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.

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

Born in Barcelona in 2013, as a the result of a long family tradition of custom tailoring, BE YOU MINI is a new, luxury, micro- and mini-bikini brand distinguished by its minimalism, luxury and exclusivity. It is not only elegance and minimalism, it’s a range of new sensations for women. Feeling confident and sexy is […]

The Slavonia Music Festival in Požega, Croatia

The Slavonia Music Festival in Požega, Croatia

For four days every year in the city of Požega, the Slavonia Music Festival is held to celebrate the harvest of the region’s grapes among winegrowers and winemakers. Located in the region of Slavonia in eastern Croatia, the festival takes place in the town’s central square of Trg Svetog Trojstva (The Holy Trinity Square) and […]

The most expensive spirits in the world

The most expensive spirits in the world

Ever wondered how much a really good bottle of spirits might set you back? A few thousand dollars perhaps? Think again. Although these aren’t direct comparisons as we are not comparing like with like (in terms of volume, etc.), here are 10 of the most expensive spirits to be found in the world. Although rare […]

The most expensive wines in the world

The most expensive wines in the world

Wine-searcher.com has sifted through a database of more than 42,910 prices lists, totalling almost 6 million wine offers, to come up with a list of the most expensive wines in the world based on the average price of a standard bottle (750ml). The top 10 is heavily dominated by wines from Burgundy, France, which represented […]

Would you travel on a glass-bottomed plane?

Would you travel on a glass-bottomed plane?

We’ve known about glass-bottomed boats for a long time, but what about glass-bottomed planes? In April of this year Richard Branson announced on the Virgin Atlantic blog that he was going to be adding a new Airbus A320 to its fleet with a clear strip down the middle made from aviation-standard glass, instead of the […]

The first building in the world to break the 1,000 metre mark

The first building in the world to break the 1,000 metre mark

The world’s tallest buildings are reaching dizzy heights. Currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828 metres high, is the world’s highest. Compare that with the Shard which stands at ‘just’ 244 metres and yet is the tallest in Western Europe, and you begin to get a sense of just how tall some […]

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

The grouse season in the UK opened on the 12th August and right now you can find some of the best grouse in the market because the birds are still young enough to offer a deliciously tender meat. The breast of grouse is the most tender part; it is rich and is scented with the […]

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

I recently tested the MappLore app, available on the iPhone and iPad.  It’s very simple and easy to use, but with practical applications for travellers also. There’s also a very useful YouTube video that runs through it all in a nutshell and is a useful starting point, but here’s a written explanation of how it […]

Mount Roraima - the meeting of three South American countries

Mount Roraima – the meeting of three South American countries

Where the borders of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana meet is the impressive Mount Roraima, flanked all around by 400 metre cliffs – the highest peak in the Pakaraima mountain chain. Legend has it that the plateau is the stump of a mighty tree that once held all the fruits and vegetables in the world until […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Tonsai Bay, Thailand

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Tonsai Bay, Thailand

This photograph was taken in beautiful Tonsai Bay adjacent to luxurious Rayleigh, Thailand. An hour earlier, a fierce storm had blown through the area discouraging hopes of a colorful sunset and leaving the photographer relaxing in a hammock under a bamboo roof. Suddenly, the clouds began to break and he had to run back to […]

The world's largest mirror?

The world’s largest mirror?

Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, covering more than 10,000 kilometres. Located in south-west Bolivia, it lies 3,656 metres above sea level and is covered by a few metres of salt crust. Incredibly, the area is so flat that the altitude fluctuation across the entire area is less than one […]

Viking culture and a new food festival in Denmark

Viking culture and a new food festival in Denmark

Next month will see the arrival of a new food festival which coincides with Scandinavia’s largest cultural festival – the Aarhus Festival. Taking place in Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus since 1965, the festival is a celebration of art, theatre and music with exhibitions, free concerts and installations popping up everywhere, adding extra colour to […]

The world's most amazing market?

The world’s most amazing market?

Welcome to the Maeklong Market in Samut Songkhram, Thailand. This market has a railway track running through it and, about four times most days, a train passes through. Stallholders are given about a minute’s notice before the train arrives and continue about their day once it’s passed as if nothing has happened. Here’s another video […]

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid celebrates 100th birthday

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid celebrates 100th birthday

She may not look a hundred years old but this week Copenhagen’s Litle Mermaid is hitting a milestone anniversary. On Friday 23rd August 2013 The Little Mermaid statue in the Danish capital, inspired by the fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen, celebrates her 100th birthday with festivities taking place in major cities around the world. The […]

New luxury in Aruba

New luxury in Aruba

Aruba gains another luxury hotel with the opening later this year of a 320-room Ritz-Carlton. Provisionally scheduled to open in December, the hotel is on a Palm Beachfront site and will include four restaurants, a 15-treatment room Ritz-Carlton spa, two swimming pools, a 24-hour casino and one of the largest state-of-the-art meeting facilities in Aruba. The […]

Interview with Bridget King, Owner of Lilylola

Interview with Bridget King, Owner of Lilylola

Married with three grown children, four cats and a dog, Bridget King is owner of Lilylola and has always had an insatiable passion for fabric, textures and fashion, combined with a deep appreciation of the human form and sculpture. Her career started in advertising and progressed predictably into fashion and retail. She is highly motivated […]