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.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra to perform at Ayers Rock

Darwin Symphony Orchestra to perform at Ayers Rock

Uluru (Ayers Rock) will take centre stage this October as the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will perform for the first time to this magnificent, iconic backdrop. Tickets are now on sale for this world-class concert series on 18th and 19th October 2013 with prices starting from AU$95 plus booking fee. The opening night presents Viva Verdi, an operatic […]

Recipe of the week: Grilled Scottish west coast langoustines

Recipe of the week: Grilled Scottish west coast langoustines

This dish showcases local Scottish produce at its best and is inspired by the Ayrshire coastline, where you’ll find some of the world’s finest seafood. Easy to prepare, quick to cook and delightful to eat, this recipe for freshly grilled langoustines with garlic and parsley makes a great sharing dish. If you do decide to […]

Photograph of the week: León Cathedral, Spain

Photograph of the week: León Cathedral, Spain

Of all the remarkable cathedrals in Spain, one of the best is in León. One of the problems with late medieval church architecture was how to support the weight of the ceiling. Early on, the solution was very thick walls with very small windows. But late in the Gothic period came the wonderful development of […]

10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

For me, part of the fun of travelling is trying different foods in far-flung destinations – things that you might never dream of eating, and dishes that you just don’t get back at home. Here I present a round-up of 10 weird and wonderful items that fellow travel bloggers have tried during their own travels. […]

Truffle tasting with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Truffle tasting with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Hotel Principe di Savoia, a member of the Dorchester Collection, is launching a four day Truffle Tasting Package whereby guests can experience a morning of truffle hunting in the neighbouring Piedmont region; home to the finest Italian truffles. Guests are also invited to dine at the Osteria dell’Arco restaurant for a three course lunch and […]

Suite of the week: Three Bedroom Villa at The Club at The Legian

Suite of the week: Three Bedroom Villa at The Club at The Legian

Suite name: Three Bedroom Villa, The Club at The Legian Location: Bali, Indonesia Size of accommodation: 730 sq m (villa and garden) Cost per night: IDR 50,000,000 What makes it special: A unique and expansive 739 square metre three-bedroom pool villa with a spectacular master bedroom and a 10-metre lap pool shaded by fragrant temple flower trees. Seminyak is one […]

Recipe of the week: Chicken and shrimp curry

Recipe of the week: Chicken and shrimp curry

‘Kari’ means sauce in Tamil. In English we call it ‘curry’. In Mauritius, they call it ‘cari’. The Mauritian cari can be done with various ingredients: game, fish, lamb, chicken, seafood or vegetables. The preparation of cari involves two steps: the first step is to prepare the garam masala which is a mixture of cinnamon, […]

Photograph of the week: Aurora Sky Station

Photograph of the week: Aurora Sky Station

This shot of the Aurora borealis (or Northern Lights) was taken from outside of the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, Sweden. The Aurora Sky Station, which is located in the middle of the auroral zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the spectacle – a natural phenomenon that is caused […]

Top 10 US cities for families to visit

Top 10 US cities for families to visit

Ever wondered where to take the family on your next trip to the United States? Assessing various US cities for their family friendliness – and taking into account such things as the quality of the family attractions, weather, etc. – Parents magazine released its 2013 list of the ’10 Best U.S. Cities for Families to […]

Top 10 friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the world

Top 10 friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the world

Southern Brazil’s Florianópolis has made its way to the top of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Survey as the friendliest city in the world. Praised for its gorgeous views and nice people, it was also commended for its airport, for being “stunningly beautiful”, for its markets, and for the availability of watersports. Newark, on the […]

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella, Spain

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella, Spain

Suite name: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Location: Marbella, Spain Size of accommodation: 125 sq m Cost per night: 2,200€ – 3,500€ depending on season, depending on the season Who’s stayed there: This suite is the top choice for the hotel’s most discerning guests, honeymoon couples and, of course celebrities, but they value guests’ privacy highly and […]

Travel hangman

Travel hangman

It is with great sadness that we are closing down the Aardvark Travel website this month. Although the site has been around for more than a decade and has been very popular during that time, it also saps up a lot of our time… dealing with spammers and so on and so forth.  We are […]

Recipe of the week: Simmered halibut with celeriac, shellfish & squid

Recipe of the week: Simmered halibut with celeriac, shellfish & squid

For a truly inspiring summer dish, halibut offers a light delicate texture naturally infused with a distinctive flavour – perfect for serving at home during the warmer months. This recipe creates an inspiring partnership of shellfish and celeriac for the season. The dish marries delicately cooked halibut with razor clams, cockles and winkle tongues from […]

Staying for the food in Copenhagen

Staying for the food in Copenhagen

As Scandinavia’s gourmet capital, Copenhagen’s hotels are becoming more than destinations to lay your head down with their restaurants now offering guests an array of locally sourced ingredients, New Nordic cuisine, Michelin-star dining, and more. The Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen recently welcomed a prestigious new culinary team at the internationally renowned restaurant Alberto K. including […]

Honeymoon bliss on South Africa's Garden Route

Honeymoon bliss on South Africa’s Garden Route

Fancourt, one of South Africa’s top resorts, idyllically situated on the famous “Garden Route”, is the perfect setting for a heavenly honeymoon, especially when combined with a few days in Cape Town. It is just a short flight or a scenic drive from the Mother city to the historic town of George – and Fancourt […]

Photograph of the week: Naka Island

Photograph of the week: Naka Island

For those looking for a back-to-basics retreat, The Naka Island, Phuket combines luxury and nature for a true escape. Guests reach the private island resort via speedboat, and a range of recreational and cultural activities are available on the tiny island for a personal and indigenous experience. The freshwater pool offers an area to swim […]