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.

Goodby grey skies, hello sunshine!

Happy New Year! I thought a good way to lift January spirits and provide inspiration for your 2012 Easter and summer holidays would be to treat you to some dreamy photos of our favourite destinations.

Terrific tiger spotting in Tadoba National Park

Mr Aditya Dhanwantay, owner of Tiger Trails Lodge, who also acts as the in-house naturalist for our clients, sent the following update on an exciting tiger sighting which took place at Tadoba National

New on the Cambodian coast: Song Saa Resort

December welcomes the opening of the magnificently eco-luxe Song Saa Resort on the Cambodian coast, Southeast Asia’s first over-water stilted villas designed in very Maldives-esque style. We are

Festivals for literature-lovers: Sri Lanka’s Galle Literary Festival and India’s Jaipur Literary Festival (1)

Two events occurring in early 2012 which Ampersand Travel are very excited about are the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and the Jaipur Literary Festival in India. Both of these festivals can be

Festivals for literature-lovers: Sri Lanka’s Galle Literary Festival and India’s Jaipur Literary Festival

Two events occurring in early 2012 which Ampersand Travel are very excited about are the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and the Jaipur Literary Festival in India. Both of these festivals can be

Gardening Leave? Leave it to the green-fingered experts

A few weeks holiday a year is great (blissful, in fact!) for the majority of us. Moreover, it is usually all we can justify in terms of money, time off work or simply away from normal life. But there

Video footage of Burma from Ampersand's research trip

Video footage of Burma from Ampersand's research trip

Sipping cocktails at the wonderful Sandoway Beach Resort, in Ngapali, watching the sun set over the horizon... This is the life!

Photo diary: The Maharajas' Express & beyond

If you love the old-school romance of train travel, there's no better place to head than India. With beautiful panoramas floating past and lavish carriages to relax in, it is a wonderful way to

Hurrah! The bank holidays have arrived and summer is not far off…

If you have not yet booked your summer escape, don’t panic. The Ampersand team has plenty of ideas up their sleeves. Here, they’ve picked out their favourite summer itineraries to help inspire

Traditional Bhutanese dancing at the Amankora Resort, Thimpu, Bhutan

Traditional Bhutanese dancing at the Amankora Resort, Thimpu, Bhutan

Recorded by our Mark on a research trip to the beautiful Amankora resort in Thimpu, Bhutan. This was a traditional dance performed to welcome guests and wish them a good journey through Bhutan. Truly


Client Testimonials

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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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

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