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.

Interview with Andre Ramayadi, Owner of Bali Home Paradise

Interview with Andre Ramayadi, Owner of Bali Home Paradise

Andre Ramayadi was born in Denpasar, Bali, and began his career in a very young age. He is now 35 years old with a son, and is a managing director as well as the owner of Bali Home Paradise, one of the top luxury villa sites for rent providers in Bali. Helping guests to find […]

Lost luggage - a little bit of fun

Lost luggage – a little bit of fun

It’s Friday so time for a little fun. Rhod Gilbert has a way with words and here shares his experiences in a stand-up comedy sketch that was first performed in Australia – a performance that put the Welsh comedian well and truly on the comedy circuit. In 2007, the routine was placed sixth in Chortle’s […]

Recipe of the week: Seared sesame tuna with lemongrass and lychee coulis

Recipe of the week: Seared sesame tuna with lemongrass and lychee coulis

This delicious recipe is packed full of fresh and zingy Asian summer flavours. Combining ginger with coconut milk and kecap manis, an Indonesian sweet soy sauce with a powerful aroma and treacle-like flavour, the dish is paired with a lightly acidic and mildly sweet lemongrass and lychee sauce which complements sesame crusted tuna wonderfully. Serves […]

10 more of the best travel quotes of all time

10 more of the best travel quotes of all time

Remember our post earlier this year titled ‘10 of the best travel quotes of all time‘?  Well, it proved to be quite a hit (around 1,000 re-tweets and counting) that we thought we’d follow up with ’10 more of the best travel quotes of all time’.  So… sit back and enjoy as we run through […]

Zermatt - top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt – top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt is one Europe’s most awe-inpsiring ski destinations. Resting in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, this is a world class resort steeped in history and tradition. The combination of breathtaking scenery, top class hospitality and one of the highest ski areas in the Alps make this a dream destination for 365 days a year. […]

The rise of One World Trade Center

The rise of One World Trade Center

12 years on from the 9/11 tragedy, this commemorative time-lapse movie highlights the progress made at the World Trade Center site from October 2004 to September 2013. Witness the rise of One World Trade Center, including the installation of the spire, bringing it to a staggering height of 1,776 feet. Hundreds of thousands of high […]

Cornwall's incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

Cornwall’s incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

With its wild windswept beauty, spectacular beaches, lush semi-tropical gardens and breathtaking cliff-top walks, Cornwall is one of the most romantic regions of England. For years the region has attracted many artists with its magical backdrop and the shimmering quality of light it is known for; now the stage of the latest romantic comedy of […]

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Lorne Blythe born in Edinburgh now divides her time between Italy and Edinburgh. She is the owner of Flavours Holidays which organises getaways for people who want a cooking holiday, a painting vacation or a week practising Pilates in Italy. Flavours is a specialised niche market tour operator, and has been offering luxury holidays since […]

Photograph of the week: Breezes at The Samaya, Seminyak, Bali

Photograph of the week: Breezes at The Samaya, Seminyak, Bali

This is the outlook over the resort pool at The Samaya, Seminyak – looking at the beautiful ‘Breeze’ Restaurant. Located directly on stunning Seminyak Beach, the resort is truly magnificent. The Samaya Seminyak and its sister resort The Samaya Ubud are the two top rated luxury resorts in all of Bali. The attention to detail, […]

Discovering natural beauty in Frankfurt

Discovering natural beauty in Frankfurt

Exploring Frankfurt’s lush green belt is good fun all year round, but at no time is it as pleasurable as during the balmy days of Autumn. From the Lohrberg, an elevation slightly north of the city, nature enthusiasts are confronted with a beautiful view of the Frankfurt skyline. Nearby, they’ll find the MainÄppelHaus, an institution […]

See Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles up close and personal

See Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles up close and personal

Bringing together some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia and boasting the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove is a must see attraction when visiting Darwin and the Top End. Bring your bathers and “swim with the crocs”, jump on their “fishing for crocs” platform and smile for the camera while holding […]

One of the most spectacular superyachts ever built

One of the most spectacular superyachts ever built

Originally commissioned by a Saudi businessman, Pelorus was delivered in 2003 and used for just one long cruise before being sold in 2004. The top bidder at that time was Russian business tycoon and Chelsea FC owner, Roman Abramovich, and this became the first of his growing fleet of superyachts. The top deck of the […]

Recipe of the week: Ravioli all'amatriciana

Recipe of the week: Ravioli all’amatriciana

Whilst Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, doing it well remains to be a rare art form. This authentic Italian recipe may not be the easiest, but this recipe for ravioli all’amatriciana is a must-have for all foodies with a taste for il Bel Paese. Rich with traditional Italian cheeses, sweet from […]

How to travel with jet set style in Turkey

How to travel with jet set style in Turkey

For the very first time, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is launching a once-in-a-lifetime, 12-night, private land and sea experience. This new and very exclusive Jet Set break is the perfect opportunity for guests to explore the stunning coast of Turkey by boat, before relaxing on land in one of the most luxurious hotels in Turkey. […]

The Lake District - one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

The Lake District – one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

“One of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” has been the description used to describe my home this week, in an article written in The Guardian newspaper by George Monbiot. As someone who is proud of where I live, I therefore feel the need to speak out! Whilst whether the Lake District deserves World Heritage status […]

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Now there’s a blog post title you don’t read every day. Without wishing to alarm people, you (or at least approximately half the population) might like to be aware that a small, piranha-like fish called the pacu – but also referred to as the ‘ball-cutter’ owing to its reputation for biting off men’s testicles – […]