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.

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

My last trip was an expedition with Land Rover, travelling across Nepal and into India in the new Range Rover Hybrid that is due out next year. All that has already been documented on this blog, but it also served as an opportunity to try out a number of products that I hadn’t previously tested, […]

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the few positive things to come out of these straitened economic times is a rediscovery of many of the cheap but tasty cuts of meat. Such meat often requires a little more effort – which costs nothing, of course – but rewards you […]

4 new walking tours in Macau

4 new walking tours in Macau

The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has unveiled four new fascinating walking tours designed to take visitors off the beaten tourist trail and help them discover lesser known communities, savour local cuisines and discover the city’s culture like never before. Available for free download from the website or from tourist information centres, the four walking […]

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower is known for its golden dome with its fantastic view, fine dine cuisine and luxury accommodation. It became especially famous after the launch of the well known film “The Hangover Part II”  and now is a ‘must see, must stop’ destination when visiting Bangkok, Thailand. The image below was taken during Jon Raho’s first […]

Cliff jumping in Hawaii

Cliff jumping in Hawaii

Ever been tempted by cliff jumping?  Check out this video for some rather extreme cliff jumping and diving in Hawaii. Not content with the natural heights of the cliffs in some instances, there’s also some rather insane trampoline jumps thrown in for good measure. And one or two nasty belly-flops, too! Don’t try this at home is […]

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

The world's best Pinot Noir

The world’s best Pinot Noir

The Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley region has beaten 14,000 wines from 62 regions around the world to win a coveted International Trophy, the competition’s top award, for its Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir (Decanter World Wine Awards under £15 category, London, October 2013). It is the first time […]

The world's most insane rope swings!

The world’s most insane rope swings!

Like thrills? Then about these extreme rope swings? This first video shows people swinging on a rope underneath the Corona Arch of Moab in Utah. The filming was done by YouTube sensation Devin Graham over a two day period; it’s a pendulum style swing anchored at five different points and made from 150 feet of […]

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

Australia’s iconic annual event, the Woodford Folk Festival, held in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is back for its 28th year with their most ambitious programme ever. This ‘festival of festivals’ will feature over 500 acts in 28 venues with 1,235 shows across six spectacular days and nights. Offering the […]

Departure roulette... would you play?

Departure roulette… would you play?

Picture the scene.  You arrive at the airport ready to travel to your destination, only someone asks you whether you wish to play ‘departure roulette’ and go on an expenses-paid trip to an altogether different location. Heineken set up this scenario at JFK Airport and here are just some of the reactions and outcomes. If […]

The new iPhone 5S

The new iPhone 5S

The new iPhone 5S has finally arrived. The following video outlines some of the new features on offer, most notably being touch ID which can be used to improve the phone’s level of security as well as for online purchases. What do you think of the new phone and its features? Will you be upgrading?

A world record attempt from Abu Dhabi

A world record attempt from Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s entertainment destination of Yas Island will be transformed into an extravaganza of green, red, white and black on 2 December  as thousands of cars decorated in the colours of the UAE national flag gather to celebrate the country’s National Day and make a unique attempt to set a new world record. Launched in […]

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Competitors from across the UK are being invited to make a splash at the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships, being held at Wicksteed Park, the home of children’s play, this Autumn. The Kettering park was founded by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage […]

Suite of the week: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion at Amanoi Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Suite of the week: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion at Amanoi Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Suite name: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion, Amanoi Resort Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam Size of accommodation: Typically 125 sq m (including pool deck and pool areas) Cost per night: £1,005 per room, per night based on 2 sharing including taxes and service charge What makes it special: The resort’s name means peace place in Sanskrit and the suites have been designed […]

4 ideas for October half term

4 ideas for October half term

Are you thinking of escaping with the family this October half term but still yet to book somewhere? If so, don’t despair… it’s not too late! What’s more, if you look carefully, there are some bargains to be had. For most UK schools, the October half term is just a one week holiday, so these […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft […]