Japan: renowned for its pioneering technology, buzzing metropolises and quirky fashion trends. But equally as intriguing is her ancient history and rich culture. This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to the Izu Peninsula – a land of hot-springs, cloud-shredding peaks, empty coastal headlands and hospitality traditions unchanged for 400 years. This trip follows in the footsteps of Stanley Stewart’s How To Spend It article, “Taking it Izu”
Over just a few short decades, Japan has embraced modern innovations and accelerated into the future while taking increasing care of its many outstanding heritage and beauty spots. Take the bullet train or enter one of Japan’s deluxe luxury hotels and step into a world which closely mirrors ours in the west, yet look closer and you’ll find it to be distinctly Japanese in the details. Travel at 300 kph on the bullet train and have a bento lunchbox while marvelling at how everything runs exactly to schedule; catch glimpses of kimonos that are still worn by women for various special occasions as well as by the geisha of Kyoto and Kanazawa; explore the hidden paths around the many living temples and shrines, and experience a level of hospitality that we can often only wish for back home. A luxury holiday in Japan has all of this and more.
Glamorous and beguiling, North India crackles with energy and colour. Nothing compares to the splendour and romance of Rajasthan, spilling over with ancient temples and Mughal monuments. You have vibrant and exciting cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta, blissfully...
With more than 17,000 islands, it can be hard knowing where to head...
Asia, Tailor-made . . .
'Luxury is in the experience'
We love luxury and style at Ampersand Travel, but we also love to engage with our destination. If that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us. Most of our clients agree (they know that luxury isn't far away, after all), and for those that don't, we are happy to arrange super-luxe holidays from start to finish.
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Hotels in Rajasthan
Of all the states in India, Rajasthan is undoubtedly its most regal and majestic. It is home to some of the finest hotels in India and the world – from princely royal palace hotels and historic havelis to opulent modern classics and stylish tented camps. Here are Ampersand’s Top 10 Hotels in Rajasthan.
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*NEWSFLASH* Ampersand now offers trips to South Africa!
*NEWSFLASH* Ampersand now offers trips to South Africa!
South Africa is a land of world-class beaches, ravishing Winelands (and exceptional wines), thronging cosmopolitan cities and incredible game-viewing. Watch the fight for survival play out at Kruger National Park, witness 80 tonne whales breaching and slapping the water at Hermanus and discover the unique wildlife of the beautifully burnt orange Kalahari Desert. Experience all this in classic Ampersand style on your own tailor-made South Africa holiday.
Ampersand Travel Experiences
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At Ampersand we believe that “luxury is in the experience”. We love travelling in style but are not afraid to step off the usual circuit in order to experience something more rewarding. We specialise in exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.
Over the last 13 years we have established ourselves as a leader in luxury Asia holidays to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the Far East. In keeping with our desire to share the places we know and love best, we are thrilled to add the British Isles to our portfolio of destinations.
Our clients are mostly private individuals who recognise that time is their most precious asset and want to entrust it to experts with a well proven track record. This smoothes out the planning process and ensures that they have the most rewarding and memorable experience possible. We also look after some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and organisations who rely on us to arrange once-in-a-lifetime group tours for their most important patrons.
Why book with us:
Local knowledge & contacts: We are a team of knowledgeable and well-connected individuals who have lived and /or travelled extensively in the destinations we offer.
First-hand experience: We personally visit all the hotels and locations we recommend and can provide you with first-hand information and opinions on them.
Easy to reach: We personally answer all phone calls (during office working hours). You will never be answered by a machine or be frustrated by multiple options. All our clients also receive our personal mobile numbers which they are welcome to use outside working hours.
Financial protection: Ampersand Travel is ATOL bonded meaning that the money spent on your holiday is protected.
Personal service: You will be looked after by one consultant from your initial enquiry until your safe return home from holiday.
Reliability: 80% of our business is from repeat clients and friends they have recommended to us.
Small by choice: We send up to 500 clients a year on holiday. We have deliberately chosen to remain small so that we can look after our clients to the best of our ability and enjoy the process as we go along.
Totally independent: We only sell places we love. Unless we would be happy to stay there we will not sell it – it’s as simple as that.
Owner run: Ampersand is owner run and, interestingly, most of our carefully selected ground handlers are too. We feel that this creates a far more passionate and personal service and a greater sense of accountability, which are key to providing the best possible service.
We love travel: This will become obvious as soon as you contact us!