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.

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

More often than not turkey tends to be desert-dry, but not with this delicious dish. Cooked in duck fat, the fat replaces the water and gives it a succulent and distinct flavour, whilst keeping the meat nice and tender. The tender turkey combined with the pleasantly crumbly and grainy texture of the polenta cake, and […]

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

Imagine seeing your dream Christmas presents appear before your eyes as you wait to claim your bags at the luggage carousel. WestJet managed to pull off this stunt, surprising their passengers in style, on a flight from Toronto to Calgary. Watch the video and see it for yourself… I just feel sorry for the guy […]

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

The image shown is a regular monthly free hula performance presented at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii in front of the Kilauea Volcano. Most of the hula performances done are a tribute to Pele, the goddess of the Volcano. The monthly performances are open to the public and are a beautiful way to see authentic hula […]

Top 10 luxury travel gifts for Christmas

Top 10 luxury travel gifts for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner so we’ve compiled a number of ideas for that not-so-easy-to-buy-for friend or family member. We’ve everything here from luxury items that will simply make your travels more comfortable to some extra-special treats in case you’re really looking to splurge on a special someone this holiday. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle […]

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Imagine if you fell asleep on your flight and didn’t wake up on landing. Take that a step further and imagine none of the passengers or crew had spotted you as they disembarked. They all leave, leaving you alone on the plane. Now spare a thought for Tom Wagner for whom this precise scenario happened. […]

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

Love San Diego? Whether it’s the mild year-round climate or the extensive beaches – or both – that draws you to California’s second largest city, here’s something you won’t want to miss: the opportunity to win an incredible San Diego luxury vacation… for free! And that not all – there’s not just one opportunity to win […]

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Nick Van Gruisen’s travel career started as a professional guide running camps and leading safaris in Botswana and South Africa. He then joined Lindblad Safaris, pioneers at the time of private plane safaris through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In the 1980s he set up the UK office of the Tiger Mountain Group on the main […]

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

A dish to impress guests at any Winter dinner party, wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce combines the freshest in-season seafood with ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards. Wild sea bass, available from August to March, is preferable to farmed fish due to its superior flavour […]

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

The Madrilenos operate at a different pace of life to most of us. It is relaxed, leisurely and calm. It is very, very Spanish. So, reset your watches and your time-clocks and keep those afternoons slow… it’s not until night-time when Madrid bursts into life. Madrid is a city of over three million, situated on the […]

Photograph of the week: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Photograph of the week: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino is the world’s most famous hotel. It is part of a huge complex that not only includes the luxurious 5-star hotel but also a casino, elegant shopping malls and the iconic Art Science Museum featuring temporary exhibitions. The hotel is connected to the walk around the bay via […]

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

Venice might not be a place that immediately springs to mind as a value destination but, if you fancy an affordable luxury break in the City of Bridges, then read on. We spoke to our friends at Cosmos Holidays and came up with a few ideas that will help you save money without compromising you […]

10 top tips for getting tickets to see Real Madrid

10 top tips for getting tickets to see Real Madrid

If you’ve ever fancied watching the skills of the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, or the highest paid player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, then Madrid is the place to go. Real Madrid is littered with stars and the Bernabéu stadium is the second largest stadium in Spain, capable of holding more than 85,000 […]

Juggling your way around Iceland

Juggling your way around Iceland

28-year-old Californian Chris Smith has combined his hobby of juggling with the making of an inspiring travel video for Iceland. What set out to be a fun way to show his trip to family and friends turned into an internet sensation, attracting around 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Chris has been juggling for 16 years and […]

Photograph of the week: Paddle boarding through the Milford Sound

Photograph of the week: Paddle boarding through the Milford Sound

Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. Described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and showcases beautiful cliffs, mountain peaks and waterfalls. The best way to […]

10 top tips for a day out at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

10 top tips for a day out at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

Thrill-seekers heading to Madrid will not want to miss Parque de Atracciones which is located in Casa de Campo – once one of the hunting grounds of the Spanish monarchy – just minutes from the city centre. Divided into five main themes – Maquinismo (Machines), Gran Avenida (Main Avenue), Naturaleza (Nature), Tranquilidad (Tranquillity) and Infantile (Kids) […]