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.

Luxury family holidays in Mexico with Club Med

Luxury family holidays in Mexico with Club Med

With a perennially warm climate, sea temperatures that rarely drop below 25°C, a culture that is steeped in historical intrigue and a wide range of activities on offer to suit all tastes, Mexico truly is one of the world’s most intriguing family holiday destinations. A slice of luxury living Finding the perfect accommodation is an […]

Surf your way into shape - in luxury - on Portugal's Atlantic coastline

Surf your way into shape – in luxury – on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline

Located on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline renowned as one of the most popular surfing destinations worldwide, The Oitavos embraces its oceanic surroundings with a new ‘Surf Into Shape’ package enabling guests to achieve the ultimate surfer’s body. The new package combines surf lessons and tailored workouts with rejuvenating VOYA spa treatments and healthy eating. Surfing requires […]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is […]

Photograph of the week: Meroe Pyramids, Sudan

Photograph of the week: Meroe Pyramids, Sudan

The Royal necropolis Meroe is located about 3 kilometres away from the Nile and 230 kilometres north of Khartoum, on some hills covered with yellow sand dunes. More than 40 pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Most of them have been perfectly preserved. Since June 2011 the archaeological site of […]

3 places to try for al fresco drinks in Madrid

3 places to try for al fresco drinks in Madrid

Back in the 1930s, Ermest Hemingway wrote “Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night”. This remains true to this day since, if there’s one thing the Spanish seem to do well, it’s know how to relax and enjoy themselves on a night out. With this in mind, here are three […]

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

Our 10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers blog post from a few months ago proved to be quite a hit, so we here we are back with more weird and wonderful offerings. So, if you think your taste buds might be tempted by a spot of barbecued donkey or perhaps a scorpion […]

4 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

4 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

My most recent trip was to Sheen Falls Lodge on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry, south-west Ireland – perhaps surprising given my proximity, this was in fact my first time in Ireland, but it definitely won’t be my last.  We had some great experiences and it was an opportunity to try out a few […]

Suite dreams in Madrid: 6 of the best

Suite dreams in Madrid: 6 of the best

Madrid is well known for being home to several top museums such as the Prado, but did you know it is also home to some excellent hotel accommodation? If you want one of the best rooms in the city, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our pick of the top suites you’re likely […]

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

This week’s recipe is from North-Eastern China, a region famous for its delicious jiao zi (dumplings). Small parcels of minced meat spiced with sesame oil, ginger and Soya sauce are wrapped in a wheat flour pastry case. Jiao zi are served with a traditional Chinese sauce – light Soya sauce with just a dash of […]

The Waldorf Astoria: a reminder of New York’s glamorous past

The Waldorf Astoria: a reminder of New York’s glamorous past

The current Waldorf Astoria in New York opened in 1931 at the beginning of the Great Depression. The hotel is known for reinventing the hotel industry and for its culinary innovation. Its location in mid-town Manhattan makes it the perfect place to explore the best of what New York City has to offer. When many think […]

Photograph of the week: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Photograph of the week: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

During a two week stay in Napa, California where one can immerse one’s self in the excellent wine and cuisine, a pleasant diversion can be a drive into San Francisco.  Of course, on that drive, be sure to stop on the way to look at the Golden Gate Bridge. It is worth the brief detour […]

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

If you are visiting Madrid for the first time, or have been many times before and are looking to do something different, then we hope this will give you some inspiration. Whether you’ve a head for heights or prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, there is something here to lure you […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

If you’re looking to get away somewhere special with your significant other, then look no further. Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in Europe to while away some time with the one you love.  There’s something here to appeal to all couples – everything from heavenly hotels to some gorgeous glamping, and […]

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the […]

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

The succulent and unique flavour of the Tiger Prawns combined with sweet shallots and sour passion fruit make this dish a sensation for all the senses; the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The dish takes about 20 minutes to create and is a great dish all year round. If you love being creative with […]

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

This mesmerising picture was taken in a remote corner of China, a half hour drive from the mountainous town of Yangshuo in Guangxi, a place that is truly far away from the beaten-track. The locals of Yangshuo are welcoming and infectiously cheerful, which is perhaps no surprise given the incredible scenery they wake up, work […]