Ampersand's Travels...

Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia.

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… having a rickshaw driver at your disposal 24 hours a day in Siem Reap... these are the things we adore.

All over Asia – from Bhutan to Bali, from Sri Lanka to Laos – we know the most charming privately-owned hotels, the best secret beaches, the prettiest palaces and the fattest, happiest elephants for bespoke safaris. Our Little Black Book contains the best textile buffs, the greediest foodies, the wittiest maharajas and the loveliest places 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.

Indonesia, An Introduction…

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Our seasoned Indonesia specialist, Emily Gillman has just returned from a rigorous 5-week research trip to Indonesia. Travelling across seven of the biggest islands and visiting almost 100 hotels, Emily has the most up to date intelligence and first-hand experience of the finest hotels and experiences on offer...

Photoblog: Emily's Top 10 Highlights on Indonesia

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We’ve been organising tailor-made holidays to Indonesia for the last 13 years, and we are still discovering hidden gems on our yearly research trips. Indonesia specialist Emily, embarked on a 5-week recce. Hopping across seven of the biggest islands she discovered new hotels, reviewed old favourites and rekindled valued friendships…

Little Black Book: Discover the Pink City – Jaipur

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By Cosmo BrockwayThe fabled city of Jaipur, rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, has been busy captivating travellers to the subcontinent for centuries, not least for its unrivalled collection of shopping and dining destinations. The bazaars and many boutique palace hotels hum with both established names and exciting new openings to suit every taste and budget. Well known as a hub of creativity and the arts, Jaipur has a loyal coterie of famous visitors, including designer Matthew Williamson and…

Research trip: Exploring Somerset & Devon

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On a cold and blustery evening in London Ampersand's UK specialists Ellie and Rosie, set off for a couple of nights to explore Somerset and Devon, taking in three spearheads of the deep south west...

Dining with the Nawabs: A Culinary Tale of two Countries

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‘Dining with the Nawabs’ reveals a glimpse into the present-day lives of the rulers of India. An exquisitely produced book which profiles several Muslim royal families across India and Pakistan through their culinary traditions. Author Meera Ali, is herself married to the Raja of Kotwara, and uses her insider access to give us a rare seat at the tables of princely families of the subcontinent…