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.

10 of the best places to stay for a golf break in Europe

10 of the best places to stay for a golf break in Europe

Whilst some might say that golf is a good walk spoiled, for many it’s a pastime that receives a great deal of devotion. It’s a time-consuming game, of course, so when better to have time to play than when you are on holiday? Here are 10 places in Europe where you can enjoy the highest […]

Where should I travel in 2014? Your luxury travel recommendations...

Where should I travel in 2014? Your luxury travel recommendations…

The back-end of 2013 saw me experience a rather hectic – but very enjoyable – travel schedule. A week in Lithuania working for a luxury resort about an hour from Vilnius, an exciting trip from Kathmandu, Nepal, across to New Delhi, India, with Land Rover, a short stay in Helsinki, Finland, on behalf of American […]

Discovering the magic of Venice

Discovering the magic of Venice

Have you considered a trip to Venice this year? If you have, look up VeniceApartmentsItaly.com which offers a number of luxurious apartments in Venice’s historical centre, many with canal views. Apartments serve as a great alternative to hotel accommodation, offering greater privacy and independence, as well as more space, usually at a much more competitive rate. Among […]

Fjord life in Norway

Fjord life in Norway

Lean back and take a break from all the stress. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay in a cozy and historical fjord hotel in peaceful locations between glaciers, waterfalls and stave churches? Guaranteed stress-free zone. The video focuses upon two hotels – Tørvis Hotell in Marifjøra and Walaker Hotell in Solvorn – as well as numerous attractions […]

Photograph of the week: Untouched Leh

Photograph of the week: Untouched Leh

Leh is the gorgeous Himalayan Region sitting like a crown in the north of India. The place is undoubtedly stunning. Moreover, it is a practically untouched, pristine natural habitat. The mighty mountains change colors with the seasons while the waters are sparklingly clear. This particular snapshot manages to capture both the beauty and purity of […]

Photograph of the week: Shaft of light on a 1,000 year old Buddha in Burma

Photograph of the week: Shaft of light on a 1,000 year old Buddha in Burma

This photograph was taken at Bagan, Burma. At the right time of the day the light streams through this window and onto the heart of this 1,000 year old Buddha. Compassion is a central precept of Buddhism. A filter was employed to prolong the exposure, in this case 3 seconds. Bagan and its 4,000 temples […]

Adelaide - a hot city for 2014

Adelaide – a hot city for 2014

Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, has been named a ‘top 10 city’ to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet – the only Australian city to be included. The city is described as “effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled”. This is a city with a great al fresco vibe, year round festivals and […]

What's on in south-west Germany in 2014

What’s on in south-west Germany in 2014

Now that a New Year has begun, it’s a good time to look ahead and see what events are taking place around the world. Whether you love wine and food or prefer fast cars and the open road, then south-west Germany may just be the place for you. Fancy staying in a real castle, complete […]

Pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg brings new meaning to 'cool dining'

Pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg brings new meaning to ‘cool dining’

For the second year running Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada is offering diners a ‘cool’ new dining experience.  Pop-up restaurant, RAW: Almond has been built on the fork of the frozen Assiniboine & Red Rivers in the centre of Winnipeg for a short Winter season between the 24th January and 13th February 2014. The restaurant is the […]

Top 10 holiday rental destinations in 2014

Top 10 holiday rental destinations in 2014

Revealing its predictions of the 10 best holiday rental destinations in 2014, AlphaHolidayLettings.com believes that owners and agents letting holiday properties in Europe are in for a prosperous year with no fewer than seven European destinations dominating the top ten. However, based upon 2013’s visitor enquiry and booking trends, Dubai, a city renowned for its year-round sunshine, luxurious […]

A record month for A Luxury Travel Blog

A record month for A Luxury Travel Blog

Happy New Year everyone! We would normally expect a slight dip in traffic in December as people concern themselves more with their Christmas arrangements than planning travel. It’s a time when travel sites (unless they have a particular focus such as skiing holidays) don’t usually perform quite as well. Despite this, I’m pleased to report […]

Photograph of the week: A frosty morning in the Canadian Rockies

Photograph of the week: A frosty morning in the Canadian Rockies

Waking up to a sunrise like this on a frosty morning makes getting out of bed a little easier. The majestic Canadian Rockies in Western Alberta offers some of the most picturesque views of nature’s grand design. Bordering two wildlife corridors, Silvertip Resort in Canmore not only offers mountain range views, quite possibly of some […]

Photograph of the week: Gothic chapel in the heart of Paris

Photograph of the week: Gothic chapel in the heart of Paris

Dating back to 1248, Sainte-Chapelle is a royal medieval Gothic chapel in the heart of Paris. The chapel was built by King Louis IX and it features some of the most brilliant and awe-inspiring stained glass in Europe. During the French Revolution the chapel was converted into an administrative office and the stained glass windows […]

A very Merry Christmas from A Luxury Travel Blog

A very Merry Christmas from A Luxury Travel Blog

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas. This year has been a huge one for A Luxury Travel Blog – as many of you will know, I went pretty much full-time with the site towards the end of 2012 and this year the fruits of my labour have […]

Suite of the week: Barbados 33, Gibb’s Bay, Barbados

Suite of the week: Barbados 33, Gibb’s Bay, Barbados

Suite name: Barbados 33, Gibb’s Bay Location: Saint Peter, Barbados Size of accommodation: 11 acre estate including park, villa and pool Cost per night: $7,000 – $15,000, depending on the season What makes it special: Expansive deluxe family accommodation with private staff, free form pool and home cinema nestled on the sandy shores of Barbados. This stunning private villa sits […]

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort

The new Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort, which re-branded in September after some major renovations, has been designed wholly with guests’ comfort in mind, where service reigns supreme and Balinese-style architecture of its 187 elegant rooms and suites harmonize with nature. Inspired by a fusion of contemporary flair with authentic Balinese architecture, the refurbishment of […]