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, Southern 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.

A Hindustan Calendar: festivals and events in India

A Hindustan Calendar: festivals and events in India

India undoubtedly has the world’s largest collection of 'happenings'. From the smallest jungle village to the sprawling cities, the joyful clamour and colour of festivals and events are a daily part of life. Millennia-old ceremonies and contemporary exhibitions jostle together in the most buzzing calendar in the world…

Ampersand's Little Black Book 2017

Ampersand's Little Black Book 2017

With 2017 well underway we are really excited about the recent and upcoming openings across India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. From indulging your chakras in beachside spas to discovering the latest Mumbai dining hotspot, our Little Black Book for 2017 has it all covered...

Ampersand "In the Know" - A Travellers Guide to India

Ampersand "In the Know" - A Travellers Guide to India

We hold India very close to our hearts at Ampersand, and in the spirit of truly getting under the skin of this vast nation, we have asked 20 personalities from the fields of fashion, media, design, food and travel to share a glimpse into their own love affairs with the subcontinent revealing personal ‘in the know’ tips gathered from their lives and travels...

Indonesia, An Introduction…

Indonesia, An Introduction…

Our seasoned Indonesia specialist, Emily Gillman has just returned from a rigorous 5-week research trip to Indonesia. Travelling across seven of the biggest islands and visiting almost 100 hotels, Emily has the most up to date intelligence and first-hand experience of the finest hotels and experiences on offer...

Polo and Peacocks: British Polo Day in Jodhpur

Polo and Peacocks: British Polo Day in Jodhpur

A celebrated and ancient sport, Polo has been played since the time of the Mughals. But it was in the late 19th century that polo came to Jodhpur in its modern form. British Polo Day enjoys three days of events, rich in intrigue, romance and the majesty of India...

Photoblog: Emily's Top 10 Highlights in Indonesia

Photoblog: Emily's Top 10 Highlights in Indonesia

We’ve been organising tailor-made holidays to Indonesia for the last 13 years, and we are still discovering hidden gems on our yearly research trips. Indonesia specialist Emily, embarked on a 5-week recce. Hopping across seven of the biggest islands she discovered new hotels, reviewed old favourites and rekindled valued friendships…

Little Black Book: Discover the Pink City – Jaipur

Little Black Book: Discover the Pink City – Jaipur

The fabled city of Jaipur, rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, has been busy captivating travellers to the subcontinent for centuries, not least for its unrivalled collection of shopping and dining destinations. Join us on a magic carpet ride through some of our insider places to discover Jaipur’s thriving design scene...

Research trip: Exploring Somerset & Devon

Research trip: Exploring Somerset & Devon

On a cold and blustery evening in London Ampersand's UK specialists Ellie and Rosie, set off for a couple of nights to explore Somerset and Devon, taking in three spearheads of the deep south west...

Dining with the Nawabs: A Culinary Tale of two Countries

Dining with the Nawabs: A Culinary Tale of two Countries

‘Dining with the Nawabs’ reveals a glimpse into the present-day lives of the rulers of India. An exquisitely produced book which profiles several Muslim royal families across India and Pakistan through their culinary traditions. Author Meera Ali, is herself married to the Raja of Kotwara, and uses her insider access to give us a rare seat at the tables of princely families of the subcontinent…

Christmas & New Year Escapes in India & Sri Lanka

Christmas & New Year Escapes in India & Sri Lanka

Christmas is nearly upon us and we are dreaming of the most exotic experiences in India and Sri Lanka; rich in wonderful destinations for the ultimate festive celebrations. With charming seasonal traditions, decorations and firecrackers at dawn, it’s hard not to enter into the spirit of Christmas…


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
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
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 details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- 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
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
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, 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

From our Instagram

Intense colours of #India are the perfect antidote to the Monday blues 🇮🇳🌺🌼
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Our India specialists are gearing up for a research trip to #Rajasthan - covering #Udaipur, #Jodhpur, #Nagaur, #Jaipur, #Ajabgarh, #Ranthambore, #Agra & #Delhi
Our India specialists are off... ✈️
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They’ll be whisked straight to the divine #TajLakePalace in #Udaipur upon arrival! 🇮🇳
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Get in touch with us to stay at this heritage hotel, which has been a firm Ampersand favourite for years
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Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
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Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
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In #Japan, the lesser-known plum tree (‘ume’ #梅) blossoms in February - March 🌺
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Visit at this time to admire these special flowers and beat the crowds that swarm the country during cherry blossom peak season 🌸
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Perched up high in the Himalayan Kingdom, the new #SixSenses lodges sit in prime positions in #Bhutan
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Our favourites are the sleek properties in #Paro and #Thimphu, for these offer phenomenal sweeping views over the pristine valleys below to the mountains beyond, which sit perfectly at eye-level
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Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
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Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
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Ampersand’s Top 10 Luxury Sailboats 🌊
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@silolonasojournsphinisi @sailtigerblue @voyagemischief @alilapurnama @alexaprivatecruises @duniabaruadventures @lamimayacht @burmaboating @mutiara_laut @ultimateyachtsco
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Explore our #Highlights to see our hotlist and get inspired to take your own nautical adventure 🗺🇮🇩 🇲🇲
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We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
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Enjoy particularly striking views from @thelegianbali in #Seminyak
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The mysterious allure of #Namibia never fails to draw us in 🇳🇦
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Misty layers, endless plains and silhouetted trees stretch as far as the eye can see
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