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 Ultimate Travel Calendar: Every Festival Around the World in 2019

The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Every Festival Around the World in 2019

The new year is almost here, meaning it’s time to start planning your travels in 2019. To give you a hand, we have compiled the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about what’s happening

5 Globetrotting Books for Christmas

5 Globetrotting Books for Christmas

Christmas is coming! We have curated a short-list of our favourite globetrotting books for gift ideas. From the inside world of HH The Dalai Lama to the art of Japanese cooking, there is something for

24 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos

24 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos

If you are seeking a relaxed pace of life and a warm welcome, there’s no better place than Laos; golden temples, saffron-robed monks, rusty old bicycles meandering down crumbling colonial boulevards, and a scattering of river islands upon the mighty Mekong River. Follow our whistle-stop guide for a magical 24 hours in Luang Prabang…

Southeast Asia photo diary: Kerris' highlights

Southeast Asia photo diary: Kerris' highlights

My love affair with Southeast Asia began with annual childhood escapades to Thailand, however I had never managed to venture beyond the borders of The Land of Smiles, until a recent research trip led me to neighbouring Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Wander Women Index: The Best Destinations for Solo Female Travellers

Wander Women Index: The Best Destinations for Solo Female Travellers

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

10 Best Global Foodie Instagram Accounts to Follow

10 Best Global Foodie Instagram Accounts to Follow

‘He was a bold man who first ate an oyster’ so wrote 18th century wit Jonathan Swift. At Ampersand, we are ‘epicurious’, we love the spirit of adventure through food. The world can be travelled

The Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in the UK

The Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in the UK

June is LGBT Pride Month, and to mark the occasion we have created a guide to the most LGBT-friendly cities in the UK.In our newly released Rainbow Cities Index, we have analysed multiple factors

Twenty Places to fall in Love with India

Twenty Places to fall in Love with India

India is a beguiling, energetic, romantic and colourful country, awash with a variety of diverse travel experiences for both the daring and the cautious traveller. From vibrant festivals to quiet sunsets, here are twenty places you will fall head over heels in love with one of our favourite destinations…

Goa Food & Feasting

Goa Food & Feasting

As January rolls into February, we cannot help but dream of sunnier climes, and the South Indian idyll of Goa is our perfect winter sun escape. With its palm fringed coves, pastel-coloured colonial

Top 15 favourite Japanese Food Experiences

Top 15 favourite Japanese Food Experiences

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 important part of the country’s unique


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
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
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
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
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
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
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

From our Instagram

Navigate the 'Might and Magic' of Indonesia's #BandaIslands with us 🗺
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Read all about this bespoke journey in the latest #SuitcaseMagazine
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Wonderful words and photos by @imogenleperewriter & @_billybolton 🖊📸
🇯🇵 #Japan is celebrated for its pristine powder snow 🌬🌨
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We recommend skiing in #Yamagata & experiencing #GinzanOnsen for the ultimate après-ski this winter ❄️
Our Japan specialists have just touched down in the exhilarating city of #Tokyo to seek out its latest hidden gems 🇯🇵🚖🌆
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
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(📸 @discovertokyo)
The #AnambasArchipelago is home to untouched terrain, crystal-clear waters & now, the sensitively designed #BawahReserve 🏝
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With soothing interiors and rustic structures reflecting its tropical surroundings by the acclaimed architect #SimBoonYang, this remote property is the perfect place to flee to this winter 🐠
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Be one of the first to stay at #WaAleIslandResort 🇲🇲
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@waaleislandresort is an exclusive intimate hotel and the first high-end property to open in the #MerguiArchipelago so we recommend visiting as soon as possible, while it’s still relatively under the radar 🏝
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Travel into the rural depths of #China with us to witness the renowned fisherman on the picturesque #LiRiver 🇨🇳🌄
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
It’s all about razor-sharp Japanese design at the @ritzcarltonkyoto - our absolute favourite hotel in the Imperial capital #Kyoto 🌿🎌
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
We guarantee you’ll be thrilled by #SabiSands Private Game Reserve 🐆🌾
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Arrange a stay at the wonderful  #SingitaBouldersLodge with us 🇿🇦
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
🇱🇰Explore #SriLanka’s coast to witness spectacular sunsets like these ✨

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