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, 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.

Summer Reading List: Our Favourite Books to Inspire a South East Asia Adventure

Summer Reading List: Our Favourite Books to Inspire a South East Asia Adventure

If you’re embarking on an adventure to Southeast Asia, then what better way to prepare for your journey than by diving into some captivating reads that explore the region’s rich history and diverse cultures? We’ve curated a list of our favourite fiction and non-fiction books to inspire and enrich your Southeast Asia adventure.

Best Active Holidays in Asia

Best Active Holidays in Asia

Active holidays in Asia are not just about physical activity; they are about immersing yourself in the diverse beauty and culture of this rich continent. Whether trekking through the Himalayas, surfing waves in Sri Lanka, skiing in India or diving in Indonesia, browse our itineraries for ideas on how to create your own unforgettable active getaway.

Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata

Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata

Every autumn, Durga Puja festival transforms Kolkata into a spectacle of divine pageantry and communal revelry. Typically held in September or October and lasting 10 days, Durga Puja is not just a religious festival; it is a cultural, social and artistic event that brings the community together, transcending social barriers. It celebrates the empowerment of women, the triumph of good over evil, and the importance of family and community.

5 Top Tips for Travelling to Japan with Kids

5 Top Tips for Travelling to Japan with Kids

Safe, clean and culturally-rich, we consider Japan to be one of the most child-friendly countries in the world. To inspire your next luxury family holiday to Japan, we’ve put together a few tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to this one-of-a-kind destination.

5 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Be On Your Travel List

5 Reasons Why Bhutan Should Be On Your Travel List

This year marks 50 years since Bhutan opened its doors for the first time to foreign travellers, making it one of the most fascinating, untouched and least-visited places in the world. If you're seeking a destination that's both enriching and enchanting, here are five reasons why Bhutan should be on your travel list.

9 Unmissable Festivals in Asia

9 Unmissable Festivals in Asia

We believe that destinations in Asia are often at their best during festivals: locals in welcoming holiday mode, streets awash with colour and a chance to see centuries-old traditions played out in front of you. If you’re currently planning a luxury tailormade cultural tour in Asia, these are the nine festivals to try to factor into your forthcoming trip.

Six Senses Vana Q&A with Ampersand Founder James

Six Senses Vana Q&A with Ampersand Founder James

Our Founder James has just returned from his latest stint at Vana, marking his first experience under the new stewardship of Six Senses which started in January 2023. Here, he shares his candid thoughts and observations, answering those burning questions that seem to pop up time and again.

8 Eco Hotels in Asia Doing Things Differently

8 Eco Hotels in Asia Doing Things Differently

On Earth Day - a dedicated day to raise awareness for the environmental action needed to protect our planet - we wanted to highlight some of our favourite properties across Asia that go above and beyond to combine luxury experiences with sustainability.

A Two Week Gourmet South Africa Itinerary

A Two Week Gourmet South Africa Itinerary

One of the best ways to get to know South Africa is by sampling its local specialities and remarkable wines as you meander through its stunning landscapes and vineyard-clad hills. Keep reading for our top recommendations across the country.

Honeymoons in Asia from the groom’s perspective!

Honeymoons in Asia from the groom’s perspective!

Our Founder James shares his ultimate game plan for impressing your future wife post-wedding: a honeymoon so epic, it'll have her recounting the tales to friends, family, and basically anyone who'll listen, for years to come. And how, you ask, do you achieve such a feat? Simple: by letting the wizards at Ampersand craft this once-in-a-lifetime voyage for you.


Client Testimonials

Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India

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