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.
Happy Halloween! Here’s an idea for a wonderfully haunted holiday experience: head for the deserted city of Bhangarh for a yoga session on an abandoned temple plinth as the sun rises. Built in the
We have picked some of our favourite things to do when visiting Japan
Ampersand’s Japan specialist David Wall explores the uniquely Japanese concept of wabi-sabiTwo birds on a branch, painted sparingly on a sliding wooden door; sunset-red maple leaves strewn in the
As featured by our friends at Travelspinner, Ampersand's UK specialist Ellie Boulstridge chats about the unique appeal of holidaying in the UK & IrelandA Green and Pleasant LandBrief CV – Ellie
James Jayasundera, founder & MD of Ampersand Travel, opens up his Little Black Book… this time sharing his top 3 spots for a spiritual escapeAhilya Fort, Maheshwar, India Owned by Indore royal family,
This November or December is the perfect time to travel to Sri Lanka to support England when they play the seven ‘fun to watch’ One Day International Cricket matches. Sri Lanka’s cricket team have
Our favourite Bangalore-based foodie, Nirja Raju, reveals what she thinks would make the ideal 2-day tour of this burgeoning city's epicurean hotspots. ©Paul FernandezWhen planning a trip to India, it
Welcome back to Ampersand’s Insider Q&A series where we pick the brains of our special suppliers and ask them to share their tips and local perspective on some of our favourite destinations.Sharing
In March this year, Ampersand’s India specialist, Catriona, went on a research trip (with her mum for company!) which took her from Northern Kerala to Karnataka and ended here, at the beaches of
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Anonymous, India