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 cool tea plantations, the soaring Himalayas and some of the world’s most outstanding luxury hotels – from historic havelis to Royal Palaces.
This mango-shaped Indian Ocean island is a bountiful and spirited nation, overflowing with natural wonders, abundant wildlife, sumptuous cuisine, ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural legacy. From the cool colonial Tea Country and Cultural Triangle in the country’s interior, to the curvaceous caramel sands on the coast, and the plentiful national parks home to some of the best wildlife in Asia, here are our recommendations for the perfect tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka.
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.
This long sliver of a country provides memories you won’t easily forget – from your first bowl of delicious steaming pho to gliding past the mysterious rocky outcrops aboard a junk on Halong Bay. Busy cities from north to south provide a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s history, whilst islands such as Phu Quoc offer a stunning beach break.
China’s colossal size, lightning-fast development and language hurdles means a holiday to China can be hard to tackle as an independent traveller. Travelling in China need not be daunting, and Ampersand’s tailor-made holidays to China provide just the right amount of self-exploration and hand-holding, combining ultra-luxury at the very best hotels with cultural adventures accompanied by truly incredible guides.
The tropical south has a different pace to the rest of India – it is slow and soothing, much like the backwaters of Kerala. Renowned for its welcoming people, lush scenery, delicious food and distinctive gopuram temples, South India is the perfect destination if you are looking for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating escape. These spiritual cliff-backed beaches are ideal for a meditative break and some of India’s finest Ayurvedic medicine is practiced in the laid-back spas and resorts of this region.
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'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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Of all the states in India, Rajasthan is undoubtedly its most regal; steeped in a fascinating Mughal history, this grand region is filled with royal palaces, fairy-tale forts, ancient temples and ravishing forests roaming with tigers. It is also 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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The Bespoke Luxury Travel Experts
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.