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.
Fantastically alluring and mysterious, yet tinged with a sombre past, Cambodia can be a tricky nut to crack for travellers. With Ampersand’s expert guidance we can make sure you see the best she has to offer – from the world's most atmospheric temples shrouded by jungle at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, to a new top-class eco-luxe island retreat. Cambodia beach holidays are stunning, with palm-fringed white sands that are far less touristed than neighbouring Thailand.
Land-locked and utterly alluring, Laos has a laid-back pace and some of the friendliest faces in Asia. In Luang Prabang, ribbons of orange-robed monks receive alms at dawn whilst the far south centers around the mighty Mekong Delta with its remote fishing communities and dense jungle, only disturbed by crashing elephants and trilling birds.
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 throughout India; Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta being just a few of our favourite to discover on an Indian getaway; not to mention the blissfully cool tea plantations, soaring Himalayas and some of the world’s most outstanding luxury hotels – from historic havelis to Royal Palaces.
Mountains are blanketed with evergreen forests and dotted with Buddhist temples, valleys are sliced by glacial rivers and the piney air is delicious and clean. Bhutan’s luxury hotels and lodges are divine, but it is the Bhutanese people that make trips to Bhutan so special – they are extremely quick to laugh, and they’ve even been ranked number one in the world for Gross National Happiness!
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.
The Bespoke Luxury Travel Experts
At Ampersand we believe that ‘luxury is in the experience’: whilst love travelling in style, we’re not afraid to step off the usual circuit in order to experience something exceptional. We specialise in exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.
Since 2003 we have established ourselves as a leader in creating luxury tailor-made tours to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the Far East. And in keeping with our desire to share the places we know and love best, we are thrilled to add Southern Africa and 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 small group tours for their most important patrons.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Susan Ford, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Leslie Siben, India