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.

New video: Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel, Sri Lanka

New video: Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel, Sri Lanka

Our dear friend George Cooper, owner and designer of Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel near Galle, Sri Lanka has just produced a short video which we think shows off the property really nicely. It

Ampersand's top 5 breathtaking holidays in Asia

Ampersand's MD, James Jayasundera, dips into his knowledge of Asia to find five breathtaking trips for Square Mile magazine1. Best for adventurous culture-vultures: Jodhpur, IndiaWant a dose of

The story behind Song Saa, Cambodia's first private island resort

Song Saa Private Island was set up by Australian couple Rory and Melita Hunter, whose vision was born from a desire to create a sustainable sanctuary of uncompromising luxury in their adopted home of

Inspirational Bhutan

To celebrate the opening of the Uma Punakha by COMO Hotels on the 15th September 2012, Ampersand have a brand new Bhutan itinerary, Beyond the Sky. Combine a stay at this fabulous new luxury resort

New itinerary: Tamil Nadu and Kerala... A Luxury Tailor-made Tour of South India

We have designed a brand new itinerary which we are extremely excited about...TAMIL NADU & KERALA, A LUXURY TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA 16 days from £3610 per

Ampersand’s Angels - On location in India

Three of Ampersand’s leading ladies – Sacha Smith-Laing (Marketing Manager), Catriona Deredes and Elizabeth Boulstridge (Indian Subcontinent Sales Consultants) – are jetting off on Jet Airlines to

Travel to Bhutan with Ampersand Travel

BHUTANItinerariesHotelsLocationsCountry informationWhen to goMapA Classic Bhutanese Journey - 12 days from £ 2895 per person >> Thimpu | Gangtey | Punakha | Paro | DelhiThis is a great

The Ultimate in Fusion Travel: India & Italy, 12th - 27th October 2012

IS INDIA THE ITALY OF ASIA?Few countries in the world share as rich and fascinating a cultural heritage as India and Italy. Empires have risen and fallen, kingdoms have been wiped out and colonizers

Thank you Diana!

A big thank you to our friend, renowned chef and hotelier Diana von Cranach, who gave a great talk at our drinks party on Friday night. She was here at the Ampersand office to personally promote the

'Discovering Sri Lanka' at the Royal Geographical Society

The Ampersand team thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at Wednesday's Sri Lanka event at the Royal Geographical Society, London. It was an informal evening for RGS members and those curious to learn more

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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