Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia, 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.
By James Jayasundera, MD & Founder of Ampersand Travel: Japan is the first country I ever fell in love with. I remember the day it happened – I was 7, I was living in Rome and it was a scorching hot
Asia; home to noisy, vibrant cities, exciting markets, ancient cultures and some of the best beaches in the world. The dreamlike beach backdrops provide a landscape where old meets new, where cultures clash and where expert and budding surfers alike can grab their boards and head to one of these top surf spots in Asia...
Our collection of long-haul destinations combine culture, history, wildlife, sumptuous cuisine, a dose of tropical sunshine, and a truly luxurious flair. Explore the cultural delights of Vietnam or
More and more women are taking the plunge and deciding to travel solo, ditching their friends, boyfriends, families you name it, and instead opting for a holiday decided specifically with them in
In autumn, strikingly colourful foliage blazes through Japan, making it one of our absolute favourite times to tour this wonderful country.
Japan is an incredibly intriguing and rewarding country to travel to; it is also a destination which the uninitiated have a lot of questions about. Here is our handy guide to this fascination country.
Much to our delight, Japan House opened its gleaming doors to the public this weekend (23rd – 24th June 2018). We’ve been avidly awaiting this welcome addition to Kensington High Street and it has far
Last February, I visited Hokkaidō – the northernmost, least developed part of Japan – with the Japan National Tourism Organization and JTB. This incredible trip covered the remote eastern corner of
Japanese cuisine is renowned for being one of the best in the world, for good reason as it really is one – of the many – perfect creations in Japan! Food is an integral part of the country’s culture... read on to find out our favourites
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India