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Insider View: Pondicherry

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Pondicherry is charming coastal city with a distinct Indo-Mediterranean flavour. Pastel-coloured houses, friendly locals and stylish boutiques are prevalent in this unhurried sun-drenched haven. Our insider guide seeks out some of the most special corners of Pondicherry to experience this unique destination like a true local…

Insider View: Kolkata

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Kolkata, the old capital of British India is steeped in history and rich in stories. Old colonial mansions and crumbling relics of the Raj are still evident, but the city is now acknowledged as a powerhouse of the arts. In our insider’s view, we have handpicked some of our favourite insider to experience ‘Cal’ like a true local…

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

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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...

What makes the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts so brilliant?

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What makes The Oberoi hotels so brilliant? It’s the exceptional service, genuine hospitality and a luxury environment as experienced by Lola on her recent trip to India hosted by the hotel group. Visiting Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta, Lola soon realised that this was a fabulous way to experience authentic, Indian hospitality…

Photoblog: A Chinese Adventure

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“Ni Hao!” Ellie and Rosie have returned from their particularly thorough 3-week recce of China, and now can reflect on their adventures. Three times larger than India, there is little doubt of the plethora of experiences on offer in China, but the difficulty is knowing where to begin. Follow in the footsteps of their journey with this energetic photoblog...

Reporting back from the Aman Tokyo, Japan: Ampersand’s inside view

Enter the slick and shiny realm of the Otemachi Tower in Tokyo’s Financial District and you may struggle to notice the low-key Aman Tokyo welcome desk on the ground floor. The ‘wow’ moment happens when you exit the elevator at the 33rd floor and are drawn into a place of pure drama: a breath-taking atrium lobby with sky-high ceilings, a central water feature with an ikebana-styled tree rising from it and miniature Japanese rock gardens at either side. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects to…

Top 20 Most Visited Cities in Asia

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… Grand, crumbling fortresses from another age and many-tiered pagodas stacking up towards the sky…? Asia has so much to offer and its popular cities are as varied as its peoples and cultures. Many cities are today melting pots after centuries of tribal, imperial and colonial conquest. The layers of time…

Top 5 City Sanctuaries: The brand new Aman Tokyo & other Asian favourites

We could not be more excited about the upcoming opening of The Aman Tokyo. As you may know, here at Ampersand we are serious Aman junkies – we love the effortless, understated glamour of an Aman Resort and how they are designed to reflect their surrounding culture. Aman Tokyo is the 27th property in their portfolio and, besides the Aman in Venice, it is their only city hotel. We’re absolutely mad about cities at Ampersand – we find the chaos and frenetic energy of a large metropolis…
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