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.

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 […]

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 […]