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.

Google Treks: revolutionising travel as we know it?

Google Treks: revolutionising travel as we know it?

Google Treks is the latest extension from Google Maps and Google StreetView; it is a project that stitches together web tours of destinations all over the world, whether it be the Grand Canyon or the Galapagos. Follow highlighted routes and explore areas followed along the same path as the team that filmed them – a […]

The largest seated Buddha in the world

The largest seated Buddha in the world

Lantau Island is home to Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue – 34 metres high – of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi. Also known as the Big Buddha, the statue is located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, near the Po Lin Monastery. The statue was completed in 1993 and symbolises the harmonious relationship […]

Rome's iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Group Limited has acquired the 121-room Hotel Eden from Starman Hotels.  Effective immediately, Dorchester Collection will manage the hotel and continue to work closely together with the previous management company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to ensure a smooth transition for hotel guests, partners and employees. Originally built in 1834 and converted to a hotel in […]

Oman's first booze-free luxury hotel

Oman’s first booze-free luxury hotel

Singapore’s international hotelier, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) continues to tap into the potential of the Sultanate of Oman with the announcement of its second hotel in the region. M&C has signed an agreement with Shaza Muscat Company (SMC) to manage and operate Oman’s first Sharia-compliant five-star property named the Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel. The […]

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

The delicate and sweet flavours of crab pairs well with strong, citric ingredients. This recipe uses crab meat marinated with chopped coriander, tomato concassé, lemon and lime juice, highlighting refreshing flavours that are perfect for the warm weather. A thin layer of avocado adds a touch of richness and the dish is finished off with […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset over Temburong National Park, Brunei

Photograph of the week: Sunset over Temburong National Park, Brunei

Ulu Temburong National Park is the first national park in Brunei that gained the status as one of the most famous protected rainforests in Asia. The national park is located in Batu Apoi Forest Reserve within the Temburong district and is famous for its natural wonders and beautiful scenery. The Temburong River is the best […]

Special feature: IDW Esperanza Resort, Kozelkiskiu, Trakai, near Vilnius, Lithuania

Special feature: IDW Esperanza Resort, Kozelkiskiu, Trakai, near Vilnius, Lithuania

When we told friends that we’d be going to Lithuania this Summer, they invariably looked at us with surprise. Not only had we never visited the country before, but it soon emerged that we didn’t know anyone who had, either. Lithuania, of course, is a relatively new country, and one where tourism hasn’t yet fully […]

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

A new handheld 3D mobile mapping system called ‘Zebedee’ has been developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). It uses a primary sensor (a 2D Hokuyo lidar scanner) on a simple spring mechanism (hence the name Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout) which measures the distances to surfaces in […]

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Ever wanted to see the Northern Lights? Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway’s northern reaches, you can experience a magical winter wonderland and hopefully see them for yourself. This is an excellent chance to experience the magical Northern Lights as the spectacular colour show changes from light green to dark purple, flickering across the Arctic sky. […]

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Just a two hour flight from London, Hotel Principe di Savoia’s ‘Discover Milan’ package provides guests with a luxurious city break and the opportunity to experience Italian art, culture and cuisine in style. Encouraging guests to explore all that Milan has to offer, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, discounts at Milan’s major museums, a […]

The best private jet charter company in North America

The best private jet charter company in North America

We are delighted to announce that ElJet – which works with us here on A Luxury Travel Blog – has won the title of “Leading Private Jet Charter Company in North America” in the prestigious international World Travel Awards. The awards are the equivalent of the Oscars in the travel industry and recognise the very […]

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. […]