Ampersand's Travels...

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...

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…

Sri Lanka's 2015 Travel News: All Eyes On Sri Lanka This Autumn...

WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE ISLAND’S FIRST CONTEMPORARY, SUSTAINABLE DESIGN HOTEL AND AN EXCEPTIONAL UNDISCOVERED WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE, WE REVEAL WHAT’S NEXT FOR SRI LANKA… Sri Lanka is going from strength to strength following a recent phase of boutique luxury hotel openings and new developments – from Colombo’s iconic Galle Face Hotel reopening its Classic Wing this September and the hotly anticipated launches of Anantara Tangalle and Tri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s first sustainable luxury design…

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…

China: A Land of Numbers

By Charlie Walker, Ampersand's China specialist"The most of this...the oldest of those...the biggest of that..." Conversations about China can be both overwhelming and dizzyingly littered with superlatives. When I was living there I was bowled over on a daily basis by the discovery of some new and almost unfathomable fact. My regular amazement at the country I was living in is one of the many things I miss now I've returned from China. Here is a little summary of China by numbers: People…

Sri Lanka Travel News

With a founder who is half Sri Lankan, it is hardly surprising we love Sri Lanka so much. It was the original region that Ampersand started selling more than 15 years ago and it is the destination we visit most regularly – partly for research and partly because we just love it! For those of you who are considering treating yourselves to a stylish, cultural and delightfully tropical holiday, read on for our latest Sri Lanka news and insights. AMPERSAND’S NEW SRI LANKA…

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…