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: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

This week’s recipe is a refreshing delicacy from the heart of the Algarve. The fresh bluefin tuna melts in the mouth, perfectly complementing the smooth creaminess and spicy bite of wasabi ice cream. This dish is served with two beautifully contrasting sauces, sweet passionfruit and sharp salty soya, and garnished with chives to decorate. Comprised […]

Impressive panorama of Preikestolen, Norway

Impressive panorama of Preikestolen, Norway

Regular visitors to A Luxury Travel Blog may recall the video I posted a couple of days ago, showing what it’s like to hike to Preikestolen in Norway, also often referred to as Pulpit Rock.  If you’re unable to get there to see the stunning views for yourself, then help is at hand in the […]

Photograph of the week: Bangkok by night

Photograph of the week: Bangkok by night

The photographer took this picture in the middle of the night from the terrace of the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok. It shows a different side to Thailand. Whilst people are busy thinking about temples, monks, etc. this picture shows the other face of this city. For many years, Bangkok has continued to develop its architecture […]

10 world maps that will make you think

10 world maps that will make you think

I’ve been fascinated by maps and globes for as long as I remember. Of course, they come in shapes and sizes, from your traditional maps to some that are a little more ‘off the wall’. Here are ten interesting maps that are a little bit different and that I hope might provoke some interesting discussion. […]

The master bedroom at the Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab

The master bedroom at the Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab

Spanning the entire 25th floor, the two regally appointed Royal Suites at the Burj Al Arab are the absolute must for visiting VIPs. The grand entrance door of the suite leads to the magnificent hall and the fascinating marble and gold staircase invites guests to the upper level. Palatial surroundings surpass home comforts with a […]

Namaste from Nepal! #SilkTrail2013

Namaste from Nepal! #SilkTrail2013

I landed in Kathmandu this morning to join leg 8 of the Land Rover Silk Trail 2013 expedition. The expedition commenced on 23rd August 2013 from Land Rover’s base in Solihull, Birmingham and will finish – all being well – on 15th October 2013 in Mumbai, home of Tata Motors Ltd. which acquired Land Rover […]

Hiking to Preikestolen, Norway

Hiking to Preikestolen, Norway

The iconic Preikestolen – also known as Pulpit Rock – rises over 600 metres above Norway’s Lysefjord. Take the hike and enjoy the spectacular views from the top. From the closest car park, the hike takes around 3 to 4 hours. It is not recommended that you tackle this in Winter or Spring as the […]

The role of chocolate in spas on St. Lucia

The role of chocolate in spas on St. Lucia

St. Lucia has some of the most stunning spas in the Caribbean and, given that chocolate is one of the island’s best natural resources, it’s no surprise that chocolate plays a large role in the spa. We all know chocolate is pretty tasty when you eat it, but did you know that it’s actually good […]

Today is World Rabies Day

Today is World Rabies Day

Did you know that today – 28th September – is World Rabies Day?  According to the World Health Organization, rabies is responsible for around 55,000 human deaths every year. It’s fitting therefore that we should know more about the risks that rabies presents and where in the world the risks are greatest (see the WHO […]

6 top tips when visiting Bangkok

6 top tips when visiting Bangkok

Regardless of where your next holiday takes you, it would be naïve to go without researching the area and learning more about the dos and don’ts. While it’s not so essential for the popular European Summer hotspots, as soon as you start considering faraway adventures taking heed of advice and tips made by travellers who […]

Recipe of the week: Ariana's chocolat à l’ancienne

Recipe of the week: Ariana’s chocolat à l’ancienne

Hot chocolate lost its authenticity in modern day by being made from instant mixes and by being considered less of an adult drink than coffee. We need to revive the popularity of the lost art of preparing and presenting hot chocolate! This recipe and variation of the ancient royals’ favorite drink showcases our precious gem […]

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

Earlier this year, the newly renovated Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which occupies a prominent location in the heart of the city, re-opened its doors to the public. This historic building, originally built by Theophil Hansen for the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873, has undergone an impressive transformation. The Kempinksi luxury hotel chain has overseen the delicate […]

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Close to Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii, you can watch lava from the Pu’u O’o crater as it meets the ocean. It’s a 1-2 hour hike over rugged terrain from the Hawaii County viewing area before you reach these active pahoehoe lava flows. Due to the dangers of the hike, you should not […]

Photograph of the week: Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Photograph of the week: Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA at sunrise. This pier is the second longest pier on the eastern US coast and is host to thousands of tourists and fishermen alike. It actually holds the world record of the largest Tiger Shark ever caught (1,780 pounds!) The wooden structure extending 985 […]

One of the most technologically-advanced yachts in the world

One of the most technologically-advanced yachts in the world

This vessel is designed to exemplify all that is possible for the modern yacht owner. Created by Seaking Freedom, PROJECT MAGNITUDE from Opanlinski Designs demonstrates super intelligent push button technology combined with the latest propulsion systems and dressed with unique, progressive styling, making this yacht one of the most technologically advanced private yachts to be built.

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Last week engineers in Italy succeeded in setting the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people. The operation took 18 hours but here you can see the whole process condensed into just one minute. It was achieved using cables and metal water tanks to […]