Ampersand's Travels...

Welcome to Ampersand's travel blog. This is where you'll find out all the latest goings on from our travels across Asia, Southern 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.

The 10 Best Long Haul Holidays for 2019

The 10 Best Long Haul Holidays for 2019

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

Kalinko: A love affair with Burma

Kalinko: A love affair with Burma

Kalinko, a brand of ethically crafted textiles and homewares, was founded in Yangon by Londoner Sophie Garnier. Sophie works with a tribe called Ka-Lin-Kaw who are renowned for their weaving skills, and the collection comprises of linens, throws, beautifully cut garments, patterned cushions, all handmade on wooden looms. Here we get an insider glimpse into the land she now calls home…

The Artisans of Burma

The Artisans of Burma

We write of the stunning skills and the tireless efforts of Burma’s creative artisans. From inside humble workshops, true artisans of their trade ply their crafts, magic is created and marvellous things are formed. Fuelled by a desire to immerse ourselves in the worlds that these experts inhabited we share some of what was discovered…

Private tour of Burma including 'Balloons Over Bagan'

Private tour of Burma including 'Balloons Over Bagan'

By Mark Wright, Ampersand's senior sales consultantThroughout the latter half of 2013, a lot of my time was consumed by meticulously planning every aspect of a special group trip to Burma in January

Do things differently with Ampersand Travel

At Ampersand we don’t do cookie cutter tours. Each and every trip is tailor-made to provide our clients with a mixture of the best-of-the-best luxury accommodation (mixed in with a few charming

Top 20 Burma Travel Tips

Top 20 Burma Travel Tips

Ampersand's marketing manager, Sacha Smith-Laing and sales consultant, Ellie Boulstridge recently spent 2 and a half weeks exploring Burma. Here are a few helpful hints and tips they picked up along

Insiders’ Q&A with Khin Omar Win from ‘Balloons over Bagan’

Welcome back to Ampersand’s Insiders’ Q&A series where we pick the brains of our special suppliers and ask them to share their tips and local perspective on some of our favourite destinations. Sharing

Photoblog: Our Top 10 Highlights of Bagan, Burma

“Min ga la ba” and hello from Ellie and Sacha in the temple-strewn plains of Bagan! From the elegant southern city of Yangon, the second stop on our Burma trip has taken us to central Burma – a

Photoblog: A perfect first day in Burma

Photoblog: A perfect first day in Burma

Greeting from Yangon! Ampersand sales consultant, Ellie, and marketing manager, Sacha, are here on a 2 week reccy and have kicked off in style at the Governor's Residence - Ampersand's favourite hotel

Ampersand's top 5 breathtaking holidays in Asia

Ampersand's MD, James Jayasundera, dips into his knowledge of Asia to find five breathtaking trips for Square Mile magazine1. Best for adventurous culture-vultures: Jodhpur, IndiaWant a dose of


We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

From our Instagram

You’re bound to meet friendly locals like these in #Vietnam 🇻🇳
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Tour this wonderful country with us to immerse yourself in its energy, sweeping landscapes & fascinating history
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🇱🇰Explore #SriLanka’s coast to witness spectacular sunsets like these ✨
Glide through the iridescent #InleLake for a chance to see the traditional Intha (‘sons of the lake’) fishermen 🎣
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Travel to #Burma (#Myanmar) with us to be welcomed by  friendly locals like the ‘longneck’ Kayan (also known as Padaung) 🇲🇲
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🎌 Hot off the press - #AmanKyoto is set to open at the end of this year (November 2019) & we can’t wait! 🎌
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Located in a secret garden behind the Golden Temple #Kinkakuji, this new property will offer a secluded retreat in the ancient Imperial city complete with beautifully-designed interiors by the celebrated #KerryHillArchitects
Intense colours of #India are the perfect antidote to the Monday blues 🇮🇳🌺🌼
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Our India specialists are gearing up for a research trip to #Rajasthan - covering #Udaipur, #Jodhpur, #Nagaur, #Jaipur, #Ajabgarh, #Ranthambore, #Agra & #Delhi
Fine red shells blend seamlessly into the powdery white seashore of the #KomodoIslands to create this natural wonder - the otherworldly #PinkBeach 🏄🏼‍♀️🌊
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Dive into its crystal-clear aquamarine waters to explore one of the richest marine environments on Earth 🌏
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We’re dreaming of #Amanoi’s deep blues today 🌊
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Sleek design, incredible views & spoiling amenities make it the ideal island getaway 🏝
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#Japan bursts with life especially when the neon-lights get switched on 🌃
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Spot #Geisha in #Kyoto at dusk & explore the nightlife in #Tokyo to experience its buzz 🇯🇵

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