Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia, the Far East, and Southern Africa.
Our motto is that luxury is in the experience: watching tigers padding through the Kanha jungle in the company of an expert guide; camping out under the Ladakh stars wrapped in cashmere blankets; exploring the art galleries and fine dining restaurants in Cape Town... these are the things we adore.
All over Asia and Southern Africa – from Bhutan to Bali, Cape Town to Victoria Falls – we know the most charming privately-owned hotels, the best secret beaches, the prettiest temples, and the most exclusive safari trails in the untouched wilderness. Our Little Black Book contains the best textile buffs, the keenest foodies, the wittiest maharajas, the most expert guides and the loveliest spots to drink champagne in the moonlight.
But what we love most of all is revealing these treasures to our clients. In our blog we hope to inspire and inform you by providing the latest travel news, hotel openings and luxury holiday ideas across Asia, the Far East, and Southern Africa.
The magic ingredient of every Ampersand trip is culture; we believe that's what makes a holiday memorable and enriching. In our opinion there really is no place better than Asia for exposing children to diverse cultures, history and traditions.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or your dream honeymoon, Rajasthan is one of our top travel destinations for those looking for a unique luxury holiday that combines relaxation and adventure.
At Ampersand, we believe that reading fiction is, perhaps ironically, one of the most informative ways of learning about the culture, history and traditions of the country you’re travelling to.
When it comes to skiing, most people immediately think of the Alps or Canada. However, Asia and Africa offer some incredible ski resorts, as well as a chance to explore new cultures, cuisine and landscapes that you won’t find in the more traditional ski spots.
As we leave summer behind and start the descent into the bleak British winter, we find it’s always a good idea to book a holiday as something to look forward to. Our luxury holidays and cultural tours to the Indian Subcontinent offer something for all types of traveller.
James Jayasundera, founder of Ampersand Travel has been arranging luxury tailormade holidays for the last 30 years. Below are his top 10 tips for a first trip to India for a luxury traveller in 2022.
In recent months the importance of recognising Black history and culture has been the forefront of discussion more than ever, and a growing number of people have been taking active steps to educate
Is it just us or is there a little more optimism in the air? Our inboxes are, once again, filling up rapidly as ground handlers, hotels, camps and airlines are getting in touch to say they are
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