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.

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

Diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga

This amazing underwater footage was shot whilst scuba diving in the Fijian islands and Tonga. It’s really quite a site to behold, showcasing everything from colourful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves and scuba divers to much more marine life from the south Pacific. The coral reefs of the south […]

New luxury hotel in London

New luxury hotel in London

Located at one of London’s most prestigious addresses in Knightsbridge, new townhouse hotel The Wellesley offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour and uncompromising service. The building has been beautifully restored with a combination of its 1920s history and contemporary style with interiors created by award-winning design experts Fox Linton. As well as its 36 rooms and […]

Interview with Dave Thompson, Founder of Dave's Travel Corner

Interview with Dave Thompson, Founder of Dave’s Travel Corner

Dave is a travel writer who founded Dave’s Travel Corner, an international travel community, in 1996. California born and raised, he co-founded a collegiate solar racing team which designed and built a solar car from scratch. He runs a website promoting currently undefeated WBA World Super Middleweight boxing champion, Andre Ward, is a member of the Traveler’s Century Club and is a partner […]

The iPad HUGE

The iPad HUGE

First there was the iPod, then the iPhone and the iPad. And then it was the turn of the iPad mini. So what’s next? Well, since it’s Friday, I’m pleased to be able to break this one to you… now we have the iPad HUGE! There’s no longer any need to be restricted by such […]

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The ‘least luxurious’ is being a little overly-generous here. This hotel in Amsterdam is actually being billed as ‘the worst hotel in the world’.  The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison, the Hans Brinker also offers some plumbing and an intermittently open […]

Win Jo Whiley's handpicked travel essentials courtesy of American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Card

Win Jo Whiley’s handpicked travel essentials courtesy of American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Card

A Luxury Travel Blog has teamed up with American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Card to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a selection of family travel essentials, as chosen by radio DJ, Mum of four and ambassador for the Gold Card, Jo Whiley. This exclusive prize includes an iPod Shuffle and headphone splitters […]

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Remember those days when you used to have to go and find a photo booth to get your passport photo done?  I suspect that most people probably do them on their home PC nowadays, but those photo booths still exist.   But in Japan they’re busy taking them to the next level. Technology is moving […]

The magical burning waterfall that is Eternal Flame Falls

The magical burning waterfall that is Eternal Flame Falls

I was surrpised not to have stumbled upon this one before and apologise to those readers that already know about it, but whilst recently browsing the Web I came across the magical Eternal Flame Falls.  This is a double dose of nature in all its glory… a waterfall that happens to pass over a slight natural […]

4 magical ways to celebrate a French Christmas in style

4 magical ways to celebrate a French Christmas in style

It’s that time of year again and preparations are underway for the season’s biggest festivity, Christmas. As well as being a time of great merriment, in France it’s also a time for festivals, fireworks and Father Christmas. Here we round up 4 places where you can enjoy a piece of the festive action. Vaux-le-Vicomte Château, […]

Steve Jobs' luxury super-yacht

Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht, ‘Venus’, was unveiled on the anniversary of his death at the Dutch shipyard Koninklijke De Vries (Royal de Vries) in Aalsmeer. This sleek vessel is 80m (260 feet) long and was designed by Jobs himself along with designer Philippe Starck. The yacht has a minimalist design, an ultralight aluminum […]

Flair and indigenous style unveiled in Brazil

Flair and indigenous style unveiled in Brazil

In Campos do Jordao, Brazil – midway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – a fresh, new luxury retreat has made its debut. The Botanique Hotel & Spa is a visionary project developed by a group of entrepreneurs that has set the benchmark in Brazil for design, services and above all, authenticity. Conceptualised by Ricardo and Fernanda […]

Discovering the heart of Greenland

Discovering the heart of Greenland

Did you know that only two of Greenland’s towns are connected by road? And that the main mode of transport during the winter is the humble dog sled? You can find out more about this fascinating island and its unique culture on a series of special voyages with Hurtrigruten in 2013 (which couldn’t be further removed […]

Photograph of the week: Rice farmers at work

Photograph of the week: Rice farmers at work

During September of 2011 Jon Raho took a trip to Lombok, Indonesia after hearing all the great talks about it being a must-see destination, and in fact was stunned by its beauty upon arrival. His itinerary was long and filled with great stops and trips including a walk through the rice fields, as well as […]

World famous diamond sells for more than 20 million Swiss francs

World famous diamond sells for more than 20 million Swiss francs

The world famous Archduke Joseph diamond has sold for 21 million Swiss francs (which equates to around $21m or £13m), having last sold in 1993 for just $6.5m (£4m) . It was sold at the Christie’s auction house in Geneva to an anonymous bidder, but had previously been in the ownership of the American jeweller Black, Starr […]

5 of the world's craziest road junctions

5 of the world’s craziest road junctions

Are you one of these people who gets a little nervous at the prospect of driving a car when you travel overseas?  If so, then look away now. We’ve scoured YouTube to bring you footage from some of the worst junctions around the world. If you know of any that are worse, then please let […]

Luxury hotels at the cutting edge of technology

Luxury hotels at the cutting edge of technology

Luxury hotels have had a history of being innovative when it comes to technology, and that tradition continues to this day. In Thailand the Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 is using touchscreen technology from Fingi that is loaded on to Samsung Galaxy smartphones so that guests can control everything from in-room mood lighting to setting up their […]