Ampersand's Travels...

A mini-guide to Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon

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The mountain paradise of Bhutan, known as ‘the happiest kingdom on earth’ has always been a frontier land promising a unique adventure to any traveller. Land-locked between the goliaths of India and China, Bhutan is a diminutive treasure box of alpine scenery with pristine landscapes, intriguing architecture and perhaps its greatest asset – the gentle and gracious people...

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...

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...

When and where can you see the Cherry Blossom in Japan?

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Japan’s cherry blossom season is one of the most iconic times of year to visit, often cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life. Here you can read about the best hotspots in the height of the season, and the more unusual spots which will see you dodging the crowds…

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…

My First Impressions Of India

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Our brand new Sri Lanka specialist, Lola, has just returned from her very first trip to India. Having been bought up listening to her grandfather’s stories from the 1940s when he was living in Bombay, her expectations were sky high and her excitement uncontrollable. Read about her first impressions of this wild and frenetic country…

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan Now

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Catriona has just returned from an introductory tour of Japan, taking in the iconic sights and must see highlights, travelling from Hiroshima to Tokyo. Here she lists her top ten reasons for why you should jump on a plane right now and visit Japan…

Chengdu: China’s lesser known gem

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Chengdu is China’s lesser known gem and contains secrets that the rest of the world do not yet know. Infused with history and culture, Chengdu effortlessly combines the feel of a cosmopolitan, up-and-coming city whilst still being a historically unique destination. Here are six things that make Chengdu stand out from the crowd...