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: Leopard in the Maasai Mara

Photograph of the week: Leopard in the Maasai Mara

This leopard is called Fig and was there in the tree with his mother Acacia. They are two of the resident leopards that live near Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara. Photographer Mohanjeet Brar was with the Porini Lion Camp Maasai guides who know the leopards’ territory well and that morning […]

Interview with Lynn Crawford, Owner and Head Chef of Ruby Watchco

Interview with Lynn Crawford, Owner and Head Chef of Ruby Watchco

Celebrity chef Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience, winning international awards as the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and New York City. She is one of the most high-profile chefs in Canada and has been invited to cook, speak, and mentor chefs and food lovers across North America. Lynn opened Ruby […]

Boutique Hotel Summit 2013

Boutique Hotel Summit 2013

The boutique hotel industry is an area which has shown considerable growth in recent years and seems to be going from strength to strength. If you happen to be involved in the industry and in London next week, then do get yourself along to the Boutique Hotel Summit. Sadly I can’t be there but A […]

Recipe of the week: Home-made vanilla ice cream (Gelato alla vaniglia)

Recipe of the week: Home-made vanilla ice cream (Gelato alla vaniglia)

Nothing says summer more than ice cream, and no one makes ice cream like the Italians! This authentic Italian recipe for vanilla ice cream may not be the healthiest, but you can rest assured that with actual vanilla bean pods, full-fat milk and full-fat cream, your homemade ice cream will be second to none. Once […]

One shameful top tip to beat the queues at Disney World

One shameful top tip to beat the queues at Disney World

Oh dear. Words fail me with this one. If you are ever in Disney World and can’t bear to queue, there is a way around it – you can pay a premium and enjoy preferential treatment. Disney Tours offers a VIP guide and fast passes at rates ranging from $310 to $380 per hour. I […]

The Richest Cities in the World

The Richest Cities in the World

According to WealthInsight’s World City Millionaire Rankings Report 2013, Tokyo is home to more millionaires than any other city in the world, followed by New York and London. But interestingly, a different pattern emerges if you look at the cities with the most multi-millionaires or billionaires. Dubai, often associated with extreme wealth and opulence, only […]

Photograph of the week: the Colosseum

Photograph of the week: the Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. This particular shot of the famous landmark was a thirty second exposure, which allowed the clouds to travel and give a sense of movement to the image.  It also makes the colours really stand out. Thank you to […]

A boost for A Luxury Travel Blog

A boost for A Luxury Travel Blog

I ran a few searches on Google last night, with the intention of updating our ‘about us’ page, and was pleasantly surprised to find that our continued efforts with A Luxury Travel Blog are not going unnoticed.  Firstly, I came across Cision’s social media index ranking the UK’s top 10 luxury travel blogs and we have […]

Consider spending Summer in Alberta

Consider spending Summer in Alberta

Have you considered spending the Summer in Alberta? This beautiful footage from Travel Alberta features the breathtaking landscapes of Badlands – Horse Thief Canyon, Barrier Lake, Edmonton, Crescent Falls, Stephen Avenue – as well as Calgary, Maligne Lake, Jasper and more.

Top 10 activities in South Australia

Top 10 activities in South Australia

Not only is South Australia home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, it also offers a diverse range of activities. Whether exploring the ocean depths for leafy sea dragons, sharks or shipwrecks or cycling and trekking through the Outback, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are ten top suggestions: Swimming […]

Welcome to quiet luxury at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Welcome to quiet luxury at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Welcome to quiet luxury. At JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, guest rooms, meeting rooms, event spaces including 2 ballrooms are equipped with the state-of-the-art technology. 9 restaurants, 3 bars and two lounges offer a myriad of taste sensations. Saray Spa, a world class luxury spa, offers that seamlessly blends the best of Arabic rituals and […]

World's second ugliest building turned into luxury hotel

World’s second ugliest building turned into luxury hotel

An old communist TV tower in Prague – the Zizkov TV tower – which was voted the world’s second ugliest building, has been transformed into a (self-proclaimed) six star one-room hotel with dramatic views. At 216 metres tall, Tower Park Praha already housed a restaurant and observation deck. This latest addition of a one-bedroom hotel […]

The 10th Noosa Food & Wine Festival, Queensland, Australia

The 10th Noosa Food & Wine Festival, Queensland, Australia

This year sees Noosa celebrating its 10th annual Food & Wine Festival, and to mark the anniversary they have lined up ten Guest Chefs from the 2012 San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list. The Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra will open the event which runs from 16th to 19th May 2013 with a line up of over 200 […]

Go cocoa-mad at Belize Chocolate Festival

Go cocoa-mad at Belize Chocolate Festival

Chocolate lovers can enjoy three days of sheer indulgence at the “Chocolate Festival of Belize” from 24th to 26th May 2013 in the Toledo District, the chocolate mecca of Belize. This annual event reflects Belize’s rooted history in cacao production, dating back to the times of the Maya, and includes a full programme of fun […]

Where Sir David Attenborough filmed some of the footage for the BBC's 'Africa'

Where Sir David Attenborough filmed some of the footage for the BBC’s ‘Africa’

“What a marvellous example of how people and wildlife can live alongside one another. Thank you all.” Those are the words of Sir David Attenborough after his visit to Porini Amboseli whilst filming some of the BBC’s ‘Africa’ series. You don’t get many finer accolades than that, and this is testament to what the camp is all […]

Recipe of the week: Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean cream

Recipe of the week: Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean cream

Banana, coffee and whiskey with tonka bean aroma is a dessert at the peak of sweetness with an incredible combination of tastes, from the bitter of the coffee to the delicate shades of wood from the whiskey due to the ageing in barrels. The tonka bean that brings together all of the flavours makes this […]