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.
On a research trip, Ampersand witnessed the fascinating process of weaving lotus silk by the friendly and talented ladies of Inle Lake, Burma.
Japan is an incredibly intriguing and rewarding country to travel to; it is also a destination which the uninitiated have a lot of questions about. Here is our handy guide to this fascination country.
We are at the height of wedding season, from the recent Royal Wedding to Princess Eugenie’s upcoming nuptials, every weekend seems to feature showers of confetti and champagne...
A tiny mountain kingdom nestled in the Himalayas and annexed to the much larger Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh has been captivating the most intrepid travellers since the mists of time. Today it remains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies on earth, both tranquil and otherworldly…
Thousands and thousands of festivals take place every single year. From music and performance to art and dance, food and gastronomy to wine and beer, religious ceremonies to street parades, historical
Much to our delight, Japan House opened its gleaming doors to the public this weekend (23rd – 24th June 2018). We’ve been avidly awaiting this welcome addition to Kensington High Street and it has far
We put this fascinating itinerary together, which embraces the beauty of Ladakh in the North of India. Ladakh has one of the most dramatic landscapes in the whole of India; a
India has completely captured our heart like no other country – we are all complete and utter Indophiles. Usually centred around Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle, or combining the ‘metros’ of Mumbai, Calcutta and Hyderabad, this research trip combines the parts of the country we love best.
June is LGBT Pride Month, and to mark the occasion we have created a guide to the most LGBT-friendly cities in the UK.In our newly released Rainbow Cities Index, we have analysed multiple factors
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Anonymous, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka