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.

China: Why, Where and How to Travel

China: Why, Where and How to Travel

The world’s second largest, yet most populous country is still growing fast, there are currently an astounding 38 new airports being built in China. The architecture of the hotels in China is truly

Escape to the ultimate eco island resort this summer

**Four nights for the price of two at the Song Saa Private Island ResortSong Saa Private Island Resort is the perfect island summer getaway for any family - and this summer it is even more accessible.

Ampersand's foodie favourites: Asia on your front doorstep

At Ampersand we love food almost as much as we do travel and any occasion that can combine the two is a winner in our books. In keeping with our foodie theme we thought that we would share some of the

Ampersand's foodie favourites: Culinary experiences worth travelling for!

Ampersand is currently more food obsessed than ever... we have all recently returned from research trips throughout Asia and our taste buds are suffering withdrawal symptoms after our mouth-watering

South India photoblog: From Kerala's Backwaters to old colonial Cochin

In Kerala we journeyed from the Backwaters of Kumarakom and Alleppey to the palm-fringed beaches of Marari, and ended at the colonial heritage city of Cochin, home to Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and

The Oxford Literary Festival 2013

The Oxford Literary Festival commences soon with events running from Saturday March 16th to Sunday March 24th 2013. We are excited because elements of the festival will have a distinctly Indian theme

NEW: Tailor-made London walking tours

We would like to thank the marvellous Gavin Webb (a veritable fountain of fun facts on every conceivable London-related subject) for taking the Ampersand team on a fascinating tour of the City of

Where are you taking your loved one for Valentine's Day

Song Saa Private Island, CambodiaWhat is the perfect Valentine's gift? In these increasingly frenetic times, quality moments together rank high on the list. For those of you who remember your

New itinerary: Laid-back Luxury... From Luang Prabang in Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Temples & Song Saa Private Island Resort

New itinerary: Laid-back Luxury... From Luang Prabang in Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Temples & Song Saa Private Island Resort

11 days from £3950 per person - Luang Prabang | Siem Reap | Song Saa Private IslandOur brand new Laid-back Luxury tour of Laos and Cambodia combines this region's most alluring highlights: a stay in

Heli-skiing in Kashmir

Alps not calling your name this year? For a completely different skiing holiday (not for the faint of heart), we suggest mixing one of the most adventurous winter sports, heli-skiing, with one of the


Client Testimonials

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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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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