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.
The heady horizons of South Asia is undeniably the world’s leading destination for those seeking a spiritual reset. From the goddess rivers of India, laden with flowers, singing and candles as the sun
Japan’s cherry blossom season is one of the most iconic times of year to visit, often cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life. Here you can read about the best hotspots in the height of the season, and the more unusual spots which will see you dodging the crowds…
By James Jayasundera, MD & Founder of Ampersand Travel: Japan is the first country I ever fell in love with. I remember the day it happened – I was 7, I was living in Rome and it was a scorching hot
Whether it be the scent of turmeric and cardamom slowly frying in ghee, or the sight of a bulky hessian sack in the bazaar topped with a precarious pyramid of precious saffron: India is all about the food. Or, more precisely, about the countless blends of exotic flavours that has captivated our taste buds.
WHAT TO DO IN CHINA China is whatever you want it to be! The endlessly varied landscapes, fascinating antiquities, buzzing cities, exciting activities and unique culture can cater for all interests.
Wildlife travel is one of the most popular travel trends currently, with wildlife travel haven proven more popular than beach holidays last year. At Ampersand Travel, wildlife travel is a huge part of
Food in Asia is both exotic and exciting; if you’ve travelled through Asia before, you’ll have experienced an explosion of flavours and the ying and yang of fresh aromas which tease the nose before
South Africa is a country in the midst of one of the most exciting design evolutions on earth. Having languished for many years as a cultural backwater due to the political and socio-economic
When you picture an Asian city, what evocative scenes waft through your mind? Camels nonchalantly striding alongside honking traffic… Hawkers competing with one another's shouts in smoky bazaars…
- Leslie Siben, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Anonymous, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka