Setouchi Islands, Japan
For those who’ve already checked Tokyo and Kyoto off the list, 2019 is the year to plan a visit to Japan’s Setouchi Islands. The rural islands, some connected by bridge and others by ferry, are home to the burgeoning Setouchi Triennale, an art festival that runs from spring to fall across the twelve islands and two major ports in the Seto Inland. Stay at the Setouchi Retreat Aonagi – with two pools and exquisite suites, this boutique hotel is a minimalist’s dream hotel right in the heart of the festival action.
The Aeolian Islands, off the coast of Sicily, Italy are among Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. One of the most luxurious places to stay is in a 27-room property called Capofaro, a family-owned estate surrounded by the sea featuring a vineyard which produces Malvasia, a local wine. They have recently opened up a select series of gorgeous and minimalist suites which are housed on a nearby lighthouse on the property, which is the first glimpse of the island from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Another reason to choose Capofaro? They are close to a plastic-free operation, and 70% of the produce found in their kitchen was grown on the property.
Kirirom National Park, Cambodia
One of Cambodia’s newest glamping destinations is nestled among a mile of riverfront and waterfalls in the Kirirom Nation Park. Inspired by Jackie O’s iconic trip to Cambodia in 1967, each of the 15 luxurious tents at Shinta Mani Wild are designed to evoke a mid-century jungle safari. Guests can relax poolside all afternoon or opt to participate in one of the many outdoor activities offered at and nearby to the camp. Come aperitivo time, take a zipline to the resort’s bar for a cocktail. And at night, fall asleep to the sound of the rushing waterfalls along the river.