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, 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.

Family Travel: Cultural experiences kids will love

Family Travel: Cultural experiences kids will love

We have rounded up our top travel ideas for children - experiences which will let them leave their comfort zone, engage with a foreign culture and, most importantly, have lots of fun!

New Southern Africa Hotel Openings for 2019

New Southern Africa Hotel Openings for 2019

Africa is a continent unlike any other place on earth. Its vast scope and richness of landscapes offers a lifetime of adventures. We are passionate about sharing our discoveries and our recently-launched Southern Africa portfolio introduces travellers to the newest and most rewarding jewels opening each year.

Ampersand's mini-guide to Sri Lanka

Ampersand's mini-guide to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s cultural charms and drop-dead-gorgeous looks make her the perfect island for a family holiday or a romantic escape.

10 Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2019

10 Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2019

In this day and age of digital nomads, travelistas who have left behind the world of desks and Pret lunches to blaze across the continents documenting their finds for followers, there is an

India and Africa - For the love of Wildlife

India and Africa - For the love of Wildlife

We think we travel to discover new and exciting places, to feel alive in a city not your own. We do things when we are away that would never occur to us as plausible at home. In this dichotomy I think

Luxury by the Lake in the ‘Venice of the East’

Luxury by the Lake in the ‘Venice of the East’

Romantic and idyllic, floating like magic in the peaceful and glittering Lake Pichola lies the white marbled Taj Lake Palace, possibly Rajasthan's most iconic hotel.

The Ultimate Foodies Guide to the Hidden Gems of Asia

The Ultimate Foodies Guide to the Hidden Gems of Asia

Everyone knows of Asia. Many people think they know Asia. But most people are yet to understand this vast continent. And vast it really is, spanning over 17 million square miles, covering 8.7% of the

5 Unmissable Experiences in North India

5 Unmissable Experiences in North India

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of enticing activities on offer in North India, but fortunately our specialists have done the hard work for you and scoured the region in search of the crème de la crème. See below for our top five…

7 Unbelievable Asian Honeymoons Loved by Discerning Travellers

7 Unbelievable Asian Honeymoons Loved by Discerning Travellers

To the misinformed, Asia is a world of backpackers, poverty and archaic cultures. To the conversant, Asia is a vast continent designed by contrasts; where there is poor there will be riches, where

12 of the Best Scuba Diving Sites in Asia

12 of the Best Scuba Diving Sites in Asia

Sometimes, the most beautiful things in the world simply can’t be found on land. What dwells beneath ground level in our vast oceans is like a universe all of its own, and if you have an adventurous


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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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