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.

We've reached 100,000 'likes' on Facebook!

We’ve reached 100,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook!

Some of you may recall a post I made in May last year, titled ‘20,000 likes on Facebook… and counting!‘.  In that post I mentioned our continued drive to develop A Luxury Travel Blog’s Facebook page, along with our other many other promotional activities that have resulted in A Luxury Travel Blog becoming one of […]

So what really happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370?

So what really happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370?

As the days continue to pass since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went missing, a number of theories have been put forward, ranging from a possible hijacking to somewhat more far-fetched ideas such as alien abduction. During this time, you can’t help but feel for the families of those involved and what they must be going […]

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest waterslide

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest waterslide

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water-slide – taller than the Niagara Falls – is nearing completion in the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, located in Kansas City, KS. Due to launch with the seasonal re-opening of the park in late May 2014, ‘Verruckt‘ (which translates from German to ‘insane’ in English) is approximately 17 storeys high […]

The Mayflower Grace opens in Washington, Connecticut

The Mayflower Grace opens in Washington, Connecticut

This month, Grace Hotels formally takes over the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut following an extensive refurbishment. The property, now named the Mayflower Grace is also introducing an impressive new dining restaurant – ‘Muse’ by highly acclaimed Grand Chef Relais & Château Jonathan Cartwright. Muse specialises in international food and wine, drawing on […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Koh Kood, Thailand

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Koh Kood, Thailand

Yet another beautiful sunset experience during a family trip to Koh Kood. A small Island in Thailand where tourism hasn’t had its full impact yet. The waters here are crystal blue and filled with corals and fishes as well as white sand, a great spot for anyone who wants to snorkel dive or even free […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset in Paris

Photograph of the week: Sunset in Paris

From the Westin Vendôme, along Rue de Rivoli, the sun sets just behind the Eiffel Tower, beyond the Ferris Wheel of the Tuileries Garden. On nights with light cloud cover, it produces a beautiful palette of bright oranges, yellows, purples, and blues. It is a mesmerizing yet appropriate way to end a Parisian day. Thank […]

Interview with Magali Déchelette, Founder and CEO of Family Twist

Interview with Magali Déchelette, Founder and CEO of Family Twist

Magali started her career as a management consultant, which gave her the opportunity to work abroad, especially in London and China. In both countries, she became aware through talking to various people about how difficult it is for families to travel to Paris, her home city. This gave her the idea to found Family Twist, […]

Photograph of the week: Aerial view of Cable Beach, Broome

Photograph of the week: Aerial view of Cable Beach, Broome

Morning walkers stroll along Broome’s Cable Beach in Western Australia. One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, this 22 kilometre stretch of white sand is fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. With a colourful past as a pearling town, Broome has a history and culture as vibrant as it’s landscape, and Broome is […]

Glamping in Australia's only biodiversity spot

Glamping in Australia’s only biodiversity spot

Experience Margaret River’s magnificent mountain bike trails and walking tracks, from a new eco-camp set amongst towering karri forest. Once a pine mill and then a budget accommodation, the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat has had a $1.2 million upgrade, adding four new lodge rooms, three new forest cottages and safari tents as well as offering […]

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

Ever wondered how you make a cruise ship longer? This time-lapse video shows a cruise ship (the Norwegian Crown) being cut in half and extended by nearly 30 metres. The new ship is known as Balmoral and owned and operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The work – which took just under two months – […]

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

Cartmel Priory on the southern fringe of the English Lake District and the northern shore of the notoriously treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay is currently undergoing some of the greatest restoration work since its foundation in 1188, making it a fascinating time to go and visit. In order to preserve this magnificent national treasure for future […]

Recipe of the week: Deconstructed apple pie

Recipe of the week: Deconstructed apple pie

This recipe takes an old fashioned classic through a creative transformation, resulting in a delectable example of artful cuisine. The deconstructed cuisine trend isolates the ingredients of a traditional dish and rearranges them in a unique manner. This technique preserves, and in fact enhances, the original flavors of the dish, by treating each component separately, […]

Take a tour of the outback by private jet

Take a tour of the outback by private jet

A&K is launching the first private jet adventure into Western Australia’s most extraordinary landscapes including the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Bungle Bungle range. This sort of itinerary has never been offered before with no more than 30 guests travelling in comfort and style over 13 days on a privately chartered Fokker F70LR aircraft. […]

Photograph of the week: Walking across the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Photograph of the week: Walking across the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Morocco

The Erg Chebbi sand dunes, measuring 22 kms long and 5 kms wide, are an astonishing sight to behold. While they are the most accessible sand dunes in the Moroccan Sahara they are still a distance to reach (being around ten hours by car from both Marrakech and Fes) and so visiting the South East […]

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Finnish-based Sigge Architects have come up with a design for a floating hotel, with the aim of accommodating fans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Such a hotel could be moved to another coastal location after the competition, thus catering for other major events around the world. It would be fully location independent, complete with its […]

A quick look at the spectacular wilderness of Patagonia

A quick look at the spectacular wilderness of Patagonia

Let yourself be taken away by the beauty and wildlife of one the Earth’s farthest corners. Chilean Patagonia’s spectacular wilderness will leave you wanting an adventure, in what remains one of the planet’s few truly pristine places. Watch the video and tell us what you think… are you ready?!