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.

Suite of the week: The F Suite at Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suite of the week: The F Suite at Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suite name: The F Suite Hotel: Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina Size of accommodation: 120 sq m Cost per night: from 9,500 USD + taxes Who’s stayed there? Beyoncé What makes it special? It is the most expensive suite in Latin America. The F Suite is an impeccably appointed 120 sqm residence located […]

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the four star Wentbridge House Hotel in the village of Wentbridge (close to Pontefract) in West Yorkshire. We’d arrived quite late but were greeted with a beautiful Junior Suite offering ample space for a family, and with all manner of in-room extras including a half bottle […]

Find your inner vitality with LUX* Resorts

Find your inner vitality with LUX* Resorts

LUX* Resorts has launched a new ‘Vitality Experience’ this November – a holistic, dedicated lifestyle programme focusing on fitness, spa, diet and mind at its properties in Mauritius and the Maldives. Set between three to seven nights, as part of a longer holiday or on its own, the Vitality Experience has been created to help […]

Private Andalucian hideaway becomes leading 'gastro villa'

Private Andalucian hideaway becomes leading ‘gastro villa’

Since welcoming singer George Michael as the first guest in 2009, private rental estate Cortijo El Carligto has steadily expanded its in-house service offerings and A-list appeal to emerge as the premiere “gastro-villa” in Andalucia. Recognition by Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2012, pitting them against huge and wealthy five-star corporate resorts, has leant […]

A new look for A Luxury Travel Blog

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to report that A Luxury Travel Blog now has a new look and feel to it. After almost 7 years using the same design we started with, the blog has finally been given the overhaul it so badly needed.  We hope you like it and welcome […]

Discovering Bulgarian cuisine in Bansko

Discovering Bulgarian cuisine in Bansko

It seems that this year in Bansko, Bulgaria, a new tradition is coming – a culinary and gourmet festival is “cooking” and is going to uncover the secrets of Bulgarian gourmet cuisine. Since Bulgaria lies in the heart of the Balkan area, its cuisine and food culture has been influenced by all the neighbouring countries. […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset in Phuket

Photograph of the week: Sunset in Phuket

This is a sunset view from one of Sri panwa’s villas set along one of Thailand’s most striking coastlines. This villa is set 60 metres above sea level along the eastern & western ridge and at the very tip of the cape, commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and Andaman Sea. The villa entrance […]

Isle of spas: 5 superb spas in Jersey

Isle of spas: 5 superb spas in Jersey

If you’re looking to really escape from it all, how does flying off to an island for an exclusive spa retreat sound? The tiny island of Jersey has more than its fair share of award-winning spas, superb Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques, and the short flight means you can go from departure lounge to your […]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all […]

Suite of the week: VIP Suite at The Chester Residence, Edinburgh

Suite of the week: VIP Suite at The Chester Residence, Edinburgh

Suite name: VIP Suite Hotel: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh Size of accommodation: 1,600 sq ft Cost per night: n/a – other, large suites within the Chester Residence range from £189 – £600 per night What makes it special? The VIP Suite cannot be booked directly. Built specifically to the owners’ specifications, guests can only be […]

Getting by in Norway

Somewhere on a mountainous road in Norway, a big rig and big bus have to pass each other.  They need to co-operate to succeed. Thank goodness it wasn’t in icy conditions, that’s all I can say…

Malaysia welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Malaysia welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Malaysia welcome Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, and from there they will move on to the rainforested eco-adventure destination of Sabah, Borneo, as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour to celebrate 60 years of HM Queen Elizabeth’s reign. As well as attending state functions and […]

Photograph of the week: the world's first underwater nightclub

Photograph of the week: the world’s first underwater nightclub

This week’s picture is hot off the press and is of Subsix – the world’s first underwater music club. Its opening marks the completion of all guest facilities at the NIYAMA by Per AQUUM resort in the Maldives. Located 500 metres out to sea, access to the club is via a staircase from the resort’s overwater restaurant, […]

Top 10 river cruises from AmaWaterways

Top 10 river cruises from AmaWaterways

To coincide with National Cruise Week, AmaWaterways has come up with its top 10 pick of river cruises for 2012/2013, chosen for their cultural enrichment, specialist interest and access to spectacular sightseeing. Top romantic cruise Seine cruise – Paris in the springtime Take the train to Paris and embark the luxurious AmaLegro to see the […]

I wouldn’t like to be a lifeguard in Tokyo…

Welcome to the indoor pool at Tokyo Summerland. This most definitely isn’t luxury, but eye-opening all the same. In fact, you wonder why people would even pay to be there… surely it can’t be much fun with so many bodies about. And one thing’s for sure… I wouldn’t want to be on duty as a […]

What’s it like to fly in a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380?

Ever wondered what it must be like to fly on a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380.  YouTube user Volterrific shares with us his journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong on this fabulous super jumbo, complete with shower and cocktail bar (not at the same time) at 40,000 feet.