Ampersand's Travels...

All Aboard! Your Private Yacht to Paradise...

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With over 17,000 islands which stretch across 5,000 km, the world’s largest archipelago offers a greater variety of sights, sounds, cultures and customs than anywhere else on the planet. And what better way to explore the region than by luxury sailing yacht? Here is our round up of the ten most impressive luxury yachts in Indonesia…

Indonesia, An Introduction…

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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...

Photoblog: Emily's Top 10 Highlights on Indonesia

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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…

Six Reasons to go to Burma

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Burma’s burgeoning tourism industry is going from strength to strength, and over the last few years there has been extraordinary demand for tailor-made holidays to the country. Following Rosie and Chloe’s extensive 3-week recce to Burma, they have rounded up the most important reasons for visiting this magnificent country…

12 of the Best Sites to go Scuba Diving in Asia

Sometimes, the most beautiful things in the world simply can’t be found on land. What dwells beneath ground level in our vast oceans is like a universe all of its own, and if you have an adventurous bone in your body, you’ll agree that it’s worth exploring. Here at Ampersand, we offer Scuba Diving Experiences across all destinations in Asia. Read on for some of our favourite diving spots. 1| Shark Point, Phuket, Thailand Rising out of the water off the coast of Phuket is the…

Give me sunshine! Ampersand’s top five Vitamin D top-up trips

If it gets to this time of year and your body is crying out for some Vitamin D, here are our top 5 tours for some sizzling-hot sunshine between December and March...1. Boutique South India – 15 days from £2,350 per person This tailor-made tour of South India provides a culturally rich and supremely relaxing experience whilst staying at the finest boutique hotels in the region. With its slower pace of life, South India has an entirely different feel to the frenetic and sometimes overwhelming…

Catriona's journey through Southern India - Part 3: Goa

In March this year, Ampersand’s India specialist, Catriona, went on a research trip (with her mum for company!) which took her from Northern Kerala to Karnataka and ended here, at the beaches of Goa…  Goa The smallest state in India, Goa is famed for beach holidays. From backpackers to the rich and famous, people flock here from around the globe to lounge in the sun. There certainly is a property to suit everyone here! Along with the stunning beaches in the south, there are a host of…

Top 10 Luxury Lombok

Ampersand has recently returned from a research tour of Lombok & the Gili Islands and have one thing to say: GO NOW! Lombok is like Bali was 25 years ago: wonderfully relaxed and ravishingly beautiful. Now is the 'sweet spot' in the luxury tourism cycle of the island – the perfect moment in time to visit.  Luxury has arrived (more of that below) but authenticity remains and, crucially, it does not yet feel spoilt and overrun if you choose your spot wisely. We highly recommend visiting the…