year, and around 3.3 billion people – that’s about half of the world’s population – are at risk. It’s fitting therefore that we should know more about […]

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On my last trip to Cornwall, I took the opportunity to try out a few new products, some of which might appeal to those of you who travel a lot. Whether you’re looking for something that’ll just help to keep the children entertained on a long journey, or something that will help soothe you once […]

Suite of the week: Desert Luxury Camp, Merzouga Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Morocco

Suite of the week: Desert Luxury Camp, Merzouga Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Morocco

Suite name: Desert Luxury Camp Location: Merzouga Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Morocco Size of accommodation: from 32 sq m Cost per night: from 2000 MAD per person per night Who’s stayed there: Ambassador of Chile What makes it special: Luxury in the midst of the sand dunes, offering peacefulness and solitude and incredible scenery. Desert Luxury Camp is nestled in the sand […]

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

The Australian countryside is home to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife experiences. Parched, red desert sands stretch through the centre; the top end swelters beneath lush jungle canopies; and of course, the iconic coastline creates endless opportunities to surf and swim. It has all the ingredients to make up a […]

Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter

Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter

What better way to enjoy the holidays than by treating someone dear to you with a special Easter gift? Whether you’re looking for something stylish or simply craving some chocolate extravagance, here are our top 10 luxury gift ideas to whet your appetite (quite literally, in some cases!) this festive season. C900 Worldtimer from Christopher […]

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. The hours of research needed to find the perfect destination and the right accommodation can be more than a little overwhelming. Hardly seems worth it for yet another tourist trap experience. What if you could […]

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Mariek Anselme is the Co-Founder of A.M.A Selections, the new premier luxury vacation rental agency on the French Riviera. Mariek currently resides in the South of France near Cannes. Although half French and half American by birth, Mariek grew up moving quite often and has lived in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. […]