Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia, Africa and the British Isles.
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; or explore the wild and ravishing highlands of Scotland... these are the things we adore.
All over Asia, Southern Africa and the British Isles – from Bhutan to Bali, Cape Town to Victoria Falls, Bath to Ballyvaughan – we know the most charming privately-owned hotels, the best secret beaches, the prettiest and castles, 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, Southern Africa and the British Isles.
India is a beguiling, energetic, romantic and colourful country, awash with a variety of diverse travel experiences for both the daring and the cautious traveller. From vibrant festivals to quiet sunsets, here are twenty places you will fall head over heels in love with one of our favourite destinations…
Varanasi is a place that is described as ‘intense’ by those who visited it, but what the holiest of holy cities is really like in the flesh? Ellie describes her experiences exploring the frantic city made up of ancient narrow back lanes where life, death, and everything in between, come into contact...
A near-mythical landscape of mysterious boulders, ancient temples and remnants of a 14th century lost city, Hampi is like nowhere else in India. Called the subcontinent's own Machu Picchu, this former
The world may be conquered, but enough secrets remain for us to whisk you off on a magical carpet ride, and reveal some of the rare, unexplored experiences that the globe has to offer. We have
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are still largely virgin territory. We love them that way! An idyllic archipelago in the hazy heart of the Bay of Bengal, the 550 islands are part of India but stretch
There are 6,909 languages listed around the world. Language is one of the most important aspects of our lives, wherever we are around the world, but do you ever wonder where it all began?In our new
The best family holidays in the UK – our pick of the best places to stay with children in England and Scotland
Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire: Endless grounds, two swimming pools, a nearby beach and inhabitable tree houses make this New Forest hotel a firm family favourite.
Ampersand’s bespoke cultural tours with Cosmo Brockway was launched recently with a trip to India to visit the magical destinations of Punjab and Mumbai. An intimate group of ‘Ampersand-ites’, led by
London is bursting with luxury hotels, but how do you know what's what, which is which and where to stay? Here is our round up of the 9 best hotels for the finest luxury comforts in the Capital...
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Anonymous, India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India