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, Southern Africa and the British Isles.

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; or explore the wild and ravishing highlands of Scotland... these are the things we adore.

All over Asia, Southern Africa and the British Isles – from Bhutan to Bali, Cape Town to Victoria Falls, Bath to Ballyvaughan – we know the most charming privately-owned hotels, the best secret beaches, the prettiest and castles, 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, Southern Africa and the British Isles.

What makes the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts so brilliant?

What makes the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts so brilliant?

What makes The Oberoi hotels so brilliant? It’s the exceptional service, genuine hospitality and a luxury environment as experienced by Lola on her recent trip to India hosted by the hotel group. Visiting Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta, Lola soon realised that this was a fabulous way to experience authentic, Indian hospitality…

My First Impressions Of India

My First Impressions Of India

Our brand new Sri Lanka specialist, Lola, has just returned from her very first trip to India. Having been bought up listening to her grandfather’s stories from the 1940s when he was living in Bombay, her expectations were sky high and her excitement uncontrollable. Read about her first impressions of this wild and frenetic country…

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan Now

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan Now

Catriona has just returned from an introductory tour of Japan, taking in the iconic sights and must see highlights, travelling from Hiroshima to Tokyo. Here she lists her top ten reasons for why you should jump on a plane right now and visit Japan…

A Complete Visitors Guide to the Terracotta Warriors

A Complete Visitors Guide to the Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army is one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the modern era. Quietly lying undiscovered for over 2,000 years, until its accidental discovery in 1974, the 8,000 strong army protect their Emperor. Read our complete visitors guide to the Terracotta Warriors, with everything you need to know about this ancient archaeological site...

Hampi: A world of rocks and ruins, carnivals and carvings

Hampi: A world of rocks and ruins, carnivals and carvings

Ellie and James visited Hampi on an intense recce of the area, leaving no stone unturned and exploring the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site. The jewel in the crown of the famed Vijayanagara Empire, 14th century ruins of the city scatter the landscape telling the magnificent story of a bygone and glorious era…

What brings you to Bhubaneshwar?

What brings you to Bhubaneshwar?

Arriving in Bhubaneshwar after a whirlwind of colour and noise in Varanasi, was like landing into a different country. With wide spacious streets and one of the cleanest cities in India, it is a very laid-back and friendly place. But the very welcoming locals wanted to know what had brought us to Bhubaneshwar?...

Aurangabad: The gateway to India’s ancient treasures

Aurangabad: The gateway to India’s ancient treasures

Aurangabad gives the impression of being a rather unremarkable destination; a bustling city surrounded by hot and dusty arid land. How looks can be deceptive! Aurangabad is the base from which to explore many of India’s ancient treasures – the famous Ellora and Ajanta Caves and the mighty Daulatabad Fort...

Varanasi: The holiest of holy cities

Varanasi: The holiest of holy cities

Varanasi is a place that is described as ‘intense’ by those who visited it, but what the holiest of holy cities is really like in the flesh? Ellie describes her experiences exploring the frantic city made up of ancient narrow back lanes where life, death, and everything in between, come into contact...

Chengdu: China’s lesser known gem

Chengdu: China’s lesser known gem

Chengdu is China’s lesser known gem and contains secrets that the rest of the world do not yet know. Infused with history and culture, Chengdu effortlessly combines the feel of a cosmopolitan, up-and-coming city whilst still being a historically unique destination. Here are six things that make Chengdu stand out from the crowd...

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to really splash out on the one you love, and there are some truly elaborate ways you can celebrate your blossoming romance to show your beloved just how much they mean to you. This infographic is about luxury gifts for travel lovers, so you can say “I love you” in style…